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The Best Nontoxic Cleaning Recipes | 5 Day Plan to Clean Your Whole Home

 

Hi friend! Today I’m sharing a few tips on how I spring clean. I used to be a clean-freak, like clean windows and floors once a week kind of clean-freak, before kids. Now I just stick to the basics and keep things tidy as much as possible. Over the last few years, we have been very intentional about what we bring into our home and what we use to clean with. Two staples in our cleaning routine are nontoxic cleaning concentrates and steamers. As I use and approve of more nontoxic options I will share them here below under “shop”.  I HIGHLY recommend you look up all of the products that you use for cleaning (some of them you probably use daily, like kitchen countertop cleaner) on the Think Dirty app to see what your working with.

The Best Nontoxic Cleaning Recipes | 5 Day Plan to Clean Your Whole Home

Tips for Success

  1. Make a list of everything you want to get done. Things like decluttering, cleaning rooms, dusting, grout, baseboards, windows, etc. I’ll share my list below.
  2. Plan out what you’ll need for each task (glass cleaner, sponges, paper towel, trash bags, steamer, etc.)
  3. Do one thing/room a day so you don’t get overwhelmed. This one is hard for me because I like to get everything done in a day like I used to before kids, but not it’s just not possible to do that so I go in sections.
  4. Do your cleaning in the morning if you can. If you work in the morning then plan to do it on your day off. The earlier the better and the more motivated you’ll be.
  5. Just start. Once you have everything planned out just start, it’s like working out or anything you procrastinate with, the hardest part is just getting there/starting. Turn up the music, start your diffuser, and get going.

Plan It Out

Here is my list of things I need to get done for “spring cleaning” and it’s more like every season cleaning because I like to deep clean at the start of each season. These are things I do not do regularly, like every week or every month. I can make a list and tips on those types of chores too if you’d like! Let me know in the comments if you like cleaning posts. I can also do a video if you prefer.

DAY 1

declutter

    • kids toys // we go through all toys once a season and donate a few otherwise we’d be overwhelmed with stuff, we try our best to be minimalists. Simple is better.
    • closets // same with our closets, I go through them once or twice a year and donate things I haven’t worn in awhile
    • storage room // we have a large space that we store extra stuff in which is nice to have but it can get packed full quickly if we’re not careful. we go through this room once a season and donate all things that we don’t need
    • you can also do a quick steam clean on all closets and door handles while decluttering
    • products needed: trash bags, steam cleaner

DAY 2

windows + walls

    • clean all windows + blinds + machine wash all curtains
    • I have a Tineco Stick Vaccum that I love for getting loose dirt and dust, then I use my window cleaner, then I use my steamer for the window ledge and any extra dirty spots. Steam cleaning is AMAZING and totally nontoxic because it only uses water + heat.
    • products needed: vacuum, window cleaner, steamer, paper towels, microfiber cloths

DAY 3

baseboards + walls + dusting

    • start from top to bottom, so dust everything in your home starting with the ceiling, with your dusting spray (recipe below) and a microfiber cloth or vacuum attachment
    • vacuum all baseboards, then spray and wipe down all walls + baseboards.
    • steam any extra dirty spots first then wipe with a microfiber towel
    • products needed: all-purpose cleaner, paper towel, microfiber towels, steamer, vacuum

DAY 4

grout + floors

    • Floor day is my favorite day because I get to use all of my cool cleaning tools (I have perfected my lineup and these are the very best).
    • I use our mop vac on all floors including the bathrooms
    • toss all bathroom and kitchen rugs in the washer then hang them to dry
    • vacuum under beds and areas that don’t get regularly cleaned
    • freshen the carpet by sprinkling carpet powder (recipe below) all over, let sit for an hour, then vacuum up
    • if the carpets are still looking dirty I will deep clean them with our carpet shampooer – (natural carpet shampoo)
    • if you just have some small stains and dont have time to do the entire room I also love this spot cleaner
    • products neededvacuum, carpet powder, laundry soap, carpet spot cleaner, mop vac, carpet shampooer

DAY 5

clean cabinets + appliances

    • use your all-purpose cleaner to wash all cabinets inside and out
    • use the same cleaner to wipe down all appliances like the fridge (inside and out), the dishwasher, the microwave, and the oven. For the oven, I also use a DIY soft scrub. Use a handheld steamer to clean extra greasy or dirty areas, then wipe with a microfiber cloth (link:
    • products needed: all-purpose cleaner, scrub brush, paper towel, microfiber towels, DIY soft scrub, handheld steamer

SHOP

Need some cleaning supplies? Here are some of our favorites:

Revive Immunity Boost Cleaning Concentrate  | Simply Earth multipurpose cleaning tablets

Essential oil brands we use and love

Essential oils are great to add to cleaning DIY recipes because they add antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties + they smell amazing!

