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Spring Cleaning: 16 Natural DIY Household Cleaners

16 Natural DIY Household Cleaners

Now that we are all moved in to our new home, I’m quite excited to tackle some DIY projects for the house. Since it’s also Spring cleaning time, one of the most important and urgent next project is: making new homemade cleaning products! Even in our old home, I concocted various cleaners for the home using safe and toxin-free ingredients for our own health and the health of our dogs.

There are so many harmful and harsh chemicals and fragrances in typical store-bought cleaning products that are linked to a variety of illnesses, so I try avoid them as much as possible. Our livers are already so burdened by the types of food we eat, as well as environmental toxins, so we should all make an extra effort to give it a bit of break and love. The good news is, you can easily make so many cleaners at home that do not cause any harm but are just as effective (and so much cheaper)!

After doing a bit of research, I put together the cleanest and the most effective homemade cleaning product recipes that I love from my fellow bloggers! Hope they work for you as well as they’ve been working for me!

1. All-Purpose Surface Cleaner: Two Ways

Image via Live Simply

Both of these all-purpose cleaners use simple ingredients you probably already have at home and are so effective in cleaning the kitchen, bathroom surfaces, carpets, and some appliances. Depending on the type of surface  you’ll be cleaning, choose either the vinegar-based or the castile soap-based cleaner!

2. Disinfecting Wipes

A healthier alternative to Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes, which contains a long list of toxic chemicals, these homemade disinfecting wipes use vinegar and essential oils for a safer and convenient way to clean almost anything.

3. Homemade Dusting Spray and Wood Polish

Image via Nourishing Joy

This dusting spray comes in 2 different versions (regular and simplified), and it’s so great for cleaning furniture and wood without leaving residues. I love that it works on so many different surfaces!

4.  No-Streak Window Cleaner

Image via Whole New Mom

It took me a while to find a natural glass cleaner that works as well as Windex without leaving a film or streaks, but this window cleaner really does work SO well! You can use it on everything, besides marble, and I’m always so happy and satisfied with the results.

5. Non-Toxic Dishwasher Detergent Tablets

Using a combination of simple ingredients and non-toxic liquid dish soap, these dishwashing detergent tablets are so easy and convenient to just pop into your dishwasher and let them do all the work!

6. Liquid Dish Soap

homemade liquid dish soap

This liquid dish soap is my own recipe that I’ve been using and perfecting for years now and I still love it! It cuts through grease easily and doesn’t leave a residue on the dishes like some DIY dish soaps I have tried.

7. Best Homemade Bathroom Cleaner Ever

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When it comes to cleaning bathrooms, I absolutely hate doing it, and I want something powerful so I can get in and out quickly. This homemade bathroom cleaner works beautifully and I’m able to do just that with it, while still using non-toxic ingredients!

8. DIY Natural Toilet Bombs

Not only do these natural toilet bombs look pretty, they clean the toilet like nobody’s business! I also love that they make the bathroom smell so nice with the addition of essential oils. Plus, it’s such an easy way to clean the toilet!

9. Homemade Anti-Mold Spray

Seeing mold build up in your home is the WORST. Nothing grosses me out more, so I’m so happy to find a recipe that not only removes mold, but prevents it from starting! This anti-mold spray is so simple and easy to make, but the tee tree oil in it makes it a powerful but safe anti-fungal for your home.

10. Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

I have tried SO MANY homemade laundry detergent recipes in the past, and this one is my absolute favorite! It cleans my clothes just as well as the store-bought brands and makes A LOT for super cheap. I use castile soap instead of Fels Naptha soap, and love how great it works!

11. Homemade Dryer Sheet

There are so many harmful unnecessary chemicals in commercial dryer sheets so I stopped using them a long time ago. These reusable dryer sheets soften clothes and reduce static naturally with vinegar, and you can add your own scent to your clothes with addition of essential oils!

