January is a time for new beginnings. It’s a time to clean out the old and make way for the new. It’s a chance to set goals and build new habits.

Many of us don’t think about cleaning up our homes until the weather starts to get warmer. This can be a big mistake, as allergens and toxins tend to accumulate indoors during the winter.

10 Top Tips for Cleaning Your Home Without Using Harmful Toxins:

1. Use Lemons and Citrus Fruit

Citrus fruits, such as lemons, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit, can be used for a variety of difficult cleaning tasks. To thoroughly clean your cutting board with salt, add lemon or even utilize it to polish your faucets.

Looking for a powerful disinfectant spray that you can make at home? Try this DIY recipe with lemon peels and vodka.

2. Make Your Own DIY Air Freshener Spray

Instead of buying an aerosol air fresher from the store (which is packed with chemicals in the fragrance), you may make your own DIY Air Freshener Spray with only three components. It’s really simple and you’ll wonder why you spent money on those expensive air fresheners at the shop for all these years.

3. Use Vinegar to Clean Bad Smelling Towels

Add a dash of vinegar to the washing machine to restore the scent of your towels, with the added bonus of adding softness to the towels too.

4. Remove Smells from Your Carpet with Baking Soda

Sprinkle a little baking soda over your carpet the next time you vacuum it. Then, vacuuming up the baking soda will leave behind an odor-free carpet.

5. Use Essential Oils to Eliminate Odors

Essential oils are highly successful in getting rid of bad smells. I love putting a couple of drops of essential oils (like lemongrass or citronella) in the bottom of the kitchen bin. It really deodorizes nasty whiffs.

You may also use essential oils in a diffuser to replace candles and plug-in air fresheners.

6. Add Lemon Slices to Your Garbage Disposal

The next time you need to clean the garbage disposal, add a few lemon slices before turning it on. The peels from the lemon help to clear the drain while also eliminating odors.

7. Use the Cleaning Power of Vinegar

You can’t go wrong with vinegar if you’re searching for a miracle cure for practically any surface in your home. It may be used on a wide range of surfaces to clean and sanitize, including food surfaces, kitchens, floors, windows, tubs, tiled walls, and so on.

The only downside to using vinegar is the smell, but you can add lemon juice or essential oils to combat that. Additionally, vinegar is amazing in laundry and doesn’t leave any scent on fabrics after washing them.

Important note: do not use vinegar on granite, marble, stone floors or surfaces, hardwood floors, or iron. The acid in the vinegar can cause natural stone, wood, and iron to deteriorate.

8. Clean Pans With Salt

If you’re looking for a natural way to clean your cast iron pan, look no further than salt. Just sprinkle some in the pan and use a paper towel to wipe it away. The salt will help gently remove any food stuck on the pan’s surface.

9. Try Out DIY Cleaners

If you want my best hack for cleaning, this one would be it. Instead of spending money on store-bought cleaners, make your own at home. They usually only require a few simple ingredients that you may already have in your pantry or medicine cabinet.

10. Dust with Microfiber Cloths

Want an easier way to dust? Get rid of those expensive and harmful cleaners, and switch to using microfiber cloths! They work just as well for dusting surfaces, if not better. If you need to clean something more thoroughly, dampen the cloth with a natural household cleaner solution.

What tips do you think you might use today? Here at Mud Pies and Rainbows HQ, we’re going to try out some new DIY cleaners. Let’s get this cleaning show on the road people!