Non-Toxic Homemade Household Cleaners

Today, I was a guest at Fox23’s “Great Day Green Country” on Fox 23 News morning show. I was asked to highlight the Non-Toxic Homemade Household Cleaners that I use around my home.
Here’s the video from this morning. Please, be gentle. I know I look like an idiot-I didn’t know which camera to look at.

I was quite nervous, but, you’ll be able to tell that. And apparently, I am a DIY Diva. What?!

The ingredients in these cleansers are so safe that you cannot only clean with them, but go ahead and eat them! I don’t know of many store-bought products that can say the same thing.


With just four simple ingredients (Vinegar, Baking Soda, Olive Oil, Tea Tree Oil), you can safely and effectively clean your entire house-without rubber gloves and a gas mask. And then, make a snack for later with the same ingredients.

I wanted to give you the recipes that I highlighted this morning on television. (I also have a few links at the bottom of this post with more Homemade Household Cleansers and Beauty Recipes.)


All Purpose Cleaner:
1 Part Vinegar
1 Part Water
Place the ingredients in a spray bottle and get busy.

This is the perfect combination for cleaning. Here are just a few things that can be cleaned with Vinegar and Water (but the list is really endless):
Stainless Steel

Now-you may ask, “Why Vinegar?”.
I’ll tell you why: Vinegar is a natural organic bi-product of fruits, vegetables and grains-meaning it’s both edible and biodegradable. It’s safe for the environment, for family members, and especially for those with asthma. There is no fear of your kiddos being poisoned. It is also a very effective and amazingly versatile household cleaner that is inexpensive to use.
It doesn’t contain harmful toxic chemicals, so if you pour it all down the drain-its impact on municipal sewer and water treatment systems is just like any food product.
Throw away those rubber gloves! It’s gentle on hands, so there is no need to wear rubber gloves. It cleans mirrors, chrome, stainless steel and more streak free, so there is no need to rinse after cleaning. Vinegar has been prized for generations for its usefulness as a stain remover, mildew eliminator, soap scum dissolver, chrome polisher, lime descaler, fabric softener, room deodorizer and as an unclogging agent.
So, I say back to you, “Why NOT Vinegar?”.


Anti-bacterial Cleaner:
1 Cup Vinegar
1 Cup Water
1/8 tsp Tea Tree Oil
Put ingredients in a spray bottle and use when needed.

This smells fantastic, you should know. Secondly, it gets rid of those nasty germs on just about everything but mirrors and t.v. screens. Because of the tea tree oil, it will leave streaks on glass, chrome or stainless steel.

Tea Tree Oil can cure almost anything that you might have. It is a natural antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-infection oil. It can be used in a variety of applications to cure and heal a host of ailments and conditions.It’s been called the “medicine cabinet” in a bottle. For example, Tea Tree Oil can help with:
Athletes foot
Bad breath
Body oil
Dry skin
Fleas-even on pets!
Head lice
Insect bites and more


Furniture Polish/Cleaner
3 Parts of Olive Oil
1 Part Vinegar
Put the liquid ingredients into a jar, seal tightly and shake until mixed. Apply to a microfiber cloth and get busy on the wood in your house. Remix before every use. This polish restores life to sun-baked, old, vintage or neglected wood.

If you have any leftover, make a salad and pour over the top as a dressing. Olive Oil has amazing benefits both for the inside and the outside of your precious little body.

If you use extra virgin organic olive oil, you will benefit from higher levels of antioxidants, especially vitamin E and phenols, the same compounds found in grapes, because the olive oil is less processed. You can also use Olive Oil:
Replace Butter when cooking
Use it as a Body Oil
Control Frizzy Hair with a little bit on your palm and run it through your hair
Moisturize Dry Cuticles & Nails
Control a Nagging Cough or Scratchy Throat by swallowing a teaspoon full
Shine Stainless Pots & Pans by rubbing on after cleaning
Use as a Lip Balm
Or as a Bath Oil.

I love Olive Oil. It’s marvelous.


Toilet Bowl and Drain Cleaner
These two little ingredients can be used in two different ways.
For the Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
Spray the bowl with Vinegar and then sprinkle the bowl with Baking Soda. Use the toilet brush and scrub away. Look at your fancy, clean toilet.

