How To Make All Natural Cleaners

Monday, February 10, 2014

Does it irk you that whenever you see the word "green" or "environmentally friendly" on a cleanser, they jack up the price? It's like they want you to pay a little extra for trying to be good. I fell for that for a while and then (thanks to my friend Erika) I discovered it was so much easier and cheaper to make my own cleaners at home. It takes 5 minutes, and now instead of paying $4.99 for a bottle of Method I mix up a batch of cleaner and it costs me pennies. Literally.
Most of the ingredients you should have on hand,  but a few you may have to purchase. Liquid castile soap is available at Target or Whole Foods. It will cost about $8 - $10 but will last you forever as most recipes only call for a few tablespoons.

All Purpose Cleaner (hard surfaces such as windows, countertops,sinks & showers) Mix 2 cups of warm water with 1 1/2 tablespoons of liquid castile soap and 20-30 drops of tea tree oil

Disinfectant Spray & Mold Killer (spot treating mold & mildew) Mix 2 tsp tea tree oil with 2 C water.

Granite Cleaner Mix 1/2 C of rubbing alcohol with 5-6 drops of dishwasher detergent, spray and wipe the counters clean.

Furniture Polish (restores sheen to wood surfaces) Mix 1/4 cups olive oil with 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar and 20-30 drops of lemon essential oil (you can use regular lemon juice but you have to keep it refrigerated and it won't keep very long)

Mild Abrasive Cleaner (bathroom, kitchen countertops & sinks) Mix 1 cup baking soda with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of liquid castile soap. Add as much liquid castile soap as necessary to get the creaminess you want. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Pergo Floor Cleaner Mix together 1/3 cup white distilled vinegar 1/3 cup rubbing alcohol and 1/3 cup water (you can use distilled if you want). Shake well. Then add 3 drops liquid castile soap and 30 drops of your favorite essential oil (I use lavendar & lemon)

Drain Cleaner (get rid of clogs) Sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain. Let it settle down the pipes (just a few minutes). Then pour 1 cup white distilled vinegar down the drain (a little bit at a time). Wait 15 minutes and then flush out with hot water.

Laundry Softener (instead of using dryer sheet or liquid softener) into the softener section of your machine. It softens the clothes and protects the colors... and I promise you won't smell like salad dressing - the scent washes out! Another recipe is to mix 2 cups baking soda, 2 cups white distilled vinegar and 4 cups of water. Use 1/4 cup per load.

Wood Floors (always best to spray onto the floor and use a cloth mop) Mix 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar with 1 gallon of water. Add a few drops of tea tree or lavender oil.
Do you have any all natural cleaning tips?

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3 comments

  1. Hi Tonya - Pinned this post. I am trying to get rid of all the chemicals in my home. This is a great resource. I will be doing the olive oil on my stainless this afternoon. Great tips!

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  2. Hi Tonya,
    Wondering if scented castile would work, or do I need to get one that is unscented?

    Thanks! Can't wait to try these!

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    1. Hi Kimberly - I think you could use the scented castile soap - it would work fine... you just want to make sure that the scent goes well with the essential oils that are in the recipes. I generally use unscented as the oils I use have a good scent to them. It's totally up to you!

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