I am a nesting pregnant fool who is 40 weeks pregnant with baby 3 and I have been cleaning this home like nobody’s business. I used to be a clean freak but then I had two boys and well…..the rest is history. I have been trying for a year to change the products my family uses in our home to more natural and safe products with less chemicals; cleaning products included. If you are a skeptic like me, this post is for you. I am going to share 5 natural and simple ways to clean your home that is cheap, easy, and WORKS!
- Mattress Cleaner: If you haven’t had a potty training child in your home, then you may not need this but if you do then you will get it. My plan for years has been to toss it and buy a new one, but mattresses are not cheap and we bought this one for our guest room and it was not cheap! If you have a dirty/stained mattress this one is for you.
- 8oz hydrogen peroxide
- 1-2 drops of dish soap
- 3 tbs. baking soda
- Mix the ingredients together so that baking soda disintegrates.
- To keep it simple I mixed all of the ingredients together in a measuring cup and poured onto mattress. You can use a spray bottle but I opted to skip that step and apply directly from measuring cup.
- Wait for mattress to dry and vacuum.
Here are before and after’s from our 4 year old’s mattress. Wish I had tried this years prior!
2. Tub Cleaner: I will be the first to admit I hate cleaning my tub. I typically buy Foaming Bathroom Cleaner and call it a day. It doesn’t work though and I give up. This homemade mixture did the trick with one application and now I am a lifelong believer.
- ½ cup of white vinegar
- ½ cup of dish soap
- Spray bottle
- Heat the white vinegar in the microwave for 90-120 seconds.
- Mix in the dish soap.
- Spray evenly throughout the tub and shower.
- Wait an hour or two and wipe off with cloth/towel.
I waited two hours before wiping off since ours was extra grimy. I truly was prepared for it not to work and viola it’s shining.
3. Washing Machine Cleaner
- 1 cup of bleach
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- Use the high temp / hot rinse setting on your washer. Mine is a top loader with a deep wash option, so I selected that option.
- Allow the washer to fill and add vinegar and bleach to run for a full cycle.
*I moved directly on to the pillow cleaner below and threw in white linen dinner napkins so I didn’t waste any water.
4. Pillow Cleaner: Our four year old’s pillows are gross. I typically throw them out and buy new ones. Quite frankly, it never occurred to me that cleaning them was an option! Embarrassing, I know.
- 2 tbs of laundry detergent
- 2-3 drops of essential oils (I used lemon because that is what I have on hand).
- ½ cup of White vinegar
- 1 cup of Hydrogen peroxide
- Put the pillows in the washer (I have a top loader) and begin filling with hot water. I have a deep wash cycle that I selected as well.
- After water begins filling add vinegar, peroxide and then laundry detergent.
- Add a few drops of essential oils on each pillow in the dryer to make smell good! Could skip this and use dryer sheets or oils on wool balls if you have those too.
5. Microwave cleaner
- 1 cup white vinegar
- Heat vinegar in the measuring cup in the microwave for 3 minutes.
- Wipe down with a cloth/towel immediately after.
6. Dishwasher Cleaner:
- Baking Soda
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- Run the high temp wash on the washer with a cup of white vinegar on top rack.
- Immediately run the high temp wash again with baking soda sprinkled on the bottom of the dishwasher.
- *I did the dishwasher immediately after the microwave since the cup of vinegar was already measured and available.
The best part is these are all ingredients you can find at any store for extremely cheap! Little effort, little cost, and a clean home is a major home run in my book. Oh and Baby Kieran – this house is cleaner than its been in years and we are all really ready to meet you. Lets go ahead and make this official while the house is still clean ok? See you soon!