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5 DIY Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products That Are Easy to Make!

Do you struggle with the toxic ingredients you find in your home cleaning products that could be harming your family?  Demi Giles is here to talk about 5 easy to make cleaning products you’ll love if you want to go green! 

5 DIY Green Cleaning Products That Are Easy to Make!

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Whether you want to be more responsible and protect the environment or you want to make sure that you and your family are not exposed to harsh and toxic chemicals, you may want to change the cleaning products you use for your cleaning routine.  If you want a green alternative there are quite a lot of cleaning products which you can easily make yourself and use them for all sorts of different surfaces. There is no need to worry because you probably have most of these ingredients in your home. Here are 5 recipes which you can try.

Natural Laundry Soap

The list of toxic ingredients in your everyday detergents may be a good reason to make your own.  Everyday there are new laundry products coming out on the market but what you don’t pay attention to is that they contain a lot of toxic and harsh chemicals which can cause serious health issues. Moreover, these detergents have quite a strong smell which can irritate people with allergies.

For this homemade soap you will need:

  • 1 bar of natural soap (grated)
  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1 cup of washing soda

Directions:  Keep your homemade detergent in a closed container and store a dry place and use one tablespoon of the soap per each load of laundry.

Glass Cleaner

Commercial glass cleaner is usually a cocktail of harsh chemicals with a very strong smell that can be irritating to people with allergies.

For this eco-friendly solution you will need to mix:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 5 drops of peppermint oil

Directions:  Use a spray bottle to store the product and shake it well before using it. For best results, use a microfiber cloth to wipe the glass surface.

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All-purpose Cleaner

For this recipe you will need to mix:

  • 1/2 cup of vodka
  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil

These essential oils can add a pleasant scent to the solution and they are also very good disinfectants.

Directions: Pour the homemade product in a spray-bottle and spray the surface you want to clean. Let it sit for about ten minutes and use a microfiber cloth to wipe.

Alternative -Natural- All-purpose Cleaner 

This cleaning product is so easy to make at home that you will wonder why haven’t you tried it until now.

You will need is to mix:

  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon warm water (enough to make a paste-like scrub)

You can use this DIY cleaning product to clean the kitchen counter or different appliances. The baking soda is not only a good stain remover but it can also remove unpleasant odors.

Directions: Just put the natural scrub on a sponge and scrub stains away!

Mildew and Mold Cleaner

You can easily make an eco-friendly cleaning product for tackling the mildew and mold in your house.

You need to mix in a spray bottle:

  • 2 cups if water
  • 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil

Directions: Spray the mold and mildew and leave it for 24 hours.  Use your Natural All Purpose Cleaning Solution to clean up the remaining areas.

There are a lot of green alternatives to the toxic and harmful everyday cleaning products which we use. These five recipes are just a few easy homemade products which can help you battle the stains in your home without putting your health at risk. All of the ingredients are very easy to find and the final products are very budget-friendly. Give these green products a try next time you are tackling the tough stains in your home.

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About the Author:  

Demi Giles has a lot of experience when it comes to cleaning. As an owner of a small cleaning company called Clean Hammersmith EOT she knows we have to be rensponsible to environment and reduce the toxic chemical we use daily. 




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Wife, Stay at Home Mom of two boys, and blogger. Friends and family call me Kaye but my personal favorite is "Mom." I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to be at home with my two baby boys. As an engineer by career, and stay-at-home mom by choice, I write about how to “Invent. Innovate. Design. Mommyhood” and what that entails.

  • Joanna

    I never thought of making my own cleaning products. I guess thought that if you want to stay away from the chemicals used in the products you buy from the shop you could better make your own. I do use sometimes baking soda and vinegar to clean the microwave.

    • Mommy Engineering

      Vinegar is such a great all purpose cleaning product and definitely healthier and safer than the toxic chemicals found in normal store bought cleaners!

  • Krystal Miller

    Store bought cleaners are so expensive. I’ve been wanting to start making some of my own.This post has perfect timing!

    • Mommy Engineering

      That’s great! Yes, store bought cleaners can be quite pricy and you can get the same cleaning power with your own products you make!

  • Jen Sky Walker

    This is a great staple list of diy cleaning products. Not only do you avoid toxic chemicals, you can save some serious money!

    • Mommy Engineering

      Saving money is so key in our household too!

  • Stephanie Cummings

    I love that you make your own cleaners! Having natural plant based cleaners are very important for me.

  • Shelbi Irby Moore

    I have never thought of actually making my own cleaners! I have used vinegar on things before because my grandmother used to! But I love using all natural products! What a great idea!

