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.
- 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.
- 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
- Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir until combined.
- Transfer mixture to a labeled reusable spray bottle.
- Shake bottle before each use.
- 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.
- 1⁄2 cup white vinegar
- 1⁄4 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 2 cups water
- Add ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir.
- Pour into labeled reusable spray bottle.
- Spray on surface and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
- 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.
- 1⁄4 cup white vinegar
- 1 tbsp rubbing alcohol
- 2 cups water
- 5 drops essential oil (lemon, grapefruit, or orange)
- Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Transfer to a labeled spray bottle.
- 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.
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!