Natural Ingredients for DIY Cleaners

If you’re anything like me, you pay a lot of attention to the ingredients of your housekeeping supplies. When I’m not taking care of the kids, I’m working on projects around the house—small repairs, organizing, and cleaning. My cleaning kit is like a second spouse—some weeks, I spend more time with that thing than I do my actual spouse. As a result, I’ve come to figure out which chemicals are personally irritating, which natural ingredients get the job done, and what makes the most sense for a DIY cleaner. I’m here to pass that essential info to you.

My cleaning kit is pretty standard: an all-purpose cleaner, re-usable antibacterial wipes (kids are messy), a fridge cleaner, and a floor cleaner. I’ve been able to figure out which natural ingredients work best to tackle specific messes. Now, my entire cleaning kit is homemade. Here’s how you can make your own.


  • All-Purpose Cleaner—Combine 4 cups of hot water, ½ cup all-natural detergent, ½ cup vinegar, 4 tsp borax, and optional essential oil in a jug. Fill jug with water, then stir and pour into a spray bottle.


  • Antibacterial Wipes—If you know anything about me, you know that one-use cleaners (think: Clorox wipes) aren’t really my thing. Making your own is really easy. Combine ½ cup water, ½ vinegar, 6 drops essential oil, and 1 teaspoon of all-natural detergent in a jug. Put a few microfiber cloths into a jar, then pour the liquid over the fabric. Seal and let sit for a few hours.


  • Refrigerator Cleaner—Pour ½ cup white vinegar, 1 cup hot water, and 3-5 drops of essential oil into a spray bottle and shake vigorously.


  • Floor Cleaner—Floors are tricky and notoriously sensitive. I use this cleaner on my vinyl and tile flooring. Fill half a bucket with warm water, add four drops of dishwashing liquid (around 1 tablespoon), and 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Stir to combine.


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