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Easy Recipes for Natural Homemade Cleaners

If you do a search for “natural homemade cleaners”, you will find about a gazillion results out there. So why am I trying to reinvent the wheel?

In a word, simplicity.

Contrary to what the cleaning aisle at the supermarket might say, you don’t need a lot of different specialty products to get your home clean. And when you look up homemade cleaners online, a lot of recipes call for many different ingredients for different types of cleaners. But it doesn’t have to be that complicated. With just a few basic items, you can do the vast majority of your household cleaning, save money, and keep your home free of the toxins found in many store-bought cleaning products.

White vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda are about to become your new best friend.

Here are a few recipes that will help you do most of your everyday cleaning.

All-Purpose Cleaning Spray:

For countertops, sinks, toilets, and for spot cleaning floors
Mix 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle. Spray and scrub.
For really tough soap scum or mineral deposits, warm the solution first, spray, and let sit before scrubbing, or use straight vinegar (but avoid straight vinegar on tile grout – it can cause the grout to break down).

Bathtub / Sink Scrub:

In a bowl, make a paste with baking soda, a squirt of your dish soap*, and a squeeze of lemon, to the consistency of frosting. Dip cloth or sponge into paste and scrub.
For really stubborn grime, allow to sit 10-15 minutes before rinsing.

Mirror & Glass Cleaner:

2 tsp vinegar
1 quart water
Mix in a spray bottle. Spray on mirror or glass, and wipe clean with old newspaper. (The ink doesn’t smear, and it leaves no lint!)

Floor Cleaner:

1/4 Cup dish soap*
1/2 Cup white vinegar or lemon juice
2 gallons warm water
Combine in sink or large bucket, and use with mop.
You can use this on any floor, unless the manufacturer has specified to avoid all detergents.


Photo by Scott Feldstein

Some other tips:

• Don’t use vinegar on marble – it can damage the surface.
• If you’re concerned about the smell of vinegar, you can always add a few drops of essential oil to your mix, but know that the odor of vinegar disappears as it evaporates.
• Vinegar is a disinfectant, but for raw chicken juice and other clean-ups involving bacteria, you will want something more powerful, like hydrogen peroxide. Read more.
• For really dirty toilets, you can shake in some baking soda in addition to using the all-purpose cleaning spray, and add a little lemon juice, too, if you like.
• If you don’t want to cut up fresh lemons, keep a squeeze bottle of lemon juice in your fridge. You can buy this, or make it yourself by squeezing some lemons ahead of time. If you buy it, make sure it only contains 100% lemon juice, with no added oils or essences.
• Use 100% cotton microfiber cloths for your cleaning – they will not leave lint behind, and you can throw them in the wash afterward and re-use them.

*About dish soap: when you purchase dish soap at the store, look for words like biodegradable, septic-safe, and non-toxic. Don’t buy anything that contains petroleum distillates or phosphates. Some good brands are Seventh Generation and Earth Friendly Products (this is what I use and I love it – it’s cheap and lasts forever).

These basic recipes should take care of 95% of your basic housecleaning needs. They will also save you money and most importantly, they are safe and non-toxic, so you and your family can rest easy.

Have you tried making your own cleaners? Please share your successes or failures!

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  1. Calliopec

    Hi! I’ve been making my own cleaners for 3 years now and I’ll never go back.
    all-purpose cleaner: water, vinegar, essential oils
    laminate floor cleaner: water, 1 cup vinegar, 6 drops essential oils
    toilet cleaner: baking soda + vinegar + boric acid
    clothes detergent: 1 part olive oil soap in flakes, 1 part b.soda, 1 part boric acid (3 tbs/load)
    clothes softener: vinegar
    The worst failure so far has been the window cleaner (alchool, ammonia, water).It’s supposed to work like a charm but it never ever cleaned my windows so I returned to good ol’ vinegar and newspapers and I’m very happy I did!

    • Donna Catcher

      Boric Acid is listed as an ingredient in several recipes. Where do you buy boric acid? I thought it was poisenous. Can you please let me know.

