17 DIY Cleaning Recipes for a Toxic-Free, Organic Home

DIY Organic Cleaning Recipes

17 DIY Cleaning Recipes for a Toxic-Free, Organic Home

Making homemade all-natural, eco-friendly cleaning projects is a logical first step to eliminate toxins and chemicals from any home. Plus, the recipes are simple and easy to follow. Making your organic cleaning products will save you money and unnecessary plastic. A great way to follow recipes and make our organic cleaning products.

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Cleaning products are one of the first places to look for the easiest ways to eliminate unnecessary plastic, toxins, and chemicals from our households.

Making homemade all-natural, eco-friendly cleaning projects is a logical first step to eliminate toxins and chemicals from any home. Plus, the recipes are simple and easy to follow. Making your organic cleaning products will save you money and unnecessary plastic. A great way to follow recipes and make our organic cleaning products.

With lots of research, I’ve come here to share with you my favorites in organic, all-natural, toxic-free cleaning swaps.

Before I get into the actual recipes, I want to say that: organic white vinegar and pure baking soda clean pretty much anything you can think of. Why does baking soda and vinegar make such a great cleaning combo you may ask? The acid-base reaction is one of the reasons baking soda and vinegar are cleaning partners in crime.

DIY, homemade, organic, eco-friendly, all-natural cleaning projects is a great first step to eliminate toxins and chemicals from your home. Plus, the recipes are simple and easy to follow. Making your organic cleaning products will save you money and unnecessary plastic. A great way to follow recipes and make your organic cleaning products.

I would start by purchasing these products if you don’t already have them:

Your go-to cleaner is an all-purpose cleaner, great for all kinds of hard surfaces:

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Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

Mix the vinegar, essential oils and a little-filtered water before adding baking soda in a clean spray bottle (glass is best). Then fill to top with water about in a 12 oz bottle. Gently shake to mix ingredients, and then spray, wipe with a cloth, and allow it to dry.

Here are some other cleaners to use in the kitchen:

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Homemade “Soft-Scrub” Cleaner

Mix baking soda and laundry soap in a mixing bowl, stirring vigorously to combine into a paste. Add essential oil and mix well. Store in a Le Parfait jar.

If the mixture begins to dry out, add a small amount of filtered water and mix well.

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Homemade Disinfectant Wipes

15 – 20 squares of cloth (old t-shirts work well, as do old dish towels or bamboo reusable paper towels.)

Fold and place the cloth squares into the empty wipe container and set aside.

Combine in a mixing bowl the filtered water, organic vinegar, and 30 drops of organic essential oils, stirring until well mixed.

Pour this mixture over the cloths in the container where they will soak in and be ready for you to pull out and use!

If you buy the linen wipes holder, you should place the cloths in a glass bowl with the liquid mixture and cover till all liquid is absorbed, then place in the linen wipes holder.

Wash the clothes and repeat as often as the clothes hold up!

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Homemade Liquid Dish Soap

Combine distilled water with salt, stirring until the salt is dissolved.

In a separate bowl, combine the vinegar, Sal Suds, and lemon juice. Stir this mixture into the salt water mixture, and stir until thickened.

You may wish to add 10 – 15 drops of lemon essential oil both for scent and for disinfectant properties.

Pour mixture into a recycled dish soap container or a Le Parfait jar.

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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Mix all the ingredients. Transfer to a Le Parfait jar. It will last a long time: each load uses only 2 tablespoons of detergent! (I recommend keeping organic white vinegar in the rinse agent compartment, too. It helps scut cloudy glass.)

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Homemade Oven Cleaner

In a small glass bowl, mix ½ cup of pure baking soda and stir in 2 – 3 tablespoons of filtered water, adjusting as needed to get a spreadable paste.

Spread this all over the walls of your ovens, rubbing it in for a scrubbing effect.

Let that mixture rest overnight.

In the morning, you will put some vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz everywhere you see baking soda, which will create a foaming action. Wipe clean with a damp cloth, rinsing until clean.

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Homemade Drain Cleaner

Sprinkle baking soda down the clogged or smelly drain, and follow that with the vinegar. Let the bubbling mixture sit for an hour or so, then pour boiling water down the drain to rinse.

Depending on how smelly or clogged the drain is, you may need to repeat the process. Once you do it regularly, you’ll find that one time usually takes care of it!

Moving out of the kitchen, let’s talk bathroom cleaning.

DIY, homemade, organic, eco-friendly, all-natural cleaning projects is a great first step to eliminate toxins and chemicals from your home. Plus, the recipes are simple and easy to follow. Making your organic cleaning products will save you money and unnecessary plastic. A great way to follow recipes and make your organic cleaning products.

A lot of the same materials that apply to clean the kitchen carry over into the bathroom.

For example, vinegar and baking soda still play a large role, and the disinfectant power of certain essential oils is key.