Other Cleaning Products I Use & Love

Other Tips

  • get an air purifier to help keep the air in your home cleaner, we love this one for small spaces and this one for large areas.
  • get a babysitter or grandparent to take your kids for the morning so you can get your cleaning done
  • less is more, try to get a natural concentrate that you can use for literally anything in your home (we like Revive, and Branch Basics)
  • ditch all the bleach and Windex, your lungs will thank you

Natural Cleaning Recipes

Other Recipes

Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar or a tbsp of natural cleaning concentrate
  • 1 cup water
  • 10-20 drops of essential oil (e.g., lavender, lemon, tea tree)

Instructions: Mix all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well before using. This solution can be used to clean countertops, appliances, and various surfaces.

Window Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 5-10 drops of lemon essential oil

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Use this solution with a lint-free cloth or newspaper for streak-free window cleaning.

Dusting Spray

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil (e.g., lemon or lavender)

Instructions: Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake before each use. Spray onto a microfiber cloth and use it to dust surfaces, including wooden furniture.

Floor Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 gallon of warm water
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil (e.g., lemon or eucalyptus)

Instructions: Mix the ingredients in a bucket. Use this solution to mop and clean hard floors, such as tile or hardwood.

Heavy Degreaser

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup dish soap
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil

Instructions: Mix the ingredients to form a paste. Apply the paste to greasy or grimy surfaces in the kitchen, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub away with a sponge or scrub brush.

Carpet Powder

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil (e.g., lavender, lemon)

Instructions: Mix the baking soda and essential oil in a container. Sprinkle the mixture liberally over your carpet, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then vacuum it up to refresh and deodorize your carpet.

Soft Scrub for Tiles and Showers

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 10-15 drops of tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil

Instructions: Mix all the ingredients to form a paste. Apply the paste to tiles, grout, or the shower area, scrub with a sponge or brush, and rinse clean.

I hope you found some helpful tips! When do you start spring cleaning? I like to start when I can open the windows and air the house out. It’s one of my favorite times of the year!

x, T

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29 Comments

  1. This is sooo perfect! I’ve been trying to change over to all-natural cleaning but didn’t know where to begin! So many good ideas ahhh!!! 🙂

  2. I like how you did a certain thing like cleaning all the baseboards, blinds etc.

    I have a small apartment and don’t know that I would ever use all of these products up. I know I need to switch to a more healthy cleaning product because I have no ideal what is in my cleaning products. And who sits down and tries to go on line and figure out what each item is. This all sounds so great.

  3. Yes, it is that time of year for me to do my Spring cleaning. Hope your list will make it go easier and quicker for me. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh my gosh I seriously needed this ! I’ve been putting off my spring cleaning mainly due to the harmful- chemical filled junk we have in my home (I don’t pick out the main cleaning supplies) I’ve been trying to find DIY or budget friendly green and clean cleaning products or recipes, also, the tips on spacing out what I need to get done is super helpful, considering I’m the same way, once I start I want to flip everything upside down and clean everything in one day! Thanks so much !

    1. Yay I’m glad you found the tips helpful! I have a little more to finish tmrw, it’s been a long process this year lol. Awesome to you for wanting to find clean products to use! Let me know if you want to try thieves cleaner ☺️

  5. Thieves sounds like an awesome product, I must try this for our household cleaning needs! Thank you so much for the tips and recipes!

  6. Having a number of pets, I am always concerned about using chemicals to clean. Thanks for letting me know about how to keep my place spotless without endangering my companions!

  7. Definitely interested in trying this.. is there a ‘visual’ list (image) of what all comes in the kit? Also, I noticed some of the recipes didn’t specifically say to add water; was that intentional or? I DID see that it says to use 16oz spray bottles, etc..
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. If you click here https://www.youngliving.com/vo/?utm_expid=.tl3XQPf-TLmpzG5lWEPInA.2&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwordpress.com%2F#/enroll/starter-kits it should have a picture listed with all of the products. Plus getting the Thieves kit makes you a member (no additional fees to be a member) and you then get 24% off all products for life! You can also go to bit.ly/toreynoora and select other premium kits on the drop down menu in step 1. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have more questions. You can always email me at torey.noora@gmail.com

    2. Oh, and yes you always fill to the top of the 16 oz bottles with water. I am going back to fix that now, thanks!

  8. Thank you for sharing your process, I’m going to try it out! How do you like your Dyson stick vacuum? I recently had my carpets cleaned, and the technician pointed out that I should get a new vacuum because my current one was leaving a lot of dust behind. I’ve heard great things about Dyson and am considering getting one.

    1. Thanks for reading! Let me know how it goes! I LOVE the Dyson, it gets all the dust and that’s why I love it. I also love that when a part goes bad you can just replace it easily. I just had to get a new brush roll because I wore ours down to nothing lol. It was cheap to replace too.

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