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Powerful GREEN Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself

Would you knowingly bring toxic products into your home? Products that could affect your family’s lungs, skin and even their hormones? Of course, you wouldn’t!

But you probably already have. And so have I.

Just look under your sink and in your cabinets at your cleaning supplies.

Many household cleaners contain toxic chemicals. Some are even potent enough to cause respiratory problems and even disrupt hormones. What’s even more frightening is there are no safety standards manufacturers must follow.

Rebecca Sutton, Ph.D., a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group (EWG):

“In terms of household cleaners, neither ingredients nor products must meet any sort of safety standard, nor is any testing data or notification required before bringing a product to market.”

But opting for a ‘green’ alternative doesn’t automatically mean you’re buying a safer cleaning product. Maybe it’s time to consider making your own cleaning products.

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Use these Cleaning Formulas with Caution

Before making any of these cleaning products, please understand that products made with natural ingredients aren’t 100% safe – no matter what anyone tells you. Products are made with natural products are still contain naturally occurring chemicals. So use these cleaning formulas with caution – just like you would with any cleaning product.

Cautions: Do not use any homemade cleaner made with vinegar on granite or natural stone. The acid in vinegar can etch the stone. The same goes for waxed wood floors as vinegar can damage the finish. Always test in an inconspicuous area before proceeding.

You need to also be aware that essential oils don’t always play nice with plastic spray bottles or containers (the oils can degrade the plastic.) Store your homemade cleaning products in glass or stainless steel containers. Plastic #1 HDPE or plastic #2 PET are also excellent options.

To extend the shelf life of your homemade cleaning products, always use distilled (or boiled, filtered water) in any recipe that calls for water. Distilled water is free from impurities that can make your cleaner ‘go off’ before you can use it up.

Air Fresheners

Let’s face it – life can stink at times. From smelly bathrooms to funky laundry baskets and furniture, sometimes the air could smell a little sweeter.

The problem with commercial air fresheners is that they often contain synthetic fragrances (detrimental to anyone with respiratory illness or allergies) and phthalates (linked to hormone disruption in males.)

Who wants that in their house?

Try these all-natural air freshener recipes instead.

DIY Air Freshener (Don’t Mess with Mama.com )


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 5-7 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 5-7 drops Lemon essential oil

1 reusable spray bottle


Fill the spray bottle with water and witch hazel. Add essential oils and twist on spray nozzle. Shake the bottle for a few seconds before each use. Recipe NotesAlternative essential oil combinations for this recipe:5-7 drops Thieves + 5-7 drops Orange = Pumpkin Spice5-7 drops Eucalyptus + 5-7 drops Peppermint = Minty Clean5-7 drops Lemongrass + 5-7 drops Lemon = Lemon ZestVodka can be used in place of witch hazel. It’s actually a nice alternative because it dissipates faster than water.

DYI Natural Air Freshener Spray ( NaturesNutureBlog – Small Steps to a Non-Toxic Home)


  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel (or isopropyl alcohol)
  • 30 drops essential oil
  • 1/2 cup distilled water  (distilled is best, but filtered tap water works for short-term storage)
  • 1-4oz fine-mist spray bottle


Add witch hazel or rubbing alcohol to the spray bottle. Add the essential oils of your choice. Swirl the bottle about 10 times to combine oils with witch hazel. Top off with water, leaving a little room at the top for shaking.

To use: Shake well, and spray into the air.

Recipe Notes– Distilled water lasts longer because it doesn’t contain any impurities. You can also use filtered tap water, but if it starts to smell “off” then just toss it and make a new batch.– Do not spray directly on fabrics. Use caution around children, pets, and pregnant women.

All-Purpose Floor Cleaners

Most of us are used to cleaning our non-wood floors with a range of products that could surely, given enough time, strip paint. And it’s completely unnecessary – especially if you vacuum on a regular basis and clean up spills as they happen.

Removing your shoes at the door (and asking your guests to remove theirs as well) keeps floors clean longer.

When you do need to wash your floors, you can get them clean with a few simple, non-toxic ingredients. A 50/50 solution of vinegar to water works great, but if you dislike the smell of vinegar, here are a couple of alternatives.

