Make It Yourself

DIY Cleaner Recipes


  • Liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronners)

  • Baking soda

  • Borax (in the laundry section of most stores)

  • Washing soda

  • White distilled vinegar

  • Lemon juice

  • Table salt

  • Essential oils: tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon, lavender, peppermint, spearmint, clove, rosemary, etc. (at most health food stores)


  • Firm bristle brush

  • Rubber gloves

  • Spray and/or squeeze bottles

  • Cheesecloth or reusable rags

  • Sponge

  • Reusable containers (with lids)


  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon borax

  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap

  • 16-ounce spray bottle

Add white vinegar and borax. Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water and shake to blend until the borax is dissolved. Add liquid castile soap only after you’ve completed the above steps (to avoid suds).


  • Baking soda or borax

  • White vinegar

Sprinkle baking soda or borax, or pour white vinegar into the toilet, and let sit for a few minutes. Scrub with a good toilet brush.


  • Baking soda

  • Water

Cover the oven floor with baking soda, spray with water until very damp, and let sit overnight. Spray with water every few hours before you go to bed, to keep damp. In the morning, clean out the baking soda.


  • 2 teaspoons tea tree oil

  • 2 cups water

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to blend. Do not rinse. The strong odor will dissipate in a day or so.


  • 1/2 cup baking soda

  • Liquid soap

  • 5 to 10 drops antibacterial essential oil (lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus)

This scrubber is used on the bathtub, sinks, Formica countertops and the shower stall. Stir baking soda and liquid soap until the consistency thickens. Add the essential oil (if using). Scoop the creamy mixture onto a sponge, wash the surface, and rinse well.


  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar

  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent

  • 2 cups water

remove with a squeegee, lint-free towel or newspaper.


  • 1 cup washing soda

  • 1 cup borax

Always combine a one-to-one ratio of washing soda and borax and mix with water. Although the combination all-natural whitening alternative.


  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar or lemon juice

  • 2 gallons water

Use with a mop or sponge. Combine in a spray bottle and shake. Spray on and then does not bleach material, the washing soda is a powerful Combine ingredients with warm water in a large bucket.


  • 1/2 cup baking soda

  • 1 cup borax

  • 1 cup cornmeal

Sprinkle mixture over rug and rub with a cloth. Let rest for several hours or overnight, then vacuum. To remove stains: Mix 1/4 cup liquid castile soap and 1/3 cup water in a blender until foamy. Spread on the carpet and let sit for a few minutes, then scrub the stain with a brush or clean rag. To deal with big carpet spills, pour cornmeal on the spill, wait 15 minutes, then vacuum.

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