Have a Clean Home with Homemade Cleaning Products

To have a clean home with homemade cleaning products is very important to me. I make most of my cleaning products myself.

It all starts with my glass spray bottles and some simple ingredients that most of us have on hand.

a picture with several of my homemade product that I use to have a clean home with homemade cleaning products

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Non-Toxic Products

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Lemon Juice
  • Castile Soap
  • Baking Soda
  • Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
  • Favorite Essential Oils

You don’t need to use harsh chemicals, just some natural ingredients and a little elbow grease are all you need to have a clean home.

multi-purpose spray part the ways I have a clean home with homemade cleaning products

Do Homemade Cleaning Products Work?

Not only do they work but their cost is next to nothing.

Essential Oils like Tea Tree are antibacterial and will help to kill germs.

Full disclosure – I tend to use soap and water for most of my general cleaning, like the countertops every day. I even use soap and water on my wood and glass. I just follow it immediately with a clean towel to wipe it dry.

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Basic Cleaning Recipes

Here are some basic cleaning products and their recipes

General Cleaning

  • All-Purpose Cleaner/Glass Cleaner (Do NOT use on porous materials like granite or marble)
    • One Part Water
    • One Part White Vinegar
    • 20 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil
      • Add all to a spray bottle and shake gently
  • Floor Cleaner
    • 1 cup of vinegar
    • 1 gallon of warm water
      • Mix and use
  • Wood Cleaner
    • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp glycerin oil
    • 20-30 drops of lavender oil
      • Add all to a spray bottle and shake gently
two different homemade multi-purpose cleaning products

Kitchen Cleaning

  • Stone Countertop Cleaner
    • 2 cups of water
    • 2 tbsp rubbing alcohol
    • 1 tsp of dish soap or castile soap
      • Add all to a spray bottle and shake gently
  • Sink Scrub
    • 1-1/2 Cups of Baking Soda
    • 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
    • 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil
    • a few drops of dish detergent or castile soap
      • Put the baking soda in a ball jar and add essential oils, stir well with a knife. Put a lid on the jar. To use shake some of the baking soda mixture into the sink and add a few drops of dish soap to a wet sponge or scrub brush and scrub.
  • Garbage Disposal Cleaner
    • Whole Lemon
    • 4 ice cubes
      • Cut the lemon in half and put it in the disposal with a few ice cubes and run for several minutes
  • Dishwasher Rinse Aid (I got this recipe from Vintage Home Designs)
    • White Vinegar
    • Lemon Slices
    • Sprigs of Rosemary
    • 4-5 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil (Or Juice from one Lemon)
      • Add lemon juice and essential oils to a glass container and fill with vinegar. Add lemon slices and rosemary if you have it on hand.
homemade rinse aid

Bathroom Cleaning

  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner – DIY Natural has 3 good recipes
    • This is one area where I use a store-bought natural cleaner. Mainly because the squirt bottle works better than a spray bottle. Seventh Generation and Mrs. Meyer’s are good options

Laundry

  • Laundry Soap – I also don’t make my own laundry detergent.
    • I a big fan of Earth Breeze and I am a monthly subscriber. They are sheets of detergent that get thrown into your machine with the laundry. They come in a paper envelope. This product is so much better for our planet than conventional laundry soap.

Stain Remover

This deserves its own section because this is a tricky business and something that I take very seriously.

It is always easiest if you treat the stain before you launder. Check your clothing as it comes out of the wash and don’t dry it if the stain is still there. Go through the removal process again. Drying will set the stain.

This is what I keep on hand in my laundry room

  • A spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide with a few drops of dish soap
  • A large jar filled with baking soda
  • Borax
  • Vinegar
  • Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
organic stains (sweat, blood, poop, any bodily fluids)
  • Always start with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide paste.
  • Let sit for a few hours and then wash as normal
  • If the stain has set, pour boiling water over the stain and then apply the soda/peroxide mixture.
red wine stain
  • First – Don’t scrub the stain
  • Attend to it as quickly as possible
  • Apply baking soda or salt to the spot immediately. Don’t scrub or rub in, just let it absorb the red wine.
  • Club soda is also a great antidote to red wine spills and stains
  • If that doesn’t work, apply 3 parts hydrogen peroxide and one part dishwashing soap. Let sit for 20 minutes to an hour and blot clean. Repeat if the stain isn’t fully removed before washing
grease & Oil Stains
  • Dab the stain with rubbing alcohol until wet, allow the alcohol to break down the oil for a few minutes, and then rub the spot with dishwashing soap. Wash with the warmest water recommended for the fabric. Line dry!
other stain tips
  • Deal with as quickly as possible
  • Run water through clothing from the opposite side of the stain
  • Blot don’t rub
  • Don’t put it in the dryer if the stain didn’t come out. Repeat the stain removal process.
homemade rinse aid

Tools you’ll need

Drying your Clothes on a Clothesline

I would love to have a space where I could put a clothesline.

Hanging your clothes on a line is great for the environment (not running a dryer)

Your white clothes are also naturally brightened by the sun and smell very fresh!

My friend Eryn from Eryn Waylen Online has a clothesline that her husband built for her birthday. Get the plans HERE.

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Have a Clean Home with Homemade Cleaning Products

You can have a clean home with homemade cleaning products.

I work really hard to only put good, clean foods into my body.

Clean products are the only thing I put on my skin.

I also want to take the toxicity out of my home with good cleaning products that are on my floors and clean my clothes.

I’m putting all of my cleaning products to work as I continue my 30-Day Cleaning & Organizing Challenge.

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4 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this Lynn. I love cleaning our home with items we have around the house, and I picked up a few new ones from you today!

    1. Same! I eat organic and put clean products on my skin – I need to do the same with my home!

  2. Thank you for sharing this with us on Crafty Creators Link Party. It is so helpful for me. I did not know tea tree oil was antibacterial. I have a neutrophil disorder which means I can’t fight bacteria, viruses, etc on my own, so I always have to use bleach & other harsh products. So knowing that is so helpful to me!

    1. I can’t swear by that but it’s what I’ve heard and read when looking for safe products

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