      • Donna Catcher

        I did some research and found out most of my information about boric acid was wrong. Thanks for posting these great recipes.

      • msjones

        i found it at my local dollar tree

      • liz

        I think she mean Borax, not Boric Acid. I hope so anyways!

      • Lena

        Does a vinegar lemon countertop cleaner attract flies? I’ve got fruit flies like whoa, but it could just be that kind of summer. Just curious.

      • Renee

        You can buy it at walmart, it’s in the laundry section at most walmarts. It usually comes in a box (think overgrown baking soda box ) hope it helps

        • Renee

          Sorry I was mistaken, it comes in a bottle. ..I was thinking BORAX

      • Renee

        You can buy it at walmart, it’s in the laundry section at most walmarts. It usually comes in a box (think overgrown baking soda shape box ) hope it helps

  2. Jenni @ My Web of Life

    Thanks for a great post Katie!

    I love Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap for my homemade cleaners. It smells so fresh and clean! I have also stopped using anything on my mirrors since I got a microfibre cloth that just uses water. My windows, mirrors and chrome faucets really sparkle!

    I use Murphy’s Oil Soap for my floors but I’ve seen mixed reviews on whether it is truly ‘green’ or not. Does anybody know the true scoop? It is one of my favourite scents of a clean home.
    .-= Jenni @ My Web of Life’s last blog: Giving Up Carbon For Lent =-.

    • Katie

      Jenni, unfortunately the consensus seems to be that Murphy’s Oil Soap is not a good choice. I know a lot of people love the scent, but I believe it is artificial fragrance, and there are other ingredients that are chemically questionable. Maybe we can work on developing a natural substitute!

      • Amy

        I am a cleaner for a professional cleaning company and I can also tell you that Murphy’s Oil Soap often builds up on floors and damages them. It’s great for cabinets and unfinished wood but not so good on anything else.

        • Ronnie

          I started using Dr. Bronners almond scent I know it is not a fragrant as Murphys but it smells lovely

  3. Esther

    Thank you ! These easy recipes for cleaners are just what I was looking for!

  4. Kara

    Great post! I grew up in a household where cleaning was (1) simple – we had 4 main cleaners: toilette, bathroom surface, glass/window, and soap/water, (2) frequent – makes it easy and quick, and (3) expected – there’s that saying, “tidiness begets tidiness” and it’s true.
    I switched to green cleaners about 3 years ago, and my headaches disappeared along with the smelly cleaners. I won’t go back, just forward! Recently, I’ve started making some of my own cleaners. My current routine as I’m transitioning:
    – window/glass: water, vinegar
    – all-purpose: (1) acidic: vinegar, soap, water; (2) alkaline: washing soda, borax, soap, water
    – floors: soap, water
    – toilette bowl: Seventh Generation
    – laundry: Seventh Generation
    – dishes: Seventh Generation
    I’m working on phasing out the remaining SG cleaners too. 🙂

  5. jeana

    We have been making our own cleaners for a few years too. I love it. So simple and so inexpensive. We do use Murphey’s Oil Soap on our floors too, which I love, but I’m not sure about how great it is either. I’m curious to know though! I also put a bowl of water with lemon in the microwave (that hopefully we won’t have much longer, but if you have one…) let it sit a while and then it wipes clean so nicely!
    .-= jeana’s last blog: Please do me a quick favor? AND recipe for Chicken Parmesan Sandwich and Cracked Pepper Potato Chips =-.

    • Katie

      Jeana, see my reply to Jenni above about Murphy’s!

    • Marsha

      Hi Jeana, I had a candle wax mess on some linens that I used for weddings. I accidentally used Murphys Oil soap instead of Go gone and surprisingly the wax came out without ruining the red lines runners. Very happy! Then I decided to try it on my carpets. 2/3rsMurphy’s to 1 cup carpet cleaner. Not only did it clean super, it was a great air freshner for the pet odors. Call me sold on Murphy’s Oil Soap…

      • AC Andrade

        Please send me a suggestion for carpet spot cleaner.
        Thank you.

