Non-Toxic, Affordable Cleaners, That Work


We want to open our homes to friends and family, especially during the Christmas season!

And so, I tend to want to do more than the average daily cleaning, but also am trying to be careful with what kinds of cleansers I bring in the home.

I’ll share some of the “Tried and True” homemade cleaners that I have found actually work and without a bunch of toxic fumes!

Most of these we’ve used ( everyone helps with house cleaning here ) in our home for more than two years.

Enter the Lemon, versatile lemons.

When you buy beautiful, fresh lemons and use the juice to season and marinate your food, what do you do with those lovely yellow rinds? Sure a little lemon zest, but what else?
Here are some options:

lemons and peels

Lemons –so useful

A Lemon Peel for your water, it helps keep you clean too 🙂

Keep a small bag in the freezer to store cut up small wedges of lemon peels that are left over from juicing.
You can pop one in your water each morning.
This is safer for your teeth then drinking highly acidic lemon water everyday.

Affordable and non-toxic homemade cleaners

I can confidently let the kids use these cleaners without worries or even having to wear gloves.

lemons soaking in vinegar

Lemon infused vinegar

Vinegar is a great natural disinfectant, but not everyone’s favorite smell. Adding lemon improves it’s cleaning power and gives it a fresher scent.

Lemon Vinegar Disinfectant Spray

Have a jar for your used lemon rinds and pour in enough white vinegar to cover them.
Let it sit on your counter for 2 to 3 weeks, then strain it into a spray bottle. You can add more vinegar to fill up the spray bottle.

Use it to freshen the kitchen sink, kill mildew, disinfect the bathroom…



Non-toxic lemon hydro-bleach

Non-toxic lemon hydro-bleach

Hydro-Bleach Cleanser Spray

This is a non-toxic surface cleaner

2 C. Hydrogen Peroxide
2 T. Lemon juice
2 C. Water
5-10 Drops of Citrus essential oils: lemon, orange or lime
(You may need more if not using a strong therapeutic grade oils)

Pour all ingredients into your spray bottle cover and shake well.
Store in a dark bottle, or cover with a paper bag to keep out the light.

Use it to freshen the kitchen sink, sponges, kill mildew, disinfect the bathroom, pet feeding areas… And, it makes that little fizzy sound as it cleans!

 Here’s a link for dark glass spray bottles! (Glass is better than plastic)

Dusting Spray

2 T. Olive Oil
5 Drops of Lemon essential oils
3/4 C. Water
1/4 C. White Vinegar

Mix in order in a clean spray bottle. Shake well before each use.

It’s so easy, my daughter who does the living room dusting started making it when she was 12.


Citrus Cleaner

1-3 Citrus peels, cut up
4 C. Water
6 T. Vinegar
3 T. Borax
In a sauce pan boil the water with citrus peels. Allow to cool till just warm.
Stir in vinegar and borax. Mix well and pour into a clean spray bottle.
Shake well before each use.
Spray hard surfaces and wipe clean.

I like to use this to clean the greasy stove top.

I use Young Living Essential Oils which are a high quality 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil, if you’d like to find out more or order through me:

click here:  and contact Drenda to get wholesale prices!

How concentrated are Young Living Oils?

How concentrated are Young Living Oils?


Enjoy having a safely clean home!
Mama Drenda

About MamaDrenda

Daughter to my Creator & Savior; Wife to my honey, Cam; Mama & teacher to 5 great kids. On a growing journey to whole foods, a whole home with whole hearts... and anything else intriguing along the way!