12. Natural Air Freshener with Essential Oils

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Ever since I started making a conscious effort to avoid toxic fragrances, I actually get a headache when I walk in the store and pass the aisle with cleaners and air fresheners. This natural air freshener uses just 3 ingredients, and makes the house smell soooo wonderful with your favorite essential oils!

13. Natural Bleach Alternative

I know it’s a struggle for many people to find natural bleach that actually works. Well, look no further, because I couldn’t believe how well this natural bleach alternative took out stains from my clothes after an overnight soak! You can even use it in your washer, or as a cleaner for sinks, tubs, and toilets.

14. Grout Cleaner

Is there anything baking soda and vinegar CAN’T do? This DIY grout cleaner is so effective for cleaning all your tiled floors, and it’s perfectly safe to use. Grab an old toothbrush and get scrubbing, and you’ll have clean and sparkling tile grouts in no time!

15. Hardwood Floor Cleaner

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Our new house has hardwood floors (which I LOVE), so I’ve been searching for a good, natural cleaner ever since moving it. This easy breezy hardwood floor cleaner recipe is so simple to make, and keeps our floors super clean and smelling nice!

16. Easy Homemade Carpet Cleaner

We don’t have carpets anymore, but our old apartment was carpeted and this easy homemade carpet cleaner was our go-to for stains and general cleaning. Especially with 2 dogs (one with skin allergies) who are laying on the carpet all the time, we didn’t want to use any toxic chemicals that they could be ingesting. This carpet cleaner worked beautifully every time for any kind of stains we had!


Spring clean your house with these toxin-free and natural DIY household cleaners!

Activated Charcoal for Beautiful Skin + Homemade Charcoal Clay Mask

activated charcoal skin

I love activated charcoal! You’ve probably heard of it before for its effective medicinal uses of absorbing toxins or poisons out of the body. Because of its super absorbency power, activated charcoal acts like a magnet inside the body to attach to chemicals so they can be excreted out of the body.

This is also true when it is used externally, which is why activated charcoal is so great for detoxifying and cleansing the skin. Used on the skin, activated charcoal attaches to dirt and oil and cleans out the pores of its impurities so you end up with clean and beautiful skin. 

One thing to mention about activated charcoal is that using it too much can dry out the skin. Because it cleans out the oils from the pores, it can also reduce the moisture you need to keep your skin healthy. This is why you need to be careful so you don’t use it too often. However, when you incorporate it in into your skin care routine sparingly, you’ll begin to see some wonderful changes to your skin like I did.

Benefits of Activated Charcoal for Skin

  • Reduces acne
  • Treats oily skin
  • Decreases blackheads
  • Deep cleans your skin
  • Soothes cuts, insect bites, and skin irritations
  • Evens out skin tone

How to Use Activated Charcoal

1. USE A CHARCOAL CLEANSING BAR SOAP. As I mentioned before, using charcoal too often can dry out your skin. This is why you need to find a high quality soap with a special formula that also contains moisturizing oils.pdp_charcoalcleansingbar_selling-shot_528_613This is my favorite charcoal bar soap which has done wonders for my acne. I only use it about 3 times a week while still oil cleansing the rest of the time, and it’s still so effective in clearing up my face and occasional back acne. Depending on how your skin feels, you can use it as often as everyday, twice a day. Unfortunately, they sell out pretty fast so if you can’t access that link, please subscribe here so you can be informed immediately via email when it’s back in stock!

2. DEEP CLEAN WITH A CHARCOAL CLAY MASK. I only use charcoal mask twice a week, and I actually look forward to the days I do them because I’m obsessed with the way it makes my skin feel afterwards. It’s such a simple routine that yields really great results. My skin looks so much better, clearer, with reduced pore sizes and blackheads.

Just a note: your skin may feel dry and look red right after you use the mask, so follow up with a high quality moisturizer. The redness should go away after a few hours so I like to use the mask at night before I go to bed so I can wake up to improved skin tone and quality.

You can see my DIY method of using charcoal clay mask below, but if you don’t want to make your own, I highly recommend this Purifying Charcoal Mask. It’s top-notch quality with its mineral-rich mix of kaolin clay and charcoal, and you can feel a huge difference in your skin from just 1 use.

