Over the years I’ve shared a number of natural cleaning products to DIY.
There seems to be more and more interest in natural cleaning products lately, which is pretty amazing. Who needs those cocktails of harsh chemicals in our homes anyway? Not me. According to scientists, conventional cleaning products can be as bad for your lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day.
To make life easy for you I thought it wouldbe handy to have all of my DIY natural cleaning products posts in one place for your easy reference. This includes all of the recipes I have shared on the blog, as well as guides on where to source ingredients and the knowledge and rationale behind each ingredient.
I’ll also update this post whenever I add any more green cleaning posts, so make sure you check back here! Don’t say I’m not good to you!
My Guide to Natural Cleaning Products to DIY
First off, I’d recommend reading my guide to green cleaning tips and tricks for beginners. It’s essentially the guide I wish I had read before I started making my own cleaning products nearly 15 years ago.
Once you’ve read pop back here, and have a go at making some of my favourite natural cleaning products that I make at home. Each recipe is simple and effective, and tried and tested in my own home:
Homemade Cleaning Wipes
These homemade and reusable cleaning wipes solution is such an easy make, and one of my natural cleaning favourites. The solution takes seconds to make, using super simple ingredients. Then simply store a jar in your kitchen or bathroom to mop up any little spills.
Homemade Oven Cleaner
I really like my homemade oven cleaner recipe because no noxious fumes come off it. My clean green oven cleaning gel has none of the nastiness, but all of the effectiveness. The best part? You can pick up all of the ingredients (mostly from the baking aisle!) next time you’re at the supermarket!
DIY Natural Cleaning Spray
Make this vinegar-free winter scented DIY cleaning spray, suitable for all surfaces. It makes your home smell like a walk through a forest in winter and cleans like a pro.
How to Make Citric Acid Cleaning Spray
Don’t like the smell of vinegar but love its cleaning properties? Try this natural cleaning spray made with citric acid. It’s a good all-round cleaner, but where it comes into its own is that it’s really effective at removing soap scum, hard water stains, calcium deposits, lime, and rust. Try it on your shower screen. I promise you’ll love it.
DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner
Make your own natural stainless steel cleaner with this easy guide, that gives you sparkling results every time.
Homemade Natural Cleaning Products Guide
I started out with this guide to homemade cleaning products. Here you can learn how to make your own dishwasher rinse aid, kitchen cleaner, and bathroom cleaner with the simplest of ingredients.
Homemade Scouring Powder Recipe
Learn how to make this fantastically smelling and effective grapefruit scented homemade scouring scrub. This cleans like a dream on ceramic sinks.
Homemade Fabric Conditioner to DIY
Conventional fabric conditioner is my least favourite item. It’s awful for your clothes, for your washing machine, and for your pipework. I banished it from my home over 10 years ago and haven’t looked back. Here’s how to make your own natural fabric conditioner that is cheap as chips and much more effective than its chemical-laden counterpart.
Soda Crystals Uses Around The Home
Soda crystals are an excellent all-rounder when it comes to green cleaning. I always try to have a box or two under my sink. I’ve got 15 uses for soda crystals right this way.
Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY
Want to ditch the harsh chemical-filled synthetic shop-bought air fresheners? Try this really simple reed diffuser DIY. It’s made with only a few ingredients and can be whipped up in seconds.
Natural Stain Remover Tips
In this post on natural stain removal, I’ve got heaps of advice on dealing with almost every conceivable type of stain the natural way. From using lemon juice, to vinegar to milk, you too can ditch the synthetic stain removers.
Natural Cleaning with eCloths
I’ve recently become an e-cloth convert, and have a small stash of them – here’s my guide to cleaning with eCloths. I’ve found them invaluable for cleaning stainless steel and glass in particular, and they last an absolute age. Mine are still going strong from over a year ago.
Uses For Borax
Like soda crystals, Borax is an excellent and inexpensive green cleaning stalwart. Here are 21 uses for Borax. It’s definitely one for your under-the-sink arsenal.
Homemade Hand Sanitiser
For hand sanitising on the go, I’ve shared my homemade hand sanitiser recipe that’s World Health Organisation compliant.
How to Naturally Descale A Kettle
Don’t let limescale ruin a perfectly good cup of tea. Here’s how to quickly, easily, and naturally descale a kettle two ways – with vinegar or with citric acid – whatever you have to hand.
How To Clean A Dishwasher With Vinegar
Want to know how to clean a dishwasher the environmentally friendly way? Here are my tried and tested eco-tips with you, for a clean and green machineusing natural products, such as vinegar.
