DIY Natural Spring Cleaners
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Need spring cleaning inspiration?
Many products we use to clean our homes have harsh chemicals that can be harmful to our children and pets. Revamp your spring cleaning routine with these natural, DIY cleaning products from our friends at Fresh Mommy Blog, Recipes to Nourish and Root + Revel! These homemade natural cleaners are created with ingredients from Sprouts that are natural and chemical-free. And the best part is, you may already have some of the items in your home.
Chemical-free Stainless-steel Cleaner by Fresh Mommy Blog
This DIY glass and stainless steel cleaner is streak-free with the addition of a simple surprise ingredient. It’s natural, chemical-free and easy to make with items you probably already have around the house!
- Glass bottle in a 16 oz. size at least (stainless steel is also safe.)
- Spray top
- 1 cup of Distilled water
- ½ cup Alcohol
- ½ cup Sprouts White Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. Corn starch
- 6 drops Pure orange essential oil (optional)
- 6 drops Pure lemon essential oil (optional)
- Using a funnel, add ½ cup of vinegar to the glass bottle.
- Add ½ cup rubbing alcohol. (Optional: remove from recipe or replace with vodka.)
- Pour 1 tablespoon cornstarch in through the funnel.
- Top with 1 cup distilled water. This will also help to get the rest of the cornstarch out of the funnel.
- Optional: add 10–12 drops of essential oil for extra disinfecting power and scent.
- Assemble spray top on the bottle and shake well before each use.
Non-toxic Toilet Bowl Cleaner by Root + Revel
Looking for a safe and non-toxic way to clean your bathroom? This DIY Toilet Cleaner recipe is a natural and effective way to clean and deodorize your toilet. To make fizzy homemade toilet bombs, pods or tablets, all you need is five natural ingredients for a deep cleaning you won’t believe (no scrubbing required)!
- 1 cup Sprouts Baking Soda
- 1/4 cup Citric acid
- 1 Tbsp. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
- 1 tsp. Hydrogen peroxide
- 25 drops Essential oils (I recommend peppermint)
- In a large glass bowl, whisk baking soda and citric acid together until blended.
- Very slowly, add Sal Suds, hydrogen peroxide and essential oils, mixing slowly as you go to ensure you don’t activate the dry ingredients. The mixture should be dry enough that you can mold it into balls, but wet enough that it doesn’t fall apart.
- Fill a silicone mold with cleaning mixture, or you can form small balls (about the size of golf balls) with your hands and place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper to avoid sticking.
- Allow the toilet bombs to air dry about 6–8 hours or overnight.
- Transfer to a glass jar and store in the bathroom.
I place these in the bowl of my toilet every 5–10 flushes to keep the toilet bowl clean and smelling great!
Refrigerator Cleaner with At-home Ingredients by Recipes to Nourish
It’s so easy to make your own DIY refrigerator cleaner with three common ingredients. This lemon-herb vinegar mixture is money-saving, chemical-free and very effective for cleaning.
To Make the Lemon-Herb Vinegar
To Make the Refrigerator Cleaner
- 4 cups Sprouts Organic Distilled White Vinegar
- 5 Lemon peels – yellow rind and white pith only, not the inside flesh
- 1 lg. sprig Fresh rosemary or thyme
- 1 quart or ½ gallon Mason jar with lid
- 1 cup Lemon-herb vinegar
- 1 cup Water, very hot
- 1 Dish sponge or cloth rag
- 1 Spray bottle – preferably glass OR large glass bowl
To Make the Lemon-Herb Vinegar
To Clean the Refrigerator
- Add the lemon peels and rosemary or thyme to a ½ gallon (8-cup) Mason jar.
- Pour 4 cups of vinegar over the lemon peels and herbs, making sure they are covered and submerged.
- Cover with a lid and let sit on the counter, out of direct sunlight, for 1 week or up to 2 weeks.
- Strain the lemon-herb vinegar through a fine-mesh strainer into a quart (4-cup) Mason jar.
- Add the lemon-herb vinegar and hot water to a spray bottle or a large glass bowl.
- If using a spray bottle, spray the mixture onto all refrigerator surfaces like the walls, drawers and shelves and use a dish sponge or cloth rag to wipe down and clean the surfaces.
- If using a glass bowl, soak and ring out a dish sponge or cloth rag in the lemon-herb vinegar water solution and wipe down and clean all of the refrigerator surfaces.
- Repeat steps as needed until the inside of the refrigerator is clean.
- Advance preparation is required.
- Yield: 1-quart lemon-herb vinegar
- Storage: Can be stored in a covered glass container for up to a year.
- Uses: Save leftover mixture for weekly refrigerator spot-treatment maintenance or for monthly deep-cleaning. Alternatively, you can add the remaining lemon-herb vinegar to a spray bottle with filtered water using a 1:1 ratio and use as an all-purpose natural cleaner for cleaning most surfaces. [Note: Vinegar is known to kill up to 80 percent of bacteria, mold and most germs.]
- Tip: If you have some stubborn spills in your refrigerator you can sprinkle a little baking soda over the stubborn spill and do a light spray of the cleaning mixture, then put a little elbow grease into it. Baking soda is one of the best natural cleaners when you need something a bit more abrasive.
How to Clean Your Makeup Brush without Harsh Chemicals by Root + Revel
Say goodbye to toxic chemicals and expensive store-bought products. For this DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner, you only need three ingredients to create an easy and effective homemade solution.
- 1 oz. Sprouts Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 oz. Lavender castile soap
- 6 drops Organic tea tree oil
- In a large glass bowl, combine all 3 ingredients and stir to combine.
- Swirl your makeup brushes in the cleaning solution until thoroughly coated.
- In a second glass or bowl filled with clean water, swirl the coated brush until rinsed through. (You can go back and forth between the cleaning solution and the water as many times as you need to until the brush is completely clean and all color is gone. Sometimes it helps to rinse under the faucet, as well.)
- When you’re done, simply pat the brush on a clean microfiber cloth and lay flat to dry. (I like to let my brushes dry overnight, but it usually takes about 6–8 hours to dry naturally.)
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