Ultimate All-Purpose Cleaner (NaturesNuture.com)

You can also use this recipe as a general all-purpose cleaner


1 cup distilled water (distilled is best, but filtered tap water is acceptable if you don’t plan on storing the formula for a long period.  1/2 cup vinegar (white distilled vinegar)1/2 cup isopropyl alcohol (aka rubbing alcohol or surgical spirits)2-3 drops dish soap25-30 drops essential oil (my recipe uses 7 drops lavender, 7 drops orange or lemon, 10 drops tea tree oil, and 5 drops peppermint)Fine-mist spray bottle at least 16 oz capacity


Add all ingredients to spray bottle and shake to combine.Sweep/vacuum the floor, or remove stray crumbs from your surface. Spray the cleaner on the floor. Wipe up with a microfibre cloth or microfibre mop.

Recipe NotesDo not use this formula on granite, marble, or other natural stone surfaces.

Homemade Floor Cleaner for All Types of Floors – Housewife How Tos.com

This recipe claims that it’s suitable for:

  • Laminate
  • Hardwood
  • Vinyl, linoleum & tile
  • Marble or granite (Note: I would use with caution because of the vinegar.)
  • Cement


  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
  • 3 drops liquid dish soap
  • 5-10 drops essential oils (optional)

Combine in a bucket or spray bottle.

All-Purpose Kitchen/Bath Spray 

For good health, we just need to sanitize kitchens and bathrooms, not full-out disinfect them.

Sanitize means to reduce numbers of pathogens to a safe level, while disinfection means to completely kill them. Unless a family member is sick (or has recently been ill), there is no need to thoroughly disinfect.

The chemicals in commercial disinfectants are harmful to our health – and are linked to lung problems and even to certain cancers with long-term exposure.

Nearly all of these recipes rely on vinegar. Because of its acidic nature, vinegar not only cuts grease but also wipes out many types of microbes. Others rely on hydrogen peroxide, a well-known disinfectant that isn’t hard on the lungs.

Popsugar.com has a great selection of all-purpose cleaning spray recipes to choose from.

Pet-and-Child Safe All-Purpose Cleaner

Tea tree oil has been used for centuries because of its powerful antifungal and antiseptic properties. (FYI: it also has a powerful aroma.)

Note: Full-strength tea tree oil is poisonous if ingested, so store it in a safe location.

Add 10 drops of tea tree essential oil to four cups of water, in a spray bottle and shake. Excellent for kitchen/bathroom counters and sanitizing hard surface toys.

Rosemary-Lemon Food Safe Cleaning Solution

Rosemary and lemon have natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. This is an excellent cleaner for the kitchen because it’s 100% safe on food surfaces. Plus it smells divine!


  • 3 lemon ends
  • 10 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 cups vinegar


Place lemon ends, rosemary and vinegar into a glass jar with a lid. Shake to combine.

Let the solution sit for 3 days. Strain and put into a spray bottle.

DYI Citrus Spray Cleaner

As well as smelling delightful, this spray cut through tough grease with a citrus punch.


  • 2 cups orange and lemon peels
  • 2 cups white vinegar


Place the vinegar and citrus peels in a sealed glass container for seven days. Strain and pour into a spray bottle. The acidity in the mixture helps kill most mould and germs.

Note: the citrus peels can be saved to make another batch of cleaning solution.

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

This recipe will leave any surface in your house shining, with the grease-busting properties of vinegar and Borax plus the disinfecting bubbles of hydrogen peroxide.

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Borax
  • 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Spring of rosemary (optional)
  • Essential oil (optional)

In a bowl, add the Borax to the hot water and stir until dissolved. Add the hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and lemon to the mixture and stir.

Pour into a spray bottle and top with a sprig of rosemary or a few drops of your favourite essential oil.

Homemade Bathroom Cleaner for Tub, Tile & Grout


  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tsp. Liquid dish soap


Mix together in a small squeeze-top container. The baking soda will scrub away hard water spots and stains, while the hydrogen peroxide will whiten and clean.

Clothing Stain Removers

Stain removers may contain toxic ingredients such as Sodium Laurel Sulphate (a proven skin irritant), chlorine bleach (linked to respiratory problems), synthetic fragrances (which can cause migraines and allergic reactions) and phosphates, which can harm aquatic life.