How to Clean Your Washing Machine
Got a smelly washing machine? Here is my tried and tested technique on how to clean a washing machine effectively and environmentally friendly, without the use of harsh chemicals. Using vinegar and soda crystals, not only will it banish bad smells, but it will reduce limescale and mould too.
How To Naturally Unblock Your Drain
Put down the vinegar and bicarbonate of soda right now. Despite what you might have read elsewhere, this combination is not great at unblocking drains. Instead, read my guide on how to naturally unblock a drain quickly and effectively and I swear you won’t look back!
The DIY Natural Cleaning Products Basics
While I want to share my favourite natural cleaning products that I always reach for, I also want to empower you by sharing with you the knowledge behind each product. As such, I’ve started writing guides to each individual ingredient. As I write more for the site, I’ll add them here.
Everything You Need to Know About White Vinegar For Natural Cleaning
From the emails and messages I receive, I can tell that people wonder just how eco-friendly vinegar is compared to other natural cleaning solutions, such as shop-bought products. There also seems to be confusion around how to use vinegar effectively in the home, resulting in some of you being disappointed with the results of your homemade cleaning products.
In my guide to everything you need to know about cleaning with white vinegar I cover all these points and more.
Why You Shouldn’t Mix Baking Soda and Vinegar When Making DIY Natural Cleaning Products
I see countless posts on cleaning with bicarbonate of soda (also known as baking soda) and vinegar. It’s a really bad idea to mix the two. Here’s exactly why you shouldn’t mix baking soda and vinegar, and what to use instead when considering DIY natural cleaning products.
Everything You Need to Know About Bicarbonate of Soda For Cleaning
Here’s everything you need to know about cleaning with bicarbonate of soda – one of the most common natural cleaning product ingredients. From what you can clean with it, how to use it, how to store it, and much more.
Everything You Need to Know About Citric Acid For Cleaning
Confused by citric acid? Here is everything you need to know about using citric acid for natural cleaning. From what you can clean to what not to clean, where to buy citric acid, the safety concerns you need to consider, and more, it’s all here,
Is Borax Safe For Making DIY Natural Cleaning Products With?
There is some controversy over Borax, and its use as a natural cleaning product. I’ve done some research on if borax is safe and found that if you are in the UK or EU then it’s safe, as only Borax Substitute is available to buy here. However, if you’re in the USA or any other part of the world you will have to use your own discretion. Have a read and make your own mind up.
Everything You Need To Know About Castile Soap For Cleaning
Castile soap is an incredibly versatile ingredient when it comes to natural cleaning. If you are new to using this type of soap then here’s everything you need to know about castile soap for cleaning. From what it is exactly, how to use it and where to buy it, and more, this is a handy introduction to this green cleaning hero.
Everything You Need to Know About Cleaning With Sodium Percarbonate
Sodium percarbonate, also known as oxygen bleach, is rising in popularity as a natural cleaning product. But if you are confused as to what it is exactly, how to clean with it, and what not to clean then try my guide to cleaning with sodium percarbonate for all the details.
Can You Naturally Clean With Baking Powder?
After reading through this list of ingredients you can naturally clean with, you might be wondering if you can clean with baking powder. I would not recommend this. Here are the full details on why you shouldn’t use baking powder to clean.
Where To Buy Ingredients to Make Natural Cleaning Products
To make life easy for you, I want to share where you can buy all the ingredients you need to make your own natural and eco-friendly cleaning products:
My Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies
In need of a brief overview? In my guide to eco-friendly cleaning supplies, I’ve listed all the products I buy to help me make my homemade cleaning products. You can use it as a checklist to help you buy the products you need.
Where to Source Glass Spray Bottles For Natural Cleaning Products
Wondering where to source glass spray bottles for cleaning products? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide, which also features my best sources for recycled bottles.
Where to Buy Citric Acid For Cleaning
If you are looking to buy citric acid in bulk for cleaning, then check out my top recommendations on where to source citric acid.
Where to Buy Bicarbonate of Soda In Bulk For Cleaning
Again, if bicarbonate of soda is something you are looking to buy in bulk then here are my bicarbonate of soda recommendations.
Where To Buy Borax
Borax is a common natural cleaning product ingredient that I use a lot when it comes to cleaning and doing laundry. Here’s where you can buy borax cheaply and easily.
