Happy Earth Day ! Step lightly on the earth and save the environment, your health and some money by making your own all natural cleaning products. Have fun!
22 Recipes for Homemade Natural Cleaning Products
1. All-Purpose Anti-Bacterial Spray
- 2 cups of water
- 1/4 cup of castile soap
- 10 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray on any surface, wait 5 minutes and wipe with a clean cloth. Remember to shake it before you clean.
2. Mirror, Glass and Window Spray
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- 1/2 cup of 70% isopropyl alcohol
Combine the water and alcohol in a bottle and spray any glass surface. Wipe off with either a squeegee or some newspaper.
3. Toilet Cleaning Spray
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- 1/4 cup of castile soap
- 15 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 15 drops of lavender essential oil
- 15 drops of orange essential oil
- Baking soda to sprinkle
Fill up an empty spice jar with baking soda. Combine the remaining ingredients in a spray bottle. Flush the toilet and sprinkle the baking soda inside the bowl. Shake the spray bottle and spray the solution over the baking soda. Wait a few minutes and scrub away.
4. Degreasing Paste
For ovens, or that stainless steel pan you accidentally burnt oil on
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 1/4 cup of castile soap
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
Mix until you’ve made a paste. Spread it on whatever you feel like degreasing and let it sit for a few hours. Scrub and wipe clean.
5. All Purpose Cleaner
- 2 cups White Vinegar
- 2 cups Distilled Water
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 Teaspoon Liquid Castile Soap
- 5-10 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil (Optional)
Mix baking soda, water, & liquid Castile soap together with essential oil (if using) into a large bowl. Add vinegar slowly. Mix. Pour into a spray bottle.
6. Kitchen/Bathroom Spray
Just fill a quart jar with orange peels, and when you fill it, pour white vinegar to the top. Let sit for 10 days or so…strain out the liquid and use as a great degreaser, & soap scum fighter! Easy, cheap, natural, smells good!
7. Creamy Soft Scrub
- 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
- Liquid Castile Soap
- 1 teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
- 5 Drops of Essential Oil of Choice
Pour baking soda in a bowl. Add liquid Castile soap a little at a time to make a frosting like texture. Add in your essential oils and glycerin. Store in a sealed glass jar.
8. Floor Cleaner
- 1 Gallon of Hot water
- 2 Tablespoons of Liquid Castile Soap
- 15 Drops of Wild Orange Oil
- 8 Drops of Lemon Oil
Combine ingredients in a large bucket. Use a mop to clean the floor. Rinsing is optional.
9. Wood Polish (Floors & Furniture)
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
- 10 Drops of Wild Orange or Lemon Oil
Mix & Apply to wood. Buff out with clean, soft cloth.
10. Scouring Powder
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup kosher salt in a jar.
Sprinkle on area to be cleaned, wipe with a wet sponge and rinse.
11. Floor Sanitizer
- 1/2 cup borax
- 2 gallons hot water
Apply with a mop or sponge. (Rinsing is not necessary)
12. Carpet Stain Cleaner
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1/4 cup borax
- 1/4 cup vinegar
Apply this paste to deep stains and allow to sit for several hours until it dries completely, then vacuum it away.
13. Homemade Air Freshener
In a spray bottle combine
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/8 to 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 10 to 12 drops of the essential oil of your choice.
Turn your spray nozzle to the finest setting and shake before spraying the room.
14. Laundry Detergent
- 1 bar of shredded natural soap
- 1 cup borax,
- 1 cup Arm and Hammer washing soda (NOT baking soda)
Combine. Add 1 tablespoon per load.
15. Fabric Softener
- 20-30 drops of essential oils (prefer lavender)
- with a gallon of white vinegar
How to Use: Add to the rinse cycle.
16. Grease Stain Remover
1 piece of white chalk
How to Use: Rub onto stain and the chalk will absorb the grease in the wash.
17. Oven Cleaner
Spray water in bottom of oven and cover with baking soda. Spray with more water. Let sit overnight and wipe up in the morning!
18. Homemade Bathroom Cleaner
Mix one part water and one part white vinegar in a spray bottle and add a few squirts of Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap. Shake well and spray on and around the bathroom counter, sink, toilet, shower and tub. Wipe off as you would any spray cleaner.
19. Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tabs( Borax Free)
20. Homemade Liquid Hand Soap 1
- Liquid castile soap
- Distilled or filtered water
1. Fill soap dispenser with a small amount of liquid castile soap… roughly 1 Tbs (give or take depending on the size of dispenser and the “thickness” you enjoy).
2. Fill the remaining space with your water. Shake gently.
(Use a foaming dispenser to make this soap even more amazing!)
Homemade Liquid Hand Soap 2
- Two 5 oz. bars of pure castile soap
- 1 gallon of filtered or distilled water
- Essential Oils or Vanilla Extract (optional)
Note: When using pure castile soap there’s no need for the glycerin that so many other recipes call for as castile soap has natural glycerin in it.
1. Grate your little soap bars until you have a nice giant pile of shredded soap.
2. Heat up your water in a very large pot. (I’d get it to a boil if you’re not using distilled water to kill any bad guys. Then turn the heat down until it’s no longer boiling… just hot).
3. Stir in the soap. Keep stirring until all the little flakes are dissolved. Depending on the size of the grater, this can take a few minutes or go pretty quickly.
4. Remove mixture off heat and let it sit for 12 – 24 hours. This mixture will thicken during this time. (Stir occasionally throughout the day, but don’t stress about it.)
5. Stir in your essential oils or vanilla extract, if using. Start small and put in enough until you get the right amount of “smell” for you.
6. Pour mixture into containers. This will make quite a bit. It will fill three soap dispenser and five other fairly large storage containers.
22. Homemade Liquid Dish Soap Recipe
- 1 ½ cup of hot water
- ½ cup liquid castile soap
- 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
1 tablespoon of Arm & Hammer’s Super Washing Soda (used to thicken the soap)
1/8 teaspoon of tea tree oil (optional)
1 tablespoon of shredded bar soap
1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and then pour in 1 1/2 cup of very hot water. Be sure to whisk/stir this mixture until all ingredients are thoroughly blended (and the bar soap is melted).
2. Allow mixture to cool completely on the counter. Stirring occasionally.
3. Store in any dish soap dispensing bottle and use as you would the commercial brands.
Note: You may choose to naturally increase the anti-bacterial qualities of the soap by adding 1/4 tsp. of lavender or eucalyptus essential oils.
About Essential Oils
Many essential oils are antibacterial, antifungal, antibiotic and/or antiviral. Favourites for cleaning are lemon, eucalyptus, lavender and melaleuca. When using essential oils in cleaning sprays, it’s best to use glass containers, which are impervious to essential oils.
- Lemon: A natural degreaser, lemon essential oil is great for getting sticky stuff off anything. It’s also great for deodorizing.
- Eucalyptus: Antibacterial and antiviral, eucalyptus essential oil is good to add to cleaning solutions for mopping floors and cleaning bathrooms.
- Lavender: A delightful smell and antimicrobial properties make lavender essential oil a good additive to cleaning recipes. I combine lavender and lemon essential oils in my laundry detergent for yummy smelling laundry.
- Melaleuca: Known for its powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, melaleuca essential oil is perfect for adding to household cleaners.
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