  6. Deb J

    this is a great post..just what i needed to get more to get my mother who lives with me on don’t have a good recipe for hand soap do you?

    • Katie

      Making soap is a more complicated thing, involving fats, lye, etc. The best thing to do is buy something like Dr. Bronner’s or another natural brand. Maybe we’ll explore soap-making here in the future!

  7. Kara

    Homemade cleaners and I don’t even have to leave the house to track down ingredients – I’ve got everything here already! What could be simpler than that? 🙂

    Thank you for this post!
    .-= Kara’s last blog: Today on Simple Homeschool: At the Heart of Homeschooling =-.

  8. Steff

    Hi there,

    This is really helpful info, thanks so much! Do you know if vinegar will ruin GRANITE counter tops? You just mentioned marble, so I wanted to be sure.

    Thanks for all you’re doing!


    • Katie

      Steff, I have heard mixed info on this. Some say yes, some no, some say it depends whether your granite counters are sealed or not. The best thing to do is ask the people who installed the counters. If you can’t do that, then the consensus seems to be that the best thing for granite is just plain hot water. They do make special cleaners for stone but I don’t know how safe or toxic they are – I will have to look into this!

      • Donna

        yes sometimes I add a few drop of lemon or lime oil to a quart of water mist on floors – marble , granite and use a shark steam cleaner which merely uses steam to clean I use the oil for added disinfective properties ( steam will do it alone but I also like the fresh scent that is natural

        • Sarah

          Where do you purchase the oils to scent some of the cleaners?

    • Terri B

      Peroxide is the best thing to use on granite. I have granite counter tops and have used this now for 3 years after much research. My friends son does kitchen counters and cabinets for a living and he said it is the safest thing to use. So far so good for me. Be sure to wipe dry with dry rag or paper towel and it shines beautifully.

  9. Stephanie P

    I make my own laundry detergent (powder, not liquid). I use borax, baking soda, washing soda, and grated Dr. Bronner’s bar soap. Seriously works like a charm. I previously tried Ivory bar soap but for some reason it wasn’t dissolving in the water and kept leaving white spots on my clothes. Having some Tide left over, I used it one day when I didn’t have time to make my own…never doing it again. All the clothes felt as though they had some sort of residue on them. Sorta slimy-like.

    I also use white vinegar in my downy ball for fabric “softener” and love it!

    Besides this I have some Method brand cleaners that I need to use up. After reading the ingredients and seeing “fragrance” I’m not going back there again!

  10. m@

    I’ve been using vinegar and hydrogen peroxide for a while now and love it. If you hate the smell of vinegar, and can’t wait for it to evaporate, you can follow it with a little spray of peroxide to kill the smell. I kinda like the nose-burn of vinegar cause it gives me some added assurance that it must be working! 🙂 Is there any simple spray solutions for cleaning toilets that you recommend? I don’t like touching the lou until a cleaner has had a chance to kill the nasties. LOVE THE SITE!

    • Katie

      Thanks for the luv, matt! 🙂 The all-purpose cleaning spray recipe is good for toilets, especially the parts where water is not sitting. You can shake in some baking soda, too, and scrub it with your toilet brush and then let sit.

  11. Jan (Family Bites)

    This is so great…thank you! I really love this website and am finding the information so informative.
    .-= Jan (Family Bites)’s last blog: Chicken-Club Pizza =-.

  12. Chris

    Awesome! My husband is tentative about switching to homeade cleaners, but he’s slowly getting on board. The first step was moving to more natural brands. Hopefully having some simple recipes will help him be willing to give it a go!
    On a side note, after learning our daughter reacts to corn products, even in the detergent on her clothes, we discovered Ecos Free and Clear. Only 4 ingredients and one is water 🙂 She’s never broken out to it and it works well. I just wish I could buy it in a size larger than 100 loads so as to reduce the environmental impact of containers, transportation, etc. Just wanted to throw out another brand that’s working to give better options than the typical harsh chemicals we find everywhere.

