This is a list of the main natural cleaners you can use in your home. Most are non toxic with the exception of the borax which you may or may not choose to use. I am undecided on borax at the moment - I will see if it's necessary down the track more. There is so much more that can be said for each one... I've just picked what stood out to me from what I have read.
WHITE DISTILLED VINEGAR
You need to have white vinegar and not brown as that one will stain. Yes it smells strong but actually the smell goes away pretty quickly.
What it does:
* loosens dirt, disinfects and deoderises (ie removes smells)
* removes mineral deposits, stains and tarnish
* eliminates static cling when added to the rinse cycle of your washing machine
* Kills 99% of bacteria, 82% mould, 80% of germs.
Lemon juice cuts grease, polishes metal and freshens things up. It's great to disinfect chopping boards with also. Just don't use it on marble!
BAKING SODA (also known as Bi Carbonate Of Soda or 100% Sodium Bicarbonate)
Baking Soda is a great scrubber and won't damage surfaces. It absorbs odor - many people keep a box in their fridge to absorb any food smells. You can add it to your wash cycle to soften fabric. If you mix it with vinegar it makes a fizz and cleanes toilets and clears blocked drains... this is only a fraction of what baking soda is good for...
It is made only from vegetable oil instead of animal fat. If you dilute it with water it is a great all purpose cleaner, laundry or dish soap, spot remover and body wash liquid.
Pure castile soap is non petroleum based so this is really safe to use everywhere in your home.
This is more caustic so you need to wear gloves and keep this one away from children. The advantage of borax is you can add it to the wash for extra cleaning or brightening of your cloths or to scrub stubborn stains on counters or bathtubs. Borax is also used to disinfect or whiten cloth diapers.
It's a highly effective mould killer and toilet bowl cleaner
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE (3% is fine)
Hydrogen Peroxide is an all purpose cleaner also in the same way vinegar is except be mindful that it also replaces bleach in your cleaning routines so be careful what you use it on as it may remove colour. Keep in mind to wear gloves though and generally you will always make a mix 50/50 with water to dilute it a bit. It can remove blood stains out of clothes but be careful with it as it can remove colour from them also. It kills bacteria, removes chemicals so rinse your fresh produce in it, wipe chopping boards with it to disinfect and as mentioned above it replaces bleach so can whiten your clothes. (Another way to whiten clothes avoiding bleach is to line dry them in the sun - the sun is a great whitener!)