Natural Cleaner Recipe Roundup Just in Time for Spring

March 19, 2013 — By

All-natural homemade cleaners for spring cleaning

As the weather starts to warm up and winter clothes go back into storage, spring cleaning is right around the corner. This year, instead of using store-bought cleaners, which often include harsh chemicals that can be harmful to you and your family, why not try making your own natural cleaners from ingredients you likely already have in your house? Most involve just a few ingredients and are extremely easy to make. We’ve rounded up recipes from around the web to help you get started.


All Purpose Cleaner

1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 gallon (2 liters) water

Mix together, store and keep. Use for removal of water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc.

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Glass / Window Cleaner

2/3 cup (170ml) white vinegar
1 1/3 cups (330ml) distilled water
5 drops lemon or lavender essential oil in a spray bottle.

Put all ingredients into a spray bottle. Shake well. Yep, it really is that simple! To use, just spray your homemade window cleaner onto your glass surface and wipe off with newspaper or a microfiber cloth.

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Bath, Sink, Tile Cleaner

2/3 Cup baking soda
1/2 Cup castile soap
2 Tablespoons vinegar
1/2 Cup water
A few drops of Tea Tree oil

NOTE: Ideally, mix this one in a SQUIRT bottle, not a spray bottle. It’s pretty thick and almost a paste. Watch out for some bubbling.

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Wood Cleaner

1/4 cup white vinegar
30 ounces of warm water

Put in a recycled spray bottle, then spray on a cotton rag or towel until lightly damp. Then mop your floors, scrubbing away any grime.

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Carpet Cleaner

White vinegar
Baking Soda
Lemon essential oil (optional)
Old towels or rags

1. If using the lemon essential oil, mix it with the baking soda, then sprinkle the mixture on the spot. Allow it to sit on the stain for a little while– anywhere from an hour to overnight. Lemon is a wonderful all-around cleaner, and it helps to deodorize the carpet as well. If you aren’t using the lemon, then sprinkle plain baking soda over the stain.

2. Mix a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water in a spray bottle.  Generously spray this mixture on the baking soda and allow it to fizz.

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Powder Laundry Detergent

4 cups baking soda
3 cups washing soda
2 cups castile soap flakes (Dr. Bronner’s bar soaps work well)
3-4 drops lavender or your favorite essential oil

Grate the castile soap into a bowl using a kitchen grater. This will take a little elbow grease.
Add the rest of the ingredients and stir the mixture together. Place the powder in an airtight container, like a mason jar. That’s it! Scoop up about two tablespoons per load of laundry.

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Toilet Cleaner (aka, The Toilet Bomb)

1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup white vinegar
5 – 10 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree) essential oil

Referring to this cleaner as the “Toilet Bomb” somehow makes the kids all too happy to help.

Place baking soda in at least a quart-size container. Combine vinegar and Melaleuca in a separate cup. When ready to clean, add vinegar mixture to the baking soda to create an “explosion” your kids are going to love! Pour in toilet bowl and clean with brush as usual.

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Sink, Oven and Stovetop Cleaner

Put a 1/3 cup baking soda in a bowl. Mix in enough warm water so that you get a nice moist paste. Put paste on sponge or brush and scrub away. Make it as you need it.

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Glass Cookware Cleaner

Use sea salt or coarse salt mixed with a little lemon juice and scrub. Also, try baking soda and water made into a paste. Test on a small patch first to make sure the solution won’t scratch the dish.

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1 Comment

  1. Monika says:

    Love all these Natural cleaning stuff.
    I dry all citrus peels and either put them in my coffee grinder to make a powder, which is excellent to use on anything grimy, or I put the fresh peels or whole lemons in Vinegar let sit for two weeks in the sun. use the Vinegar diluted with water to clean everything in the house. Liquidise the peels or whole lemons and use as cleaner. Works wonderful. Bicarb and Vinegar are the only cleaners I use.
    Keep up the great work
    happy greetings
    Johannesburg South Africa