Natural Cleaning Recipes

These Natural Cleaning Recipes are simple yet effective and cost a whole lot less than buying the toxic solutions at the store!

Natural Cleaning Recipes from Five Spot Green Living

One thing that stresses me out so much is having so many cleaners and things under the sink. They end up going bad before I use them all and then I throw them away. Toxic waste. Literally.

So I started looking into making natural cleaning recipes that use a handful of ingredients so it’s easy to whip something up as I need it or make a small batch to keep on hand.

These everyday products have amazing benefits! For example, the acidity in vinegar inhibits the growth of bacteria and prevents mold and mildew. Baking soda is antibacterial that cleans, deodorizes, brightens, and cuts through grease and grime.

Common commercial cleaners are loaded with toxic and polluting substances designed to make domestic life easier. The cost of these chemical-based products can be high: long-term health concerns for the family and environmental pollution caused by their manufacture and disposal.

All Purpose Cleaner
2 cups water
2 tbsp natural dish soap
20-30 drops tea tree oil

Carpet Refresher
1/2 cup baking soda
10 drops lavender or lemongrass oil

Tub and Tile Cleaner
1 2/3 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vegetable oil-based liquid soap
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons vinegar

Scouring Powder
1 cup baking soda
1 cup borax
1 cup kosher salt

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1/4 cup borax or baking soda
1 cup vinegar
Let it sit for 15 minutes (or longer, if necessary), scrub, and flush.

Glass Cleaner
1/4 cup vinegar
4 cups warm water

Drain Cleaner
1/2 cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar
Let it sit and fizz for 15 minutes, then rinse with hot or boiling water.

Laundry Detergent
1 Cup Grated Fels Naptha Soap (I use Ivory soap and it works great)
1/2 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax
30-40 drops lavender oil
For light load, use 1 Tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 Tablespoon