5 More Natural Household Cleaners You Can Make Cheaply at Home

24 August 2012

Earlier, Jessica posted a great list of 5 Natural cleaners you can make for cheap at home. Well, here are five more to add to that list!

With increased focus on the toxic and harmful effects that traditional cleaners can have on your body (have you seen that episode of “My Strange Addiction” (HuffingtonPost where a girl couldn’t stop sniffing Pine-sol cleaning solution? She ended up losing some of her hair and burning her nasal passages and worsening her asthma from all that chemical exposure.), more and more attention is being paid towards more eco-friendly cleaning solutions. Scary stuff.

Brands like Method, Clorox Greenworks, and Seventh Generation have taken the cleaning products world by storm because they are seen as eco-friendly alternatives to the conventional, environmentally harmful cleaners of the past. However, these eco-friendly cleaning products tend to be more expensive than the traditional chemical-laden products and it is certainly more difficult (in my experience anyways) to find coupons to use to lessen the cost burden of eco-friendly cleaning products.

The solution?

Make your own dirt and grime eco-friendly cleaning products at home.

Here are 5 eco-friendly and natural cleaning products you can easily make at home (with supplies you already have in your home):

Window Cleaner


  • 3 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • spray bottle

Mix these ingredients into the spray bottle and shake. Use as you normally would on windows. It might smell slightly “vinegar-like” for a short duration but this resolves quickly and leaves you with a streak free shine!

All Purpose Cleaner


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 3 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1-2 drop lavender pure essential oil
  • Spray bottle

You might not have tea tree oil or lavender essential oil in your home, but a little really does go a long way and using your all-purpose cleaner will be therapeutic with the lavender essential oil! You can add some eco-friendly liquid dishwashing detergent if you want extra grime fighting power.

Mold Buster


  • Vinegar

Black mold is unattractive and poses a hazard to your health including causing increased asthma episodes, respiratory infections, sinus congestion, and allergic reactions (source: Wikipedia). Vinegar is natural and non-toxic but best to wear gloves when using vinegar in an undiluted way to prevent skin irritation.

Simply apply vinegar to mold and scrub away with a scrub brush.

Wood Polish


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ cup vinegar

Mix these ingredients in a glass jar (preferably one with a solid screw top) and use a microfiber cloth (or what you usually use to polish your wood) to polish your wood. Store remaining home made wood polish in the glass jar.

Oven Cleaner


  • Baking Soda
  • Water

This is one very simple recipe that most people already know about or have heard about because it is so simple and easy. Sure beats exposure yourself to corrosive sodium hydroxide or caustic soda all the time from conventional oven cleaners! Not only does lye cause corrosive action to the skin, it can irritate your eyes, and cause extreme damage to your gastrointestinal tract if swallowed (Safer Solutions). Traditional oven cleaner is something you DO NOT want lying around in your home if you have young children.

Traditional cleaning products over time can cause skin and eye irritation for humans and can disrupt wildlife by disturbing their hormonal systems (source: Environmental Protection Agency).

Eco-friendly products at the grocery store are great, but can be costly, not to mention the packaging and plastic that these products inevitably come with.

Bargainmoosers, do you have some great eco-friendly DIY cleaning product recipes you swear by?

(Image Credit: go_greener_oz)


  • Krista W.
    I love this. Not only are they more affordable, but they are better for the environment and the health of your family! Thanks for posting!
  • Clare
    @Krista- Thanks! Glad you like it. I'm all for pro health and pro environment, not to mention pro wallet.
  • Debra S.
    I already use a lot of these hints, but have one cleaning problem that I would like to use a more enviromentally friendly product, can anyone help? I have a fibreglass all in one unit shower/tub and use a Daily Shower spray on it, I just spray and walk away, no scrubbing (I do scrub it about once a month).
  • JulieA
    Hi Debra, I found this "recipe" for shower stalls and tub surrounds last year. I was skeptical at first, but wow....It works like magic!! Best Ever Soap Scum Remover 1 cup white vinegar, microwave until hot 1 T. corn starch 2-3 T Dawn (blue) Makes a powerful vinegar "gel" that REALLY clings to the shower walls. Spray on, leave on. After an hour, wipe and rinse. GOODBYE SOAP SCUM. GOODBYE HARD WATER STAINS!!
    • Clare
      @JuliaA- OMG I am totally going to try this! Thank you! I hate soap scum. I tried using a magic eraser and that works pretty well but you don't know what's really in that magic eraser. I also heard using Bounce dryer sheets work well.
  • mojo
    I only use homemade cleaner. Way safer for you. I make a granite cleaner. 1/8 of a bottle full of rubbing alcohol 1 drop dawn rest of bottle water. It works really well. You can use it on other surface and it gives it a nice shine. Don't forget no scratching baking soda on sinks, tubs and flat top stoves.
    • Clare
      @mojo- Thanks for sharing the recipe! I currently use the Method spray for my granite but your recipe sounds great :)
      • mojo
        @ claire, let me know what you think. Also if you want to get rid of odours in your home/car-put plain white vineger in a spray bottle. Spray the area. It will smell like vineger for a bit but when it goes away there will ne no odour left.
        • Clare
          @mojo- Thanks! I'll need to try that- so long Febreeze!

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