Amazing DIY cleaning recipes for every surface in your home

DIY Cleaning Recipes

According to environmental experts, the average household contains up to 62 toxic chemicals.  From the harmful fumes of your oven cleaner to the triclosan in your hand soap, you are surrounded by an invisible enemy that can cause various health issues.

If you like your home squeaky clean and rely heavily on your trusted store-bought cleaning products, the good news is that there is an eco-friendly and safe recipe to replace virtually every cleaning product you have in your house right now.

The natural products used in all these recipes are harmless, works as well as traditional cleaning products and will make your house smell divine!  What’s not to love?

Some of the recipes below call for washing soda.  You can buy it from Essentially Natural or you can make your own with baking soda following the instructions here.

Put some sparkle in your spring cleaning with the recipes below:

DIY cleaning recipesMy gran used to make a citrus cleaner similar to this one.  It works really well and smells like citrus heaven!  As you are using citrus peels, it also means you are reducing waste by repurposing the peels you would have thrown away.

Ingredients

A decent size mason jar (1 – 2 Liters)

A spray bottle (if you have one lying around you can repurpose it)

White Vinegar (1 – 2 Liters)

Lemon, orange or grapefruit peels (you can combine them too)

3 – 4 drops of lemon, orange or grapefruit essential oil

Instructions

Fill your mason jars around half full of citrus peels.  You can pack them nice and tight if you want more in there.

Once your peels are in, fill the jar up with white vinegar and cover tightly with a lid.  Give it a thorough shake and make sure you write the date somewhere on the jar.

Leave the mixture for 2 – 3 weeks.  The longer it stands, the stronger the mixture will become!

When your mixture is ready, strain it through a sieve to make sure all citrus peels are removed from the liquid.  Dilute the mixture 1:1 with water and place in your spray bottle.

If you want, you can add some citrus essential oil – it will make the citrus fragrance stronger and ramp up the cleaning power of your mixture.

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DIY cleaning recipesThis natural cleaner will eliminate odors, kill germs and leave behind a sparkling throne fit for a king (or queen).

Ingredients

½ cup baking soda

1 cup white vinegar

½ teaspoon tea tree essential oil

Instructions

Combine the vinegar and essential oil in a spray bottle and spray the entire outer surface as well as the inside of the toilet.  Allow it to sit for a few minutes.  Sprinkle baking soda inside the toilet bowl and scrub until it’s clean.  Wipe the outer surface of the toilet with a clean, dry cloth.

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DIY cleaning recipesYou might be hesitant to make your own dishwashing liquid – I get it!  Greasy dishes are definitely a no-no.  No worries, this tried and tested recipe will do the trick and may even work better than your store-bought product!

Ingredients

1 ½ cups boiling water

¼ cup grated castile bar soap (you can buy it here from Faithful to Nature)

¼ cup liquid castile soap (you can buy it here from Faithful to Nature)

1 tablespoon washing soda

½ teaspoon glycerin

15 – 20 drops essential oil (lemon or grapefruit works best to cut grease)

Instructions

Place the water on the stove over medium heat and add the grated bar soap.  Stir until it dissolves.

Once dissolved, remove from the heat and pour into a container.

Add the liquid castile soup, washing soda and glycerin.  Stir well.

Let the soap sit for a day or two stirring it occasionally.  It will thicken over time – so do not worry if it is quite runny.  If you do however want it thicker, you can warm it up and add a little bit of washing soda and let it set again.  Repeat until desired consistency is reached.

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 DIY cleaning recipesWhen you have toddlers & kids (or maybe something cute & furry) crawling around the house, the last thing you want is for them to inhale or ingest toxic chemicals used to clean the floors.  This recipe is said to perform better than the store-bought versions and works as a two-in-one since you can clean the floor as well as bathtub with it.

Ingredients

¾ cup baking soda

¼ cup lemon juice

3 tablespoons salt

3 tablespoons dishwashing liquid

½ cup white vinegar

10 drops essential oil (optional)

Instructions

In a large bowl (important as the baking soda is going to rise as it fizzes) mix all the ingredients together.  Pour the mixture into a good quality spray bottle.  Shake and use directly on area you are going to clean, scrub and rinse with water and a rag.

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DIY cleaning recipesThis spray is especially good for use on wooden surfaces.  The olive oil in the mixture protects the wood and adds a nice sheen to it.

Ingredients

1 cup water

¼ cup white vinegar

2 tsp olive oil

10 – 15 drops of lemon essential oil

Instructions

Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle.  Give it a good shake before every use as the olive oil will not mix with the rest of the ingredients.  Spray onto the surface and wipe away with a dry cloth.

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 Clumsy guests, pets and children can all add to the deterioration of your beloved carpet.  This recipe is a great help not only for routine cleaning, but also for stain removal on fresh stains.

Ingredients

1 cup white vinegar

2 cups water

2 tsp salt

15 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions

Combine vinegar and water in a spray bottle and add in salt and lavender oil.  Shake it well and spray on carpets, shaking the bottle frequently.  Allow the carpets to dry and vacuum as usual.

For stain removal you can spray more liquid directly onto the stain once the excess liquid has been blotted.

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DIY cleaning recipesImprove your view with this streak-banishing window cleaner.  The secret to this recipe is the cornstarch.  It prevents the windows from becoming streaky while cleaning.  The science behind why this works is so interesting!

Ingredients

¼ cup white vinegar

¼ cup rubbing alcohol

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 cups water

8 – 10 drops essential oil of choice

Instructions

Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well to mix.  Spray the mixture onto the glass surface and wipe clean.

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With the recipes above in your arsenal, you can eliminate all those nasty chemicals in your home and enjoy your spring cleaning with peace of mind!

 

 

 

 

On December 1st, 2017, posted in: News by , ,

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