Homemade Natural Cleaning Products

Keeping your home clean doesn’t have to involve harsh chemicals or expensive store-bought products. With a few simple ingredients from your pantry and garden, you can easily make your own effective homemade cleaners.
Natural cleaning products help you avoid toxic fumes and ingredients, while saving you money. Here are recipes for all-purpose cleaners, floor cleaners, glass and mirror cleaners, and more using items you probably already have at home.

All-Purpose Cleaner

This versatile cleaner can be used to clean and disinfect most washable surfaces.
  • 1⁄2 cup white vinegar
  • 1⁄4 cup baking soda
  • 10 drops essential oil (optional)
  • Water
  1. Mix vinegar and baking soda in a spray bottle, allowing it to fizz.
  2. Add 10 drops of essential oil like lemon, lavender, or tea tree for scent.
  3. Fill the remainder of the bottle with cool water and shake to mix.
  4. Spray on surfaces and wipe clean with a damp sponge or cloth.
The acidity in the vinegar disinfects while the baking soda acts as a gentle abrasive to lift dirt. Shake before each use to reactivate.

Wood Cleaner

Naturally clean and polish wood surfaces around your home with this simple recipe.
  • 1⁄4 cup olive oil
  • 1⁄4 cup lemon juice
  • Water
  1. Mix olive oil and lemon juice in a spray bottle.
  2. Fill bottle with cool water, leaving a bit of room at the top.
  3. Shake vigorously then spray onto wood surfaces.
  4. Rub with a clean, dry cloth to clean and add an oil-and-wax shine.
The olive oil conditions while the acidity in the lemon juice lifts dirt. Always do a test spot first.

Window and Glass Cleaner

Get streak-free windows and mirrors with this DIY vinegar-based glass cleaner.
  • 2 cups water
  • 1⁄4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  1. Heat 1 cup water in a small saucepan then mix in the cornstarch to create a slurry.
  2. Once it thickens, remove from heat and add 1 cup of water and the vinegar.
  3. Pour into a spray bottle and use as you would a normal glass cleaner.
Cornstarch helps the vinegar solution cling without streaking. For shiny windows, follow with a squeegee or lint-free cloth.

Floor Cleaner

Swap harsh floor cleaners for this gentle all-natural mixture instead.
  • 1⁄2 cup white vinegar
  • 3 drops dish soap
  • Water
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (optional)
  1. Fill bucket halfway with warm water then stir in vinegar and dish soap.
  2. Add several drops of your favorite essential oil for a fresh scent.
  3. Mop floors as normal. Rinsing is not required.
The soap helps lift dirt while the vinegar disinfects. Avoid using stone floors which can be etched by vinegar.

Scrub Cleaner

For tougher grime, try this abrasive tub and tile scrubber.
  • 1⁄2 cup baking soda
  • Liquid castile soap
  • Water
  1. In a bowl, gradually mix baking soda with castile soap until a paste forms, starting with 1 Tbsp soap.
  2. Adjust consistency by adding more soda or soap as needed.
  3. Scoop paste onto sponge, scrub surface, then rinse clean.
The abrasive baking soda lifts soap scum and stains while castile soap naturally disinfects.

Toothpaste as a Cleaner

Don’t overlook humble toothpaste as a powerful cleaner for kitchen and bathroom surfaces. The abrasive ingredients in toothpaste that clean teeth can also buff away grunge on surfaces as varied as jewelry, piano keys, golf clubs, and more. Rub onto affected areas with a brush or sponge, then rinse.
These are just a few of the many effective cleaners you can easily make using common household ingredients. The natural cleaning power will leave your home sparkling without exposing you to harsh chemicals. What homemade cleaners do you like to use?


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