DIY Cleaning Recipes for Your Entire Home

Posted March 22, 2017 by Thirty-Something Angie in Clean Living, DIY / 5 Comments

When I first started using DIY cleaners, I started slow.  I chose recipes that would make the biggest impact, like all purpose cleaners to start with.

If you’re looking for a way to clean up your spring cleaning routine, these DIY cleaning recipes might be just what you need!

It’s that time of year again!  Have you started your spring cleaning? I know a lot of people hate it, but I personally love taking the time to organize and clean. There is something so refreshing about purging the old and bringing in the new. It’s such a satisfying feeling to sit down at the end of the day (or week, I won’t judge) and know that all of the forgotten areas of the house have been given attention. Since I’m a “crunchy mom” by nature, I don’t use any standard cleaning products during this process.  If you’re looking for a way to clean up your routine, you might want to try some of my DIY cleaning recipes that I use around the house!  These all get used heavily during my spring cleaning spree.  I love that these cleaners are able to disinfect and clean my house while still smelling amazing.

Why I Use Homemade Cleaners

There are many reasons to switch to green cleaners in your house.  One of the biggest reasons people want to make their own cleaners is so that they can eliminate toxins in the home.  I know I personally love knowing everything that goes into my cleaners.  I have kids that help clean, and knowing they aren’t touching or breathing in harsh chemicals is a huge plus for me.

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Some Interesting Facts on Conventional Cleaners

I mentioned before that the main reason I make our own household cleaners is to know exactly what is in them.  But, what if we talk for a minute about what is in conventional cleaners at the store? In reality, that was a far more motivating factor for me in the beginning.

  • Chemical levels can be up to 70 times higher inside your home than outside it.  Did you know that?
  • Over 100 chemicals commonly found in homes have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, headaches, skin reactions, chronic fatigue, joint pain, asthma, and chest pains.
  • Conventional air fresheners contain hormone-disrupting pthalates and cancer-causing ingredients such as formeldahyde and benzene.
  • The chemicals found in conventional cleaners have been known to cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea.  They can also irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory system!
  • Unsafe storage and handling of household cleaning products can result in childhood poisoning.

Here is some further reading on conventional cleaners, if you want to find out more.

Basic Ingredients Needed for DIY Cleaners

If you’re new to green cleaning and DIY cleaners, it can be a bit overwhelming.  I thought I’d give a rundown on what I use in my home to help you get started.

DIY Cleaning Recipes for Your Entire Home

There are a few basic ingredients you’ll want to stock up on to make your own cleaners.    If it’s too overwhelming, try starting small.  Replace one cleaner at a time, and before you know it, you’ll have a whole cabinet of DIY cleaners!  Some things you’ll need to get started are:

The number one reason I hear people turn away from DIY cleaning is the cost, but if you look at this list, the cost is so much less than what you would spend on cleaners at the store!  Quality essential oils do cost more, but in most of my recipes, you only need a few drops at a time.  If all you’re using them for is cleaning, they’ll last you a really long time.

DIY Cleaning Recipes – Plus Free Printable Recipe Cards!

To help you get started, I put together a list of my favorite recipes for DIY cleaners.  With these recipes, you’ll be able to clean every room in your house without using any toxic chemicals!  If you just want to replace one cleaner at a time, I recommend starting with the all-purpose cleaner.  It’s easy to make, and will make the biggest impact on your cleaning routine.

All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

If you didn’t already know, I’m a big fan of Thieves household cleaner.  It is a concentrated cleaner using a variety of essential oils and no synthetic ingredients.  It cleans so well, and lasts a long time.  A combination of this cleaner and water (the dilution ratios are on the bottle) is my go-to cleaner for counters, tables, and other hard surfaces.  One bottle of this cleaner lasts me several months, so it ends up being a lot cheaper than buying cleaners from the store, too.

If you don’t want to use the Thieves cleaner, you can also make your own using  this simple recipe below:

  • white vinegar
  • water
  • essential oils (Lemon, Tea Tree, or Citrus all work really well)
  • spray bottle

When I make a cleaner like this, I generally use a 50-50 ratio of water and vinegar, and then add about 5 drops of my favorite oil for additional cleaning purposes, and a better smell.

Another favorite all purpose cleaner I’ve recently stumbled upon is Branch Basics. They’re plant and mineral based and free of harmful preservatives, and not tested on animals.

DIY Cleaning Recipe: All Purpose Cleaner

Air Freshener Recipe

Everyone loves to have a good smelling home.  It’s one of the things I worried about most when I started removing toxins from my house! I had nothing to fear, though.  When I’m not diffusing oils, I can still freshen the air in my house by using a simple air freshener.  To make your own, you will need:

  • 8 oz glass spray bottle
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbs witch hazel
  • 10 drops essential oils
    {Citrus Fresh, Purification, Peace and Calming, Joy, or Thieves are my favorites}

Simply mix all of these ingredients in the bottle, shake well, and spray anywhere you need it!

DIY Cleaning Recipe: Air Freshener

Window Cleaner Recipe

I don’t use a special window cleaner regularly. To be honest, I usually just use my all purpose cleaner and a lint-free towel.  However, sometimes I do take the time to make a cleaner specifically for glass, and it really helps with the streaking. You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 5-10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 tbs cornstarch

Combine all the ingredients in a glass spray bottle, shake well, and spray onto a glass surface.  Be sure to use a lint-free towel to clean!

