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Over 15 Natural Cleaning Products to DIY That Really Work

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Over the years I’ve shared a number of natural cleaning products to DIY. 

There seems to be more and more interest in natural cleaning products lately, which is pretty amazing.  Who needs those cocktails of harsh chemicals in our homes anyway? Not me. According to scientists, conventional cleaning products can be as bad for your lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day.

To make life easy for you I thought it would be handy to have all of my DIY natural cleaning products posts in one place for your easy reference.  One to bookmark or pin perhaps?  I’ll update this post whenever I add any more green cleaning posts. Don’t say I’m not good to you!

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My Guide to Natural Cleaning Products to DIY

Find easy links to my favourite natural cleaning products that I make at home.  Each recipe is simple and effective, and tried and tested in my own home:

My Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies

eco friendly cleaning supplies

In my guide to eco-friendly cleaning supplies, I’ve listed all the products I buy to help me make my homemade cleaning products.  You can use it as a checklist to help you buy the products you need.

Where to Source Glass Spray Bottles

where to buy glass bottles for cleaning products

Wondering where to source glass spray bottles for cleaning products?  I’ve got you covered with this handy guide, which also features my best sources for recycled bottles.

Homemade Cleaning Wipes

homemade cleaning wipes solution

These homemade and reusable cleaning wipes solution is such an easy make, and one of my natural cleaning favourites.  The solution takes seconds to make, using super simple ingredients.  Then simply store a jar in your kitchen or bathroom to mop up any little spills.  

Homemade Oven Cleaner

homemade oven cleaner uk

I really like my homemade oven cleaner recipe because no noxious fumes come off it.  My clean green oven cleaning gel has none of the nastiness, but all of the effectiveness.  The best part?  You can pick up all of the ingredients (mostly from the baking aisle!) next time you’re at the supermarket!

DIY Cleaning Spraynatural cleaning products to diy

Make this vinegar-free winter scented DIY cleaning spray, suitable for all surfaces.  It makes your home smell like a walk through a forest in winter and cleans like a pro.  

How to Clean With Citric Acid

citric acid cleaner

Don’t like the smell of vinegar but love its cleaning properties?  Try this natural cleaning spray made with citric acid.  It’s a good all-round cleaner, but where it comes into its own is that it’s really effective at removing soap scum, hard water stains, calcium deposits, lime, and rust. Try it on your shower screen.  I promise you’ll love it. 

Homemade Cleaning Products

homemade cleaning products

I started out with this guide to homemade cleaning products.  Here you can learn how to make your own fabric conditioner, dishwasher rinse aid, kitchen cleaner, and bathroom cleaner with the simplest of ingredients.

Homemade Scouring Powder Recipe

homemade scouring scrub recipe

Learn how to make this fantastically smelling and effective grapefruit scented homemade scouring scrub.  This cleans like a dream on ceramic sinks.

Soda Crystals Uses Around The Home

how to use soda crystals

Soda crystals are an excellent all-rounder when it comes to green cleaning.  I always try to have a box or two under my sink.  I’ve got 15 uses for soda crystals right this way.

Homemade Reed Diffuser DIY

reed diffuser DIY

Want to ditch the harsh chemical-filled synthetic shop-bought air fresheners?  Try this really simple reed diffuser DIY.  It’s made with only a few ingredients and can be whipped up in seconds.

Natural Stain Remover Tips

natural stain remover

In this post on natural stain removal, I’ve got heaps of advice on dealing with almost every conceivable type of stain the natural way.  From using lemon juice, to vinegar to milk, you too can ditch the synthetic stain removers.

Natural Cleaning with eCloths
e cloth review

I’ve recently become an e-cloth convert, and have a small stash of them – here’s my guide to cleaning with eCloths. I’ve found them invaluable for cleaning stainless steel and glass in particular, and they last an absolute age.  Mine are still going strong from over a year ago.

Uses For Borax

uses of borax

Like soda crystals, Borax is an excellent and inexpensive green cleaning stalwart.  Here are 21 uses for Borax.  It’s definitely one for your under the sink arsenal.

Is Borax Safe?what is borax substitute

There is some controversy over Borax, and its use as a natural cleaning product.  I’ve done some research on if borax is safe and found that if you are in the UK or EU then it’s safe, as only Borax Substitute is available to buy here.  However, if you’re in the USA or any other part of the world you will have to use your own discretion.  Have a read at and make your own mind up.

Homemade Hand Sanitiser

homemade hand santitiser

For hand sanitising on the go, I’ve shared my homemade hand sanitiser recipe that’s World Health Organisation compliant.  

If you’ve enjoyed these then in February 2018, I published a book packed full of green cleaning recipes for every corner of your home.  It’s called Fresh Clean Home.  Do check it out!

As an aside, as part of a series on the blog, I shared some unexpected uses for coconut oil, vinegar, and soap.  A few of these contain some excellent green cleaning suggestions.

Finally, if you’re not inclined to make your own cleaning products but want to green your cleaning products then here’s a guide to environmentally friendly cleaning products that actually work.

Happy spring cleaning!

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Soda Crystals Uses Around The Home

how to use soda crystals

how to use soda crystals

Today I’m talking about soda crystals uses around the home.  Soda crystals are something that I always have to hand in my eco-friendly cleaning kit which I use to make my DIY natural cleaning products.  Soda crystals are my go-to green multi-tasker as they can clean practically anything!  

