Make Your Own Cleaners

This is a great guide that one of my favorite blogs posted a while back. MotherNatureNetwork is an exceptional website with loads of information from a to z, and when it shows up on my tumblr dashboard, it’s always a good post.
Window Cleaner

  1. Spray bottle with club soda
  2. 2 teaspoons white vinegar in a quart of warm water.

Put in a spray bottle Consumer Reports’ tried-and-true window cleaner:
• 1/2 cup soapy ammonia
• 1 pint rubbing alcohol
Mix well, put in spray bottles and label.


  1. White vinegar
  2. 3 tablespoons Castile soap
  3. 20-30 drops of tea tree extract
    1. Mix in a 16-oz. sprayer and top with water.

All-Purpose Cleaner

  1. Club soda
  2. 1 part white vinegar + 1 part water
    Mix in a spray bottle.

Non-Abrasive Cleaner

  1. Shake baking soda on surface or damp sponge and scrub.
  2. 1 part baking soda + 1 part lemon juice

Make a paste and use a sponge to clean.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Baking soda + White vinegar
Flush the toilet, sprinkle in the baking soda, spray with vinegar and scrub.

Bath Tile Mold Prevention
1 part water + 1 part bleach
Spray and wipe off with a warm, damp sponge

Grout Mold Cleaner
1 part hydrogen peroxide + 2 parts water
Combine in spray bottle.
Spray, let sit for an hour, wipe with a damp sponge.

Drain Cleaner (Not for Full Clogs)
1 cup white vinegar + 1 cup of baking soda
Pour baking soda then vinegar down drain.
Let sit for 10 minutes and flush with boiling water followed by warm tap water until drain clears.


Partially fill sink/tub with water. Plunge for 20 seconds and pull the plunger quickly from the drain

Furniture Polish
1/4 cup white vinegar (or 1/2 cup lemon juice)
3/4 cup olive oil

Mix and polish with soft cloth

Air Freshener
2 cups hot water + 2 tablespoons baking soda
(add an essential oil or cologne for fragrance if you want)

Mix in spray bottle.

Carpet Cleaner/Deodorizer
Sprinkle carpet with baking soda.
Let it sit for a half-hour and vacuum.

All-Purpose Floor Cleaner
1/2 cup vinegar + 1 gallon water
Mix and mop.
(Note: Vinegar should not be used on grout or marble)

Wood Floor Cleaner
Few drops of dish soap + 1 gallon of warm water
Mix and damp mop. 

Dishwasher Liquid

1/2 cup liquid castile soap
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 drops tea tree extract
1/4 cup white vinegar

Stir water and soap together.
Add rest of ingredients and stir until blended.
Put in squeeze bottle. Use 2 tablespoons per load.

(From “Natural Cleaning for Your Home: 95 Pure and Simple Recipes,” by Casey Keller) 

Dishwashing Rinse

White vinegarPour vinegar into the compartment

Garbage Disposal Freshener
Grind orange and lemon peels in the disposal.

Laundry Detergent

  • 1 bar of shaved bar soap (Ivory, Fels-Naptha or Zote)
  • 1/2 cup of washing soda

Stir together until combined well and store in an airtight container. Use 1 tablespoon per load (2 for heavy soils). This is low-suds and should work well for front-loading laundry machines.

Fabric Softener
Add 1/2 cup white vinegar to rinse cycle These ideas should save you money and put your mind at ease about using too many chemicals.

Like they said:
Please feel free to comment with your own recipes or share the results if you’ve tried any of these.


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