Natural cleaning products – DIY

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Natural cleaning products – DIY

DIY: Natural Cleaning products

natural cleaningWe already walked through what “green” cleaning  products are, their benefits to your budget, life & planet in our 101 natural products post. Our second post on the subject was about laying out a few  global brandswe love & are easy to find in supermarkets and online. These third post should be a lot of fun, it is all about DIY!!!

A few general tips before starting.

Remember that to any of these recipes you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to add some aromatherapy qualities. For example, if you will use it to clean the kitchen why not get a fresh and respiratory system cleanser like mint? this would allow you to enjoy the smells of you cooking even further, or if we are talking about a bedroom, think about your favorite relaxing oil and add a few drops to the mix and make your beauty sleep reach the next level.

Another good point to have in mind is to use as spray bottles recycled ones from the industrialized cleaning that you had in your pantry, after cleaning them thoroughly, of course. Or trying to use glass containers to eliminate plastic entirely.  


1- Mirror & Glass Cleaner
  • mirror cleaner2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol 70% concentration
  • 1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil for smell (optional)

The next time you need to wash your windows and mirrors, combine these ingredients and pour them into a spray bottle. Spray the solution on a paper towel or soft cloth first, then on the glass. Hint: Don’t clean windows on a hot, sunny day, because the solution will dry too quickly and leave lots of streaks.

Recipe from The good house cleaning institute

2- Homemade Disinfectant Wipes
  • wipes1 cup water
  • ¼ cup with vinegar
  • 8 drops of tea tree oil
  • 8 drops of eucalyptus  essential oil
  • 8 drops lemon essential oil
  • Empty “wipe” container (baby wipe, for example)
  • 15 – 20 squares of cloth (old t-shirts work well, as do old dish towels or similar material)

Fold and place the cloth squares into the empty wipe container and set aside.

Combine in a mixing bowl the water, vinegar, and 3 essential oils, stirring until well mixed.

Pour this mixture over the cloths in the container where they will soak in and be ready for you to pull out and use!

Recipe from Keeper of the home

3- Homemade Drain Cleaner
  • Drain cleaner¼ – ½ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup white vinegar

Sprinkle baking soda down the clogged or smelly drain, and follow that with the vinegar. Let the bubbling mixture sit for an hour or so, then pour boiling hot water down the drain to rinse.

Depending on how smelly or clogged the drain is, you may need to repeat the process again. Once you do it regularly, you’ll find that one time usually takes care of it!

Recipe from Keeper of the home

4- Removing Stains From Carpets
  • carpet cleanerBaking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Nylon (or similar) scrub brush
  • Vacuum cleaner

Cover the entire stain with Baking Soda. In a spray bottle, combine a half-and-half blend of white vinegar and water. 

While leaving the baking soda on the carpet, thoroughly spray the stained area with your vinegar and water blend. You’ll get to watch the baking soda foam up like in seventh-grade science class. (Don’t worry, it’s harmless.)

Let the mixture sit on the stain for at least three hours. Using your nylon brush, gently work the cleaning solutions into the stain. Be careful not to rub too hard or you risk disturbing the fibers of your carpet.

Let the carpet dry overnight. By the next day, the vinegar and water solution should be dry, leaving a chalky baking soda residue. Clean this with a vacuum cleaner, and if any residue remains, gently scrub with a clean cloth.

Recipe from Money Crashers

5- Cleaning Tile and Wood Floors

Clean woodSealed wood floors and any non-porous tile (such as porcelain) can be thoroughly cleaned to a sparkling shine with a little vinegar and water.

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray mop, or bucket and cloth

Combine approximately one cup of white vinegar with one gallon of warm water. You can use a fraction of the solution if you’re only working on a small area, but the solution stores just fine for later, you can go ahead and make a whole batch. If desired, add a few drops of essential oil.

Recipe from Money Crashers

6- Dishwasher liquid
  • dishwasher soap1/2 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 drops tea tree extract
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

Stir the water and soap together. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until blended. Transfer into a bottle for storage. Use 2 tablespoons per load.

7- All purpose cleaner

All purpose cleanerFor use on tiles, bathroom panels, mirrors, windows and hard bathroom and kitchen surfaces.

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 gallon water

Mix together all ingredients in a bucket of water. Decant into a spray bottle. Store and keep.

8- Disinfectant
  • desinfectant2 Teaspoons borax
  • 4 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Castile Soap

Mix it all together! Wipe on with dampened cloth or use a spray bottle. (This is not an antibacterial formula. The average kitchen or bathroom does not require antibacterial cleaners.) To disinfect kitchen sponges, put them in the dishwasher when running a load.

9 -Deodorizers
  • DeodorizerPlastic food storage containers: Soak overnight in warm water and baking soda
  • In-sink garbage disposal units: Grind up lemon or orange peel in the unit
  • Carpets: Sprinkle baking soda several hours before vacuuming
  • Garage, basements: Set a sliced onion on a plate in the center of the room for 12 – 24 hours

Recipe from Learn Earth Easy

10 -Metal Cleaners and Polishes
  • metal cleanerAluminum: Using a soft cloth, clean with a solution of cream of tartar and water.
  • Brass or Bronze: Polish with a soft cloth dipped in lemon juice and baking soda solution, or vinegar and salt solution. Another method is to apply a dab of ketchup on a soft cloth and rub over tarnished spots.
  • Cast Iron: Cast iron pans are usually seasoned before use. Since soap and water can strip the seasoning, avoid soap and prolonged contact with water. Immediately after use, clean cast iron with plain hot water and a sponge. Stuck on food can be removed with a paste made of coarse salt and water. Dry thoroughly with a clean towel and coat with a layer of oil.
  • Chrome: Polish with lemon oil, vinegar, or aluminum foil with the shiny side out.
  • Copper: Soak a cotton rag in a pot of boiling water with 1 tablespoon salt and 1 cup of white vinegar. Apply to copper while hot; let cool, then wipe clean. For tougher jobs, sprinkle baking soda or lemon juice on a soft cloth, then wipe. For copper cookware, sprinkle a lemon wedge with salt, then scrub. A simpler method is to apply a dab of ketchup on a soft cloth and rub over tarnished spots.
  • Gold: Clean with toothpaste, or a paste of salt, vinegar, and flour.
  • Silver: Line a pan with aluminum foil and fill with water; add a teaspoon each of baking soda and salt. Bring to a boil and immerse silver. Polish with soft cloth.
  • Stainless Steel: clean with a cloth dampened with undiluted white vinegar or olive oil. For stainless cookware, mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart of water and apply using a soft cloth. Wipe dry using a clean cloth. For stainless steel sinks, pour some baking soda on an absorbent cloth to clean, then rinse and wipe dry using a clean cloth.

Recipe from Learn Earth Easy

There are a ton of other easy to find recipes but I hope I covered most of the most sought after here. All the linked sites are great at what they do and worth checking out for additional recipes and ideas. don’t be surprised if you see the recipes repeated over and over again since there we are talking green & natural clean, which has been around since humans started to clean.

Much love,


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