Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

My personal go-tos! Leigha Staffenhagen / Insteading

Too many cleaning products contain chemicals that are extremely harmful to the environment and its inhabitants, including humans. Eco-friendly cleaning products are an easy alternative and solution!

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My personal go-tos! Leigha Staffenhagen / Insteading

The ozone, water, air, land, and the entire ecosystem are all affected by the choices we make as humans, including what products we use. Today I am going to share my top three favorite eco-friendly companies that manufacture and sell all-natural cleaning products, as well as the basic ingredients you can use to make your own cleaning supplies at home.

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Companies

Seventh Generation

The Seventh Generation company has been formulating and creating clean, eco-friendly cleaning products for almost 30 years. The ingredients used to make the products are mostly plant-based.

The official website even includes a glossary of the ingredients used to create Seventh Generation products. You can find a variety of household cleaners on Amazon including an all-purpose cleaner, surface cleaners, disinfectants, hygiene products, dish soap, laundry detergent, and even baby care items.

The Honest Company

The Honest Company also creates plant-based cleaning products and so much more. You can find eco-friendly healthcare products, baby care, hygiene items, and many household cleaning products.

We recently launched our new and improved Cleaning Collection, and we're so excited to hear what you think! Take our short survey at the link in bio – we are always listening.

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The Honest Company also includes a list of all of the ingredients in all of their products. Just like the company’s name they strive to be 100 percent honest and transparent about their products in all ways.

Dr. Bronner’s

I love, love, love Dr. Bronner’s Castile soaps so much! The doc only uses pure, organic fair trade ingredients in all of the creations. You will find household cleaners and personal care items that are chemical-free, free of synthetic ingredients, and containing no detergents, preservatives, or foaming agents.

Dr. Bronner started making pure Castile soaps back in the 1960s, and the brand and man behind the brand are still at it! You can purchase one bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, and it has so many uses – it’s incredible. It is an 18-in-1 soap. Clean your home, body, pets, car, and just about anything with this soap. You won’t be let down – trust me.

Natural DIY Cleaning Supplies

You can use simple ingredients to make your own household cleaners from scratch. There are five ingredients I am going to discuss briefly that can be used individually or in combination with each other.

These ingredients are well-known and considered to be some of the original household cleaners that we know of.

1. Vinegar

White vinegar and apple cider vinegar (ACV) both help remove microbial contamination, which makes them great natural disinfectants. You can kill unwanted bacteria and germs using vinegar spray.

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When you combine vinegar with baking soda, the chemical reaction causes that of a science fair volcano, making it great to help loosen any stuck debris in the kitchen, as well as clean out kitchen and bathroom drains.

2. Peroxide

Three percent peroxide is the best choice for cleaning. It has the ability to disinfect and clean. It can be used to brighten and whiten clothes, walls, and counters.

It is a great alternative for chemical filled bleaches and whiteners. A combination of hydrogen peroxide, essential oils, baking soda, and vinegar make awesome toilet bowl bombs. Just drop one in and let it do the cleaning for you.

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda is a well-known natural deodorizer. But did you know it can also be used as a stain remover, sanitizer, polish, and a degreaser?

Baking soda makes a great scouring powder because it is a mild abrasive. This makes it safe to use on delicate surfaces including marble, yet it is powerful enough to use as a copper and brass tarnish remover.

4. Essential Oils

There are many essential oils that contain natural antibacterial properties with amazing scents to boot. Essential oils are used for much more than aromatherapy. You can make cleaners as well as air fresheners.

Freshen the air while you fight nasty germs and bacteria. There are so many scents and so many uses. Some of the better-known oils used for cleaning are lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, wild orange, rosemary, thyme, mint, and thieves.

5. Lemons

There’s a reason why so many household cleaners are lemon-scented! The sweet smell is just a part of the goodness.

The whole reason I began my essential oil journey was to enhance my DIY cleaning recipes. Store bought cleaners made me feel like I was choking, and I wanted a safe alternative for my family. Since I was an essential oils skeptic, my dear friend sent me a few samples to try, and the first thing I made was this DIY all purpose spray… and I have used nothing else in over 2 years. 1 cup vinegar 1 cup water 15 Drops Lemon Essential Oil ? 15 Drops Thieves Essential Oil ? Store in an amber glass spray bottle, and it’s the best smelling stuff ever! . . . #essentialoils #essentialoil #essentialoilrecipes #essentialoilrecipe #essentialoilcleaning #naturalcleaning #clean #lemon #thieves #thievesessentialoil #lemonessentialoil #youngliving #younglivingessentialoils #yleo

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Lemons are also a natural disinfectant and an amazing stain remover. The peel and the juices are both used, and you can use the rind either dry or fresh.

All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe

Supplies & Ingredients

  • Large spray bottle
  • Essential oil of choice
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda


  1. Add the vinegar and baking soda to the spray bottle.
  2. Add the water and a few drops of essential oil.
  3. Gently mix the solution until it is mixed thoroughly, and it’s ready to use.

This cleaner is great for multi-surfaces and is an all-purpose use. Use it to clean your kitchen and bathroom counters, the sinks, toilet, tabletops, and more. The essential oils will make it so that your house doesn’t smell like vinegar. Although the vinegar scent doesn’t always stick around.

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My homemade all-purpose cleaner! Elaina Garcia / Insteading

There are countless household cleaner recipes that can be found all over the internet. Some work better than others, but the ingredients are all very basic and can be found in most kitchens all over the world.

The number of chemicals spilled into our waterways and watersheds is disastrous, not to mention all of the chemicals in the air and in the ground. The more eco-friendly and eco-conscious decisions and choices we make the better shape the planet will be in for the future generations that are here and the many more to come. Clean green!

Today’s Homesteading story is brought to you by Elaina Garcia. Healing and Health is an important part of life. Elaina has been practicing natural healing for almost 15 years and finds wildcrafting medicine to be extremely important, especially on the homestead.

Written by Elaina Garcia

Today’s Homesteading story is brought to you by Elaina Garcia. Healing and Health is an important part of life. Elaina has been practicing natural healing for almost 15 years and finds wildcrafting medicine to be extremely important, especially on the homestead.


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