These stain removers can knock out major stains, without harming your clothes, your body or the environment.

DIY Homemade Stain RemoverTiffany, DontWasteTheCrumbs.com


  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp dish soap
  • 8 tbsp hydrogen peroxide

Stir together in a small jar. Apply directly to stain and rub in with an old toothbrush. Let sit for 15-minutes to an hour. Wash as usual.

Miracle DIY Spray Stain Remover – Sarah Lipoff, PopSugar.com


  • ½ cup dishwashing liquid
  • ½ cup rubbing alcohol
  • 6 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups warm water


Whisk the dishwashing liquid and baking soda together in a small bowl. Slowly add in the rubbing alcohol and the water. Shake before use. Spray stain with stain remover. Let sit 20 minutes and wash as usual.


Ugh. There is nothing worse than having to clean up a greasy kitchen – especially if the grease has been left on overnight.

Most commercial degreasers depend heavily on petroleum-based surfactants.

But these homemade degreasers can make short work cleaning greasy surfaces.

Homemade Degreaser (Manasa-Reddigari for BobVila.com)


  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ⅛ tsp of Castille soap (e.g. Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 20 drops pH neutral essential oil (optional – fresh citrus scents such as lemon and orange work great)

Note: use unscented Castille soap if adding essential oil.


Combine ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well to mix.

Let sit on the greasy surface for 10-15 minutes. Rinse.

The following two degreaser recipes are from Audrey Pannell from Hunker.com

All-Purpose Degreaser:

Mix ½ cup lemon juice with 2 cups of vinegar and pour into a spray bottle. The natural acids in this mixture will make the greasiest surfaces squeaky clean)

Perfect for surfaces such as cooktops (make sure its cool before you start), backsplashes, range hoods and pots and pans.

Sink Degreaser:


  • Juice of one grapefruit
  • ½ tsp dish soap
  • 2 cups of water.

Instructions: Mix together in a spray bottle. Spray the dishes with this mixture and let stand for are few minutes in the sink before washing. Also works great for cleaning up greasy residue.

No Rub Degreaser for Your Kitchen Hood – by Elena K. for Hometalk.com


Remove filters from kitchen hood.

Fill the tallest pot you own with water until 2” from the brim. Add 1 cup of vinegar. Add one tablespoon of original Dawn dish soap (or Fairy if you’re from Europe.) Stir well.

Slowly add ½ cup baking soda in 1 tbsp. increments, stirring well after each addition.

(Note: if the bubbling gets too high, turn down the stove and let cool down for a few minutes.) After the pot comes to a boil, turn it off.

Carefully add your filters to the pot of hot solution. Let sit a minute or two. If necessary, scrub any remaining grease off the filter with a small brush.

Natural Kitchen Degreaser (TheKitchn.com)


  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • Natural liquid soap (such as Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • Warm water
  • Essential oil (optional)


Add vinegar, a drop or two of the soap and the baking soda to a spray bottle. Fill to the neck with warm water. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil if desired.

Homemade Citrus Degreaser – One Good Thing by Jillee.com


  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons liquid Castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s, etc.)
  • 20 drops lemon essential oil


Combine ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray on greasy messes and wipe with a wet cloth.

Dusting Spray/Furniture Polish

A little spray, a little wipe and that fresh lemon scent! There is something beautiful about a freshly dusted home. But winning the battle over dust bunnies isn’t worth filling your home with toxic chemicals.

Household furniture polishes often include petroleum distillates, mineral spirits, C10-12 Alkane/Cycloalkane (which can be fatal if ingested) and phthalates (which is noted for its damaging effects on male reproductive organs.)

So it’s time to pledge to lose that can of Lemon Pledge polish.

Here are some safe dusting spray alternatives that smell great too.

DIY Dusting Spray Sarah Lipoff, PopSugar.com


  • 3 cups water
  • ½ tsp. Dr. Bronner’s soap
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • 10-20 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)


Mix together in a spray bottle. Shake before use.

