DIY Homemade Natural Household Cleaner Recipes 18


DIY Homemade Natural Household Cleaner Recipes

 

DIY natural homemade cleaning recipes

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Making your own cleaning products is not only frugal, but fun and customizable. You can confidently clean knowing you are not leaving harmful chemicals and fumes behind. Here are the recipes I use in my home. Feel free to tweak them to a scent you like!

 

 

All Natural Glass Cleaner:

This glass cleaner works great, smells great, and does the job without streaks. Shake well before each use.

  • 32 oz bottle + sprayer
  • 8 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/8 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • Fill the rest with filtered water

 

Homemade All Purpose Cleaning Spray:

This all purpose cleaner can be used to clean any surface including: counters, sinks, floors, and toilet bowls. Use with caution (or omit the vinegar/peroxide entirely) when using on wood floors. Shake well before each use.

  • 32 oz bottle + sprayer
  • 8 drops Eucalyptus Oil
  • 4 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 4 drops Spearmint Oil
  • 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • Fill the rest with filtered water

Another scent combination I love is Lemongrass + Tea Tree + Eucalyptus for All Purpose Cleaner.

 

Homemade All Purpose Degreaser Spray:

This works GREAT on soap scum and extra dirty floors. Do NOT use vinegar as it will separate the oils in the homemade dish soap. Shake well before each use.

 

Homemade Thieves Spray / Natural DIY Febreze Spray:

I am a scent fanatic! So I developed my own version of a natural ‘febreze’ spray with the antibacterial/antiviral/antifungal properties of Thieves Oil. And let me tell you… this smells Heavenly! This can be used to kill pathogens when illness (like the flu) hits your house, or just to freshen up fabrics. Shake well before each use.

 

 Natural Homemade Furniture Polish & Dusting Oil:

This is highly customizable in consistency and scent! It should be stored in a shallow wide-mouth jar for easy access. You can repurpose a body butter or body scrub jar to store this. Or, if you don’t have one of those you can use a small yogurt container or feta cheese container. Just make sure you wash it out and it’s scent free 🙂

You can also play with the oils for a different consistency. For a more solid consistency use more coconut oil than olive oil, and vice versa for a more liquid version.

  • 1/2 cup Olive  or Sunflower Oil
  • 1/2 cup warmed Coconut Oil
  • 8 drops Orange Oil
  • 3 drops Cinnamon Oil
  • 4 drops Patchouli Oil

I like using a microfiber cloth (stored in a ziplock bag) to polish the oil evenly on furniture. This smells wonderful and gives furniture new life.

 

Natural Homemade Scouring Powder:

This scouring powder is perfect for scouring sinks and bathtubs. In a parmesan cheese container or tupperware container with lid, combine equal parts of:

  • Baking Soda
  • Borax Powder
  • Super Washing Soda

This scouring scrub works best when the area is sprayed down with the All Purpose Cleaner or the Degreasing All Purpose Cleaner first. OR, for extra whitening power spray hydrogen peroxide on the area first. Use a scrub brush or scour pad to move the scouring scrub around and voila! Scum be gone 🙂

 

Natural Homemade Glass Stovetop Cleanser:

I love my glass top stove! It’s much easier to clean than electric coil stoves in my opinion. But stuff still spills and then burns right on the surface. Stovetop cleaners are expensive; here’s a more natural and frugal way to get the same results. You only need three ingredients:

  • Baking soda
  • Hot water
  • Kitchen cloth

What works exceptionally well is to spray the stovetop with All Purpose cleaner first, then sprinkle baking soda on the areas, and scrub in a circular motion with a warm/wet kitchen cloth. If you have a stubborn spot, you can boil some water and pour it on there before scouring with baking soda.

 

All Natural Dishsoap Recipe:

  • 2 cups Homemade Citrus Water or Lavender Bud infused Rose Water
  • 1/2 cup Castile Soap
  • 1/2 cup grated Glycerin Soap
  • 2 tbsp Super Washing Soda
  • Essential Oils of your Choice (I use grapefruit/lemon/orange if I’m using the citrus water, or lavender/sage/rosemary if I’m using infused rose water)
  • Store this in a regular dishsoap container … OR … in a foaming soap pump (my personal favorite)

In a saucepan bring the homemade citrus water or lavender bud infused rose water to a boil, then reduce to medium. Add grated glycerin soap and washing soda, stirring to make sure everything is melted and mixed. Then add 1/2 cup Castile Soap and remove from burner. Make sure all ingredients are mixed well. Let it cool and pour into your dish soap container, adding your favorite essential oils. Give it a shake, and let it cure for 24 hours before use.

 

Super Concentrated All Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe:

I’ve played around with so many versions of Homemade Laundry Detergent. I’ve tried powder, different liquid recipes, and this is by FAR the best one I’ve developed. This makes a double batch because it’s more efficient to make 2 than 1!

Ingredients:

  • 6 Bottles of Rose Water
  • 4 Bars of Glycerin Soap or white Zote soap SHREDDED
  • 20 Soap Nuts
  • 2 Boxes Borax Powder
  • 2 Boxes Super Washing Soda (half of one box will be used to make the Homemade Oxi Clean)
  • Homemade Oxi Clean (1/2 box Super Washing Soda +  32 oz. bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide. Mix separately and set aside.)
  • 2 Five Gallon Buckets with lids
  • *totally optional* 8 cups of Purex Naturals Laundry Detergent

 

In a 12 qt. stock pot, pour in the 6 bottles of rose water and fill to about 4 inches from the top with hot tap water. Place a colander with 20 soap nuts inside the stock pot so it rests on the top rim of the stock pot. Bring to a rolling boil. Turn it down to a low boil for the next 30 minutes. Do not cover. Start adding the shredded soap flakes to the pot (under the colander) so they can melt. With a wooden spoon, gently smash soap nuts as they become soft, to release saponins into the water, until all has been released.

In EACH of the 5 gallon buckets, go ahead and add:

1 Box of Borax
Remainder of Super Washing Soda (1  1/2 boxes left = 3/4 box each bucket)
1/2 of Homemade Oxi Clean
*optional* 4 cups of Purex naturals detergent (helps saponify all the ingredients)

 

Shut off stove and remove the colander holding the soap nuts. Gently pour half of the soap water into the 5 gallon bucket. With a long handled wooden spoon or sturdy wisk, mix until all the dry product has been (mostly) dissolved. Pour in remaining soap water from stock pot. Mix well. Refill the stock pot with extremely hot tap water (or boil another pot of water) and fill to 4 inches from the top. DO NOT FILL ALL THE WAY as it will expand in the curing process.

Gently stir until mixture is smooth and even. Put lid on 5 gallon bucket tightly, and let it cure for 24-48 hours. After it has cured, mix it again to a smooth even texture. If you would like to add a custom scent now is the time to do so. In my experience geranium, lavender, sage and patchouli go well with this recipe. However, I found that my clothes did not retain the scent of the essential oils after drying, so I now use Purex Crystals with my laundry detergent instead of essential oils in my detergent.

You can use a 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup per load. Whites will be whiter, colors will be brighter, and most importantly, chemical free.

 

 

If you enjoyed any of these recipes please share the love and I look forward to hearing your comments!


About katievega

Single mom blogger with passion! I love the forest for the trees, and am fascinated with herbs, plants, and flowers. Mindset training enthusiast. Self admitted coffee junkie and chocolate snob, total foodie, and scent freak. I love playing mad scientist in my kitchen making weird herbal concoctions. My dream day is spent deep in a forest next to a creek, and I LOVE racing quads, dirt bikes, and the occasional 5 speed honda :-)


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