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How to Make Natural DIY Cleaning Products

Bowl of natural herbal carpet deodorizer powder with wooden spoon surrounded by citrus slices.

We all know that many conventional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to both our bodies and the planet (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 we love how easy and inexpensive they are to whip up. 

Great to have on hand year-round, these homemade cleansers can easily and naturally replace that questionable collection of store-bought formulas in your cupboard. With just a few basic ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and essential oils, you'll be on your way to (really!) cleaning up your act —while reducing waste and saving money!

DIY Kitchen & Bathroom Spray

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in 16 oz. spray bottle and shake well before each use.
  2. Use this aromatic solution for kitchen counters, cabinets, refrigerator shelves, glass, blinds, tile, sinks, tubs, and fan blades.

Organic essential oil bottles with fresh herbs for natural home cleaning recipes.

Homemade Soft Scrub Cleaner

Ingredients

Directions

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

Soap Residue Removal Spray

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients in 16 oz. spray bottle.
  2. Use this spray to clean bathroom surfaces.
You can use the Soap Residue Removal Spray to rinse away any residue left behind by the Castille soap. 

Homemade Room & Fabric Freshener Spray

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients in 16 oz. spray bottle and shake well before each use.
  2. Spray to refresh your room, mattress, pillows, bed linens, couches, and fabric-covered chairs, or to clean winter blankets before storing for the year.

Homemade citrus room and fabric freshener spray ingredients including blood oranges, blood orange hydrosol, essential oils, and lavender.

Natural Lemon Oil Furniture Polish

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix together in 16 oz. spray bottle and shake well before each use.
  2. Spray onto soft rag or directly onto wood furniture to clean and condition.
  3. Buff surface dry immediately. 

Tropical Carpet Deodorizer Recipe

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix together in bowl and transfer to powder containers.
  2. Sprinkle blend onto carpet.
  3. Allow to sit at least 30 minutes, then vacuum as normal. Makes a wonderful mattress deodorizer, too!

Herbal carpet deodorizing powder in glass mason jar surrounded by mandarin orange slices and mandarin essential oil.

Natural Wood Floor Cleaning Formula

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in 16 oz. spray bottle and fill remainder of bottle with distilled water.
  2. Gently shake to combine.
  3. Spray, mop as usual, and quickly buff dry to protect floors (and leave a lovely lemon scent!).

Natural Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner

Ingredients

Directions

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

 

Essential Oils for Cleaning

Basil Juniper Scotch Pine
Bergamot Lavender Rose Geranium
Atlas Cedarwood Lemon Rosemary
Cinnamon Lemongrass Sage
Clary Sage Peppermint Spearmint
Clove Nutmeg Spruce
Eucalyptus Orange Tea Tree
Fir Needle Oregano Thyme
Ginger    

 

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Jana

Written by Jana on March 19, 2019

Jana DiSanti is a marketing writer, editor, and strategist who holds a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Sustainability. She has also earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and enjoys exploring techniques that help people change their everyday behaviors to make better use of our precious environmental resources. She's spent her career promoting businesses that strive to better the world, and she loves how passionately her Pacific Northwest community supports that mission! She firmly believes that rethinking our food systems is essential for worldwide human and ecological health, and she is thrilled to help support Mountain Rose Herbs in providing responsibly sourced herbal offerings to its customers. Off-work hours will find her hiking, camping, and mushroom-hunting in Oregon's wild areas, volunteering at her local farmer’s market, or cooking, gardening, and corralling chickens at home.

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