  • Amber

    How cool! I’ve always heard about making cleaners but haven’t tried it yet. I need to!

  • Christa Carter-Williams

    I love this! especially the laudry detergent. Will be reposting this on my fb page! Thank you.

  • Angelica Arias

    Love thins especially the all purpose cleaner! I a similar mix using peppermint soap to clean my daughter’s room!

  • Leo T. Ly

    I have always struggled to clean the windows in my house. The recipe for the glass cleaner will definitely be helpful. I am not a bit fan of Windex.

  • Ana De Jesus

    I am moving away from using products with chemicals so your eco friendly list came at the right time. I love non toxin natural products x

  • Anosa Malanga VA

    Oh wow, these are what I am exactly looking for. I want to be a more responsible person and help the environment. I am trying to use eco-friendly products as a way of my fare share with mother earth. I am so glad I found these tips and ideas for natural cleaners.

  • Cát Khánh Trần

    So cool! You were right about shop bought products. They are not eco-friendly and sometimes they smell just terrible. I would love to be able to make my own cleaning product. Thank you so much for these ideas!

  • Jennifer Purcell

    Great ideas ! I should start maling this !

  • Denay DeGuzman

    What a great idea to make eco-friendly cleaning products at home. The next time I need to stock up on cleaning products, I’d like to try to make a few of them from scratch. Saving the planet one cleaning product at a time!

  • Mayuri Saxena

    These are some awesome DIY cleaning products and they are environment friendly too. I just pinned it to refer to it later…Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah Sweis Shoucair

    Loving the ingredients in these DIY cleaning products! I’m going to have to try some of these out. They look like they’ll save me money in cleaning products too.

  • Marie Ann Novak

    These are all great. I have been trying to go more natural. I have done my own window cleaner but never added the peppermint oil. Need to try this!!!!

  • Rebecca McCullough

    These are great suggestions! I’ve been working on gradually switching my family over to all natural cleaning products and I’ll definitely try some of these.

  • Kiwi

    I love natural ways to clean a home as many cleaners are laced with harmful chemicals! I love all of these suggestions especially with tea tree oil its potent but it smells amazing.

  • Dilraz AR Kunnummal

    White vinegar and baking soda are favourites in my house. Esp to clean my bubba s stuff.
    Some really easy ideas here. Esp washing soap – i ll be trying tht.

  • Jhilmil Bhansali

    I’ll go for all purpose cleaner, I have nearly all items you mentioned to make one.. Lavender will make things cleaned spread fragrance:). Nice post

  • Food Corner

    These are great ideas.I usually use store bought cleaning products.But,I always like such natural cleaners.
    – Amila

    • Mommy Engineering

      Let me know if you give these a try! Thanks for visiting!

  • Mae Brian

    These are great ideas! I actually tried the DIY laundry detergent years back, my mother-in-law found a similar recipe on Pinterest and we tried it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Mommy Engineering

      That’s great! Did you like it? Thanks for visiting!

  • Chauhan Renuka

    Great article….lot of information….definitely will try to make these at home….I just hope they work well too

    • Mommy Engineering

      Let me know how they work for you! Thanks for visiting!

  • Tori

    Fab info – I’d love to use more natural cleaners in my home

    • Mommy Engineering

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for visiting!

  • Candy Kage

    I make my own cleaners as well and really save tone of money plus not having all the extra chemicals involved.

    • Mommy Engineering

      That’s great! Have you tried any of these recipes before? Thanks for visiting!

  • Meagan Emmons

    Great post! I love making my own household cleaners and body products because then I know they are safe for my family

    • Mommy Engineering

      I want to make my own body products! That sounds like fun! Thanks for visiting!

  • Kyla Matton Osborne

    Great post! I was really impressed that the laundry soap only needs a spoonful per load of laundry. I will definitely try this!

    • Mommy Engineering

      Let me know how you like it! thanks for visiting!

  • Patricia-Ann Que

    wow! very practical! and i think that each household should have baking powder at hand!

    • Mommy Engineering

      Thank you for visiting!

  • Elena Stevkovska

    Awesome post! I am always looking for products that are safe for the whole family.

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  • Nadiya Komarova

    It’s awesome to see other people out there that also try to have natural products. I am def going to try your glass cleaner I make my own all purpose cleaner and my laundry detergent but I have not tried a glass cleaner. Great post.

    • Mommy Engineering

      Let me know how it works for you! Thanks for visiting!

  • Hannah Galloway

    I really like that you are making your own cleaning products!! That is so environmentally friendly

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  • Heather Johnson

    I have made my own laundry detergent before. I also use mainly vinegar and H2O2 in my kitchen for cleaning.