  13. Chrystal Sturm

    I have two questions…

    1. This might sound crazy but I just bought a pack of microfiber clothes and I’m sort of unclear on how to use them?!? Specifically…if I use them to clean my countertops (just regular cleaning) do I just rinse them and hang them to dry to reuse or do they need to be washed if they get wet?

    2. When you use newspaper to clean glass using natural cleaners, are they still recyclable? This also feels like a crazy question but I really don’t know!

    Thanks 🙂

    • Katie

      Just wash those cloths whenever they’re dirty – if you just use water on them and they still seem clean enough to you after air drying, you can reuse them. Otherwise, throw them into the washer after you’re done with them. You will be able tell if they are still fresh or if they smell like they need to be washed.

      I don’t think you can still recycle the piece of newspaper you use to clean your mirror and/or glass, but it will break down and decompose.

  14. Jennie L

    I love these simple cleaners! I’ve been using baking soda in my toilet and vinegar and water as an all-purpose cleaner for a while now. I love it. I can turn my kids loose and not worry about them inhaling or spraying each other with toxic cleaners (they are crazy boys). I bought a bunch in bulk last time I went to the store. I also LOVE white vinegar as the softener on my laundry!

  15. Eva

    I am in need of a good stain cleaner – homemade or purchased, but as natural as possible. I have a 2 yr old and 1 yr old, so need something that will handle food stains, poop stains, etc… Anyone have any recommendations? Thanks in advance!!

    • Stephanie P

      Hi Eva! A homemade one that I’ve loved so far is using oxygenated non-chlorine (obviously) bleach and peroxide. I’ll dampen the stain with some peroxide and then pour some of the powder straight onto it and let it soak in a little tub. Once the powder dries I put a little more peroxide on it.

      Usually by that time I can lift up the dried cake that’s formed and see my stain is gone!

      • Eva

        Wow! Ok – I will try that on a couple of items that I have set aside after 4 washes with every possible thing I could think of…I’ll let you know how it works 🙂

    • Katie

      I need to figure out a homemade stain remover, but for now I love Bac-Out from Biokleen. It’s especially good for food, poop, and other organic stains – not things like markers, paint, ink, etc.

      • Angel Garin


  16. Amy

    Thanks for these good reminders.

    Just a thought. At the top of your post you mention the basics: baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice. But then during the post itself you refer to baking powder frequently. I just think that might confuse some of the people that are new to the organic cleaning game–baking soda and baking powder are not exactly the same.

    Thanks again for writing this blog!
    .-= Amy’s last blog: Fab Friday Foto–Volume XIII =-.

    • Katie

      Whoa, Amy, thanks for catching that! Total mis-type on my part. It’s now corrected! 🙂

  17. Jennifer Barker

    What a great post! I love using natural cleaners. But, I’ll have to admit, I tried using a baking soda/borax mix for the dishwasher and it didn’t work very well. Anyone have any ideas?
    .-= Jennifer Barker’s last blog: Self-Conscious or Prideful? =-.

    • Charlee

      1 cup of borax
      1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
      1/2 cup of citric acid
      1/2 cup of kosher salt
      mix together and use 1 Tablespoon in each load
      use white vinegar as a rinse agent (fill the rinse agent area with vinegar)

      I found this from another website and it works wonders this mix has actually taken off residue that was left by commercial dishwasher liquid

      You can find citric acid in most natural and health food stores

  18. Casey M

    I use the same basic formulas, but I always add essential oils. Not only do they smell nice, but many have antimicrobial qualities that add to the power of your cleansers. I also make different versions of natural “Lysol” with water and essential oils, and use a fine misting bottle to spray it.
    .-= Casey M’s last blog: Wow =-.

    • Katie

      nice suggestions, thanks, Casey!

  19. Kit

    @ STEF, I have always heard that vinegar isn’t good for Granite. The guys who put in our countertops told us not to use vinegar.

