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How to Make Natural Cleaning Solutions

Homemade Cleaning Scrub Ingredients Mixing in Jar with Spoon over White Background

We all know that commercial cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin, burn the eyes, sting the lungs, and poison the land and water we cherish. Not to mention the budget-busting expense and all the waste produced by those empty plastic bottles and extra packaging. We’ve been creating our own cleaning formulas for years and love how easy and inexpensive they are to create. 

Great to have on hand year-round, these homemade cleansers can replace the conventional cleaning products in your cupboard. With just a few basics like vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and essential oils, you'll be ready to get started. It feels so good to use natural cleaners in your home while saving money!

Essential oils for cleaning including rosemary, lemon, and lavender on white background 

Super Surface Spray

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in the spray bottle and shake well before each use.
Use this aromatic solution for kitchen counters, cabinets, refrigerator shelves, glass, blinds, painted wood surfaces, painted walls, tile, sinks, tubs, and fan blades.

Herby Soft Scrub

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a glass pint-sized jar until you have a nice paste-like consistency.
  2. You can add the vegetable glycerin or aloe vera gel if desired to keep the blend moist. Use to scrub tubs, sinks, and tile surfaces.
  3. Rinse away with water or a vinegar solution.

Surface Soap Spray

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle.
  2. Use this spray to clean bathroom surfaces.
You can use the Super Surface Spray to rinse away any residue left behind by the castille soap. 

Fab-Breeze Spray

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients in spray bottle and shake well before each use.
  2. Spray to refresh your mattress, pillows, bed linens, couches, and fabric covered chairs, or to clean winter blankets before storing for the year.
This also makes a wonderful ironing spray and general room deodorizer!

Natural Lemon Furniture Polish

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix together in spray bottle and shake well before each use.
  2. Spray onto a soft rag or directly onto wood furniture and be sure to buff the surface dry immediately. 
This solution will leave your wood surfaces clean and conditioned.

Tropical Carpet Deodorizer

Ingredients

Directions
  1. Mix together in a bowl and place into powder containers.
  2. Then sprinkle the aromatic blend onto your carpet.
  3. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes and then vacuum as normal. Makes a wonderful mattress deodorizer, too!

Wood Floor Mop Formula

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and fill remainder of bottle with water.
  2. Gently shake to combine.
  3. Spray, mop as usual, and quickly buff dry to protect your floors. Your floors will be glossy with a lovely lemon scent!

Mop-It-Up Formula

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix the ingredients with 2 gallons of hot water in a bucket to mop away dirt and grime.
  2. For wood floors, leave out the castille soap and wipe spots clean by hand. 

This is the perfect liquid cleaner for tile floors, vinyl, or linoleum.

 

Essential Oils that are great for Cleaning

Basil Juniper Pine
Bergamot Lavender Rose Geranium
Cardamom Lemon Rosemary
Cinnamon Lemongrass Sage
Clary Sage Myrrh Spearmint
Clove Nutmeg Spruce
Eucalyptus Orange Tea Tree
Fir Oregano Thyme
Ginger Peppermint Ylang Ylang

 

Interested in More Green Living Recipes?

Explore Herbal Laundry Formulas!

 

DIY Cleaning Solutions in a Blue Spray bottle with fresh lemon 

 Special thanks to Tara Michelucci for inspiring these recipes.
 

Topics: All Recipes, Hydrosol Recipe, Green Living Recipes

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Written by Friends on March 28, 2011