As well as being an eco-friendly workhorse, soda crystals are really easy on the pocket too.  A 1 kg cardboard box of soda crystals is around a few pounds and can be picked up online*.   Bags of soda crystals can also be picked up in any supermarket, hardware store, or bargain store.

Here are my favourite soda crystals uses to help you stop reaching for synthetic cleaning products:

Soda Crystals Uses Around the Home

1.  Washing Machine Cleaner

About once a month it’s worthwhile giving your washing machine a clean.  Simply place a cup of soda crystals in the drum and run an empty 90°C wash (or the hottest your machine will go).  It really helps clears soap gunk and any hard water deposits from your machine, prolonging the life of your machine.

2.  Dishwasher Cleaner

Again, in a similar manner to cleaning your washing machine, soda crystals can be used to clean your dishwasher.  Simply add soda crystals to the detergent dispenser then run your dishwasher on the hottest wash your dishwasher allows for to give it a right good clean.

3.  Sink and Drain Cleaner

Pour a cup of soda crystals down your sink or drain, then pour down a kettle full of boiled water.  This will remove any fatty/grease deposits, making your drain smell sweeter and allow the water to drain away faster.

4.  Water Softener

If you live in a hard water area try putting a spoonful of soda crystals in with every laundry load.  This helps soften the water, prolonging the life of your machine.  It also has the added benefit of improving the cleaning effectiveness of your usual detergent.

5.  Wood Burning Stove Cleaner

If the glass of your wood-burning stove is quite sooty soda crystals will take care of that.  Simply dissolve a quarter cup of soda crystals in a litre of hot water, and use it to clean the soot off of the glass.

soda crystals uses

6.  Kitchen Cleaner

Greasy cooker hood?  Greasy tiles?  Dissolve one part of soda crystals in three parts water.  Wet a cloth with the solution – I’d recommend wearing rubber gloves –  and the grease will wipe off with ease.

Did food splatter your hob?  Simply sprinkle some soda crystals on the hob and clean with a damp cloth.

7.  Extractor Fan Filter Cleaner

Dissolve two large spoons of soda crystals and three large spoons of laundry detergent in hot water, and use to clean your cooker extractor fan filters with ease.  I used to dread this job but soda crystals really do make it easier without too much elbow grease!

8.  Toilet Cleaner

Soda crystals make a good bleach alternative to cleaning stained toilets.  Try two parts soda crystals to two parts water.  Then pour down your solution down the toilet and leave for 15 – 30 minutes before giving it a good scrub with your toilet brush.

9.  Clothes Stain Remover

Stained clothes?  Remove stains the natural way by adding one cup of soda crystals to a pint of hot water.  Next, pre-soak your clothes for an hour before washing as normal.  Soda crystals are especially good at naturally removing stains such as tea, coffee, blood, oil, grease, and ink from clothes.  This is probably one of my favourite soda crystals uses!  I also have more natural stain removal tips this way.

10.  Tea and Coffee Cup Stain Remover

You know those pesky stains you get in the bottom of mugs?  To remove them add half a teaspoon of soda crystals per mug and fill with boiling water.  Leave to soak until cool, and then rinse and wash as normal.  The stains should wash out easily.

11.  Cleaning Pots, Pans, and Baking Trays

If your pots have burnt on food that just won’t budge add a quarter cup of soda crystals and fill the pan with boiling water.  Leave to soak overnight and clean as normal.  The food should shift quite easily with very little scrubbing

12.  Cleaning Ovens

Cleaning the oven is my least favourite job.  Thankfully soda crystals can make life a little easier.  Simply run a shallow amount of hot water into your bathtub, and add a cup of soda crystals.  Place your racks and grill tray in the soda crystals solution, and leave for 30 minutes.  Then give them a quick scrub and they should come up lovely and clean without too much hard work!

See my full guide to homemade oven cleaner for more tips and tricks.

13.  Washing Clothes

For a really thrifty take on laundry, you can use soda crystals to reduce the amount of detergent you use by half.  Use 50% detergent and 50% soda crystals in the drawer for really clean fresh-smelling clothes.

14.  Floor Cleaner

For an eco-friendly floor cleaner, add 1 tablespoon of soda crystals to a mop bucket of hot water.  You can add essential oils too.  My favourite combination is 10 drops of tea tree oil for its disinfectant properties, and 20 drops of orange essential oil for a fresh and clean citrus aroma.

15.  Removing Crayon Marks From Walls

Kids run amok? Worry not!  Simply add an equal part of water to an equal part of soda crystals and mix to form a paste.  You can then use this paste to scrub the crayon mark off of the wall.  However, don’t use this on wallpapered walls.  It’s also advisable to spot test on a hidden part of your wall (maybe behind some furniture).  This is because soda crystals can remove some of the paint on brightly coloured walls.

A final word of warning – don’t use soda crystals on aluminium as it’s corrosive.  Also, wear rubber gloves when cleaning with strong concentrations of soda crystals as it can irritate the skin when used in a concentrated manner.

What are your favourite soda crystals uses?  Have I missed any?

PS: if you liked this, then you might also be interested in these uses for borax, and how to make your own homemade cleaning products.

PPS: I have written a book on green cleaning – packed full of recipes for natural cleaning for all around the home.  It includes heaps of recipes made using soda crystals.  You can check it out here!