Where to Buy Hydrogen Peroxide For Natural Cleaning
Hydrogen peroxide makes for a great eco-friendly alternative to chlorine bleach. Here’s where to buy hydrogen peroxide as it can be a little tricky to track down.
Where to Buy White Vinegar In Bulk For Making Natural Cleaning Products
Finally, buying white vinegar in bulk is much more cost-effective than buying little bottles from the supermarket. Here are my top places to buy white vinegar in bulk for all of your natural cleaning needs.
If you’ve enjoyed these then in February 2018, I published a book packed full of green cleaning recipes for every corner of your home. It’s called Fresh Clean Home. Do check it out – there are lots more exclusive book-only recipes for you to make.
Happy spring cleaning!
The go-to all-purpose cleaner is a mixture of vinegar and water, says Peterson. To make it, combine half a cup of distilled white vinegar with 2 cups of water. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil or a squeeze of lemon for scent; since these are in low concentrations, they'll be safe for more surfaces.What is a great natural cleaning product? ›
Ask any green-living expert or organic devotee and they'll tell you that the best natural cleaning products are regular white vinegar or baking soda with a little lemon or orange thrown in.How can I make my own natural cleaner? ›
Mix together 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup bicarbonate of soda, a squeeze of castile (or any liquid) soap, and 2 cups of water. Give it a good shake and keep in a spray bottle to use whenever you have a tough stain on your clothes or the carpet. Let me know your favourite homemade cleaners in the comments down below!What ingredient cleans the best? ›
- Citrus. The secret to citrus's cleaning power is the same reason it works so well in a whiskey sour: acid. ...
- White Vinegar. ...
- Baking Soda. ...
- Salt. ...
- Sodium Borate (aka Borax)
Final Verdict. To fully clean, sanitize, and disinfect almost any surface, the Clorox Disinfecting All-Purpose Cleaner is the best and most effective choice for most homes, especially when it comes to killing bacteria and viruses.Do homemade cleaners actually work? ›
crowd — vinegar, baking soda and soap — can handle ordinary household grime. Unless you're cleaning up after the flu or a stomach bug, you don't need an army of powerful chemicals to get the job done.What natural cleaner kills germs? ›
The best natural disinfectants include alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, hot water, and some essential oils. Evidence suggests that in some cases, many of these natural disinfectants can be as effective at killing germs as chemical cleaners like bleach.How can I clean my house without chemicals? ›
- White vinegar – shines, removes hard water stains, and degreases.
- Dish soap – lifts dirt, degreases, and disinfects.
- Baking soda – mild abrasive to scrub away stuck-on messes.
- Washing soda – scrubs away messes and degreases.
- Hydrogen peroxide – disinfects and lifts away dirt.
- WATER: Water is the simplest cleaning agent and some form of dirt will be dissolved by it, but. ...
- DETERGENT: Detergents are those cleaning agents, which contain significant quantities of a group of. ...
- ABRASIVES. ...
- DEGREASING AGENTS. ...
- ACIDS AND TOILET CLEANSERS. ...
Ingredients for homemade cleaning solution:
1/2 cup white vinegar. 2 tablespoons baking soda.
- 3/4 cup water.
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol.
- 5 to 10 drops peppermint, lemon, or orange essential oil.
- 1 squirt natural dish soap.
- 16-ounce spray bottle.
Acid cleaners are the most powerful type of cleaning agent and should be used with care. If they are not diluted correctly, acid cleaners can be very poisonous and corrosive.How do professionals clean so fast? ›
Make Every Movement Count
Professional cleaners don't circle a room more than once. Taking their place before the bathroom sink, they'll spray and wipe the mirror, scrub the sink, wipe down counters and polish fixtures before they move one inch to the right or left.
- Don't Sit Down. ...
- Have the Right Tools for the Task on Hand. ...
- Race the Clock Cleaning. ...
- Choose Somewhere to Start. ...
- Figure Out Your Priorities & Make a List. ...
- Create a Cleaning Playlist.
Currently, there are five main EPA-registered chemicals that hospitals use for disinfectants: Quaternary Ammonium, Hypochlorite, Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide, Phenolics, and Peracetic Acid.What's the best free cleaner? ›
- 1) Restoro PC Repair Tool.
- 2) Outbyte PC Repair.
- 3) System Mechanic.
- 4) Advanced SystemCare.
- 5) Advanced PC Cleanup.
- 6) Ashampoo® WinOptimizer.
- 7) CCleaner.
- 8) Easy pc optimizer.
