3 Easy-to-Make DIY Green Household Cleaners

3 Easy-to-Make DIY Green Household Cleaners

Years ago, I cleaned homes for a living. One of my responsibilities as a housekeeper was to provide my own cleaning supplies. I soon learned that it was not only terribly expensive to purchase pre-made cleaning supplies, but most of my clients didn’t enjoy the fumes that came along with them. Heck, I didn’t like them for my own family, either. So, I researched other options: i.e. I looked online and asked my grandma.

From my research, I found that you can make several household cleaners from vinegar, baking soda and water. I was skeptical, I’ll admit. I assumed that simple ingredients like vinegar and water could not possibly have the same potency as bleach or other harsh cleaners, but I was pleasantly proven wrong.

I have put the following cleaners to the test with fabulous results. To use, simply purchase a spray bottle, or reuse one you already have on hand, add your cleaner and you have your very own DIY green household cleaner ready to go. (The toilet cleaner does not need a bottle; just dump your ingredients directly into the bowl and scrub!)

All-purpose Cleaner

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 quart warm water

Glass Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water

Toilet Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 8 drops tea tree oil
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar

Do you have a DIY cleaner that has worked for you?


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  1. jennifer ryan
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    I love using home-made cleaning products. I have tried everything, but I found one recipe I love and will not stop using.

    All-Natural Mandarin Mint Mirror & Window Cleaner

    – 12 oz spray bottle (Mine are from The Container Store.)
    – 3/4 cup vinegar
    – 3/4 cup water
    – 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
    – 1/2 tsp liquid dish detergent
    – 3 drops of mandarin orange/tangerine/sweet orange essential oil (check out AuraCacia essential oils, which are also available at Whole Foods and other natural stores)
    – 3 drops of peppermint essential oil

    It’s so fragrant and the whole house smells so good after use!

  2. Posted October 19, 2013 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    Hey wow…..thanks for the products…………no need of buying expensive cleaning materials now from outside………….Thanks for sharing it………..

  3. Doris Lawless
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    New at this site..Thanx for information!!B-)

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