Recipes for Homemade Cleaners

Making homemade natural cleaners is easy with these green cleaning recipes


Making your own natural homemade cleaners is simple and effective. Not to mention money saving! In fact, you can often make them with ingredients already in your cupboards.

Chemical cleaning products are being linked more and more to increased asthma and cancer in children, as well as headaches, eczema and allergies. Not to mention the possibility of accidental poisoning. Not good!

I buy almost no commercial cleaning products at all any more because I'd rather make my own. I know exactly what's in them, I know they're eco-friendly, and I know they WORK. (Plus, they smell wonderful!)

Here's a few of my favorite homemade cleaner recipes: tried, tested and refined until perfect.

Homemade All Purpose Cleaners

This homemade all purpose cleaner is one of the quickest, easiest homemade cleaner recipes you'll ever make. Non-toxic and gentle.


Homemade Bathroom Cleaners

Bathrooms are the perfect home for mold, mildew and bacteria. These easy homemade bathroom cleaner recipes are a great natural, non-toxic alternative to commercial cleaning products.


Window & Glass Cleaners

Making your own homemade window cleaner is so easy and cheap. Plus, non-toxic and biodegradable. It just smells so much better!


Homemade Dish Soap

This is a quick, easy homemade dish soap recipe for washing dishes by hand in the sink. It cuts grease, kills germs and gives your spirits a lift every time you use it!


Homemade Dishwashing Detergents

Two homemade detergent recipes are formulated for use in automatic dishwashers. One is powder and the other is liquid.


Homemade Drain Cleaners

Here's some earth friendly, non-toxic homemade drain cleaner recipes and tips.


Homemade Carpet Cleaners

Homemade carpet cleaners are more gentle, so you need to keep on top of spills, stains and general carpet cleaning. Here's a few simple carpet cleaner recipes to get you started.


Homemade Floor Cleaners

Go green at home. Here's a couple of tried-and-true homemade wood floor cleaner and homemade laminate floor cleaner recipes you'll love.


Homemade Laundry Detergents

Using homemade laundry detergent with natural cleaning ingredients is easy on your clothing, your skin and the environment. Also your wallet!


Homemade Stain Removers

Natural cleaning recipes for making your own homemade stain removers - from grass stains to ink blots.


Essential Oil Blends for Green Cleaning Recipes

Here's a few suggestions for mood-lifting, stress-reducing, germ-killing essential oil blends for your homemade cleaners.



Lavender 'n Lemon

Equal parts lavender and lemon essential oils.

(For example, 15 drops lavender and 15 drops lemon for the all purpose cleaning spray)

Buy lavender, lemon


Mint Refresher

Equal parts eucalyptus, peppermint and orange essential oils.

(So 10 drops of each for the all-purpose spray, or 1 drop of each for the glass cleaner)

Buy eucalyptus, peppermint, orange


Spice Splash

Equal parts cinnamon, clove and lavender OR orange essential oils.

(So 10 drops of each for the all-purpose spray, or 3 drops of each for the bathtub scrub)

Buy cinnamon, clove, lavender or orange


Citrus Sparkle

Equal parts lemon, lemongrass and tea tree essential oils.

Buy lemon, lemongrass, tea tree


How Do Homemade Natural Cleaners Work?

Switching to natural homemade cleaners can feel a little funny at first because the natural ingredients seem so ordinary.

We're so used to chemicals and artificial scents these days you might wonder if the simple ingredients in these green cleaning recipes really work. Well, here's your chance to find out!

Vinegar. Kills germs, cuts grease, deodorizes, dissolves mineral deposits. Reportedly kills 82% of mold.

Baking Soda. Sodium Bicarbonate. Scrubs, whitens and deodorizes. Cuts grease.

Washing Soda. Sodium Carbonate. Cuts grease, removes grime, disinfects. Usually in the laundry area of your grocery or department store, or ask for it at a pool store. It will be in the water softener section.

Borax. Disinfectant. Helps kill germs, bacteria and fungi. Deodorizes. Although it is a natural substance, borax is toxic when ingested. It may also cause skin irritation. Keep away from children, pets and food preparation areas. Use in proper dilution.

Liquid Dishwashing Soap. Cuts grease, removes grime, disinfects. Look for a natural, vegetable based product. Or make your own!

Essential Oils. Helps kill germs, bacteria and fungi. Boost the immune system. Add mood-lifting scents to green cleaning recipes.

Choosing the Right Oils

There's so much more to essential oils than meets the eye. Their molecules are so tiny that they absorb deep into your body in a matter of moments.

If the essential oil you buy is filled with additives (to "stretch" the scent) and fragrance boosters, those potentially harmful ingredients are also absorbed straight into your body. Not ideal!

For instance, my mom and I get instant headaches with most kinds of lavender oil. That's because of the extra "lavender" scent that's added to make it smell stronger. But when it's pure lavender - nothing else - no headaches.

I've used many brands over the last 12 years or so and what I know for sure is, you get what you pay for. So I recommend buying the highest quality essential oils you can afford.

Here's how I break it out...

doTerra for highest quality. You can shop retail by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get 25% discount.


Mountain Rose for quality on a budget. Plus they have all the other ingredients you'll need for your aromatherapy recipes.


Amazon for variety and selection. Please remember to buy the best oils you can afford - there's a lot of cheap oils in the marketplace, and they just won't give you the experience you're looking for.

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