Make your own DIY natural household cleaner with just a few ingredients. It’s so easy to make and costs just pennies compared to store-bought cleaners.
Did you know convention household cleaners are loaded with toxic chemicals? That’s why I prefer to make my own DIY natural household cleaner. It’s so easy to make and WAY cheaper. Let me explain…
How to Clean Your Home Naturally
The next time you walk through a drug store or big box store like Target check out the household cleaners section. You’ll be overwhelmed at all the choices – even with the so-called natural cleaners. Here’s the thing – you actually DON’T need those harsh, toxic chemicals to clean your home. In fact, when it comes to cleaning – simpler is better. Check out my blog post 7 Toxic Household Cleaners to Avoid + The Problem with “Natural” Store-Bought Cleaners to learn more.
You probably already have most of the ingredients you already need to clean your home naturally, such as vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and liquid castile soap. In fact, this recipe calls for just 3 ingredients. You can’t get much simpler than that. And to top it off – this recipe will literally cost you pennies compared to those natural cleaners you’ll find in the stores.
And if you’re not into DIY, I have another option for you that will cost less than a dollar a bottle. Learn more about Thieves Household Cleaner.
A Versatile Household Cleaner
This DIY Natural Household Cleaner is great for spraying down counters, stove tops, kitchen cabinets, dining tables and chairs, bathroom counters, and even toilets. It’s my go-to household cleaner. Use it with a reusable kitchen cloth to save on paper towels.
You should never use vinegar solutions on stone surfaces such as granite or marble, cast iron, aluminum, or waxed surfaces. The acid in the vinegar can etch, pit, and strip finishes or otherwise damage these surfaces. This DIY Cleaner is still tough but has no vinegar.
Store-Bought Cleaners and Allergies
In the US, for example, one in three people suffer from allergies, asthma, sinusitis, or bronchitis (US National Center for Health Statistics). Some cleaning chemicals are allergy and asthma triggers, so treatment for these conditions should include reducing synthetic chemicals in the home environment.
That’s why it’s better to make your own natural household cleaners. You know exactly what’s going into it.
Ingredients for This Homemade Household Cleaner
- Liquid castile soap is a coconut-based soap that is non-toxic and non-irritating. It’s the natural cleaning agent in this recipe that’s mild, yet super effective.
- Essential oils provides an all-natural fragrance without harsh chemicals. It can also be very effective in degreasing and cleaning up dirt and grime.
What Essential Oils to Use?
You can use a combination of essential oils to provide the natural scent in this recipe, including:
- Eucaplutus (or Raven blend)
- Purification blend
- Tea Tree
- Thieves blend
Find out how to buy essential oils at wholesale, and get a starter kit for 60% off retail prices. It’s the best deal around and a great way to get started with essential oils.
How to Make This DIY Natural Household Cleaner – Step By Step
1. Add liquid castile soap and essential oils to a 16 oz spray bottle.
2. Fill with water and shake well.
3. Spray on surfaces such as countertops, glass, mirrors, stovetops, cabinets, shelves, tubs, tile, etc. to clean up dirt, grime and dust.
How to Use This Cleaner
Generously spray surface and use a paper towel or microfiber cloth to clean up crumbs, dirt, and grime. Repeat as needed until clean. You could also add a few drops of Lemon essential oil to the surface to degrease and easily wipe up dust or grease.
Top Tips for This Natural Household Cleaner
Use clean containers for storing homemade cleaning products. Never use bottles that once held chemicals. Label concoctions when you make them to keep your family safe, and ensure you use the right solution for the application.
Before you spray a cleaner on any surface, test first in a hidden area to ensure the cleaner doesn’t damage or mar the material.
For an extra boost when removing mildew and soap buildup, spray first, then sprinkle on baking soda and scrub with a sponge.
Shake well before use.
How to Get Started with Essential Oils
- Sign up for my FREE essential oil email course in order to learn the basics.
- Check out my FREE masterclass all about essential oils and this beginner’s guide to essential oils.
- Get my essential oils online course – complete with video tutorials, e-book and everything you need to get started with essential oils.
- Find out how to buy essential oils at wholesale, and get a starter kit for 60% off retail prices. It’s the best deal around and a great way to get started with essential oils. Plus lots of freebies just for you.
More DIY Recipes
- DIY Natural Household Cleaner
- Homemade Foaming Hand Soap
- Homemade Toilet Fizzies
- DIY Reusable Cleaning Wipes
DIY Natural Household Cleaner
- 2 tbsp liquid castile soap
- 5-10 drops essential oils
- 2 cups water
- 16 oz spray bottle
- Add liquid castile soap and essential oils to spray bottle.
- Fill with water and shake well.
- Use as needed.
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1. Formula 409, Guide to Healthy Cleaning, EWG.
This may be a silly question, but does this cleaner need to be rinsed off?
Tracey Black says
Not silly at all. Nope, there’s no need to wash it off.
This recipe is exactly what i am looking for – have been telling my hubby once the bought cleaners are finished – i want to make a general all purpose cleaner and have a bottle in the bathroom/laundry and one in the kitchen
just a query though if you can help
i live overseas – and need to know – what can i do for the likes of needing a bleach – the reason is – for the last 3 days we have been having a deluge of rain – to the point that now my water is sludge – so using water from the water tanker out on the street for my much needed tea and cooking and washing vegetables – the toilet is disgusting – it has taken on the sludge brown colour and i used a brand of bleach that is very thick and poured down the walls of the toilet – there was a high tide mark/ring where that water would sit between uses – i cant bend very far over due to a severe back injury that isnt improving much so the good old elbow grease is out of the question – so what homemade scrubby liquid could i use to replace this bleach and jiff type cleaner
Tracey Black says
Yes, I totally hear you. I have a natural bleach alternative recipe here: https://dontmesswithmama.com/diy-natural-bleach-alternative/
Carla Mc says
Hi Tracey, love what you did! Hoping to have it also in our house since I always hire part time cleaner to clean our house, but will definitely try this one.
I’m looking for the deodorant recipe that you say works!
Tracey Black says
Tami, here it is: https://dontmesswithmama.com/diy-natural-deodorant-solid/