Homemade Furniture PolishSarah Lipoff, Popsugar.com


  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice


Combine ingredients and add to a small squeeze bottle (using a funnel if necessary.) Shake before using. Squirt a small amount on a soft, dry cloth to polish your wood furniture. If you like a high shine, buff with a second dry cloth.

Homemade Dust, Wood & Furniture Polish SprayKate Kordsmeier, RootandRevel.com


  • 1 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Castille soap
  • 15 drops essential oils (citrus & herb recommended)


Combine ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray furniture or surface and wipe with a microfiber cloth.

DIY Dusting Spray – Sarah, OneEssentialCommunity.com


  • 1 cup distilled water (can substitute boiled and cooled filtered tap water)
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup fractionated coconut oil
  • Your choice of essential oils (optional)
    • Fresh home scent: 20 drops lemon + 10 drops lavender
    • Citrus grove scent: 15 drops orange + 10 drops lemon + 5 drops grapefruit
    • Clean & fresh scent:  20 drops lemon + 10 drops peppermint
    • Clean & calm scent:  20 drops orange + 10 drops lavender
    • Cozy fall scent:  20 drops orange + 5 drops cinnamon + 3 drops cardamom + 2 drops clove

Combine in a spray bottle. Shake before using. Mist furniture lightly or apply the spray directly on a microfiber cleaning cloth and wipe.

Glass/Window Cleaners

Who doesn’t like shiny, clean glass and windows? With apologies to the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you don’t need Windex to make your glass shine! Try some of these simple formulas for streak-free glass.

All-in-One Glass and Stainless Steel Cleaner Kristin Marr, LiveSimply.me


  • ½ cup rubbing/isopropyl alcohol
  • ⅓ cup white vinegar
  • 12 oz. water
  • Optional: A few drops of your favourite essential oil


Combine in a spray bottle. Shake well before using. Apply and wipe with a microfiber cloth.

Note: Some manufacturers of stainless steel appliances recommend that they are only to be cleaned with plain water. Check with your manufacturer before using this formula. Test in an inconspicuous spot before spraying down your entire appliance.

DIY Glass and Stainless Steel CleanerTracey Black, DontMessWithMama.com


  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol or vodka
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch or arrowroot (prevents streaking)
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops orange essential oil
  • 2 cups distilled water


Add rubbing alcohol and vinegar to a 16 oz. spray bottle using a funnel. Add cornstarch and essential oils. Add water. Screw on the spray nozzle. Shake well before use.

Natural Homemade Window Cleaner – Sarah Lipoff, Popsugar.com


  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup  fresh lemon juice
  • Essential oil of your choice (optional)


Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well before use.

Hardwood Floor Cleaners

Nothing is more inviting in a home than a beautiful hardwood floor. But hardwood needs some TLC to look its best.

The main danger with hardwood is getting it too wet when you mop. The wood can swell and buckle if standing water is left on it for too long. For this reason, it’s recommended that hardwood is cleaned with a spray bottle and mop, instead of a bucket. A little spritz and wipe are all that hardwood needs.

Make sure you test these formulas in an inconspicuous area before use. Always follow the manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations for your hardwood floors. In some instances, nothing should be used on hardwood except plain water.

No Vinegar Hardwood Cleaning Formula – CleanMama.net


  • 2 cups water
  • 1-2 drops Castile soap or Sal Suds (Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 3-5 drops essential oil (Sal Suds already has a slight pine scent)


MIx ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake before use. Spray floor lightly and mop with a microfiber mopping pad.

Cleaner for No-Finish or Naturally Finished HardwoodAshley Adamant, PracticalSelfReliance.com

Hardwood that has no finish, or is finished with oil instead of a factory finish or urethane need extra care because it can get dried out and brittle. This recipe uses a touch of olive oil to help put needed moisture back into the wood.


  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2-3 drops of your favourite essential oil


Shake well as you lightly spray and mop your floors. Use this recipe within 2 months since olive oil eventually goes rancid.

DIY Wood Floor Cleaner Recipe – HouseWifeHowTos.com


  • 2 cups warm water
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
  • 3 drops plain liquid dish soap (original Dawn or Fairy recommended. Do not use dish soap with antibacterial, moisturizing or scented ingredients, or contains “oxygenating action:)
  • 5 drops essential oil


Combine ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray floor lightly and wipe with a dry microfiber cloth.

