How to Make Your Own Natural Plant-Based Cleaning Solutions

How to Make Your Own Natural Plant-Based Cleaning Solutions

How to Make Your Own Natural Plant-Based Cleaning Solutions

Why Make Your Own Cleaning Products

Making your own natural cleaning products has many benefits. Here are a few of the top reasons I choose to make my own:

  • Cost Savings. Store-bought cleaners can be expensive, especially when buying multiple specialty products. Making my own from simple ingredients saves me money.

  • Avoiding Harmful Chemicals. Many conventional cleaners contain ingredients like ammonia, bleach, parabens, and formaldehyde. These can negatively impact health, especially for sensitive individuals. Using natural ingredients lets me avoid these.

  • Reducing Plastic Waste. Making my own cleaners allows me to reuse glass spray bottles rather than purchasing plastic ones. This cuts down on plastic waste.

  • Customizing Scents. I can pick natural essential oils with scents I enjoy rather than being limited by what’s available in stores.

  • Simplicity. Homemade cleaners only require a few simple ingredients. It’s easier for me to make them myself than to shop for multiple cleaners.

Equipment Needed

  • Glass spray bottles: Use reused bottles or purchase new empty bottles. Glass preserves the natural ingredients better than plastic.
  • Funnel: For an easy mess-free transfer of liquids into spray bottles.
  • Measuring cups & spoons: Essential for following recipes and getting ingredient amounts right.
  • Mixing bowl: An easy way to combine ingredients.
  • Labels: To identify what each cleaner is for. Stickers or painter’s tape work for DIY labels.

Best Natural Cleaning Ingredients

Here are some of my favorite ingredients to use in homemade cleaners:

  • Baking Soda: Cleans, deodorizes, scours, and polishes.
  • White Vinegar: Disinfects, cuts grease, removes stains, and deodorizes.
  • Lemon: Disinfects, bleaches, and removes stains and odors.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide: Disinfects and whitens.
  • Castile Soap: Removes grease and dirt.
  • Essential Oils: Add natural scents and cleaning properties. Tea tree, lemon, and lavender work well.

All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe

This natural cleaner works great for most surfaces in my home. I use it on countertops, floors, appliances, sinks, and more.

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 cup white vinegar
  • 1⁄4 cup baking soda
  • 1 tsp liquid castile soap
  • 10-15 drops essential oil (lemon or lavender work well)
  • 2 cups warm water

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir until combined.
  2. Transfer mixture to a labeled reusable spray bottle.
  3. Shake bottle before each use.
  4. Spray directly onto surface and wipe clean with a cloth.

For best results, I make sure to shake the bottle before using to dissolve the baking soda. I also like to use microfiber cloths for cleaning as they are reusable and don’t require paper towels.

Disinfecting Cleaner Recipe

I make this homemade disinfectant for cleaning and sanitizing surfaces like bathrooms, sinks, and high touch areas.

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 cup white vinegar
  • 1⁄4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir.
  2. Pour into labeled reusable spray bottle.
  3. Spray on surface and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Wipe away germs with a clean cloth or paper towel.

Tea tree oil provides natural disinfecting properties while the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide work to kill bacteria and viruses. I like to use this to wipe down surfaces after someone has been sick.

Glass Cleaner Recipe

This homemade glass cleaner works great for windows, mirrors, and other glass surfaces.

Ingredients

  • 1⁄4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp rubbing alcohol
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 drops essential oil (lemon, grapefruit, or orange)

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Transfer to a labeled spray bottle.
  3. Spray glass and wipe clean with a lint-free cloth or coffee filter for streak-free shine.

The vinegar and alcohol work together to cut through dirt and grime. I like adding citrus essential oils since they naturally help clean glass and leave a fresh scent. Coffee filters make great lint-free cloths.

Recap

Making my own natural cleaning products has been a game changer! I save money, avoid chemicals, reduce waste, and can customize scents. With just a few ingredients and reusable bottles, I can tackle cleaning throughout my home. I hope these recipes help you discover the joy of DIY natural cleaning solutions too!