Green Cleaning Recipes (Quick and Easy)

Quick and easy DIY Green Cleaning recipes for floors, walls, windows, bathroom, kitchen, and more. 
 
Use these natural homemade cleaners to reduce toxins in your home and save you time and money.  
 

 

We covered the reasons why you might want to make your own cleaners here. If you're not sure you'd like to make your own, read that post to help you figure out if making cleaning products is right for you. 

Once you've decided you want to make natural cleaners, it's time to gather your ingredients. 

You'll need:

Having these simple ingredients on hand will enable you to make just about every cleaner you need.

A little more about the ingredients:

Ingredients for Homemade Cleaners

Before I share recipes, let's briefly overview each ingredient:

Vinegar

White, distilled vinegar is great for deodorizing, degreasing and general cleaning. It’s also extremely inexpensive and readily available.
 
The smell of vinegar does dissipate fairly quickly, but if you dislike it a great deal, try scenting it. To create scented vinegar, simply add 75 drops of lavender or tea tree essential oil to a one-gallon jug of white vinegar (this combination came from Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen Logan, page 254-255).

Castile Soap

This gentle soap is made from vegetable fat/oil such as hemp, palm or olive (opposed to tallow). It is a versatile cleaner that works well with other ingredients as well as alone.

Baking Soda

The texture of baking soda makes it useful as a mild abrasive. It is also an excellent deodorizer. Many of us already have an open box of baking soda in the fridge to absorb smells, but it can also be used to scrub sinks and clean toilets!
 
To freshen carpets, add a few drops of essential oil to a box of baking soda, stir to combine, sprinkle on the carpet and allow to sit for 30 minutes. Then vacuum.

Essential Oils

These concentrated plant oils contain powerful antibacterial, antiviral, antibiotic and anti-fungal properties. While they can sometimes be expensive, one small bottle will last a long time. They add a lovely fragrance to your homemade cleaners, which provides psychological benefits too!
 
My favorite essential oils for cleaning are:
  • lemon
  • orange
  • peppermint
  • lavender
  • tea tree
  • pine

Simple Recipes to Clean the Whole House

These quick and easy recipes will allow you to clean every room in the house. 

Simple All-Purpose Cleaner

Use this vinegar-based cleaner for countertops, walls, door knobs, sinks, and more.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil

Instructions

Add essential oils to a glass spray bottle. Pour water and vinegar into bottle and close with lid. 

Shake to blend. 

Floors

My favorite floor cleaner is made by adding 2 to 4 tablespoons of Castile soap and 10 drops of lemon essential oil to a large container. Fill with 1 gallon of hot water and stir to mix. If the floor is greasy, add up to 1/8 cup of vinegar.
 

Carpets

Carpet Deodorizer

Add a few drops of essential oil to a box of baking soda and stir to combine. Sprinkle on the carpet and allow to sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum.

Foaming Carpet Spot Cleaner

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup castile soap
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions

Mix all ingredients in a blender. Rub the foam into soiled areas with a damp sponge. Let dry thoroughly and then vacuum.

The kids really enjoy rubbing the foam into the carpet.

Carpet Cleaner 

Walls

The above floor cleaner will work well on walls too. If you wish to disinfect walls (or door knobs, crib rails, and so on), mix equal parts vinegar and water. Add 5 to 10 drops of essential oil, per 16 oz of the mixture, if desired.

Mirrors

Mirrors can be cleaned well with water and a microfiber cloth.
 
Want more shine (and germ-killing power)? Combine 1-½ cups of water with ½ cup of vinegar in a spray bottle and shake to mix. Add 5 to 10 drops of orange or lemon essential oil for extra cleaning power and added fragrance.
 

Countertops

I often keep leftover floor cleaner in a spray bottle and use it on the countertops. It works very well.
 
If this is not available I will make some disinfecting spray with lavender and peppermint essential oil and water. Adding two tablespoons of Castile soap to this mix will help loosen dirt or grime if necessary.
 
This citrus peel vinegar is also great for countertops. 
 

Sinks

Sink Scrubber

Ingredients
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 drops sweet orange essential oil

Instructions

Mix all ingredients and pour into an airtight container.

To use: Sprinkle a few tablespoons of the mixture into the sink and use the scrubby side of a sponge to clean the sink.

Drain Unclogger

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup white vinegar

Instructions

Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain (I let it sit for a few minutes because it absorbs odors, but you don’t have to). Pour in 1 cup of vinegar.

Allow to fizz and bubble. Leave for 20 minutes.

Pour boiling water down the drain (about 1 quart).

Toilets

Pouring a little straight or scented vinegar into the toilet bowl is a great way to clean and deodorize.
 
For regular toilet seat wipe downs, keep some vinegar in a spray bottle. (Because it’s non-toxic and safe to use, why not give kids the job of swishing and swiping each day!)
 
Another option is to sprinkle baking soda into the bowl and scrub with a sturdy toilet brush. 

Bath and shower

The best way to keep the shower clean is to regularly spray the walls with vinegar, this helps prevent soap and scum from building up.
 
Use a squeegee to remove excess water (a few times each week) will help keep build up at bay, especially on glass doors.
 
For a thorough cleaning, it is easy to make your own soft soap cleaner with baking soda and Castile soap.

Bathroom Disinfectant

Undiluted hydrogen peroxide works well as a disinfectant in the bathroom. Spray on surfaces and let sit for approximately ten minutes. Wipe the surface clean. 
 
Do not use hydrogen peroxide on stone, granite, marble or dark surfaces. 

Grout Cleaner

To clean grout in between tiles, sprinkle baking soda over the tile and grout, and spray with undiluted hydrogen peroxide. Scrub with a toothbrush and rinse with water.
 
 
 
Notes:
 
It is always a good idea to label your homemade cleaners.
 
To make refills of your homemade cleaners, write the recipe on the container. 

 

 

Stacy Karen

Stacy is a DIY obsessed, healthy living advocate. A preacher's wife and mom of three, she loves to encourage others to live a natural lifestyle.
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