I love the Fall!  The cool air has inspired me to get to work cleaning the house lately.  Of course, now that I’m working, I don’t have a ton of extra time, but whether you go all out or not, these easy recipes for DIY cleaners will help you save money AND reduce your exposure to harmful cleaners.  These are all basic recipes that you should be able to make from ingredients you have on hand!   Better yet, they come together quickly with just a few ingredients!


You can buy empty spray bottles at many stores, or you can reuse an empty spray bottle from one of your old cleaners, just be sure to rinse it out well and label it.  These are the recipes that we use, but results may differ and are not guaranteed.  Please test in small inconspicuous area first!

All Purpose Cleaner:

  • 1/2 C distilled white vinegar

  • 1/4 C baking soda

  • 1/2 gallon water

  • Combine and keep in spray bottle

Glass and Mirror Cleaner:

  • 2 C water

  • 1 C distilled white vinegar

  • If you have heavy buildup on your windows, add 1/2 tsp of natural liquid soap to cut through wax and grime.

  • Use a microfiber cloth to polish streaks away.

  • **If your windows or mirrors aren’t too dirty, the microfiber cloth and a spray bottle of water should do the trick by themselves!

Fruit and Vegetable Wash:

  • 1 C vinegar (white or cider)

  • 1 C water

  • Combine in spray bottle – spray on fruit or vegetables and use a microfiber cloth to rub gently.  Rinse with water and you’re set!

Daily Shower Cleaner:

  • 3 C water

  • 1/2 C distilled white vinegar (Shake water and vinegar toggether before adding borax)

  • 2 tsp borax

  • 1 T liquid castille soap or Dawn

  • Add 20 drops of tea tree oil or lavender oil if you would like antibacterial qualities

  • Put in spray bottle, spray shower daily after showering

Hardwood floor Cleaner:

  • 1/2 C distilled white vinegar

  • 1 gallon warm water

  • A good mop!  Use a string mop with a wringer.  Make sure you mop then go back over with a dry mop to ensure that no water sits on the floor.  We use the Dynamop, which is a microfiber mop with a wringer bucket, and it dries almost immediately.

  • A steam cleaner.  We recently got a steam cleaner, and it has literally changed my floor cleaning life!  Cleaning has never been easier!  The initial investment will easily pay itself off! 

Polish wood floors with jojoba oil.  Be careful, it will make the floor slippery!

This post is shared at Healthy Child, Healthy World

6 thoughts on “DIY Household Cleaners

  1. Thanks so much, love your cleaning receipes. I will use them all, but the shower always is the problem. Tried the shower cleaner and poof, it’s clean, Thanks so so much. My MIL is coming and I wanted everything clean so she would not have anything to complain about..lol

  2. I am all about going green and these DIY cleaning supplies sound awesome! I have started to go green at work by getting a refurbished chair instead of a new one but I would love to bring my “greeness” home! Thank you so much for these awesome ideas!

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