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make it monday: homemade natural cleaners

by Heather

Good morning!

I cannot believe Hunter’s birthday party is less than 1 week away.  I am such a procrastinator… other than cleaning up the house a bit and yard work, I have not gotten to too much prepping.  In the decor department I’ve almost finished the banner. I still have so much more I want to make!  Good thing I work well under pressure.  Maybe that’s why I haven’t decided on what kind of cupcakes to make yet?  I think I just need to not have time left to flip flop between decisions and it’ll come to me.  Oh the tough life decisions. 😉

How was your weekend?  We have been a tired family here the past couple of days.  Jacob was working on getting over being sick (which he got from Hunter), Hunter was tired and had a couple early morning wake ups, and I just felt tired right along with them. Hence the lack of preparation.  Oh well, what can you do?  I the midst of all that, I did get a little bit of cleaning in.

From around the time I got pregnant I began trying to clean with more natural products.  Vinegar is always a good all purpose cleaner, but Jacob absolutely hates the smell and vetoes the idea whenever I use it.   I had to come up with something else.  So I did.

Originally I made up this concoction as a cleaner for our hardwood floors.  I ended up liking it so much I use it all over the house.


Homemade Natural All Purpose Cleaner

  • 20 oz water
  • 1.5 TBSP Dr. Bronner’s pure castile soap
  • 1 TBSP rubbing alcohol

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle.  Shake to combine then spray and wipe down with a rag.

I use this cleaner for:

Floors (hardwood, tile and linoleum)
Pretty much any hard surface

It smells amazing from the castile soap.  I use the peppermint variety.

The all purpose cleaner is great for surface cleaning, but what about deep stains?  I have to admit, when it comes to cleaning my tub and shower, I never do it as often as I should.  I’m never a preventative cleaner there, I’m a reactive one.  Before I started using my next cleaner, I would have to use tons of that powder comet cleaner and scrub like crazy to make it cleaner.  Now I have a natural cleaner that doesn’t smell like bleach, works amazingly and actually makes me want to clean my shower more often!


Homemade Natural Tub Scrub

  • 2 TBSP Castile soap
  • 2 TBSP baking soda

Combine and stir together in a small bowl.  It should thicken up like icing.  To use, spoon a little onto your scrubber, and apply to the damp area.  Scrub for a few seconds, let it sit for 1-2 minutes and then rinse off.

The first time I used this tub scrub I was amazed.  It made my shower and tub the cleanest it had been in a loooonnngggg time with less elbow grease.  Plus it’s minty fresh smelling.  Much better than breathing in chemical fumes while cleaning.

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Do you have any natural cleaning tips and tricks?  Do you clean your shower/tub often?  Are you a procrastinator like me?  

Hope your Monday is starting out well!


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Erica May 20, 2013 - 9:18 am

Hope everyone is feeling much much better! I need to get better about making my own cleaners. I use green cleaner buts….at home green cleaners would be better! Good luck with the prep

Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome May 20, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Love this! I’m always trying to find DIY home cleaners that are safe and smell good. I’m a smell person so I have a hard time with strong, stinky cleaners…. Where do you find the castile soap?

Fit Mama May 20, 2013 - 3:21 pm

Trader joes, but I’ve seen it at Fred Meyers. I bet whole foods or target would have it too and you can order it online too!

Lauren @ Rustic Honey May 22, 2013 - 3:02 pm

This is great! I love all-in-one cleaners! Makes life so much easier!

Fit Mama May 27, 2013 - 7:29 am

I agree Lauren!

Ellen May 27, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Hi Heather, I really loved the tub scrub!!! I had some Castille soap leftover from natural diaper wipe solution experiments (plain, doesn’t smell great). It was magic on the glass doors to the shower! Thank you so much.

I got my Castille soap at New Seasons for those wondering.

Fit Mama May 29, 2013 - 2:08 pm

Yay!!!! I love it too. Glad it cleaned the glass doors so well!

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