  20. Zina

    I am looking for a natural cleaner for my 100+ year old hard wood floors. They are not sealed 100%, but I need to clean them anyway & cleaners in the stores say not to use on unseal hard wood. Please help.

  21. Susan

    The Baking Soda + Lemon Juice trick works as an oven cleaner too!

    I’m going to try the toilet cleaner tricks right now! Thanks!

  22. jackie sheridan

    where can i find microfiber cloths good for cleaning? I can only find little ones for electronics. thanks!

    • Katie

      I bought mine at my local grocery store in the household section, not with the cleaners. Maybe with the car washing stuff? I can’t exactly remember. But if your local grocery doesn’t have, try the drugstore (CVS/Walgreens).

    • Natalee

      Here is a website you can order microfiber cloths from. I love it, because you can clean without using any chemicals-just water.

  23. Jen

    Thank you for this wonderful post!

    Last year my husband and I decided to go a more natural route with our cleaning. We are still working on using up some “green” household cleaners (not so sure if they’re really all that green) but here’s what we’ve come up with so far:

    All purpose Cleaner: Vinegar or Baking Soda and water
    Disinfectant: Undiluted Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide (sprayed on one over the other, then wiped clean and rinsed with water). We make a homemade raw food for our cats and use this to disinfect the counter after cutting up all that raw meat. Works great. Haven’t gotten sick yet, and been using it that way for almost a year.
    Laundry: Soapnuts (no need for softener even!)
    It’s so wonderful to know that we’re using safe cleaning supplies, especially when our kittens love to lick everything.

  24. Terri

    Thank you! I just made my 1st all-purpose cleaner and I feel so great!

  25. Lindsay

    Great information! Any tips on where to find microfiber cleaning cloths?

    • Katie

      Lindsay, see above – I just replied to Jackie re: the cloths.

      • 3trikes

        I bought micro fibre at my local fabric store. I tried to serge edges but found you need special needles as it is so thick… it works just as well just cut into the sizes you want. and we specify by colour the rooms they get used in so the kitchen isn’t wiped down with the toilet wipe.
        .-= 3trikes’s last blog: Crafting therapy. =-.

  26. 3trikes

    My organic cleaning fairy cleaned my thermal stainless steel coffee pot while I was away, and I had to share her secret here. I have since been doing this as a multi purpose cleaner diluted.
    she saves her lemons and limes that are going bad in the fridge… or the ones that have had the life squeezed out of them and stores them in the freezer. When she has a good collection she boils them in a large pot of water for a while. then using the lemon water she poured it into our gungey coffee pot and swished it about. and presto. (stainless steel) coffee pot like new. yay lemons!
    .-= 3trikes’s last blog: Crafting therapy. =-.

  27. Kimberly Cook

    I have very hard water. Is the recipe for toilet cleaner going to be affective in removing the hard water stains?

    • Donna

      1 cup baking soda , 2 cups white vienagar and 6 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil
      add baking soda and drops of oil to tanks and then pour in vinegar and it will react – let sit about 15 mintues or so and use your brush – white clean and germ free or nasty desposts gone

  28. Wayne Baker

    Great cleaner. Fantastic for a house with animals and kids. Thanks!

  29. Alicia

    These are basically the recipes I’ve been using for years. It’s so nice to have no dangerous chemicals for the kids to get into, to be helping the earth and to be able to clean for pennies. 🙂 Thanks for mentioning the concerns about borax too.

  30. Kathy Sirochman

    Where can I find Dr. Bonners soap?

    • Liz

      I have found it at Whole Foods and Target.

  31. Richard Blaine

    Oh my! I am really glad I found this post. I only this last weekend decided not to use bleach based cleaners and other chemical laden stuff on my granite counter tops. So, out of my head I said to myself: A spray bottle, some white vinegar, and some lemon juice and whoosh! I was cleaning my kitchen!

    Now that recipe that you have with the baking soda, will that scratch my synthetic tub? Probable not, but I thought I would ask. You have no idea how much this post is helping me keep my house clean in a mostly chemical free fashion.