Are you convinced yet that you need to start including activated charcoal into your skin care routine? If not, give this homemade charcoal clay mask a try and I bet you’ll absolutely love it!

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activated charcoal skin

activated charcoal skin

activated charcoal skin

Homemade Charcoal Clay Mask
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  1. Wash your face as usual and dry it thoroughly with a towel.
  2. Using a plastic or glass container** and measuring spoons, combine all ingredients and mix until a paste is formed. Add more apple cider or water if the mixture is too thick to spread.
  3. Apply and spread the charcoal clay mask on your face in a thin layer, avoiding your eyes and your mouth.
  4. Leave on for 15-20 minutes until the mask dries.
  5. Wash with warm water and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
  6. Use every 3-7 days, depending on how your skin feels.
*If you hate the smell of apple cider vinegar, you can just use plain water for this recipe.
**When using bentonite clay and activated charcoal, use glass, ceramic, or plastic with your utensils and containers. They both lose their effectiveness when they come in contact with metal.

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Homemade DIY Activated Charcoal Clay Mask Skin Care

Homemade Clay Toothpaste

homemade clay toothpasteHomemade clay toothpaste is something I started attempting after I became a fan of Earthpaste, an all-natural toothpaste without chemicals and additives. I hate that conventional toothpaste contain hormone disruptors like triclosan and fluoride, unnecessary artificial sweeteners, and foaming agents like DEA which is linked with various cancers. No thank you. While Earthpaste worked for me for a while, I didn’t like that it had a sweet flavor and I thought it would be fun to make my own.

As a side note, my dental health has improved dramatically through the past several years as I changed my diet and started using natural toothpastes. Remember: your dental health reflects your overall health in general, so if you find that you are prone to cavities and inflammation in your gums, it’s worth looking into your diet and finding out what imbalances are happening in your body.

homemade clay toothpaste

homemade clay toothpaste

homemade clay toothpaste

Why Use Clay?

Clay, specifically bentonite clay, is known to contain an abundance of beneficial trace minerals and vitamins and has traditionally been used to boost immunity and to treat mineral deficiencies. It also has an amazing quality of binding to heavy metals, toxins, bacteria, and harmful substances so they can be removed from body. When used in toothpaste, it helps remineralize our teeth with calcium and magnesium, and its binding component also cleans out the mouth of any bacteria that may be forming.

Coupled with stain-reducing baking soda, the antibacterial component of coconut oil, and essentials oils that optimize their effectiveness, this recipe makes an awesome toothpaste that leaves your mouth feeling clean and refreshed.

Remember, When Using Bentonite Clay…

Bentonite clay should NOT come in contact with any metals. When this happens, it loses its effectiveness because it absorbs the metals that it comes in contact with. When using bentonite clay, use glass, ceramic, or plastic with your utensils and containers.

Also, I recommend you purchase bamboo toothbrushes to reduce your exposure to plastic (something like this). Making small changes to our daily routine can ensure that we reduce the amount of toxins that enter our body and the environment, while saving money at the same time if you go the DIY route!

homemade clay toothpaste

homemade clay toothpaste

homemade clay toothpaste
Homemade Clay Toothpaste
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  • 3 tbsp bentonite clay
  • ¼ cup filtered water + more, if needed
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 15-20 drops of essential oils (I like the combo of peppermint and thieves)
  1. In a glass, plastic, ceramic container (do NOT use metal), mix together bentonite clay, melted coconut oil, and water with a non-metal spoon until well mixed.
  2. Add baking soda and essential oils and mix again.
  3. If the toothpaste is too thick, add a little bit of water at a time until it reaches the right consistency.
  4. Put in a glass or plastic container, where you can dip your toothbrush to use the toothpaste. Alternatively, if you have other people using the toothpaste as well, you can store in a bpa-free plastic squeeze tube.

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DIY Homemade Clay Toothpaste