13 Natural Cleaning Products You Can Make at Home (Recipes)

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More and more Calgary and area homeowners and tenants are embracing eco-friendly practices. Besides decluttering, recycling, upcycling and other doable, natural ways to help our planet, one trend is natural cleaning products. This guide follows up with more recipes for your own environmentally friendly home that actually works, from everyday dirt and grime to shiny junk-free pots and pans. Let’s get cooking, so to speak, on safe liquids and concoctions that you can make at home for various applications such as kitchen counters, bath tub, living room windows, bedroom floors, and so on.

Are homemade cleaners effective?

Yes, natural homemade cleaners work. It is worth saying again that many natural ingredients carry an inherent disinfectant quality – vinegar, baking soda and essential oils are antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral on their own. This means that using all-natural solutions to clean and disinfect your home will be as effective as introducing chemicals andHarsh poisons to the environment but without any unfortunate side effects. At the same time, they’re good for the planet, breaking down in the ecosystem, and safe to use around little ones and furry friends. Natural cleaners are perfect for those with green living ambitions.

Kitchen Cleaners

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All-purpose Homemade Cleaner Recipe

The recipe doubles as an easy-to-make all-purpose cleaner that can be used for wiping down kitchen surfaces (from countertops to stovetops). White vinegar is a natural disinfectant, the baking soda delivers gentle abrasion for stubborn stains, the castile soap is plant-based and biodegradable, and the essential oils deliver a pleasing aroma and a dose of antimicrobial action.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 10 drops essential oil (choose from tea tree, lavender, or lemon)

Mix all in a clean spray bottle, shake it and spritz surfaces as desired.

Homemade Dishwashing liquid recipe

For those seeking a greener alternative to commercial dishwashing liquids, making your own at home is a simple and effective solution. A homemade dishwashing liquid can be crafted using just a few ingredients: mix hot water with grated natural soap (like castile soap), ad washing soda to cut through grease, and a few drops of lemon or orange essential oil for their grease-fighting properties and refreshing scent. This mixture not only cleans your dishes effectively but also ensures that you are washing them with ingredients that are safe for the environment and gentle on your hands.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp grated bar soap (I used my plain homemade tallow soap. Note on this: Important, see below.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of washing soda (available here)
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin (available here)
  • 20-50 drops of essential oils (suggested combinations below, available at wholesale prices here)

Homemade Degreaser Recipe

Greasy spots on utensils, tables, and counter surfaces can be removed with this powerful degreaser. Sudsy ammonia easily cuts off hard, thick grease and dirt accumulated on appliances and cabinets. Diluting it with water will further downgrade the hazard level of this strong cleanser. Make sure to open the window or use a fan when using ammonia.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sudsy ammonia
  • Almost 1 gallon of water

Homemade Oven Cleaner Recipe

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Many store-bought chemical oven cleaners feature ingredients such as butoxydiglycol or sodium hydroxide. The Environmental Working Group notes that both of these chemicals can irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract, depending on their concentration levels.

You can make your own gentle — yet effective — oven cleaner at home, minus the harsh chemicals in commercial varieties. The mild abrasive quality of baking soda helps to scrub off baked-on food, and the abrasive quality increases when you add water to the baking soda to make a paste. That paste can be spread easily over all surfaces of your oven. The final rinse with the vinegar helps to leave your oven with a bit of polish, free of debris and with no toxic fumes.

Ingredients:

  • Half a cup baking soda
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water (modify for consistency)
  • Half a cup distilled white vinegar

Living Room/Bedroom Cleaners

Homemade Window Cleaner Recipe

A perfectly clean window can completely change the light in a room, which is why window cleaners are often used almost everywhere. But keep in mind that the ammonia found in some glass cleaners can cause significant skin irritation and eye damage. Inhalation can also irritate the throat and lungs.

Here is a natural alternative. This DIY window cleaner will leave your windows streak-free, while the ingredients help to disperse cleaner rinse off without the streaks that often occur with store-bought cleaners. Dish soap added to the basic window rinse recipe in the First Option helps to break down dirt and fingerprints, while the rubbing alcohol in the Second Option window rinse recipe in the second batches speeds the dry time that causes streaks.