  32. Felix C. Obrien

    Thanks for a remarkable post! This is really awesome. I learned how to make natural cleaners indeed! I’m going to try this, I do have a site where you can also clean air in a very effective way. I am an allergy victim and I have been using this for some time. This might come in handy and you might want to check it out. Thanks!

  33. Jenny Hellmann

    How far in advance can home made cleaners be made and how should they be stored?

  34. sandra dee

    Hi my name is sandra and I have sensitive skin I can not use bleach , scented products right down to my laundry detergent or anything to oily I need some help coming up with a homemade all purpose house hold cleaner that kills soap scum and hard water build up and also a toilet cleaner too please somebody help me I am desperate

  35. BRITNEY30Phillips

    I received 1 st home loans when I was 25 and this supported my family a lot. Nevertheless, I require the student loan over again.

  36. Linda

    Hello, I am new to all this and look forward to learning.
    I want to replace my Lysol Spray with something homemade.
    I need to be able to use it on our furniture (fabric).

  37. Ben

    I’ve heard that spraying vinegar and then spraying hydrogen peroxide immediately afterward kills everything on a surface. I guess they react together? I didn’t know that vinegar damaged marble. That’s good to know. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Jenn

    I am wanting to try homemade cleaners. One area that really needs cleaned is my carpets, they are horrible. I have two young kids and don’t want to be putting chemicals on my carpet. Does anyone one have any good suggestions? Thanks!

    • Donna

      I use 2 parts baking soda , 4 parts vinegar , a few drops lemon essential oil in hot water ( few gallons) use in a home or commerial cleaning – go over with clean water after it sits for about 15 mintues – you can also use borax in please of baking soda – please works well for pet odors and stains as well

  39. accurate jewelry appraisals

    It is really very informative post.It will help me alott to keep my house clean.Thanks for sharing.

  40. KL

    I have heard multiple times that Vinegar is bad for granite. I made a solution of 1 part rubbing alcohol to 2 parts water + several drops of your favorite dish soap. Shake and spray! Works awesome on my granite but now I am wondering if it is safe and organic. I know rubbing alcohol is used occasionally in organic gardening. Can someone clarify that for me??

  41. kristine @ marble stain remover

    I really believe in the powers of baking soda for I have also been using this since my mom told me that this would really clean tough dirt on kitchens and removes odor. Good job!

  42. Smushedin

    furniture polish: 1 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup lemon juice. I love this! Works better then pledge in my opinion!

  43. Marble Tiles

    Very Interesting & informative tips for marble flooring tiles to keep house clean

  44. Jet

    I make my own laundry soap, couldn’t be cheaper or easier and a batch lasts a long time.
    2 cups Borax
    2 cups A & H washing powder
    1 bar of Ivory soap
    I put the soap in the microwave for a minute and let it puff up. After it’s puffed then I toss it in a food processor, the puff will turn into powder. Add the other ingredients and reblend. It will all be mixed into a nice powder that easily dissolves in the wash.
    I use 1 tablespoon for sm/med loads, 2tbs for a full load and 2 1/2 – 3tbs for a HEAVILY soiled load. Yes, that really is all you need

  45. Liz M

    I am starting to research doing home made cleaners and really like the idea. I have tried baking soda and vinegar already. Do you use essential oils if so do you have a favorite brand? I know I would like lemon but have no idea what brand is best. Also I have heard not to place this in a plastic bottle because it will go bad and cause the bottle to cave in. Have you had this type of reaction?

  46. J. C.

    What do you think about Sunlight dish soap and old fashion bar of soap Sunlight to was your hands or rub on stains. It has been around for a long time just wondering if it is still made without hash products.

  47. Robert moeller

    We have ignorantly invited TOXIC* chemestry into all corners of our homes. We slather our bodys liberally with polimeric goo, and eat and drink products never intended for consumption.
    Gee, I wonder why we are all fat, depressed and tired all the time? Gee I wonder where that mysterious “Cancer,” came from? What about diabetes?

