19 Natural DIY Cleaning Products for the Home

June 22, 2017

DIY cleaning recipes to use in every area of your home

Instead of giving you just one cleaning recipe or DIY cleaning product recommendation, I thought it would be far more beneficial for me to compile every cleaning recipe that you need to clean your entire house on a regular basis. Just about every cleaning product I use in my home is derived from a small list of natural ingredients.

The only ingredients you need to clean your entire house:

I put all of the above in one single Amazon shopping list to make it easy to buy everything you need!

Ultimate All-Purpose Cleaner

This solution can be used on just about any surface in your home, from countertops, to floors, to shower tiles, to toilets. If you like the simplicity of using just ONE cleaner for almost everything then this is your best bet.

However, while this certainly works as an “all purpose” cleaner, it doesn’t mean it’s the BEST cleaner for every purpose in your home. If you’re looking for what’s best to use in each area of your home, keep reading for my recommendations.

DIY Cleaning Products by Room

BATHROOM

Toilet Bowl

Flush the toilet then sprinkle baking soda around the walls of the toilet bowl and let sit for 5 minutes. Scrub with a brush then rinse the toilet bowl walls with vinegar and continue scrubbing as the mixture foams. Flush the toilet once more then let the toilet brush dry horizontally propped underneath the toilet seat for 15 minutes before putting away.

Tile, Glass, Mirrors, Exterior Toilet Surfaces

Spray and let sit for a few minutes before wiping away.

More about glass and mirror cleaner.

Stone Floor, Shower Tile, and Countertops (marble, onyx, travertine)

Recognize this recipe as my “all purpose” cleaner? It’s also your best bet for cleaning stone. When cleaning any type of natural stone surface, you want to avoid vinegar, lemon juice, or any other acidic ingredients. Acid can etch or weaken the surface of stone (especially on marble, onyx, and travertine [source]). A simple solution of dish soap and water should suffice.

Granite Countertops

  • ⅛ tsp (a few drops) dish soap
  • ¼ c alcohol
  • 1 c water
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (I recommend using essential oils with antibacterial properties: eucalyptus, tea tree, oregano, lavender)

When cleaning any type of stone surface, you want to avoid vinegar, lemon juice, or any other acidic ingredients. Acid can etch or weaken the surface of stone. This solution contains alcohol which dries quickly and will leave your sealed granite countertops both clean and streak free.

Shower & Tub

  • 1 c Vinegar
  • 1 c Dish Soap

Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds, shake, then spray all over your shower tile and tub (caution: do NOT use this solution if your shower has natural stone tile or surfaces). Let sit for 30 minutes before scrubbing with a sponge then rinsing.

Stubborn Shower & Tub Stains

  • 1 part baking soda
  • 1 part dish soap

Mix baking soda + dish soap into a paste and scrub it on grungy areas. Let paste sit for 15-30 minutes then scrub with a sponge and rinse.

KITCHEN

Stone Countertops (marble, onyx, travertine)

Recognize this recipe as my “all purpose” cleaner? It’s also your best bet for cleaning stone. When cleaning any type of natural stone surface, you want to avoid vinegar, lemon juice, or any other acidic ingredients. Acid can etch or weaken the surface of stone (especially on marble, onyx, and travertine [source]). A simple solution of dish soap and water should suffice.

Granite Countertops

  • ⅛ tsp (a few drops) dish soap
  • ¼ c alcohol
  • 1 c cups water
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (I recommend using essential oils with antibacterial properties: eucalyptus, tea tree, oregano, lavender)

When cleaning any type of stone surface, you want to avoid vinegar, lemon juice, or any other acidic ingredients. Acid can etch or weaken the surface of stone. This solution contains alcohol which dries quickly and will leave your sealed granite countertops both clean and streak free.

Porcelain Sink

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Baking Soda

Sprinkle baking soda over stains then dampen your sponge with hydrogen peroxide before scrubbing the baking soda into the sink. It’s amazing how well this works – I even filmed a video to prove it!

Cutting Boards

  • 1 tbs baking soda
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 1 tbs water

Combine all three ingredients and scrub on wood or plastic cutting boards with a sponge.

[recipe via Reader’s Digest]

Garbage disposal

  • Ice cubes (I have also read that vinegar ice cubes work even better)
  • Lemon

Grinding ice cubes will help sharpen the garbage disposal, while grinding lemon will improve its smell. Vinegar is also known to help mitigate weird smells so I have read that grinding frozen vinegar cubes is a great way to clean a garbage disposal, but really – who has time to freeze vinegar cubes? Regular ice + lemon should work just as well.

Microwave

  • Lemon
  • Water

Fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and lemon slices then microwave for 4 minutes. Let the bowl sit inside of the microwave for a few extra minutes until it’s cool enough to touch. Open the microwave and wipe down all surfaces with a microfiber cloth. Watch this video to see how-to.

Burnt stainless steel pots & pans

  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar

First try scrubbing burn marks with a damp soapy sponge and baking soda – this step alone might be enough to shine your pots and pans. If not, then bring water + vinegar (about 80/20 proportion) to a boil in the burnt pot or pan then turn off the stove and let it sit until cool enough to touch. Scrub again with a damp sponge and baking soda until clean.

Cast iron

  • Soap
  • Coconut oil

Bring your oven to 225 degrees. Scrub the dirty pan with a sponge and soapy water to remove any food residue. Using a rag or paper towel, coat the entire surface of the pan with coconut oil. Place in the warm oven for 20 minutes, let cool, then store until next time!

There are plenty of strong opinions on the internet about the best way to care for cast iron (to soap or not to soap?!), but my husband and I have used this technique with our cast iron pan for years and it’s still in great condition, so I can vouch for its effectiveness!

FLOORS

Laminate, Tile, & Stone

  • 2 tbs dish soap
  • 2 gallons hot water
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (I recommend using essential oils with antibacterial properties: eucalyptus, tea tree, oregano, lavender)

Especially when cleaning any type of stone surface, you want to avoid vinegar, lemon juice, or any other acidic ingredient. Acid can etch or weaken the surface of stone (especially on marble, onyx, and travertine [source]). A simple solution of dish soap and water should suffice for most floor types.

[recipe via Live Simply]

Wood

  • 1 part vinegar
  • 10 parts hot water
  • 3-5 drops castile or dish soap

I don’t have wood floors, but DIY Network (among a number of other sources) told me that this vinegar to water ratio is perfect for mopping wood floors.

OTHER

Fabric Softener

  • Vinegar
  • 4 drops essential oil (I recommend lavender – smells great on clothes and has antibacterial properties)

Add to the fabric softener compartment in your washing machine for a natural fabric softener.

Wood Furniture

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 4 c (1 quart) water

Spray on & wipe off wood furniture and surfaces. The olive oil also helps to slow down dust collection on wood shelves and tabletops.

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