12 Natural Cleaning Products You Can Make at Home (with Vinegar-free Options!)

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 by Tiffany Walking Eagle | 3-minute read

Do you hate the thought of using store-bought cleaners that are full of harsh chemicals? Or maybe you're running low on your regular cleaning products and need something quick and easy? Either way, these cleaning solution "recipes" are simple and can be made with everyday household products or kitchen goods. I categorized the cleaners by type, and I gathered several different recipes per category so you'd have options. I personally hate the smell of vinegar, but it is an effective cleaner, so I included various concoctions so that *hopefully* you find some that are both effective and pleasant. :) Give them a try, and let me know what you think! 

 

What you need:

Spray bottle (glass or plastic) 

Bucket (if you're mopping!)

Funnel

Assorted ingredients!

All-Purpose Cleaners 

Castile Soap Cleaner

1 3/4 cups distilled water
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 cup castile soap
Essential oil of choice (optional)


Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake. Add 20-30 drops of tea tree essential oil if desired.

Rosemary Lavender Cleaner (Vinegar-free)

1/2 cup vodka or rubbing alcohol

1 1/4 cup distilled water

6 drops lavender essential oil

6 drops rosemary essential oil 

5 drops grapefruit seed extract (optional)

Add all ingredients to spray bottle, and add water last. Shake well and use often!

Vinegar + Baking Soda Cleaner

1/2 c white vinegar
2 Tbsp baking soda
10 drops tea tree, lavender, or lemon essential oil

Shake all ingredients together in a spray bottle, then fill to the top with water. 

Glass Cleaners

Peppermint Glass Cleaner

1 cup distilled water
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 cup rubbing alcohol
Peppermint essential oil (optional)

Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and shake well. Add essential oil as desired. 

Vinegar-Free Glass Cleaner

2 cups water
1/2 cup vodka
10-20 drops essential oils of choice

Shake all ingredients together in spray bottle. Can also be used as a floor cleaner!

Citrus Glass Cleaner (Vinegar-free)

1 cup hot water
1 cup rubbing alcohol
4 tbsp. cornstarch
40 drops Lemon essential oil
20 drops orange essential oil

Mix hot water and alcohol together, then dissolve cornstarch in mixture. Add essential oils in and allow to cool before putting in the spray bottle. Be sure to buff away all liquid when cleaning with this to avoid any streaky residue from the cornstarch.

 

Wood Cleaners

Lemon Lavender Wood Cleaner

½ cup vinegar  (white vinegar or  ACV for darker woods)
¼ cup olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp vegetable glycerin
20-30 drops lavender essential oils

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle to polish and clean wood. 

Castile Floor Cleaner

1 cup organic extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon castile soap
15 drops essential oils of choice

Mix well for an effective wood cleaner. 

Vinegar-free Wood Cleaner

2 cups warm water
16 oz. spray bottle
1-2 drops of castile soap
3-5 drops essential oils

Combine these ingredients for a wood cleaner minus that vinegary smell. 

 

Floor Cleaners 

Vinegar + Dish Soap Floor Cleaner

½ cup warm water
½ cup liquid dish soap
1 2/3 cup baking soda
Two tablespoons distilled white vinegar

Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add dish soap and vinegar, and allow to cool before placing in spray bottle. 

Vegetable Oil Floor Cleaner

1/2 cup white vinegar

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1 cup water

Add all ingredients together and clean away!

Basic Floor Cleaner (Vinegar-free)

2 gallons hot water
2 tablespoons castile soap
5 drops pine, tea tree, or essential oil of choice

Mix ingredients together in a bucket to make mopping a delightfully scented breeze.

 

 

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Tiffany Walking Eagle