Black Tea Wood Floor Cleaner – TipNut.com


  • 1 tbsp. Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap
  • ⅛ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup brewed black tea (steep 1 tea bag in 2 cups of boiling water, let cool)


Add ingredients together in a spray bottle. Lightly spray hardwood and mop with a microfiber mop.

Note: The tea brings out the shine of the hardwood.

Kitchen/Bath Counter Wipes

Counter wipes are super convenient, but they are quite expensive and contain some quite toxic ingredients.

Specifically, many wipes contain dangerous ingredients like quaternary ammonia compounds, which can irritate the lungs, eyes and skin. Many contain preservatives with formaldehyde to prevent bacterial growth. Wipes that contain chlorine bleach are linked to asthma, and also contribute to a rise in ‘superbug,’ antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The good news is that you can have the convenience of wipes without health risks. Instead of quats and chlorine bleach, these wipes use vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and essential oils with antibacterial properties.

Homemade Natural Cleaning Wipes that DisinfectBetsy Jabs, DIYNatural.com


  • ¾ cup filtered water
  • ¾ cup white distilled vinegar
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops bergamot essential oil


Cut 15-20 pieces of lightweight, yet absorbent cloth into 10”x10” squares. (Old t-shirts work well.)

Combine ingredients in a mason jar or other sealable container of your choice (if you use plastic, make sure it won’t react with your essential oils.) Stir to combine. Add pre-cut cloths to the container and press down to soak up the liquid. Store upside down in a cool, dark cupboard to keep wipes moist and preserve the properties of the essential oils.

Homemade Cleaning Wipes and Canister – Sarah Lipoff, PopSugar.com


  • One pound coffee canister with lid
  • Roll of paper towel
  • Serrated bread knife
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Needle
  • Scissors


  • ½ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tsp liquid dish soap
  • 10 drops essential oils (optional)


If desired, spray paint your coffee can if you would like a more decorative canister.

Cut roll of paper towel in two crosswise with a serrated knife. Place one half of cut roll upright in the canister, with the cardboard center in the middle.

Mix together vinegar, dish soap, rubbing alcohol and essential oil in a small bowl. Pour liquid over the paper towel. Once the towels are saturated, remove the cardboard center. Pull a single towel from the center of the roll.

Poke the needle through the center of the lid several times to make a pilot hole. Fit scissors in the hold and cut a ½” diameter circle. Feed paper towel from the middle of the roll through the hole cut in the lid. Secure the lid over the wipes. Pull out one-at-a-time for cleaning countertops.

DIY Reusable Cleaning Wipes – Tracey Black, DontMessWithMama.com


  • Package of reusable cleaning cloths (e.g. J-Cloths)
  • Airtight glass container (check out your local dollar store, or use a large glass jar with a lid)


  • 2-3 cups warm water (depending on the size of your container)
  • 2 tbsp. Liquid castile soap
  • 5 drops Lemongrass essential oil
  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil
  • ⅛ cup hydrogen peroxide (helps extend shelf life)


Add ½ of the water and the soap to the container. Add the essential oils and mix well.

Cut reusable towels in half. Roll each towel and stand them up in the container. Add remaining water and hydrogen peroxide. Seal jar and shake well. The solution will last about a week. Wash dirty wipes in your washing machine and reuse.

Disinfecting Bleach-Free Bathroom Wipes – LivingOnaDime.com


  • 24 rags, cut into 4”x6” pieces 
  • Plastic container (old baby wipes container works well.)


  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol
  • 2 tbsp. Dawn dish soap (do not substitute)
  • 2 tbsp. ammonia (optional)

Mix up the solution and pour over the rags. Use as much solution as you need to moisten the rags; you don’t want them sopping wet. Store leftover solution for future use.

Soft Scrubs and Scouring Powders

There are times you just have to put in a little elbow grease to remove soap scum, hard water marks and assorted hardened crud. That’s where scrubbing gels, powders and creams come in.

