Make Your Own Natural Cleaners

Home Improvement

Getting ready to tackle your spring cleaning to-do list? Don’t spend the weekend surrounded by cleaners filled with chemicals and ingredients you can’t even pronounce. Make your own cleaning supplies instead! They are healthier and often cheaper solutions to the chemicals you’d buy in the store.

Use the recipes below to create everything from a multipurpose cleaner to furniture polish and enjoy knowing you took the natural route!

All-Purpose Citrus Cleaner

Citrus peels (mostly lemon)
1–2 cups white vinegar
15–20 drops of essential oils
All-purpose cleaners come in handy quite often. To create your own, fill a jar of your choice with citrus peels (using mostly lemon), and then top off with white vinegar. Seal tightly with a lid, and allow to sit for a week. Next, strain the solution into a spray bottle—which you can find at your local craft or hardware store. Add your favorite essential oils and then use wherever you’d use a traditional multipurpose spray.


Floor and Glass Cleaner

1 cup isopropyl alcohol
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
15–20 drops of essential oils
To create your own floor and glass cleaner, combine alcohol, vinegar, and water into a spray bottle—adding the essential oil of your choice. You can spray it directly onto paper towels for cleaning windows and mirrors, or can pour it into a bucket to use when mopping the floor.


Furniture Polish

¾ cup olive oil
Juice of ¼ lemon
1 tablespoon white vinegar
3-4 drops essential oils
Make your own furniture polish and you’ll have more to be proud of than just the shine! Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, white vinegar, and essential oils in the jar of your choice—it’s as simple as that. When you’re ready to use the polish, wet a cloth and squeeze out the extra water. Dip the cloth into the polish, and wipe onto furniture. Buff with a dry cloth to finish. Always test a small area first.

Disinfecting Wipes

1 cup water
¼ cup rubbing alcohol
2 tablespoons dish soap
½ roll of paper towels
From the grocery store cart handles to your kitchen counters, disinfecting wipes come in handy all the time. To make your own, mix all of the ingredients in a bowl or jar, cut a paper towel roll in half and pour over roll, and store in an airtight container. Use as you would disposable disinfecting wipes to clean countertops, spills, and other messes.

Fabric Sanitizer/Refresher 

1½ cup warm water
½ cup witch hazel
2 tablespoons baking soda
20-30 drops of antibacterial essential oils (e.g., lemongrass, cinnamon bark, lemon, lavender)
We’re all familiar with Febreze—it’s super handy for a quick refresh of the couch, the dog bed, and more. To make your own, combine warm water, witch hazel, baking soda, and essential oils in a spray bottle and mix well. Spray onto fabrics for a quick refresh.

After making the initial investment for supplies, you’ll notice that not only are you helping the environment, you’re also saving money! And, be sure to download and print these labels for your new cleaners.


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