These natural homemaking ideas will help you create a clean, fresh and non toxic home. Make your home a safe haven that smells good and a healthy place for your family to rest, grow and be restored!
In our fast moving and consumer based world, our homes and lives are saturated with toxic chemicals. From hormone disrupting plastic clothing to toxic nail polish, chemicals truly are everywhere these days.
The cleaning aisle of the grocery store is filled with chemicals and toxins. I’ve often walked away feeling completely overwhelmed by the fumes and with a strong headache forming.
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It’s near impossible in today’s day and age to create a completely healthy, non toxic living environment for our families. But, we can do our best to mitigate the damage!
Over the years I slowly developed strategies for keeping my home clean and feeling fresh without the chemicals. It can be fun and refreshing to find ways to reduce the toxic load in your home and for your family.
Natural Homemaking Ideas For Nontoxic Living
These 16 natural homemaking ideas will give you inspiration for a clean, fresher and prettier home without the toxins.
As a homemaker, you are responsible for the health, wellness and cleanliness of your home and the people within. We are going to primarily focus on clothing, bedding, cleaning, air and food with these natural nontoxic ideas:
1. Make Or Purchase Non Toxic Cleaners
We live in the day of plenty, and it’s honestly wonderful to have so many amazing non toxic cleaners available. I love trying out new cleaning solutions, and I also make my own cleaners using essential oils.
I recently discovered Trinova All Purpose Natural Cleaner through Amazon. The bottles are large, the spray smells light and floral, and it works wonderfully on both glass and counters.
I also enjoy using doTerra essential oils to easily create my own DIY cleaning sprays.
2. Decorate Your Home With Indoor Plants To Better Air Quality
Indoor plants are a wonderful way to naturally purify the air and beautify your home. I love ferns for their lush, wild beauty and peace lilies for their blooms and charm.
Snake plants are know to be extremely efficient at purifying the air. Adding a few beautiful indoor plants is a cost effective way to spruce up your decorating, as well.
3. Buy Organic Cotton Sheets, Bedding + Pajamas
Cotton, cotton, cotton! If you are wanting to improve your homemaking health I have just one word for you: organic cotton! Okay, that was two words, but you get the idea. Choosing cotton sheets and bedding over polyester will reduce your exposure to plastic.
Synthetic bedding and pajamas are also highly targeted to kids. Switch your kids over from polyester pajamas to cotton pajamas, and choose some lovely cotton blankets for them to enjoy, like these ones.
Really, who wants to spend the night wrapped in plastic, anyway!?
4. Learn To Cook Whole Foods
You don’t have to be a culinary chef to enjoy delicious natural foods in your homemaking journey.
Real meat, wholesome grains, vegetables and fruits are a delicious way to care for your family. A handful of dishes can easily be mastered by even the most timid in the kitchen (believe me, I speak from experience!).
Learn just a few tricks and you’ll have a healthy kitchen covered: roasting a whole chicken and creating soup stock, making a few basic sourdough recipes, and offering your children a wide array of simple nutrient dense foods.
A simple way to cook wholesomely is to use the Whole 30 cookbook as your guide when you begin!
5. Start A Flower Garden
A simple flower garden can provide you with natural beauty, stress relief, and endless indoor decoration.
While I do have a few fake wreaths that are up for greenery all year round, I love adding in bouquets of tulips, hellebore, peonies, and cosmos and zinnias throughout the seasons.
Homegrown flowers make amazing gifts for friends and neighbors as well.
6. Invest In Norwex Cleaning Cloths
Norwex cleaning cloths are easy on your home and the environment. Instead of buying endless paper towels for window washing, invest in a Norwex streak free window cleaning cloth. I love how easy Norwex window cloths are to use, and that I am no longer reliant on expensive paper towels.
7. Avoid Purchasing Toxic Beauty Products
Clean up your makeup drawer and ditch any makeup that is drenching in chemical ingredients. Invest in a few key make up selections, and encourage any young ladies in your home to do the same.
I love using this DIY make up remover made with coconut oil, aloe vera and witch hazel.
8. For Natural Homemaking, Use Essential Oils Instead Of Candles
Essential oils are a naturally minded homemaker’s best friend. Infuse your morning with a mood boosting aura, to relax at night, and to create a cozy feel throughout the day. Candles are filled with chemicals and can be easily replaced with a diffuser and delicious essential oils full of uplifting benefits.
9. Open The Windows To Freshen The Air Quality
A quick and easy way to naturally freshen up your home is to open your windows and create air flow. Out with the old, stale air, in with the new! The fresh air can invigorate your cleaning efforts as well.
10. Use Baking Soda + Vinegar For Natural Deep Cleaning
Baking soda, vinegar, and elbow grease to really get those sinks and tubs shining. Baking soda is a scratch free way to scour your sink, can remove stubborn countertop stains, and is a wonderful all purpose cleaner.
11. Decorate Your Home With Natural Elements
Use natural elements for decorating your home. From beech wood to dried flowers, you can inexpensively add beautiful, natural decorations throughout your home that add beauty and charm.
12. Avoid Fragrances In Your Laundry Detergent
When purchasing laundry detergent, avoid heavily fragranced brands. Go for fragrance free brands and options created specifically for sensitive skin.
To spruce up the aura of your laundry, add a few drops of essential oils of your choose into your detergent. I love using a few drops of Cheer essential oil blend to brighten up the laundry.
13. Embrace Minimalism For A Less Toxic Home
Embracing minimalism can help you create a less toxic home. Yes, really! If you start only buying the essentials, you will be forced to stop buying unnecessary, and oftentimes toxic, extras.
Personally, I have stopped buying nail polish, hairspray, candles, and extra plastic toys for the kids. All of these items can contribute to the toxic load. Previously, I would buy these items “for fun”… but now I never miss them, and neither does my body!
14. Make Natural Hand Soap With Essential Oils + Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
You can reduce chemicals significantly by creating your own bathroom hand soap. Use Dr. Bronner’s castile soap, calming essential oils like lavender, and a mason jar glass pump to easily create your own foaming hand soap.
Soap in the bathrooms is (hopefully) used often and by all…so it’s a perfect spot to reduce chemicals.
15. Consider Raising A Flock Of Backyard Chickens
A flock of backyard chickens can be a healthy addition to any home. And livestock rearing is an extremely valuable homemaking skill. Nutritious eggs provide healthy fat and proteins for growing bodies, and the chickens themselves provide a healthy manure option for the garden.
16. Buy An Air Purifier
If you are hard core air health nut, like my husband, buy an air purifier. My spouse is a little obsessed, so he rotates an air purifier throughout the house. We use this highly rated one from Amazon with great results!
I hope these natural homemaking ideas have been an encouragement to you. As a homemaker, you are a truly fulfilling the highest calling there is. Don’t stress and be blessed!