Chem-Free Cleaning

I want to cover a topic that is very important to me ~ chem-free cleaning. The topic of chemicals comes up in our home quite a bit and we try to do what we can in reducing our use. When it comes right down to it ~ cleaning can be done inexpensively and easily.

You didn’t imagine the words cleaning and inexpensive or easy all working together did you? Neither did I. Now I’m not going to go all soapbox on you, but I think if we all look at trying to live more simply, the natural course of action to follow is ease.

Chem-free cleaning

I admit that I invested quite a bit of time (as a distributor) and money on Norwex products to attempt chem-free cleaning. However, Norwex is pricey, and I knew there had to be an easier, cheaper way to clean our home.

With spring at most of North America’s doorstep, many of us are thinking about opening windows and airing out our homes and digging into spring cleaning. I’ve done a lot of “scouring” the web to find easy solutions and I’d like to share my favorites with you. You have the ingredients in your home already! Here’s the list for three easy chem-free cleaners:

Lemons, lemon juice, baking soda, sea salt, vinegar, water, fresh herbs

Let’s start with odor.
Do you have drains? Yes. Do they smell? Probably on occasion. An inexpensive fix is baking soda and vinegar or lemon juice.  Here’s how:

Sprinkle baking soda in drain (sinks, tubs, disposals),

pour vinegar or lemon juice over,

let it bubble away for a few minutes,

Rinse with boiling water


Try this same recipe on your Eco washing machine to clean that rubber seal.

Since we’re talking lemons.
Lemons are a great way to clean your wooden cutting boards. You have wooden cutting boards, not plastic right?? It would be even better if you had bamboo, but wooden is good. Back to lemons. Here’s a quick way to clean your boards:

Sprinkle a little sea salt over your board,

rub a cut lemon piece over the salt and board (this can be a squeezed lemon, just rub that pulp on the board),

let it sit a few minutes

rinse with super hot water and dry

Last of the citrus, I promise. 

How about an all-purpose cleaner?

Half fill a wide-mouth mason jar with citrus peels,

add fistfull of fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme

pour vinegar over ingredients until jar is full

cover and let sit in pantry for at least two weeks.

Strain ingredients (I find its less time consuming to just wash my hands and squeeze the heck out of the mess into a pyrex measuring cup).

Transfer to a spray bottle (cheap ones can be found at dollar store next time you go)

Chem-free cleaning

Fresh Herbs

Do you have any favorite chem-free cleaners that are inexpensive and easy to make?  PLEASE share with us in the comments below. The readership thanks you.

Tune in next week for more chem-free cleaning ideas and keep an eye on my social media feeds for links to good things that apply to this topic. As always ~ I do thank you for reading!

4 Replies to “Chem-Free Cleaning”

  1. It’s amazing how refreshing things really smell when you Chem free clean vs the false clean chemical smell from traditional cleaners. Great tips

  2. Great ideas! I’ve been using vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda for years, but I really like the sound of your all-purpose cleaner. I’ll be trying it out.

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