It was only recently that I decided to try out natural cleaners, and I still use some commercial products such as Pledge for my wood furniture, but so far I have been happy with how castile soap and white vinegar have been working for me. I have also switched to cleaning with microfiber cloths and rags as a way to cut down on the waste caused by single-use items like paper towels. Reducing number of cleaners/containers + reusing= minimalist win!
I bought these 2-cup glass spray bottles from Amazon and started with 1/8 cup of castile soap to a little bit under 2 cups of purified water (the bottle recommends 1/4 cup soap to 2 cups water but I didn’t want to overfill my 16oz. bottle). From what I understand, the first step to getting a good clean is scrubbing down surfaces with plain old hot soapy water. The castile soap also has germ-killing properties. Gone are the days of just spraying a heavily chemical product on everything and hoping it will kill all the germs and not the environment.
I found a “recipe” for my vinegar cleaner in the book At Home with Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott (The Daily Connoisseur). It’s incredibly simple: one cup of water, one cup of white vinegar, and 40 drops of lavender essential oil (to cut the vinegar smell. I find it works fairly well but not perfectly. I’m afraid to add too much more lavender, though, in case the scent becomes overwhelming). Vinegar is said to disinfect, deodorize, and cut grease. I got some of my information about these natural cleaners from this article.
I hope you have found this post useful, and that it perhaps inspires you to try out some natural cleaners; the vinegar works particularly well on glass and mirrors.
Have you tried any natural cleaners? How do they work for you?