11 Easy Cheap Effective Natural Cleaning Recipes – And How They Will Turn You Into a Hero!


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Today I want to show you how to make your own fully natural, eco-friendly cleaners from the comfort of your own home. Why would you want to do that I hear you cry? Well there are 3 fantastic reasons – all are equally valid!

You will save money!

You will avoid toxins!

You will help to save the planet!

I am going to share 11 simple of recipes here, most of which use the same basic ingredients and take just a few minutes to prepare…..but the warm eco-warrior, money-saver feeling will last you all day! Shop-bought cleaners use energy to manufacture and distribute – and the ones that proclaim to be ‘green’ are sometimes misleading and usually more expensive. Your house will be sparkling clean, with a pleasant aroma – and you will save your family money and protect them from being bombarded by the myriad toxins that are found in shop-bought cleaning products – yes, you will be a hero!

Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

You will see a few ingredients come up time and time again – I will explain briefly why that is.

White vinegar – This is a favourite because it bacteria hates it! It creates an acidic environment where it cannot thrive. It also won’t stain like apple cider vinegar can.

Baking soda – This is a fantastic natural abrasive and cleanser which is also deodorising and is gentle enough for most surfaces.

Jojoba or olive oil  – Great for oiling and polishing wood without nasty additives.

Hydrogen peroxide – This is an effective natural stain remover.

Essential oils – Many have antiviral and anti fungal properties – and they smell divine!


1. Disinfecting wipes

These are so handy and best of all – reusable!

You will need:

  • Squares of cloth – Cut up an old sheet or T-shirt.
  • Container – A glass jar would be perfect
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp of white vinegar
  • 1/2 of tbsp natural soap
  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil

Mix the wet ingredients together and pour into the container. Stack the squares of cloth carefully on top of each other and allow them to soak up the mixture. Use one at a time and keep the container sealed. When you have used a wipe simply wash it and save it for the next bacth!

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  1. Great recipes. I’m going to try the stain remover for a stubborn stain I haven’t been able to remove. I tried hydrogen peroxide, which normally works but didn’t this time. Maybe the combination of ingredients will do the trick.

  2. The recipes seem great! I have never used natural cleaners but now I,m pregnant and I need to change this! Thanks for the lovely post! It is really interesting! Greets, Mottingham Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

    1. Thanks Marybeth. Pregnancy is certainly a turning point that makes us reevaluate the safety of our actions at home and beyond. Wishing you well for the coming months. I would love to hear how you go with the recipes!

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