    I think something is jarring me from my chemical induced delerium…
    I want to be healthy and happy.
    The way nature intended!
    *Toxins: Start learning now… Search “toxins in the home”, then check your labels. If the product wont list their ingredients, DONT SUPPORT THEM!
    Happy healthier living!!!!!

  48. Monica

    Several years go I was at a flea market and bought some of the knock-off sham-wow chamois cloths. I don’t know what they are made of but, they are incredible on windows and mirrors and for polishing fixtures. They last FOREVER and are pretty cheap. I don’t know what their environmental impact is but, I bought a pack of 3 large 36″ x 36″ cloths for $8. I cut them down to washcloth size and they still are in perfect health!

    Our house is paper towel and paper napkin free. We use cotton washcloths for rags and I Crochet our bath washcloths. You can find washcloths at garage sales for a nickel or dime and they last ages! I just throw them in when it’s time to wash bath mats or our regular towels.

  49. Jen

    I tried cleaning my tile floors yesterday using a mixture of 1/3 c baking soda, 1/3 c vinegar, 1 tbsp dish soap and 2 gallons hot water and was left with a gritty residue. I have used my steam mop twice to try to remove the residue and it won’t come all of the way up. Do you have any idea what I did wrong? I don’t have a mop, I use a scrub brush on my floors. Also, any suggestions on how to get the grit up?

  50. Melbourne Cleaning

    Natural and Eco-friendly method of making cleaning solution in home and it saves lot of money!

  51. John

    Any ideas for cleaning upholstery please?

  52. Michele

    Let me point out that most white vinegar is synthetically manufactured ( It is typically about 5% acetic acid, and it is caustic meaning it damages live tissue. I learned this the hard way when I was cleaning the bathroom and I had the lining of my throat burned from inhaling the vapors. Luckily that is an extremely fast healing part of the body and I was back to normal the next day. Treat your “natural” home cleaning products with all the same precautions you would a store bought cleaner: ventilate, use gloves, keep it away from your face/eyes, and be extremely cautious if you’re mixing anything (do your research first). The problem with “natural” home cleaners is that there are no warning lables or instructions, and every blog espouses how safe they are but that’s just not true. I’ll be trying Apple Cider Vinegar next time since it’s supposedly fermented, but I’ll still be taking all the same precautions. Some more info from the CDC:

  53. tami

    I was wondering if the multipurpose cleaner can be used on walls. Cleaning walls is never mentioned. 🙂

  54. Window Cleaning

    Your all remedies are natural and I like natural cleaning methods then chemical cleaners because there is no side effect of natural and organic cleaner and your tips are really house made and it is very helpful for all household persons especially for my so thanks for sharing this informative article.

  55. Natural Cleaning Recipes

    Thanks for the great cleaning ideas Nicole. I really like this recipe for removing stains from coffee & tea mugs.
    1 tablespoon Baking Soda (per cup)
    2 tablespoons White Vinegar
    Place 1 tablespoon of Baking Soda into cup.
    Add 2 tablespoons White Vinegar.
    Let the mix fiz and use a kitchen cloth or scrub brush to cover inside of the mug with mix.
    Let the cleaning solution soak in the mug for 10 minutes.
    Rub inside of cup with a scrubbing brush or kitchen cloth.
    Rinse with warm water.

  56. DIY Cleaning Products

    Nicole, you put together a great list! I like to add tea tree oil and essential oils to my all purpose cleaner for extra antibacterial properties and to help mask the vinegar odor. Thanks for sharing lots of good ideas in this post. – John

  57. kukumc

    If you mix equal parts Borax and powdered sugar together and place it in the paths of the ants they will take it all back to the nest, feeding the borax along with the sugar to the queen and others. Before you know it, you will not see any more ants.

  58. Pastor Karen

    Just a heads up on vinegar. Sometimes vinegar is made from a petroleum base, so it is wise to do research on your vinegar to see what source it is made from.

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