Natural Cleaning Products & Air Fresheners

All Purpose Cleaner

You can clean many surfaces with simple and cheap products - Vinegar, or baking soda. Seventh Generation also makes a really good All-Purpose Cleaner.

Scouring the Bathtub 

Try this Tub & Tile Cleaner (it has a fir scent) or here is a natural Unscented Tub & Tile Cleaner.

The Toilet

To clean the toilet try pouring vinegar or half a cup of lemon juice in the toilet bowl and letting it sit for 30 minutes. You have to clean really often for this to work.

For tougher stains try Bon Ami Powder (unscented), or Seventh Generation toilet cleaner which has a fir scent.

Glass & Windows

A 50/50 vinegar and water solution works great. Wipe with newspaper.

Or, even simpler, water and a microfibre cloth! You can get these online.

Polishing Stainless Steel

While lemon can remove hard-water marks, and baking soda with a scrubbing sponge can remove grime, a microfiber cloth will make it look shiny and new!

For the kitchen sink, use olive oil on a soft cloth to buff.

Baked on oil and food stains on a stainless steel kettle or cookie sheet can be removed with a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit for a while, it will work wonders.

Polishing Furniture

Walnut to remove scratches
For wood furniture that has a bit of a sheen use two parts olive oil and one part lemon juice (spray on and wipe off). For a matte dark wood, like my rocking chair, I tried concentrated black tea (cooled to room temperature). It looked great but left the wood feeling slightly tacky.

Walnuts also worked surprisingly well to remove scratches! (Works on wood floors too). A hair dryer can help to remove rings left by water. Follow with a polish.

Removing Stains & Mould

For stained laminate, clean with a mixture of baking soda and Hydrogen Peroxide. The same thing works really well on stained tile grout, i.e. around the toilet, or to remove mould from grout.

Dish Soap & Hand Soap

Be sure to use a non-toxic biodegradable brand like Seventh Generation and test for your own sensitivities.

Air Fresheners

If you can tolerate essential oils then you could use a spray solution like Aura Cacia or cotton balls soaked in essential oils and hidden (under the bathroom sink, for example).

If you want to use essential oils and a diffuser (use a water free one), the most tolerable options are vanilla, chocolate and cocoa.

I've been trying various natural air fresheners: The popular Pinterest post of vanilla, rosemary and lemon (simmered) was OK, not as great as I hoped (grate the lemon rind before adding it to get the lemon scent out). I tried simmering black tea with spices (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg) as well.


  1. Its is really wonder to here that lemon,vinegar were used for the cleaning purpose.Your blog is useful.Here after i will try to do this type of best and cheap cleaning

  2. The use of natural cleaning products is certainly becoming the most preferred cleaning alternative these days. The best natural cleaning products are safe and odorless because they do not have harmful toxins in them.
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  3. These are some really good tips which I might have to try. I have found that odor elimination can be a difficult task but there are some good ways to get the smell gone.

  4. You can try enzyme cleaners products available in the market. These cleaning products are able to remove stains found on your mattress and it has been proven effective to break down any particles.
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  5. For cleaning my toilet I always use white vinegar and baking soda. Just let it fizz and sit for about 20 minutes and brush and flush. I have MCS and had to learn how to stay away from toxins fast and keep my home safe before I would get worse and have to live outside where it had just fresh air.

  6. How would you suggest to clean solid wood floors that are first finished in a wax then rubio monocoat oil? We've had some continuing construction in our house after having our solid wood floors were installed and now the floors are a wreck. I've vacuumed several times and was wondering if there's a concoction I can make myself to help smooth the surface?