Homemade Cleaning Products

Here are some “recipes” for homemade cleaning products using things you can easily get at the grocery store. Even the “green” products that are out there are not as green as they need to be here are some inexpensive, effective, and environmentally friendly cleaners.

Shopping List

  • several lemons (for soap scum, shine brass and cooper, hard water stains)
  • baking soda (use like ajax, natural odor absorber)
  • white vinegar (for soap scum dirt, hard water, and fabric softener)
  • rubbing alcohol (good for cleaning glass)
  • Tea Tree Oil (may need to get this at a health food store, natural antiseptic good to get rid of mold and mildew)
  • Spray bottles (at least 2)

Recipe for Regular Cleaner for countertops, sinks, bath tubs…etc.

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • Together in a spray bottle

Recipe for Paste to put on dirt bath tubs or other grimmy surfaces:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup water

Recipe for Window Cleaner:

  • 1 cup alcohol
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • put into a spray bottle (for really good cleaning of windows dry or wipe with newspaper)

Recipe for Furniture Polish:

  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 cup olive oil

Recipe for Bathroom Cleaner:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil
  • put in a spray bottle

Other Uses for your Ingredients:

  • For tough toilet stains use straight vinegar and clean with a brush.
  • For fabric softener (especially if you have allergies) place 1/2 cup of vinegar in your rinse cycle.
  • To substitute for Ajax or Soft Scrub just put baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub.
  • Shine Brass and copper with lemon juice.
  • Deodorize your carpet by sprinkling baking soda down and vacuuming.
  • Put lemon rinds in your garbage disposal to make it smell nice (if you do not have one cut up the rinds and put your compost heap)
  • Clean shower heads that have been clogged with mineral deposits with undiluted white vinegar. Place 1/4 to 1/2 cup vinegar in a plastic food storage bag, and secure the bag to the shower head with a rubber band. Let stand for 2 hours to overnight, then rinse and buff the fixture to a shiny finish.
  • Slow drains add 1/2 to 3/4 cup baking soda into the drain, and dribbling just enough hot water to wash the solution down. Let stand for 2 hours to overnight, then flush thoroughly with hot water. The deodorizing effect is an added bonus! [Do not use this method on blocked drains.]

ALWAYS test these on a small inconspicuous spot in the area you are cleaning. There could be a build up of chemicals that you used to use that might interact so better to be safe than sorry.

NEVER drink or eat any of these mixtures. Tea Tree Oil and Alcohol should not be ingested. If you clean any children’s toys with these cleaners make sure the toys are dry before giving back to the children.

Print this out and put it on your fridge or on the inside of your medicine cabinet in your bathroom so you always know the proportions. Send it to your friends too… even if you find these are not strong enough for real dirty job they can work for the weekly touch ups and save you a ton of money.


  1. benplumb says:

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  3. I’ve used baking soda for years to clean my house and find it works as well as any harsh abrasive. Not only that, but I feel much better about taking a bath in a tub I’ve scrubbed with baking soda instead of bleach.

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  4. The only problem with home made cleaners are they do not really clean. They way wipe a surface, however they do not disinfect and most of the time only spread around germs.

  5. keytonaturalhealth says:

    Have you tried Shaklee’s H2 product ? It is actually more cost effective than homemade solutions so one can actually make a bigger impact on the environment due to less packaging waste.

    Not all homemade produuct ingredients are from green companies.


  6. Good info, but my eyes had difficulty with the colors on the page. It was really hard for me to read it. Sorry….


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