For the Drain Cleaner:
Pour about a 1/2 Cup of baking soda down the clogged drain. Pour boiling water on top of the baking soda. Follow this with 1/2 Cup of Vinegar, then stand back and watch the bubbly magic happen. For really stubborn clogs, add 1/4 Cup of Salt in between the baking soda and the vinegar.

Baking Soda is able to get things clean and sparkly, but without scratching and scouring. It is soluble in water, which means it is easily rinsed away after it has done the job of cleaning. It also cleans:

And even your teeth!

It is not so suitable for cleaning glass, howevever, since it is mildy abrasive.

Now that you armed with your arsenal of cleaning products, it’s time to get busy and get rid of the dirty in your house. I hope you enjoyed these recipes. I love knowing that I clean my house without sacrificing quality!

Here are links to my other Homemade Household Cleansers and Beauty Products:
Easy Laundry Soap
DIY Brass Cleaner
Organic Vegetable/Produce Cleaner
Organic Face Cleanser
Organic Face Moisturizer
Organic Eye Makeup Remover
Simple, Organic Lip Balm

And here are a few Homemade Food Items to easily replace store-bought items:
Simple, Tasty Granola
Easy Crockpot Yogurt
Simple, Homemade Butter
Cooking and Freezing Beans, avoiding BPA
Homemade Hummus
Garden Fresh Salsa

It may seem overwhelming at first, to rid your home of toxins. If you want to learn a little bit more about toxins in your home, how they affect you and the environment, I have an educational team website called the “No Toxin Zone“.

6 Figure Moms

I have also found some simple solutions to replace the things that I cannot make myself. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Thanks so much for stopping by and spending time with such a weirdo. Make sure you become a Facebook Fan or a Linky Follower to keep up to date with what this weirdo comes up with next. Have a great day!

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23 Responses to "Non-Toxic Homemade Household Cleaners"

  1. Jill B says:

    Hi! Thanks for all your terrific recipes! I have a question re. your homemade dishwasher detergent. I made and used this for the 1st time yesterday. I have a film on my dishes that I am having difficulty scrubbing off now. Does Dr. Bronners make different Castile soaps? Could that be the cause? I purchased Dr. Bronner’s pure castile soap in the light blue container….it says 18-1 Hemp unscented pure Castile soap made with organic oils. It is the baby mild formula. Would love to hear back and see if I made this with the wrong Castile soap. Thank you so much!

    • Rebekah says:

      A couple of other people had the same problem with theirs. What helped them was adding vinegar to the “rinse/jet dry” section of their dishwasher to remove the white film. Also, you could try leaving out the lemon juice. Another reader said this is what fixed it for them. It may have something to do with a reaction to the minerals in your water or sediment built up in your water lines. I’m not sure. I haven’t had this problem, but I am now trying to come up with another mixture for the rest of you guys and have others test it before I post it. I’m so sorry that you’ve experienced this!

  2. Sally Lechtenberg says:

    You were awesome! I love your site I have it bookmarked now! I will pass the word on. I have been making homemade laundry detergent and love love love it! I also understand the healing power of tree oil. I’m going to save all your recipes! Thank You!

  3. Lindsey says:

    You did a great job on Great Day Green Country! I am going to try some of the cleaners around our house. I am always trying to find cheap alternatives that aren’t harmful to the dog or baby. Thanks for all of your advice 🙂

  4. Sheri Waddell says:

    It was great to actually see you in action finally!! DIY Diva you are!!! The mascara incident was hilarious!! I feel bad for the girls, and yet cannot help but think of Cowboy. I have the feeling he would have somehow known to keep himself at a safe distance. The girls will learn to be cautiously curious around you, eventually, eh?

    You rock!

    • Rebekah says:

      You are way to kind. I don’t think I’ve earned the title of “DIY Diva” quite yet. Thanks for watching and for being so sweet about my debut!

  5. Janice says:

    Hey! Rebekah You were great! Thanks for posting the video! I had decided as my “backstock” of cleaning products ran out I would start replacing them w/ your recipes. But forget that – you made cleaning sound so fun I’m mixing up my first batch Rebekah’s All Purpose Cleaner tomorrow!:) Well done!

    • Rebekah says:

      Thank you so much for the encouraging words! You know how you rehash everything afterwards….Let me know how you like the recipes when you get around to making them.
      Talk with you soon!

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    Hi – I’d love to try these recipes, but I *hate* the smell of tea tree oil! Is there something that I can replace it with? Thanks!


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