The Best Natural Cleaning Products for Your Home

By Elizabeth Freeman , last updated May 23, 2011

If you want to stop using bleach and other harsh, toxic chemicals to get your home clean, try using natural cleaning products instead. You can purchase natural cleaning products or make your own. Making your own is often much less expensive and just as effective as buying a bottle of natural cleaning solution.


White vinegar is a great natural cleaning product. Mix equal parts vinegar with water for an inexpensive, eco-friendly window cleaning solution. If the smell of vinegar doesn't appeal to you, you can add a few drops of an essential oil, such as lavender or lemon, to improve the smell and boost the cleaning power. If you have hard water, vinegar can remove mineral deposits. Simple spray undiluted vinegar on to the shower walls or door, let sit for a few minutes, then wipe away. Vinegar will also kill and remove mold from windowsills and walls. Let the vinegar sit for 15 minutes before wiping it off.

Castile Soap

You can use castile soap, a type of plant-based soap, to clean practically anything, including your teeth and hair. To use it around the home, dilute 1/4 cup of soap with 2 gallons of water to clean your tile or vinyl floors. You can also use it to wipe down the stove and counter tops, even if you have a marble counter. Vinegar will scratch marble. To remove tough, stuck-on stains with castile soap, combine a tablespoon soap with 1/2 cup of baking soda.


Borax, or sodium borate, will clean and deodorize a number of surfaces. Mix a 1/2 cup borax with a gallon of water and use to clean your shower, sink, counters and walls. Pour a few tablespoons in the toilet and let it sit for a few hours, then swirl to deodorize and disinfect. You can also add a few tablespoons to your washing machine with your usual detergent or use borax to scrub difficult stains off of cookware.

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