Homemade Cleaner

I never used to give household cleaners much thought. Having a kid changed that. I can't stand their lingering fumes, not to mention the hidden dangers. After cleaning the bathtub, for instance, I wonder if it's safe for a baby to be swimming in. It may be clean, but is it now toxic?

There are no rules governing what qualifies as "natural", any product can say it's natural even if it's not. It's maddening that even "green," "organic," and "natural" brands can contain dangerous substances.

I really like my super cute Bon Ami cleaner but I wanted to test out an even more natural approach. 

Giving my cleaner a break.

Giving my cleaner a break.

When I found out that my sister-in-law Denise makes her own household cleaner, I pinged her right away for her recipe. She told me she loves her homemade cleanser from One Good Thing. whose recipe I followed below.

My brother-in-law Tom hand-squeezed lemons from his backyard for party lemonade. I took home the organic lemon scraps to make the cleaner.

My brother-in-law Tom hand-squeezed lemons from his backyard for party lemonade. I took home the organic lemon scraps to make the cleaner.

Add 1/2 cup brown sugar in a 2-liter container

Add 1/2 cup brown sugar in a 2-liter container

Add 2 cups of lemon scraps

Add 2 cups of lemon scraps

Add 1 teaspoon yeast, optional step

Add 1 teaspoon yeast, optional step

Add 1 liter water

Add 1 liter water

With the yeast it's ready in 2 weeks. Without the yeast, it'll be done in 3 months.

With the yeast it's ready in 2 weeks. Without the yeast, it'll be done in 3 months.

After 2 weeks, pour the mixture through cheese cloth to filter out solids. 

After 2 weeks, pour the mixture through cheese cloth to filter out solids. 

Make a mixture of 1/2 cleaner and 1/2 water, put it in a spray bottle, and go crazy! 

Make a mixture of 1/2 cleaner and 1/2 water, put it in a spray bottle, and go crazy! 

With homegrown lemons and organic brown sugar, this cleaner is truly natural and organic!

The verdict? I'm not used to the watery solution because  I normally scour the bath with a powder cleanser. And I did not find great success with our bath tiles, but our textured tiles are challenging for any cleaner. The great news is that the enzyme cleaner worked famously on the tub, sink, and every other surface! If you've been thinking about making your own, I highly recommend it.

Since making this enzyme cleaner, I found more recipes. A great post with a multitude of more targeted cleaner recipes is on Young House Love. If you prefer something ready-made check out Branch Basics, which I learned about from I Am Not The Babysitter.