When you try to avoid health hazards in your food, it’s only natural that that mindset will flow into other areas of your life as well. That was my experience. Why would I assemble a pantry full of healthful ingredients yet ignore the toxic ingredients in my beauty products or cleaning supplies? A natural kitchen is no place for toxic chemicals, but I had plenty lined up under my kitchen sink!
One of my summer goals was to assemble a caddy of natural cleaning supplies, so as I’ve been using up old cleaners, I’ve replaced them with “cleaner” options. While there are some fun recipes out there for homemade cleaning products, I’m convinced that the simplest and most frugal way to go is with a few basic tools that get the job done.
My microfiber cloths are my best cleaning friends. Their myriad fibers trap dirt and bacteria, cleaning up surfaces with just water, and the cloths can be machine-washed and reused for years. I looked in to Norwex antibacterial cloths, but ended up purchasing some Real Simple recommended E-cloths instead, since they were more in budget.
It felt like my birthday when we went to Meijer and I picked out a brand-new cleaning caddy. Here’s what’s inside now:
- Microfiber general purpose cloths– use dry for dusting, or damp to wipe down counters, sinks, and appliances
- Microfiber glass and polishing cloths– use damp to wipe windows and glass
- Microfiber scrubber– use damp for scrubbing the bathtub and sinks
- Paper towels– for cleaning the toilet (basically the only thing we use paper towels for these days!)
- Old toothbrush and Pampered Chef pan scraper– for cleaning cracks and crevices
- Glass spray bottle of vinegar/water mixture OR OnGuard concentrate from doTERRA– extra disinfecting for toilet, floors, or counters
- Re-purposed empty Real Salt shaker of baking soda– extra cleaning/whitening for sinks and tub
- Oxygen bleach– sprinkle inside toilet bowl
Beyond that we have a vacuum, toilet brush, and Swiffer mop which we wrap with a damp microfiber cloth.
Of course, some messes require extra solutions. Our Homemade Happiness has recipes for special cleaning tasks like carpet stains or rust. For an article on the health hazards in commercial cleaning supplies, as well as natural alternatives, read here. And if you really want to dig deep, The Household Products Database provides extensive listings of product ingredients and safety issues.
Where to buy natural cleaning supplies on the cheap
Instead of buying my cleaning supplies in a big-box store, I now purchase them at a discount online! Grove Collaborative is my source for microfiber cloths, kitchen sponges, spray bottles, and natural brands like Dr. Bronner’s, Mrs. Meyer’s, and Seventh Generation. They also sell beautiful glass spray bottles, which I love for storing my cleaning solutions! If you’re new to Grove Collaborative, you can get a FREE Mrs. Meyer’s handsoap + $10.00 store credit when you click through this link.