10 Recipes for Natural Homemade Cleaners
You don’t need harsh chemicals or pricey cleaners to get a sparkling home. Just use our easy recipes for wholesome, homemade cleaning solutions.
Making homemade cleaning solutions is a fantastic way to save money and space under your counter. Perhaps the best benefit of making homemade cleaners, though, is that you’re reducing the amount of harmful chemicals in your home.
It’s important to take precautions when mixing ingredients to use around the house. Be sure to wear gloves when dealing with ammonia or bleach, both of which can cause skin irritation. And be aware of which cleaning ingredients you should never mix—some of which can be deadly.
Here are some of our favorite (and simple!) cleaning solutions that you can use in nearly every room of your house.
Bathroom counters, kitchen sinks, microwaves, door handles—what can’t multipurpose cleaners clean? If you’re tired of the store bought brands that spray headache-inducing scents, mix up a few simple ingredients you already have at home, pour them into a spray bottle, and you’ll be all set for sparkling surfaces.
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Window and Glass Cleaner
If you’ve ever tried making homemade window cleaner before, then you’ll know just how easy it is. Two ingredients and one spray bottle will have the windows and mirrors in your house so smudge-free, you won’t believe your eyes!
- Spray onto windows or other glass surfaces and wipe away using a microfiber cloth in an S-shaped pattern.
Get our top window-cleaning tips from a pro for the best ways to reduce streaks and residue on your glass surfaces.
Dish soap is one of those must-have products for those times you don’t want to wash certain dishes or kitchen tools in the dishwasher. If you’re tired of trying to find one that’s safe and effective, though, it’s easy to make your own.
Liquid Fabric Softener
If you don’t like stiff, wrinkly clothing, but you also don’t like using a bunch of unnecessary chemicals, then making a quick mix of baking soda, vinegar and water is the solution for you. Store the extra fabric softener in a plastic bottle with a lid in your laundry room just the same as you would do with a store-bought product.
Homemade Dryer Sheets
This one is too easy. Use the same ingredients as you did with the liquid fabric softener. We love keeping things simple, easy and multi-purpose.
Laundry dryer balls fluff and soften clothes without chemicals too. Bet you can’t resist this set of 4 cute hedgehog-shaped dryer balls.
Hardwood Floor Cleaner
Keeping your beautiful hardwood floors in tip-top shape is super important to their longevity. Luckily, there’s a way to do just that with some effective and gentle products. Get your teabags ready!
Just like wooden floors, it’s important to maintain your wooden furniture. Use this furniture polish to regularly care for your well-loved bed frames, kitchen tables and chairs, dressers and more.
Oil splatters and crusted splatters of greasy food on your range are no match for this homemade degreaser. With just a few ingredients, a sponge and a dishcloth, you’ll be on your way to a radiant stovetop and pots and pans.
- Combine 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/3 cup clear household ammonia, 1/4 cup baking soda, 2 tablespoons castile soap and 1-1/2 quarts water.
- Pour mixture into a spray bottle and buff away the greasy areas in your kitchen.
Smelly drains are the worst. Luckily, there are some ingredients in your baking cabinet that hold the key to removing those foul odors from your drains. Below are the basics, but read up on our full guide to cleaning your drains naturally to really get a solid cleansing.
- Mix 1 cup baking soda with 1 cup salt and 1/4 cup cream of tartar.
- Boil 1 cup of water.
- Pour the powder mixture down the drain, then follow it up with the cup of boiling water. You’ll see bubbles begin to form. Once the bubbles subside, flush the sink with cold water for about four minutes.
If you don’t have hardwood floors, don’t worry—there are natural floor cleaners for nearly every type of surface.
- For tile and vinyl, mix 1 gallon warm water with 1/2 cup white vinegar. Wipe with a mop that is well-wrung out.
- For laminate, mix 1 quart water with 1/4 cup white vinegar. Spray directly onto the floor with a spray bottle and then buff away dirt with a damp cloth.