Is your cleaning mantra "When in doubt, douse it in bleach"? While you might feel confident your house is sanitary and squeaky clean, you can't always trust that your health isn't suffering — the problem with many household chemical cleaners is that they're actually not all that good for you.
Instead, you might want to try borrowing a greener, cleaner recipe from your grandmother. She'd break out the baking soda and vinegar and have the house sparkling before you woke up from your nap. It's just those kind of classic, affordable, and naturally effective household cleaners that every adult should know by heart.
1. Foaming Hand Soap
Make your own foaming hand soap using this recipe from Thriving Home. You just need some liquid castile soap and water. Fill your dispenser with a fifth of the liquid castile, then pour in water until full. (Optional: Add a few drops of a scented essential oil to the recipe for fragrance.)
Get the recipe: How to Make Your Own Non-Toxic Foaming Hand Soap at Thriving Home
2. All-Purpose Cleaner
Save your lemon peels and put them to good use: Soak them in vinegar for an effective and good-smelling cleaner.
3. Oven Cleaner
For this oven cleaner, you really just need baking soda, vinegar, and elbow grease. A silicone spatula makes a good scraping implement for stubborn areas. You'll also want a spray bottle, gloves, and a damp dish cloth. The best thing about this cleaning method? Most of the work is done for you while you sleep.
See all the steps: How To Clean an Oven with Baking Soda & Vinegar
4. Drain Cleaner
It's easy to unclog a drain with baking soda, hot water, and lemon juice. Run the hot water, then slowly send about a cup of baking soda down the drain, using a spoon or funnel as necessary. Add lemon juice and then cover the drain with a rag and wait. Run the water again and repeat as necessary.
Get the directions: How To Make Your Own Drain Cleaner
5. Cast Iron Cleaner
Cast iron pans are meant to be cleaned with minimal effort. All you need is heat, water, a sponge, and maybe some kosher salt.
See our tutorial: How To Clean a Cast Iron Skillet
6. Pan Degreaser
Use elbow grease and salt to degrease your pans. That's it! Just scrub the grime away!
7. Tile Cleaner
Make a baking soda paste (add a few drops of water or lemon juice) to clean your tile. Then follow up with all-purpose cleaning spray to wash away residue.
8. Floor Wash
According to Easy Aromatherapy Recipes, homemade floor wash is just as effective as commercial cleaners. Fill a bucket with hot water, then add a half-cup each of white vinegar and vodka (or rubbing alcohol) and two tablespoons of dish soap.
Learn more: Get Fresh with These Easy, Inexpensive Homemade Floor Cleaner Recipes at Easy Easy Aromatherapy Recipes
9. Air Purifier
Cut three or four lemons in half, remove the pulp (juice it for a recipe or freeze it for later!), and then fill the empty rinds with a few tablespoons of baking soda each. Place the rinds in a bowl in an out-of-the-way spot. The baking soda absorbs the odors in the air while the rinds release an energizing, citrusy smell.
10. Stainless Steel Cleaner
Stainless steel appliances are prone to showing hard-water marks and fingerprints. That's where a little bit of vinegar and oil come in.
See the steps: How To Clean Stainless Steel Appliances with Vinegar and Oil
This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it here: 10 Natural Cleaning Recipes Everyone Should Know by Heart