Recipe 1:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish detergent

Recipe 2:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of isopropyl alcohol (70% solution)
  • 1-2 drops of orange essential oil (optional)

Homemade Dusting Spray Recipe

Everyone should dust. If you do have allergies, or if you have little ones running around and are constantly wiping nametag marks, dusting is an absolute must. Once a week in our home is where we earmark it into our cleaning routine. This simple homemade dusting spray combines olive oil with the cleaning power of vinegar. The difference between this and commercial dusting sprays is that it captures the dust into the oil particles (polishing it as an added bonus!) rather than just transferring it to a microfibre cloth. You can add scent with essential oils if you like (this will also help clean the surfaces) but personally, I really don’t notice any scent at all! It’s best applied to wooden furniture (because it won’t leave a film over the surface) and it makes the furniture shine almost as good as commercial products, without that sticky residue that makes everything pick up more dust.

Ingredients:

  • Equal parts distilled white vinegar and water
  • A splash of extra virgin olive oil
  • A few drops of essential oils (optional for fragrance)

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Homemade Floor Cleaner Recipe

Many cleaning products for floors found in supermarkets only contain bad chemicals; a natural recipe that uses hot water and lemon juice, with lemon juice added to provide the nice smell, but without leaving marks on the floor. The olive oil is great for restoring the shine back and avoiding the floors from becoming slippery as well. Great choice for residential cleaning for those who want to avoid their chemical footprint.

Wood Floor Cleaner Recipe:

  • 1 gallon hot water
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup lemon juice

Homemade Wood Polishing Spray

Ammonia, aromatic solvents (benzene, toluene), phenol, petroleum distillates (also called naphthas or white spirits), silicones, synthetic polymers, trichloroethane, turpentine – all of these ingredients are commonly found in polishes and waxes for wood furniture and floors.

For wood furniture, help keep it clean and moisturized with this homemade polishing spray. Olive oil coats the wood with a conditioning layer, white vinegar cleans the wood without damaging the surface, and essential oils not only smell delicious, but also have antibacterial properties. Not only are they easy to make, they are safe and will give your furniture a beautiful, restored look.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 30 drops of your preferred essential oil

Bathroom Cleaners

Mass-market cleaning products for bathtubs and toilet bowls may include harmful substances like ammonia, bleach, and phosphoric acid, which can lead to respiratory problems, skin irritations, and even poisoning if swallowed. They frequently contain chemicals that do not break down easily, contributing to water pollution and harm to aquatic ecosystems. Additionally, they can corrode surfaces over time, such as fixtures, tiles, and pipes. Be cautious of products labeled as eco-friendly or non-toxic, as they may still contain dangerous ingredients. Prolonged use of some bathroom cleaners has been associated with respiratory issues, including asthma and chronic bronchitis.

Replace them with homemade cleaning products that you can make yourself and that are just as effective.

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Homemade Bathroom Disinfectant

Bathrooms need a potent disinfectant to stay germ-free. Since a homemade mixture has to rely on the antimicrobial qualities of ingredients commonly found in the home, alcohol is the best way to go here. Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) is well-known to have antimicrobial qualities, which is why it’s often used to sanitise wounds. The washing soda also provides a cleaning boost. The tea tree and rosemary essential oils contribute to the antimicrobial power of this cleaner while the rosemary lends a clean, herbal scent. This is perfect for cleaning toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and showers.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups hot water
  • ¼ cup washing soda
  • ½ cup rubbing alcohol (90 to 99% isopropyl)
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 5 drops of rosemary essential oil (optional)

Homemade Sink & Bathtub Cleaner

Sinks and bathtubs collect thick layers of scum from soap and water. Store-bought soap scum removers often contain carcinogens, so to avoid this affection, you can make your own safety detergent for sink & bathtub cleaning.

The solution for cleaning these depends on two gentle agents, baking soda as a mild abrasive to scrub together the grime, and vinegar to dissolve mineral deposits. Lemon zest and essential oils perfume the solution with a sparkling citrus scent, side effects that sharpen the sensation of freshness in the room.

