Homemade Cleaning Recipes Printable | homemadeforelle.comI have been making my own household cleaners for almost 5 years now, and I love them!  I was inspired to find non-toxic cleaners, after my first baby started crawling.  Every time I mopped my floors with a commercial cleaner, she would break out into a rash whenever her skin touched the floors.  After I did more research, I discovered EWG, and learned that commercial cleaners can be unsafe.  I certainly didn’t want my baby exposed to possible carcinogens or toxins that could affect her development. 

Over the years, I have created numerous homemade cleaning recipes, most of them involving 3 basic natural ingredients:

  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Essential Oils

Do they work?

When I first started making my own homemade cleaners, my first concern was whether they could do the job! 

Do homemade cleaners work?  The short answer is: it depends! If your objective is to clean your home, yes, these homemade cleaning recipes work!  If you are looking to disinfect your home, the answer is, maybe. Let me explain.

  • Disinfectant against Human Pathogens: This study looked at the efficacy of vinegar and baking soda as a disinfectant against staff infection, salmonella, E. coli, polovirus, and a few other human pathogens.  They did demonstrate some antimicrobial activity, but were found to be overall, less effective than other commercial household disinfectants.
  • Antibacterial Activity of Essential Oils: Do studies show essential oils to have antibacterial properties? Again, the answer is not so simple.  Some essential oils show varying degrees of efficacy, depending on the dilution. 

The bottom line – vinegar, baking soda and essential oils, in specific concentrations, do kill some bacteria and provide some disinfectant properties, but it is unlikely to be as effective of a disinfectant as commercial cleaners.  BUT, this article does a great job of posing the question – what is your objective?  Your household is not an operating room, so is sanitizing your home necessary? I tend to think we may be over-doing it. 

I feel more than comfortable using homemade cleaners in my home.  If you are still on the fence, but want something safer than what you can buy at your regular market, I recommend you checkout the natural cleaning products at

2 Responses to Homemade Cleaning Recipes Printable

  1. Susan says:

    I’ve been using homemade cleaners for years. Be aware that using vinegar on granite can cause etching, so avoid homemade cleaners with vinegar on granite.

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