6 Ingredients for Chemical-Free Cleaning

Switching over to “chemical-free” cleaning can seem like a daunting task but it does NOT have to be! It’s actually really affordable and really easy! Today I’m sharing 6 of the best ingredients to use for cleaning while keeping it non-toxic!

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a pantry staple, duh, with proven virus-killing abilities that also effectively cleans, deodorizes, brightens, and cuts through grease and grime. I buy a HUGE bag from Costco and it’s less than $7! I use it often to clean the tub and it works like a charm!

Castile Soap

Castile soap is a style of soap that’s made from 100 percent plant oils (meaning it uses no animal products or chemical detergents). Popularized by the Dr. Bronner’s line of products, castile cuts through grease and cleans.


Thanks to its acidity, vinegar is nothing short of a cleaning wunderkind—it effectively (and gently!) eliminates grease, soap scum, and grime. The stuff is real cheap too so buy a big jug!

Lemon Juice

Natural lemon juice annihilates mildew and mold, cuts through grease, and shines hard surfaces (It also smells awesome.) and it’s probably already in your fridge

Olive Oil

This good-for-you cooking oil also works as a cleaner and polisher. You can also try coconut oil cooking spray to clean your stainless steel! Try it in a small spot and see if it works for your appliance first! It always has for me and then I don’t have to use the stinky stuff!

Essential Oils

Of course I couldn’t leave these out! Essential oils have gained popularity thanks to aromatherapy, but these naturally occurring plant compounds also make great scent additions to homemade cleaning products (particularly if you’re not into the smell of vinegar). Essential oils are generally considered safe, but these extracts can trigger allergies—so keep this in mind when choosing scents. My favorites for cleaning are Lemon(like a natural goo-gone!) and Thieves (a germ eraser!) I also use the Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner which is a concentrate and has Thieves EO in it!

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