By Natural Beauty Contributor Kristen (@basikorganics)

Kristen and her boys

Kristen and her boys

If you add up the amount you spend monthly on cleaning products chances are you would be shocked at just how much it comes to.

Not only that, but many of the ingredients found in those cleansers, sprays, creams, detergents and wipes are toxic, and highly dangerous to yourself and your family.

The thing is you don’t actually have to break the bank to achieve a clean house, while at the same time keep the health of your family in mind.

Try sticking to just a few staple products and you may just be surprised with how cost-effective and versatile they are.


Here are my must-have products for toxin-free cleaning on a budget:

·      White vinegar

·      Castile soap

·      Baking soda

·      Essentials oils (tea-tree, lavender)


So how exactly can you use these products in your everyday household cleaning?

Here are a few recipes that I have found to be really effective. In fact, after using many of these I am confident you’ll find they work just as well as the ones you’re currently using.


Toilet bowl cleaner

Baking soda

Castile soap

Pour castile soap around the sides of toilet bowl. Sprinkle baking soda (I have found using a shaker-container, which can be bought in the supermarket works well for this) and then scrub with toilet brush.


Disinfectant spray

2 cups water

¼ cup white vinegar

5-10 drops tea tree essential oil

5-10 drops lavender essential oil

 Combine ingredients into spray bottle. Shake before use. Use to disinfect bench tops, high chair trays, bathrooms etc.


Multi-purpose cleaner

1 tbsp baking soda

¼ cup vinegar

4 cups hot water

Dash of castile soap (optional)

Few drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)

Mix ingredients together in a bucket/bowl and use a cloth to apply and wipe off. Can be used on bench tops, sink, bath, tiles.


Cream cleanser

 1 ½ cups baking soda

½ cup castile soap

2 tablespoons white vinegar

½ cup water

4-8 drops tea tree essential oil

Mix baking soda and castile soap. Then add water, followed by vinegar and essential oil. Works best when used in a squirt bottle (which can be bought from the supermarket or $2 store). Shake well before using each time. Works well to clean the shower and bath.


Window cleaner

1/3 tsp castile soap

3 tbsp white vinegar

2 cups water

Combine ingredients in spray bottle and shake well. Use on windows as you would normally use any window cleaner product.


Floor cleaner

½ cup white vinegar

½ bucket hot water

Pour vinegar into bucket with hot water and use to mop floors as you normally would.


Have you tried DIY cleaning products? What are your tips for cleaning on a budget?