Homemade and Green Household Cleaners

Homemade and Green Household Cleaners

These DIY Home Cleaners Are Effective and Easy to Make

Store-bought cleaners are full of extra chemicals that you might not want in your home. Thankfully, making your own homemade cleaning solutions is simple and straightforward… you might even own most of the ingredients already.

Whether you’re prepping for a thorough spring clean, or just need to tidy up around the house, here are some DIY cleaners you can make to keep your whole home fresh.

Basic ingredients for all DIY cleaners

One of the reasons DIY cleaning solutions are so great is their simplicity. With a short list of ingredients you can whip up a solution that will clean every nook and cranny of your home:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Borax
  • Washing soda (you can also make your own washing soda with baking soda)
  • Essential oils (tea tree oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil, orange essential oil, and lemongrass oil are all great)
  • Castile soap (Dr. Bronner’s is a well-known brand)
  • Lemons, oranges, and other citrus fruits
  • Olive or vegetable oil
  • Water

You’ll also want to stock up on the containers of your choosing, like mason jars and spray bottles. Once you have your ingredients and containers it’s time to get mixing!

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

This all-purpose cleaner smells lemony fresh and can even be used on glass. Simply add the ingredients to your spray bottle and shake everything up.


  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 cups water

DIY Bathroom Cleaner

According to Crunchy Betty, this is the best bathroom cleaner ever. You’re bound to agree after trying it!


  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup washing soda
  • ½ cup liquid castile soap
  • 25 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar (optional)

Start by mixing the baking soda, washing soda, and liquid soap in a medium-sized container until you get a pasty, mushy consistency. Add the essential oils and mix well, then add the vinegar if you’re using it.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Making your own laundry detergent is incredibly easy and cheap, so you’re getting the best of all worlds with this recipe. Mix everything together, stirring well for several minutes. You can even add the mixture to your food processor for a more easily-dissoluble powder.


  • 1 4.5 ounce bar of castille soap, shaved
  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda

Use 1 Tablespoon for small loads, and 2-3 Tablespoons for larger or dirtier loads of laundry.

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