Want to make DIY cleaning products? Here's how.

After seeing a study that showed that household cleaning products were as dangerous as cigarettes, we decided to take this issue a bit more seriously. These toxic compounds basically linger in your home (especially if you don’t open windows enough) and they’re especially harmful to children and pets. It’s getting easier to find eco cleaning products in store, but are we really getting the natural ingredients we pay for? Another solution we found is to make some of them ourselves. Here are the 5 easiest and most effective blends we tried. 

We had the same discovery concerning fragrance, read about it here. 

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1. All purpose cleaner

A super simple way to create a disinfectant that cleans table tops, kitchens and sinks with only three ingredients.

  • 1 spray bottle
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 20 drops of citrus essential oil like lemon or grapefruit
  • lemon peels (optional) 

Directions:  Mix all the ingredients together in the spray bottle and shake

You can also use a simple mix of cheap vodka and lemon juice/peel !

image by Bev Cooks

2. Steel Sink Cleaner


  • 340g baking soda
  • 170g salt
  • salt or sugar dispenser


Add baking soda and salt to a bowl and combine

Put contents into your shaker and close lid

Wipe stainless steel surface using a wet cloth Sprinkle powder onto surface, wait for half a minute, then begin to scrub using a brush or scourer

image by Dans le Sac

3. Dish Soap


  • 2 cups of castile oil
  • 5 drops of lemon essential oils
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar


Pour your Castile oil down the funnel into your mixing container

Add  lemon essential oils (anti bacterial and anti fungal)

Add the water and the lemon juice

Pour the vinegar and shake

4. Laundry Detergent


Directions: Measure out the Washing Soda and pour into a bucket. Cover with warm water until it dissolves. Add the baking soda to the mix. Fill up your bucket to the top with warm water. Add the Castile soap AFTER. Finally, add the essemtial oils and stir the mix gently. 

image by Litterless

5. Window Cleaner


  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
  • 1 Tbsp non-GMO cornstarch
  • 2 cups water
  • 8-10 drops essential oil of choice


Combine everything into the spray bottle and shake well to mix

6. Air Freshener


  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 10 drops essential oil


Combine everything into the spray bottle Shake well to mix

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