When my kids were babies, I would spend their nap times in the bathrooms with the vent fan running, scrubbing away and trying not to breathe the toxic fumes. However, the day came when they no longer napped, and, even worse, they wanted to help! I didn’t want them in the room, much less handling the chemicals in those cleaners. So, I set out to find a better way to a cleaner home.
Honestly, I didn’t think natural cleaners could live up to the cleaning power of chemical products. But, for the most part, I have been pleasantly surprised. In the cases that I do have to turn to a chemical cleaner, I simply rest in the fact that our exposure has decreased substantially.
The staple of a great natural cleaning arsenal is a great all purpose cleaner. This easy-to-make cleaner combines citrus (which works as a degreaser, stain remover and freshener) and vinegar (which serves to break down mold, grease, mineral deposits and bacteria). It’s completely safe for the kids, cheap to make, and smells amazing! Use it to clean and deodorize sinks, stovetops, countertops, bathtubs, floors, toilets, and more.
Grab the printable recipe below!
- Glass jar
- Orange peels (or any other citrus fruit peels)
- 1-2 Tablespoons of salt
- Spray bottle
- Fill your glass container with orange peels. (You can save orange peels in the freezer until you have enough and are ready to make the cleaner.)
- Lightly coat the orange peels with salt and let them sit for at least 30 minutes. This will pull the oils from the peels for a great citrus smell and more cleaning power.
- Fill your container with vinegar and water. I like about half and half.
Now that you have a cleaning product that’s safe for your little ones, check out these tips for getting your toddler to help around the house!