Some commercial formulas are harsh and will scratch surfaces. Many also contain chlorine bleach, which is terrible for your lungs and skin. The good news? You don’t need ‘em!

Check out these homemade cleaning pastes. They’ll make short work of your nastiest, grimiest crud – even the dreaded ring around the tub.

Natural Cleaning Paste for the Tub – ApartmentTherapy.com


  • Jar with lid


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 10-12 drops antibacterial essential oil (suggestions: Tea Tree, Rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus)
  • 1 tsp. liquid soap
  • Water

Instructions: Combine baking soda, essential oil & liquid soap in the jar. Add just enough water to make a paste and shake to mix. Seal jar and use to scrub your bathtub and sinks.

Simple DIY Scouring PowderErin Huffstetler, TheSpruce.com

A lot of grime can be removed with a bit of baking soda on a sponge or damp cloth and some elbow grease. But if you need more cleaning power, try these additions to the baking soda. Always rinse surfaces with plain water after scrubbing.


  • Make a paste of baking powder and water and let it sit on the stain for a few hours before scrubbing.
  • Add 1 tbsp. borax to ⅓ cup baking soda and mix well
  • Pour a bit of white vinegar on the stain and scrub with baking soda
  • Grate a ½ bar of soap (not antibacterial) and mix with 1 cup baking soda.

Note: If there is a film left after rinsing, dilute some vinegar to do a secondary rinse. Wipe dry.

Optional: Add 3-8 drops essential oils to ½ cup baking soda if you’d like a scented scrub. Store your scrub in a sealed jar.

Grapefruit Soft Scrub – MommyPotamus.com


  • 2 tbsp. liquid castile soap
  • ¾ cup baking soda
  • Just enough water to make a paste ( about 2-3 tbsps)
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil.

Instructions: Combine baking soda, castile soap and essential oils. Add enough water to make a paste. Transfer to an empty squeeze bottle (old ketchup, shampoo and dish soap bottles work well) Squirt on a damp sponge and rub into grimy surface. Store in a sealed container for up to 12 months.

Homemade Bon Ami Alternative Scouring Powder – Katie Wells, WellnessMama.com


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup non-iodized salt
  • ½ cup washing soda
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil (optional)

Instructions: Pour ingredients into jar or bowl and stir to mix well. If you’d like a shaker, poke some holes in a pint or quart mason jar lid. Lightly wet down the surface to be cleaned. Sprinkle scouring powder on the wet surface and let sit for 5 minutes. Scrub and rinse.

Mildew Removers

There is no other way to put it – mildew stinks. Literally.

Mildew is fungi and a close cousin of mould. Its typical appearance is grayish-white and powdery.

Here’s how to get rid of it and keep it from coming back.

Tea Tree Oil Mold & Mildew Killer – Sarah Lipoff, PopSugar.com


  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 20 drops tea tree oil


  • Combine in a small spray bottle. Use in showers, tubs and sinks where mould or mildew exists. Spray and leave sit.

3-Ingredient DYI Mildew CleanerJennafer Ashley, PaleoHacks.com


  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 10-20 drops citrus essential oil

Instructions: Combine in a spray bottle. Spray directly on affected areas. Leave for 10 minutes before scrubbing.

Shower/Tub Sprays & Cleaners

Much of the grime in showers and tubs are from hard water buildup and soap scum. These non-toxic sprays will cut through the gunk and leave your shower sparkling.

A Natural Shower, Tub, and Tile Cleaner – Katie Vance, DIYNatural.com


  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 4 tsp. fragrance-free dish soap
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil


Add white vinegar and dish soap to an 8 oz. or larger spray bottle. Swirl to combine. Add essential oils.

Spray tub/shower generously and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. Wipe with a soft, clean rag. For best results, use daily.

Homemade Daily Shower Cleaner SprayJessica, Mom4Real.com


  • 1 cup distilled or boiled and cooled filtered water
  • ⅛ cup hydrogen peroxide
  • ⅛ cup isopropyl alcohol
  • ½ tsp. castile soap or dish soap
  • ½ tsp white vinegar

Instructions: Using a funnel, add all ingredients to a 16 oz. spray bottle. Shake well before use. Spray shower and let sit for 10 minutes to loosen built-up soap scum. After the initial application, spray shower walls daily to prevent soap scum build up. No rinsing required.

