Are you cleaning your home or kid’s toys with toxic chemicals? Keep your kids safe by using these 10 kid-safe homemade cleaning products. They are all simple and natural cleaners. Plus, you will save money. Let’s ditch the chemical toxins.
10 Kids Safe Homemade Cleaning Products
We all seem to be under the impression that cleaners, beauty products, and even food must be expensive or mass-produced to be worth anything. But the truth is…..
The best cleaners and beauty products I have found have been the ones made in my kitchen.
As you know, I am hooked on anything homemade. WHY? They are frugal, green, and more often than not safe for our family & pets. If you are interested in going green and keeping your kids safe from caustic cleaning products, making your own homemade cleaning products provides a viable, cost-effective solution.
Not only will your kids thank you, but your planet will thank you as well: The following list of cleaning products is safe for the environment and your home.
However, these cleaning products are used for sanitation cleaning and not disinfecting. Learn the difference here.
Homemade Cleaning Products
Please note that vinegar is not an EPA registered disinfectant or sanitizer, which means you can’t count on vinegar to kill many bacteria and viruses. Some limitations are that vinegar doesn’t disinfect MRSA, STAPH, and other nasty germs (Like the Corona Virus) that can make your family sick.
Use vinegar and water to clean your windows. In a spray bottle mix 3 tablespoons of vinegar to 2 cups of water. Shake and spray onto windows. Use newspaper to wipe the cleaner off. This combination leaves a streak-free shine without using harmful cleaners and paper towels. The newspaper trick I learned from my grandmother. Simply crumble up a few pages and wipe. They are the best for leaving glass streak-free.
When cleaning wood floors use 1 cup of vinegar per bucket of hot water. Wood floors are becoming far more common these days and manufacturers would love for you to spend big bucks on their ‘special’ cleaners, but vinegar and water will do the same thing. The vinegar helps to degrease the floor and freshen it up. You can even add a little borax (all-natural cleaner) to your water.
Natural Soap & Essentials Oils
Please note: there is no evidence to suggest that essential oils can treat or cure flu symptoms or those of other viruses, including coronaviruses. They also will not prevent a virus from becoming more severe.
For an all-purpose cleaner mix water with natural soap and essential oils. In a spray bottle mix 2 cups of water, a few drops of natural or organic soap, and 15 drops each of lavender essential oil and tea tree oil. Tea tree oil contains antibacterial properties, making them essential for sanitization.
Use this cleaner for all of your kitchen and bath surfaces, but be aware that this solution will leave streaks if you try to clean glass or a mirror.
Vinegar & Baking Soda
To clean your toilets, use vinegar and baking soda. Do you know how baking soda will fizz up when combined with an acid?
That’s the principle behind this home cleaner. Drizzle the inside of the toilet bowl with vinegar and sprinkle with baking soda. Let this mixture sit for 10 minutes and then scrub with a toilet brush. Flush and you are finished. This mixture works for cleaning sinks too. If you prefer a lemony fresh scent, you can use lemon juice in place of the vinegar.
If you have a stainless steel sink, as I do. Sprinkle some baking soda and use a damp sponge to scrub. Rinse and you will have the shiniest sink on the block.
An easy natural drain cleaner can be made from baking soda and vinegar. Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by 1 cup of vinegar. Let it foam for 15 minutes and rinse it down with boiling water. If this doesn’t work, you can repeat the process or start it at night and let it sit overnight before rinsing with hot water.
This will also work to freshen up your garbage disposal.
Use salt instead of an oven cleaner. If you’ve ever used oven cleaner, you know that it is some toxic stuff. When you use it, the area needs to be well ventilated and you need to wear rubber gloves. That can’t be safe for you or the kids. Instead of waiting to clean the oven when it’s really dirty, try to clean up spills as soon as possible after they happen. While the spill is still hot, pour some table salt onto the spill. Once the oven cools, go in and wipe up the spill.
Baking Soda & Natural Soap
For a mildly abrasive cleaner, mix baking soda and natural liquid soap. No exact measurements on this one. Just make a paste to the consistency that you like using liquid soap and baking soda.
To clean your refrigerator, eliminate the liquid soap and just use baking soda and water. This will leave it clean and fresh.
Olive oil works for dusting. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to ½ cup of vinegar and mix. Dampen a clean, soft cloth with the mixture and start dusting. Pushing around the dust with a feather duster may be natural, but isn’t effective. The dust just gets stirred up and into the air, only to land on your furniture again. Wet dusting is best.
Lemons will clean your copper pots. Rub tarnished copper with lemon wedges to bring back the shine and clean away the tarnish. If you have a particularly dirty spot, try rubbing lemon and baking soda on the spot. In a pinch, ketchup will also clean tarnish off of copper.
Baking soda absorbs odors out of more than just your refrigerator. By sprinkling baking soda over your carpet and letting it sit for 30 minutes before vacuuming, you will effectively remove any odors trapped in your carpet. Make sure to vacuum slowly so that your vacuum has time to suck up all the dirt and fluff up any traffic patterns.
Here is one of my favorite recipes for homemade carpet powder.