Natural Housecleaning Kit


We find that using effective natural cleaning products in your home is the best way to keep your home environment clean and healthy. And we get asked all the time what products we use to care for our clients’ homes.  Here are the 5 cleaning products and 12 cleaning tools we recommend for you to keep in your own Natural Housecleaning Kit.

What are the benefits of creating your own Natural Housecleaning Kit?

  • Safer for your family and animals
  • Better for the surfaces in your home
  • Cost effective and environmentally friendly

5 Non-toxic and Ecologically Friendly Cleaning Products

  • Biokleen – All-purpose household cleaner
  • Baking soda – Natural deodorizer
  • Bon Ami – A mildly abrasive cleanser
  • White vinegar – An all-purpose cleaner
  • Glass cleaner – See our Glass cleaning recipe

 12 Top Cleaning Tools

  1. Bucket/caddy – All purpose to store products
  2. Two plastic cups – One for storing you small tools and the other for rising shower walls or pre-soaking pumice stones
  3. Rubber gloves – Perfect to protect your hands
  4. Microfiber cloths – Perfect for dusting
  5. Cloths – Best to have a bag of soft clean cloths and rags for all cleaning purposes
  6. Paper towels – For messy cleanups
  7. Kitchen brushes – Scrubbers & bottlebrushes
  8. Sponges – New and old
  9. Scouring pads – Blue scratch pads
  10. Pumice stone – For scrubbing the oven and the porcelain in the bathroom
  11. Putty knife – To clean tight spaces
  12. Toothbrush – for all those hard to reach places…the best tool in the kit!
Less Is More
For routine housecleaning, less is more.  You actually need very few products to clean any given room.  Although there will certainly be instances where specialized cleaners are necessary, the above list of products will suffice for most tasks.
  • Gather your materials in a bucket or caddy so you can transport them from room to room as you work, making your products and tools accessible and housecleaning more efficient.

An all natural housecleaning supply kit can also make a great gift

This time of year always seems to bring with it many invitations to gatherings.  This year add to your gift giving list a all natural housecleaning supply kit.  It’s the perfect homemade gift for a lovely bridal shower, birthday, or special holiday.

You can make your house sparkle with just a few simple supplies, many of which are already in your cupboards. Happy Cleaning!

Window Cleaning Homemade Recipes


Spring is upon us once again in lovely Southern Oregon, and as spring cleaning commences across the Rogue Valley, we are happy to share two simple, economical, and all-natural window cleaning recipes to brighten up your view of all the spring activities underway.

Club Soda Window Cleaner

club soda window cleaner

The first DIY is so simple and inexpensive, it can hardly be called a recipe, but it works so well we had to share!

You will need:

Spray Bottle

Club Soda

That’s it! Yes, this really works. Even on water stains, the carbonation acts as a dissolving agent. The best part: absolutely no smell, and streaks are not an issue. Let us know what you think!

Vinegar and Rubbing Alcohol Window Cleaner

natural window cleaning

The second recipe is a simplified version of our multipurpose glass and surface cleaner. This recipe is great for the bathroom, as it also serves as a disinfectant, thanks to the rubbing alcohol.

You will need:

16 oz Spray Bottle

1 Cup distilled vinegar

1/4 to 1/2  Cup rubbing Alcohol

Combine vinegar and alcohol in spray bottle, and fill the rest of the way with water. We haven’t tried this with club soda instead of plain water yet, but we are guessing it would make this solution even more powerful. If you beat us to it, let us know how it works out, we would love to hear from you!

If you liked these tips, you might also enjoy reading about our Good, Better, and Best All-Natural, Homemade Glass Cleaners.

And as always, we invite you to check out the ideas we are collecting on our Window Cleaning Pinterest Board:

 

Follow The Cleaning Crew, LLC’s board Window Cleaning on Pinterest.

DIY: Multipurpose Glass & Surface Cleaner


All natural homemade multipurpose cleaner

All Natural Cleaning Product Recipe from The Cleaning Crew:  Elisa’s Minty Multipurpose Glass & Surface Cleaner

This recipe is a the latest version of the Homemade Glass Cleaner we shared a few months ago. It has quickly become one of our favorite all natural homemade  cleaning products. Easy on the environment, your health and your wallet.

Not only does it work wonders on glass and mirrors, it’s a great disinfecting all-purpose cleaner in the kitchen and bathroom and other high traffic areas in need of germ busting action. The addition of mint essential oil leaves behind a refreshing and invigorating scent, and makes cleaning more fun.

You will need:

homemade multipurpose cleaner

  32 oz spray bottle

If you are re-using a bottle,  make sure it has been well rinsed (how to clean used bottles).

Add the following ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup rubbing alcohol (70% or higher isopropyl content)
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 3 to 10 drops of mint essential oil, depending on how much minty freshness you want.

Fill the rest of the way with water, shake well.

Optional:

Mark the bottle to each fill line as you add each ingredient, this will make refilling the bottle much quicker the next time. Or, simply add the recipe to the label.

We really like peppermint or spearmint essential oil, but of course you can add whatever essential oil you like.

To spread the minty goodness, spray and wipe with a dry or slightly damp cloth.  Use in the kitchen on counters, sinks, appliances, and linoleum or tile floors. Use caution on wood floors, as the alcohol may dry out the wood finish over time. Use a mild solution of plain old white vinegar and water on wood floors, instead. The same thing applies to wood cabinets, or any other wood surface. Using this once in a while for spot cleaning is fine, but repeated use over time can cause the wood to dry out.

Elisa’s Minty Multipurpose may also dry out unfinished slate or stone surfaces if used to often, but we have found it to be REALLY effective at pulling off build up on these types of surfaces. We suggest using it occasionally, when you want a really good, deep clean. For daily cleaning, use a mild all purpose soap, such as Mrs. Meyers, diluted BioKleen, or vinegar and water.

For the bathroom, use on mirrors, chrome fixtures, sinks, counters, tub and shower, toilet, and linoleum or tile floors.

We do not suggest using this solution on  delicately painted or lacquered surfaces, it is best on nonporous and durable surfaces. Keep in mind the drying properties of rubbing alcohol when deciding what surfaces to use this on. Feel free to post a question on our blog if you would like advice, as well!

A great big Thank You to Elisa for creating this wonderful recipe for our clients!

Happy house cleaning from all of us at The Cleaning Crew!