obsessive very particular about my cleaning products.
I try to use natural cleaning products as much possible. I want my house to look great, but I don’t want to get this result at the price of poor quality supplies or unnecessary chemicals.
Since we have 4 boys and a dog and we live somewhat out in the country, a lot of dirt comes into our house every day. And while I love a clean house, I don’t love spending a lot of time cleaning. So I look for products and supplies that work harder so I don’t have to 🙂
Here are my favorite natural cleaning products.
Natural Cleaning Supplies
Microfiber cloths. Use microfiber for kitchen counters and sinks, dusting, bathroom cleaning (reserve a separate color for the toilet), car interiors, scrubbing baseboards and woodwork, etc. etc.
Microfiber glass cleaning cloths do a great job on windows and mirrors. You can use them with just water – no glass cleaner needed.
A good mop for hard surface floors. I don’t think which mop you choose is terribly important, as long as you have a good washable microfiber cover.
You can get most of these cleaners at the grocery store or at Amazon. Grove.co is another website that carries a full line of natural cleaners (Get a $10 welcome bonus to Grove on your first order!)
Soft Scrub ™ with bleach. Nothing else works as well on our white solid surface kitchen sink. Stains vanish like magic.
Hydrogen peroxide. A gentler alternative to bleach. Add ¼ cup + ¼ cup baking soda to laundry as a homemade alternative to Oxyclean.
Baking soda. Buy the 5 pound box and never run out. I use baking soda:
- to scrub cooked on spills on my glass cooktop
- in homemade adhesive remover
- in homemade laundry detergent
- and many other places.
Barkeepers Friend. This gentle scrub dissolves grime on bathtubs and tile like magic! It’s also great on kitchen sinks and pans that can’t take heavy duty scrubbing. The 4 pack at Amazon for $12 is the best value
Isopropyl alcohol is used in easy homemade glass and electronics cleaner
Thieves all-purpose cleaner concentrate. No other natural product cuts grease better than Thieves cleaner concentrate. And a little 14 oz bottle makes gallons and gallons of cleaning solution.
The only downside with the Thieves line of products is that they’re produced by Young Living which means you need a membership to buy it. Young Living is similar to having a Costco membership, although you only have to buy in once and you’re a member for life. You can get a Young Living starter kit with all kinds of Thieves based products. If you decide to sign up, go through my link here because I’ll have some welcome bonuses for you!
If you don’t want to bother with Young Living, Method makes a good, natural all-purpose cleaner as does Mrs. Meyers.
Mrs. Meyers toilet bowl cleaner (or a little bleach scrubbed and left to soak)
Mrs. Meyers or Method dish soap.
Cascade dishwasher detergent is my go-to dishwasher detergent. Nothing else seems to come close to it’s cleaning power.
Wood floor cleaner (several options). I use our Thieves all-purpose cleaner on our wood and tile floors. We’re installing a bamboo floor in our living room soon and I’ll be using Bellawood cleaner on that. Method also makes a natural wood floor cleaner (although I haven’t tried it so I can’t vouch for it.)
Magic Erasers really do work magic! We use them on baseboards, walls, for some pots and pans, and numerous other tough spots.
A good vacuum. I adore my Shark Navigator vacuum. It’s lightweight enough for my 5 year old, the cord is extra long, and with the bagless canister, I can SEE how much dirt I’m picking up (ewww). I thought our old vacuum did a good job until I got the Shark. I will never skimp on a vacuum again! Ours is now 2 years old and still going strong.
Carpet cleaner. I don’t use my carpet cleaner very much, but when it’s needed (think yucky messes), I’m uber grateful that I’ve got one in the house. And when we do a deep clean, I’m always fascinated and horrified by all the dirt that gets pulled out of the carpet. Vacuums can only reach so far.
My carpet cleaner model is no longer for sale, but this one is comparable and quite affordable.
If you do buy a carpet cleaner, make sure that the one you choose has separate compartments for clean and dirty water. Some models only have a filter to catch the dirt which kind of defeats the purpose if you’re dealing with a wet mess. OK – this is getting way too gross so I’ll move on.
That’s it for the cleaning supplies I use.
It’s a pretty short list considering these things keep our entire house clean!