Ingredients:

  • Baking soda
  • A little lemon zest
  • Essential oils and vinegar as needed

Homemade Shower Cabin Cleaner

For those of us trying to keep a shower cabin stain and mildew free, this simple vinegar-and-water solution is the easiest way to prevent soap scum and hard water stains to build up. Because of the acid content in the vinegar, there’s no need for chemistry to break down the dirt. White vinegar is also a natural solution that can be utilized to dissolve calcium buildup. For a sparkly shower cabinet that’s kept clean every day, this is the only spray that will help!

Ingredients:

  • Equal parts distilled white vinegar and water

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Carpet Cleaners

Homemade Carpet Deodorizer Recipe

Carpets can tend to retain odours, which is why rooms often don’t smell as fresh as they appear. Popular deodorizers may contain solvents, acids, mildewcides and disinfectants like tributyltin, formaldehyde, phenol, and other chemicals: dibutyl phthalate, octylphenol ethoxylate etc. For example exposure to formaldehyde can irritate the skin, throat, lungs, and eyes. Repeated exposure to formaldehyde can possibly lead to cancer.

This all-natural deodoriser uses baking soda to absorb odours, cornstarch to trap dirt and dust, and essential oils to leave behind that pleasant smell. It’s great to use before vacuuming, to make sure not just that your carpets look clean, but that they smell clean too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sodium bicarbonate (soda)
  • Half a cup cornstarch
  • 6 drops of your chosen essential oil

Homemade Carpet Stain Remover

Carpets get stains. That’s a given. But you certainly don’t need super toxic chemicals to get rid of those dreaded red wine or coffee stains. A paste made of salt, vinegar and borax powder is great for lifting stains out of the fibers. It’s particularly effective for organic substances like wine, coffee, or even mud, so any home with carpet should have this poultice on hand.

Ingredients:

  • A quarter cup fine table salt
  • A quarter cup distilled white vinegar
  • A quarter cup borax powder

But beyond shaping how your home feels and smells for the better, these DIY cleaning recipes help you make healthier choices, not just now while keeping your home as clean and safe as possible, but also for the future as we move towards a greener lifestyle that benefits both us and the Planet.

We at Mrs Clean actively use natural substances in our work, such as vinegar, and respect our eco-friendly clients. If you want to completely abandon toxic chemicals, we will be happy to offer green cleaning services in Calgary. Get a free estimate by checking our cleaning prices here.

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Conclusion

In these more ecologically aware times, when we are turning our backs on many unsustainable, polluting and ultimately harmful practices, it seems unlikely that any of us would consciously endorse working hard, on a daily basis, to pollute and perform big business in our homes. We are rebelling against the industrialized approach to life and its promotion of considerable quantity over desirable quality. With this in mind, a trend towards making your own natural cleaning products isn’t just an organic fad. The choice is clearly about taking control of your environment and living in a more sustainable, less toxic and healthier way. By making your own cleaning agents, you are investing a little time and effort to keep a healthier environment both in your home and out. You decrease your reliance upon processed, unnatural cleaning agents stuffed with unnecessary chemicals and wrapped in so much plastic it would make a PVC salesperson blush. At the same time, you are not endorsing large toxic chemical-manufacturing companies and cultures. On the contrary, you are setting a good example for belonging more to a community of descent and considerate, eco-conscious human beings trying to live lightly and sustainably, and respecting the environment.

Using these and other DIY cleaning recipes becomes a chance to clean a space, inside and out, in accordance with the picturesque provinces from which so much of Alberta’s beauty springs. Either pick the recipe for your specific cleaning goal – be it visions of a sparkling kitchen or dreamy, sparkling bathroom, or another wonder of interior design like the living room hearth or the bedroom nightstand. Whichever recipe catches your eye, remember that you’re saving your home from toxic chemicals and saving the planet from the waste generated by massive commercial cleaning corporations. One spray, one scrub, one polish at a time, you’re becoming part of the solution.

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