Although vinegar is a poor disinfectant, it's an excellent cleaner. Its high acidity can break down stubborn buildup of soap, dirt, and scum. Vinegar can be used to remove dirt and dust from: glass.Do Natural cleaners actually clean? ›
Cleaning with soap and water or a natural cleaner can remove many germs from a surface, but it doesn't kill germs. “'Disinfect' is a regulated term that means that a product kills 99.999 percent of bacteria or viruses within five to 10 minutes of application,” Dr. Radford explains.What kills bacteria fast? ›
The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that bacteria are rapidly killed at temperatures above 149°F (65°C). This temperature is below that of boiling water or even a simmer.What keeps the house free from germs? ›
Sanitize Your Family Room
Clean them often with disinfectant wipes. Use a damp microfiber cloth to gently wipe dust from your flat screen TV. Vacuum crumbs and clean spills right away, so bacteria doesn't grow in your carpets and furniture.
White vinegar and lemon juiceare acidic and neutralize alkaline substances such as scale from hard water. They are natural cleaning products as well as disinfectants and deodorizers. Acids dissolve gummy buildup, eat away tarnish and remove dirt from wood surfaces. Vinegar can be used as a softener in laundry cleaning.How do I force myself to clean my house? ›
- Schedule a party. ...
- Time yourself. ...
- Start small to make the job less daunting. ...
- Start even smaller. ...
- Enlist help if you can. ...
- Crank up the music. ...
- Begin by tossing anything you can into the garbage/recycling.
- Thank yourself when you're finished with a small reward.
- Dust everything from top to bottom. ...
- Wash the windows, window sills and ledges.
- Dust and wash doors.
- Wash the walls and baseboards. ...
- Sweep, vacuum and mop. ...
- Vacuum everything: ...
- Shampoo rugs or carpets with a steam cleaner. ...
- Wash cushions and throw pillow covers.
- Abrasives. Abrasives are materials that wear off dirt by rubbing. ...
- Acids. ...
- Alkalies. ...
- Bleaches. ...
- Detergents. ...
- Sanitizers. ...
- Spirit Solvents. ...
- Making a Cleaner.
Because vinegar and baking soda are on opposite ends of the pH scale, they can be combined and used as effective cleaning solutions. Baking soda is a base, so it is able to dissolve some compounds, including grease and dirt. Baking soda can also serve as an abrasive cleaner without scratching your surfaces.What are the 5 principles of cleaning? ›
- Principles of Cleaning. ...
- Wash hands thoroughly and always wear appropriate personal protective equipment. ...
- Cleaning is required before any disinfection process because. ...
- Always clean from the cleanest to the dirtiest areas. ...
- Do not leave the room before the cleaning is complete unless.
This match made in heaven has been a household staple for a long time and I make sure to keep it handy. To make the solution is simple and easy on the wallet! Pour equal parts of vinegar and Dawn into a spray bottle. Gently shake, then spray liberally onto the surface to be cleaned.What cleaning compound is super cheap and great to use as a homemade household cleaner? ›
Some of the items in your pantry (like baking soda and vinegar) work as effective homemade all-purpose cleaners and, even better, cost next to nothing.What are the two natural cleaning ingredients that can be mixed to clean shine and protect furniture? ›
- Mix two parts of lemon juice with one part vinegar and one part linseed oil.
- Mix one part of olive oil with one part of white vinegar and one tablespoon lemon juice.
The flat head microfiber mop. That's right! It's time to toss out every other floor mop you have ever owned and you'll soon know exactly why! This floor mop is what the pros use in almost every case and there's many reasons why.
- Blueland Multi-Surface Cleaner.
- Clorox Compostable Cleaning Wipes.
- Tide Free and Gentle Liquid Laundry Detergent.
- Woolite Carpet and Upholstery.
- 9 Elements Bathroom Cleaner.
- Boulder Clean Valencia Orange Dish Soap.
- JAWS Granite Cleaner & Polish.
- Bona Hard-Surface Floor Cleaner.
When it comes to cleaning, bleach is a staple in our society. Unfortunately, most users are not aware of a safer and superior alternative with disinfecting properties. This solution is called Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl).What is the 1 minute rule for cleaning? ›
The rule is simple: If a task can be completed in one minute or less, it should be done immediately, like washing a dish, answering an email or picking up a few things on the floor.How do you deep clean a house in 2 hours? ›
- Launder towels and bathmats (5 minutes).
- Mop the floors. Wipe down the baseboards (20 minutes).
- Clean the bathtub and shower (10 minutes).
