I 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:
- 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 Grove.com. They have all of my favorite eco-friendly brands at very reasonable prices,
Homemade Cleaning Recipes Printable
If you want to print out my homemade cleaning recipes, grab the free PDF here! Here are some other recipes, if you’re wanting to explore 🙂