Daily Shower Cleaner SprayBeverly, MakeYourOwnZone.com


  • ½ cup hydrogen peroxide
  • ½ cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tsp.dish soap
  • 1 tbsp. Dishwater rinse aid (Like JetDry)
  • 3 cups water (approximate)


Add first four ingredients to 32 oz spray bottle using a funnel. Slowly add enough water to fill the bottle and swirl to combine ingredients. Mist walls of shower daily with this solution after showering. No rinsing or wiping needed.  

Glass Shower Door Scrub – Sarah Lipoff, PopSugar.com


  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup liquid dish soap


Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Scoop a small amount of mixture on a soft, damp cloth and apply in a circular motion over shower doors or tiles. Can also be used to shine tub spouts. Let still for a few minutes, the give another light scrub. Rinse with warm water and polish with a clean paper towel.

Toilet Bowl Cleaners/Bombs

No one likes cleaning the toilet. There are few jobs as gross and disgusting.

But that doesn’t mean that you necessarily need to use a harsh chemical toilet bowl cleaner, either. Commercial toilet bowl cleaners often contain chlorine bleach and hydrochloric acid, which is extremely corrosive.

To follow are some highly effective DIY toilet cleaners. They’ll help you get a dirty job done dirt cheap using non-toxic ingredients.

DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner – Karen B. Gibbs, Today.com


  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup salt
  • 6 drops Tea Tree oil


  • Combine dry ingredients and stir in Tea Tree oil. To use, turn off the water to the toilet and flush so the bowl empties. Sprinkle the powder into the toilet bowl and scrub the bowl (wear gloves.) Add 1 cup white vinegar and let sit for an hour. Turn on the water and flush. Scrub weekly to keep your toilet sparkling clean.

Heavy Duty Toilet Formula – Betsy Jabs, DIYNatural.com


  • ¾ cup borax
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil


Combine ingredients in a bowl or squirt bottle. Wet inside of the bowl with a toilet brush. Pour entire mixture into the toilet bowl. Allow it to sit in the bowl overnight. Scrub bowl and flush to rinse in the morning.

DIY Cleaning Disinfecting, Deodorizing Toilet Bowl BombsDebra Maslowski, DIYNatural.com


  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • ½ cup borax or cornstarch
  • 25 drops essential oils to disinfect and eliminate odours (recommended: Tea Tree, lemon, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, bay rum)

Where’s the Laundry Detergent Formulas?

 I’m not convinced that homemade laundry detergent does a good job of cleaning your clothes. And here’s why.

Both soap and detergents contain surfactants. Surfactants attach themselves to the dirt, oil and other particles in your laundry, and suspends them until the rinse and the final spin removes the soil before it can be redeposited back on your clothes.

There the similarity ends.

One of the primary ingredients in soap is fat. The fat in the soap attaches itself to the fibres of your clothing where it can’t easily be rinsed away. Over time, (you guessed it) the soap builds up and becomes stinky, nasty soap scum. (And if you have hard water, it makes the soap scum problem even worse.)

Uh, isn’t the point of washing your clothes to remove soil and make them smell fresh and clean?

I’ve read several accounts where people said homemade laundry soap damaged their HD washing machines to the point of no return. Why try to save a few bucks on detergent if it destroys your washer?

That seems penny wise and pound foolish to me.

On a closing note, if you’ve tried any of these cleaning product recipes, let me know! I’ve got to say the ACORN glass cleaning formula from OneGoodThing.com is better than any commercial glass cleaners I’ve tried.


Cleaning products you can make yourself

Making your own cleaning products is easy and inexpensive

How to Make 'Green' Cleaning Products at Home
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How to Make 'Green' Cleaning Products at Home
Tired of paying too much for toxic cleaning products? Here's how to make your own 'green' cleaning products for just pennies.
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We Bananas
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Norma Rickman

NormaR is our WeBananas tech blogger. She came to us as a crusty copywriter from the Far North who lives and breathes conversions. In her spare time, she's a diehard Edmonton Oilers fan (sadly), a foodie and a passionate landscape photographer.

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