Harness the Power & Benefits of DIY Natural Home Cleaners

March 2024 - Natural Home

In recent years, more and more people have become aware of the potentially harmful chemicals found in typical household cleaners. These products can be packed with harsh solvents and synthetic fragrances that not only pose risks to our health but also harm the environment. Luckily, there’s a solution! DIY natural home cleaners are gaining popularity for good reason. They offer a safe, sustainable, effective and budget-friendly alternative for maintaining a clean and healthy living environment.

Understanding DIY Natural Home Cleaners
DIY natural home cleaners are simple, cost-effective solutions made from natural ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and essential oils. These readily available household items possess powerful cleaning properties that can effectively tackle dirt, grime and bacteria without the need for harsh chemicals or synthetic additives.

One of the primary advantages of DIY natural home cleaners is their gentleness on both surfaces and skin. Unlike conventional cleaners that may contain abrasive chemicals that can cause irritation or damage, natural cleaners are gentle yet effective, making them suitable for a wide range of surfaces, including countertops, floors and appliances.

Getting Started with DIY Natural Home Cleaners
Making the switch to DIY natural home cleaners is easier than you might think. With just a few ingredients and a bit of creativity, you can create an arsenal of cleaning solutions that are safe, effective and eco-friendly. Whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or new to the world of natural cleaning, these simple recipes are a great place to help you get started on your journey toward a cleaner, greener home.

Cleaning Recipes

Scented Cleaning Vinegar
Vinegar is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to natural solutions; however, the smell can be too strong for some people. Transform regular white distilled vinegar into a scented cleaning vinegar that not only amplifies its cleaning power but also leaves behind a delightful aroma.

  • Orange: Cuts through grease and removes tough stains from surfaces.
    1 cup orange peels or 20 drops of orange essential oil
  • Rosemary: Antibacterial cleaner great for countertops, tabletops and just about anywhere in your home.
    4–8 sprigs fresh rosemary or 20 drops rosemary essential oil
  • Lemon: Disinfectant for countertops and bathrooms.
    1 cup lemon peels or 20 drops lemon essential oil
  • Pine: Cleans wood surfaces like tables, butcher block and cutting boards.
    A few clippings from a pine tree or bush, or 20 drops pine essential oil


  1. Add fruit peels, herb sprigs or essential oils to a mason jar or large sealable glass container.
  2. Fill the jar almost to the top with distilled white vinegar.
  3. Seal the jar and allow it to sit for 12–24 hours.
  4. Use a funnel to pour the scented vinegar into a clean spray bottle.

TIP: When calling for vinegar in these other recipes, these scented options can be used in place of plain white vinegar.

General Disinfectant Cleaner

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • ½ cup rubbing alcohol
  • ½ cup white vinegar (or your DIY scented option)
  • 15–30 drops Thieves essential oil


  1. Add all ingredients into a glass spray bottle. Shake well and use as needed.

Streak-free Glass Cleaner


  • ¼ cup white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup isopropyl alcohol
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups water
  • 8–10 drops essential oil of choice


  1. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle.
  2. Shake well to mix and shake well again before each use, as the cornstarch might clump.
  3. Spray onto glass surface and wipe clean.

Article was published in The Good Life magazine.

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