    • Mommy Engineering

      Was the ingredients similar to this laundry detergent? Thanks so much for visiting!

  • Ellie Augustin

    This is an awesome post I love making my own cleaning products and making sure I know what’s in what I am using especially around my kids.

    • Mommy Engineering

      I’m glad youre aware of the cleaning products you use around your children! Thanks for visiting!

  • Echo (The Mad Mommy)

    I definitely want to try making my own cleaning supplies! Thank you for these great recipes!

    • Mommy Engineering

      You’re so welcome! thanks for visiting!

  • Technology Around Me

    I’m going to try several of these recipes. I love making essential oils products. Thank you for sharing!

    • Mommy Engineering

      You’re so welcome!

  • Hra

    Wow so many products!! This is a lovely post 🙂

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  • Aireona93

    This is a great list! Especially for me because I have birds and many cleaners are bad for them.

    • Mommy Engineering

      I didn’t know that about birds! How have you kept things clean then? Thanks for visiting!

  • Rebecca Swenor

    These are great recipes for eco friendly cleaning products you can make yourself. I have yet to make the laundry soap but I have used lemon juice mixed with vinegar for cleaning the bathroom. Thanks for sharing the tips.

    • Mommy Engineering

      I know lemon juice is awesome at cleaning too! Thanks for that tip!

  • Emily Vinyard

    Love these recipes! I’m looking to go more eco-friendly and natural at our house, so this is a great start!

    • Mommy Engineering

      That’s awesome! I’m so glad you like this and hope you give it a try! Please let me know what you think!

  • Tina Hogan Grant

    Great natural cleaning recipes. Will have to try these. Thank you

    • Mommy Engineering

      You’re so welcome!

  • Angela Milnes

    Wow, this is so nice and I love to make my own cleaning supplies. Glad that you share this

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  • Girl @

    I’m surprised that the ingredients are so simple! Natural is always better than cleaning agents with lots of chemicals!

  • ElizOF

    I use a lot of natural products at home and i find they are easy to make and do a pretty good job. That said, most of us grew up in households with standard cleaning products so it’s a habit we continue in our homes too.

    • Mommy Engineering

      That’s so true! I grew up with parents who lived in the Philippines and used a whole lot of bleach! I’m so glad I don’t use that in my home! Thanks so much for visiting!

  • Reginald Onyeahialam

    I believe that anything natural is the best, although chemicals or artificial can go a long way to help but the most important thing is to make sure it doesn’t have any bad side effects.

    • Mommy Engineering

      I agree with you! If you can find a product thats healthy and works, I can’t imagine someone wouldn’t switch! Thanks for visiting!

  • nadia de leon

    I like this very informative post. My husband is making a DIY all purpose cleaner and we can’t wait to use it. But the mixture needs a little time to settle before we can use it so I’ll try one of your suggestions. Thanks for sharing!

    • Mommy Engineering

      I would love to try your husband’s too! Sounds great! Thanks for visiting and I hope these work for you!

  • Lhourdes Mercadero

    I was planning to minimize the use of chemical products. This is a good read for me who want to have a more natural and chemical free products at home

    • Mommy Engineering

      Thanks! I’m so glad you’re trying to make the shift to cleaner products!

  • Nicole

    I love this! I have always been looking for an all purpose cleaner and a glass cleaner that isn’t so harsh with chemicals. I’m definitely going to give yours a try. Thanks for sharing!

    • Mommy Engineering

      How did you like it? Thanks for visiting!

  • Dawn Nicole

    We use a lot of these same recipes in our house!

    • Mommy Engineering

      That’s awesome! Thanks so much for visiting!

  • Tiffany Montgomery

    Love the bit about peppermint oil for the windows! We get lots of spiders and spider crickets this time of year and peppermint and cinnamon oil helps deter them! We chose Norwex a few years ago to get rid of most all our cleaners, but still love Vinegar for somethings.

  • Dana Rodriguez

    Great post! I am always looking for safe alternatives!

  • Mary Chapman

    I made homemade laundry soap powder when I had a washer in the house. One batch lasted several months!

  • Kim

    Thanks for all the fantastic suggestions!!!

  • Daleine Kissinger

    Great post! I’m going to give these a try. I’ve heard really good things about the laundry soap.

  • Ronald Gagnon

    Wonderful useful information

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  • Tamra Phelps

    Vinegar is definitely good for cleaning so many things. We’ve used it for years.

  • Md Kennedy

    Great recipes! I am very concerned about the stuff we are putting into our environment as well, including the sulfates that are in many cleaners.