- Clean out the fridge and microwave (10 minutes).
- Tidy the entryway closet (10 minutes).
- Wipe down all mirrors (5 minutes).
Housekeepers should be responsible and hardworking in putting their time, effort, and energy necessary to make the house thoroughly spotless. They should work obediently with great zeal and passion on what they do. A good housekeeper should always be reliable and dedicated enough to create an excellent job.What cleaning your house does for your brain? ›
Researchers from Singapore say housework may be a key to keeping your brain sharp as you age. Their new study found that in older adults, cleaning house was tied to a better memory and attention span, and stronger legs, which helps prevent falls.How do I stop being lazy and clean my house? ›
Reward yourself after or while you're cleaning, and it will make the chore more bearable. You don't need to go nuts, but turn household chores into something a little more fun by finding small ways to enjoy them.Is baking soda or vinegar a better cleaner? ›
But she agrees with Morris that the best, most effective way to use baking soda and vinegar is separately, taking advantage of each one's chemical properties. For example, as a base, baking soda is a great degreaser, and vinegar's acid will cut through hard water stains.Is vinegar a good multipurpose cleaner? ›
Why Make an All Purpose Cleaner With Vinegar. Vinegar is an excellent natural cleaner. Most household vinegars (used in the kitchen) contain 4-6% acetic acid, which is what makes vinegar such a great cleaning ingredient. Vinegar has been shown to have antibacterial properties.What can I use instead of all purpose cleaner? ›
- Baking soda. Baking soda is an excellent cleaner and deodorizer. ...
- Borax. Borax can be found in the laundry aisle of most grocery and department stores. ...
- Washing soda. ...
- Cornstarch. ...
- Unscented soap. ...
- Lemon. ...
- White vinegar. ...
- Rubbing alcohol.
For mild cleaning, mix 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 4 to 8 cups hot water in a spray bottle. You can substitute 2 teaspoons of borax for the baking soda. Add a few drops of essential oil to any mixture to give it a fresh scent.
- Hydrogen peroxide + vinegar. You may assume that combining these two ingredients in the same bottle will boost their cleaning power, but it's more likely to increase your risk of going to the emergency room. ...
- Bleach + vinegar. ...
- Baking soda + vinegar.
These two common household materials can serve as natural cleaners to remove grime and keep your surfaces clean. Because vinegar and baking soda are on opposite ends of the pH scale, they can be combined and used as effective cleaning solutions.What happens when you mix baking soda and vinegar for cleaning? ›
When baking soda is mixed with vinegar, the acid breaks down baking soda, releasing carbon dioxide gas that can help lift dirt from the surfaces being cleaned. Here are some recipes to try. Freshen your sink by mixing one part of baking soda with two parts of vinegar.What happens when you put vinegar in your toilet? ›
Vinegar is a great toilet cleaning solution. Not only is it free of chemicals and naturally antibacterial, it's also an acid, so it will remove minor lime and calcium deposits. All you need to do is pour a couple cups of vinegar in your tank and let it sit for an hour or so, then scrub and flush to rinse.Do you have to rinse after cleaning with vinegar? ›
Do You Have to Rinse after Cleaning with Vinegar? Rinsing is not necessary! If you're simply using a vinegar and water solution to wipe and disinfect, you won't need to rinse. However, if there's also plenty of dirt and grime you're wiping away, you may also want to rinse with some extra water.What is the strongest vinegar for cleaning? ›
White distilled vinegar is the best vinegar for cleaning because it doesn't contain a coloring agent. Therefore, it won't stain surfaces.How do you make organic all purpose cleaner? ›
- 4 cup water.
- 1/2 cup baking soda.
- lemon essential oil.
- spearmint essential oil.
The best natural disinfectants include alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, hot water, and some essential oils. Evidence suggests that in some cases, many of these natural disinfectants can be as effective at killing germs as chemical cleaners like bleach.What is the best homemade bathroom cleaner? ›
In a jar or spray bottle, combine 1 2/3 cup baking soda with 1/2 cup vegetable oil-based liquid soap. Add 1/2 cup water and 2 tablespoons vinegar. Shake before using. Apply with a cloth or sponge and rinse well.
- Bleach + Vinegar = Chlorine gas. This can lead to coughing, breathing problems, burning and watery eyes. ...
- Bleach + Ammonia = Chloramine. ...
- Bleach + Rubbing alcohol = Chloroform. ...
- Hydrogen peroxide + Vinegar = peracetic/ peroxyacetic acid.