Here are some of the best ways to tackle one of the most-used rooms in the house, the bathroom:

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Toilet Bowl Cleaner

All you have to do is flush your toilet, sprinkle the citric acid around the sides and scrub with a toilet bowl brush. Let this sit for several hours (overnight is best), and then flush in the morning.

It is that easy!

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Homemade Mirror and Glass Cleaner

Combine everything in a glass spray bottle. Shake to mix well. Spray onto the glass surface and wipe clean.

Be sure you shake well to fully integrate the organic cornstarch, which is the ingredient that reduces streaking. You’ll want to shake before each use.

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Homemade Air Freshener

Combine in a spray bottle, shake, and spray to freshen the room! (Shake before each use).

Now for the laundry room…

DIY, homemade, organic, eco-friendly, all-natural cleaning projects is a great first step to eliminate toxins and chemicals from your home. Plus, the recipes are simple and easy to follow. Making your organic cleaning products will save you money and unnecessary plastic. A great way to follow recipes and make your organic cleaning products.

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Homemade Non-Toxic, Organic Liquid Laundry Detergent

Ingredients:

Measure and pour all ingredients into a large pot. Bring to a low boil and then reduce to a med-low heat to simmer with the lid on for 30 minutes. Stir and mash the berries occasionally with a slotted spoon.

After 30 minutes, remove the lid and continue to simmer at a low heat for 30 more minutes to remove excess water. Continue to stir occasionally.

Remove the pot from the heat, strain into a clean glass bowl with a mesh strainer and let cool.

Pour into a Le Parfait jar for storage.

Using this recipe, you will be left with approx. 2.5 cups of liquid which will give me approx. 40 loads in an HE machine or 20 loads in a standard washing machine. Your yield may vary depending on heat settings and how much you use per load.

Once your detergent is made you will use 1 tablespoon per HE load or 2 tablespoons per regular load. You may need more on heavily soiled loads, and as with any detergent, you will want to pretreat tough spots.

A Le Parfait jar is perfect! This laundry detergent should last you a while on the shelf, but you won’t want to make up a year’s supply at once if you plan to store it that way.  If you want to create a larger batch of detergent, freezing is a great option. Using a silicone ice cube tray, you can store this indefinitely and simply pop out a cube each time you need to do a load of laundry. (For reference, an ice cube is generally two tablespoons.)

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Homemade Fabric Softener

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour into an empty storage container (such as an empty fabric soft container) or a Le Parfait jar.

Use approximately ¼ cup per normal wash load before the rinse cycle.

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Homemade Dryer Sheets

This is super easy to do! Find a bunch of old t-shirts (The ones you know you’ll never wear. They have holes! It’s time to let go.) and cut them into washcloth sized squares.

Next, you will take some of the homemade fabric softeners from the recipe above, and fill about ½ of an airtight, lidded glass storage container with this. Place the fabric in the container, and press them down to soak up the fabric softener.

Squeeze out excess before tossing a square into the dryer with your clothes. These are recyclable, and don’t have to be laundered between uses!

I also love organic wool dryer balls. It’s simple, and you can drop a few of your favorite essential oils on the top and throw them in the dryer. Nothing gets easier than that.

And finally, to the living areas of the house.

DIY, homemade, organic, eco-friendly, all-natural cleaning projects is a great first step to eliminate toxins and chemicals from your home. Plus, the recipes are simple and easy to follow. Making your organic cleaning products will save you money and unnecessary plastic. A great way to follow recipes and make your organic cleaning products.

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Homemade Dusting Spray

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake gently to combine. Use as you would any typical dusting spray, either spraying onto a clean cloth and wiping or spraying on the surface and wiping. (I’d start with the first option, or test a small area of the furniture first).

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Homemade Wood Polishing Spray

Combine ingredients in a glass spray bottle and shake vigorously. Spray directly on wood furniture and buff with a clean, organic dry cloth. Shake before each use.

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Homemade Carpet Freshener (With Added Benefits)

In addition to freshening the smell in a room, this combination of ingredients can disinfect, kill fleas and their eggs, and act like a rodent deterrent.

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Store in a Le Parfait jar. When you’re ready to use, sprinkle around the carpet and let sit for about half an hour. Vacuum up, and you’re good to go!

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Homemade Carpet Stain Remover

  • Sprinkle the stain with pure baking soda and let it sit for about 10 minutes, then vacuum it up.

  • Next, mix 1 tbsp. Organic dish soap, 1 tbsp. Organic white vinegar, and 2 cups of warm filtered water.

  • Sponge this onto the stain and blot with a dry cloth, repeating until the stain disappears.

So, those are the go-to recipes that I find most helpful around the house. Some of these ingredients you can find in your local bulk section, like organic olive oil, pure baking soda, and organic cornstarch to save time and money but if you want to get your supplies now, I have linked most of the items within the blog. If you need more great tips to eliminate toxins, excess waste, and desire to live a more sustainable life you can buy my ebook “22 Tips for a Better World”.