– Salt: Salt is good for scrubbing since it’s not too abrasive. Also, salt, coupled with vinegar, is excellent at removing stains. And there are no harmful household chemicals!
– Essential Oils: Ah, nature’s multi-purpose miracle oils! It’s great for your skin and hair, and it also serves as great organic cleaners. Not only that, but according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, essential oils of spices and herbs—namely thyme, origanum, mint, cinnamon, salvia and clove—possess the strongest antimicrobial properties.
– Lemon (the fruit or the essential oil): Lemon can brighten your laundry, serve as a nifty alternative to bleach, deodorize household odors and make your surfaces shine!
– Castile Soap: Castile soap is olive-based and can be used to clean everything from your face to your dishes. Dr. Bronners is a renowned fair trade and organic-cleaning brand. They are also certified cruelty-free.
– Baking Soda: Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and sodium carbonate (washing soda) are both great for getting rid of grease, especially when coupled with lemon. You should probably wear gloves when using sodium carbonate, as washing soda can be a little harsher on the skin than baking soda.
– Cornstarch: Cornstarch also served as a starching solution when it comes time to cleaning your clothes, as it absorbs stubborn oils and greases with relative ease.
The granddaddy of chemical-free, natural, eco-friendly cleaners, vinegar is, by definition, a water-based solution containing about 5% acetic acid — a powerful solvent. Translation: The secret ingredient in your mom’s recipe for potato salad spells “lights out” for most bacteria, viruses, mildew, and mold.