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We have hardwood and tiled floors throughout our home that requires sweeping and mopping every other day. Not long ago, I began adding hydrogen peroxide and vinegar to warm water and cleaning the floors and freshening up the house. When I’m feeling inspired, I add a few drops of my favorite essential oils.
This was an easy change. I no longer spend money on floor cleaner and I don’t have to leave the dogs out of the house while the scent of commercial cleaners dies down. I began to wonder what other natural ways I can clean our home.
1 – DIY Natural Floor Cleaner Recipe
- Warm to Hot Water
- Hydrogen Peroxide or Apple Cider Vinegar (or you can combine the two)
- 5+ drops of your favorite essential oil (I like lavender and cedarwood)
- Mop just as you would if you were using a commercial cleaner.
I wouldn’t recommend creating and storing a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and apple cider vinegar. Instead, add the ingredients to your water when you’re ready to mop. I have been doing this for a couple months and it hasn’t negatively affected the hardwood floors or tile flooring.
2 – DIY Natural Kitchen Cleaner Recipe
Vinegar does a great job of cleaning grease and grime and when mixed with hydrogen peroxide, I am taking care of the bacteria too – Raw Feeder for Life!
- 16-ounce spray bottle
- 1/2 cup Hydrogen Peroxide or Apple Cider Vinegar (or you can combine the two)
- 5+ drops of your favorite essential oil
In a large spray bottle (16 ounces) I add 1/2 cup each of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar and fill the rest with water. While I prefer lemon and grapefruit essential oils, we have a lot of sunlight coming into our kitchen and I worry about our counters changing colors with these oils, therefore, I use lavender or another scent.
Because oils float to the top of the water, be sure to shake the bottle before using.
3 – DIY Natural Laundry Detergent Recipes
I haven’t jumped on the natural laundry detergent bandwagon because I was never convinced that it would work. But after cleaning my floors successfully for a couple months, I’ve had a change of heart. Each week, we wash a load of blankets and dog bedding and I've been using bleach and I want to do better for my dogs.
I've tried natural laundry detergent in the past and they never seem to really clean the dogs' bedding and blankets; but after some research, I happily gave it another shot and I was successful.
Ewegurt Natural Laundry Detergent
I received a sample package of Ewegurt Natural Laundry Detergent. One tablespoon is enough to clean a full load, however, it’s a powder and I wasn’t sure if it would work in my HE (high-efficiency) washing machine. But there is a trick:
- Add 1 tablespoon of Ewegurt Natural Laundry Detergent to hot water (very hot), mixing until it dissolves (making a liquid laundry detergent)
- Add to HE washing machine
I have used the Ewegurt Natural Laundry Detergent, mixed with hot water, and seen great results. For stronger stains, I recommend also using lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar.
Need to Whiten the Whites?
Lemon Juice in HE Washing Machine: Add one cup of lemon juice to liquid laundry detergent for especially dirty bedding; the lemon juice whitens and freshens fabrics.
Need to Remove Stains?
Hydrogen Peroxide in HE Washing Machine: Add hydrogen peroxide directly to a stain or add one cup of hydrogen peroxide to a load of laundry to brighten the whites and deodorize and disinfect the bedding. The hydrogen peroxide will also remove the blood from towels and bedding used by whole raw fed dogs when directly added to the stains.
Need to Remove Excess Soap?
Vinegar in Washing in HE Washing Machine: Add two cups of vinegar (this will last through the rinse cycle) to help remove any excess soap.
Need a Natural Fabric Softener?
Vinegar in Washing in HE Washing Machine: Add ½ cup of vinegar to the final rinse cycle to soften the clothes instead of using a fabric softener. This also keeps the dog hair from sticking to the blankets and bedding and prevents static cling.
Warning about Using Bleach with Dogs
I have been using bleach to clean my kitchen and do laundry for as long as I can remember. I dilute the bleach in a lot of water to cut down on the smell (a little goes a long way). However, going natural is better for everyone in the home.
When combined with vinegar, bleach can produce strong fumes (like when combined with ammonia), so once you start using natural options, it’s best not to use bleach. Besides, with a dog’s strong sense of smell, they’ll thank you for kicking the bleach to the curb.
4 – DIY Natural Febreze Freshener
I love Febreze, however, it's too strong for our dogs, especially Zoey who is sensitive to scents. So I made my own Febreze freshener this weekend.
- warm water
- baking soda
- 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oils
Shake the bottle to combine and mist away. Again, keep in mind that the essential oils will float to the top of the water, so you'll need to shake the bottle before each use.
5 – DIY Natural Scented Room Freshener
I came across a brand that sold room fresheners. They weren't plugins or candles (both of which make me nervous), they were cute containers that you sit on a table to freshen a room. I wanted to make something like that for our home – so I Googled it and found several rice recipes that do the same thing.
- Jasmine rice, because it has a naturally sweet scent
- 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils
- A small dish to hold your creation; I love rustic, ceramic dishes
I've known that I needed to make a change for quite some time and what surprised me was how easy it was to find recipes that were natural and effective in cleaning our home. I was also surprised by how little money I spent when compared to what I spent when buying household cleaners and laundry detergents.