DIY Cleaning Recipes: Glass Cleaner

Carpet Deodorizer Recipe

Do you use those canisters of carpet freshener when you vacuum? That used to be my favorite way to freshen a room.  Since I have animals, I’d always get the ones that claim to deter fleas.  When I actually stopped to read the label, I realized it said to remove animals from the room while it sits for 20 minutes.  Umm…why do I want to use something I can’t have around my animals? What if my vacuum doesn’t get it all up? Why would I want to risk my animals getting sick when all I’m trying to do is clean and prevent fleas?

That’s the moment I discovered how easy it is to make my own carpet deodorizer.  All you need is a box of baking soda and your favorite essential oils! For fleas, I like to use a combination of lavender and cedarwood, as it’s been shown to deter fleas.  As a bonus, it smells amazing!

DIY Cleaning Recipes: Carpet Deodorizer

Dusting Spray Recipe

If you’ve got a lot of wood furniture to dust, you’ve got to try this recipe! For a quick dusting, I just use microfiber cloths, but when I want to condition my furniture and let it shine, this is a great DIY cleaner to have on hand.

To make your own dusting spray, you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 5-10 drops essential oil

Mix all of this into a spray bottle and shake to combine.  Spray directly onto your furniture and buff with a clean, dry cloth.

DIY Cleaning Recipe: Dusting Spray

Mop Solution Recipe

My floors get gross. I have 2 dogs, 3 cats, and 2 kids.  Mopping is a really big deal in my house, and is something I do at least weekly (if not more).  This cleaner leaves my house smelling so fresh while also disinfecting and cleaning my floors. To make your own mop solution, you’ll need:

  • 1 gallon of hot water
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 capful of Thieves household cleaner or 10 drops of essential oil
    {Thieves, Purification, Lemon, Orange, or Tea Tree}

I really prefer using the Thieves cleaner (can you tell it’s my favorite cleaning product?!) because it just cleans so well, but if you don’t have it, you can use your favorite essential oil! Try to find one with it’s own cleaning properties, such as Purification, Lemon, Orange, or Tea Tree to get the same disinfecting benefits. Mix all of this into a bucket and go to town on your floors until they sparkle!

DIY Cleaning Recipe: Mop Solution

Soft Scrub Recipe

Cleaning my bathroom was always my least favorite chore.  (It still is, I guess, but not for the same reasons!) I had to run the fan, open the windows, and still needed to take breaks to get my bathroom clean while dealing with the fumes!  When I discovered the Thieves household cleaner,  I was so happy. It does all of my disinfecting without the harsh chemicals and fumes!  Unfortunately, while it cleaned well, it did nothing on it’s own for soap scum. Recently, I decided to experiment a little to see what I could do to clean my tub with better results.  I came up with this recipe and even had to post about it on Facebook because it worked so well! To make your own soft scrub, you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 capful Thieves cleaner
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • water (if necessary).

Mix the first three ingredients in a small bowl to form a paste. If necessary, add a small amount of water to get the right consistency (it should look like toothpaste).  You can use this to scrub your grout, bathtub, shower, or any other area you would use soft scrub!

DIY Cleaning Recipe: Soft Scrub

Use These DIY Cleaning Recipes to Clean Your Entire Houuse!

When I first started using DIY cleaners, I started slow.  I chose recipes that would make the biggest impact (like all-purpose cleaner) and started with those, first.  As I got more comfortable with the idea of making my own cleaners, I slowly started experimenting with other recipes.  Some I loved.  Some didn’t work for me at all.  The ones in this post are my favorites, so I hope you like them, too!  I tried to give a big enough variety that you will be able to clean your entire home using these DIY cleaning recipes.  Just in time for a massive spring cleaning spree! No more excuses to avoid it now, right?  You’re welcome! (PS: If you haven’t watched Moana, you should.  Because I definitely just sang that for you).

Related: Think Dirty: The Green Living App You Need

Now That You’ve Got Your Cleaners…

Now, it’s time to actually clean!  Spring cleaning makes me so happy.  I know.  I’m a little weird in that way.  I just love how fresh everything feels when I’m done, and I can relax and know that it’s done for a whole year.

It’s so easy to forget something when you get ready to spring clean.  If you’re like me, and need a visual when it comes to big tasks, be sure to download my checklist and use it as you clean!  Don’t worry.  I don’t always get through all of this, but it helps me prioritize what needs to be done! Simply click on the image below to download your own printable copy.

The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist | Free Printable

Are you ready to clean up your spring cleaning routine? Let me know in the comments below which DIY cleaning recipe becomes a new favorite!

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5 responses to “DIY Cleaning Recipes for Your Entire Home

  1. White vinegar and baking soda are my two most used cleaning products, I try to stay away from chemicals wherever possible. I’ll be sure to try out some of your recipes!

    • Thirty-Something Angie

      Hey Sammy! We pretty much don’t have any harsh chemical cleaners in this house at all! (I specify harsh, because things like essential oils are still chemicals). I make everything for our house using safe ingredients and I’m so glad to see someone else doing the same!

  2. Essential Oils are chemicals though. but the when it comes to cleaning it does a pretty good job. great recipes, I should try out others. I will surely let you know once I do.

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