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. This includes all of the recipes I have shared on the blog, as well as guides on where to source ingredients and the knowledge and rationale behind each ingredient.
I’ll also update this post whenever I add any more green cleaning posts, so make sure you check back here! Don’t say I’m not good to you!
My Guide to Natural Cleaning Products to DIY
First off, I’d recommend reading my guide to green cleaning tips and tricks for beginners. It’s essentially the guide I wish I had read before I started making my own cleaning products nearly 15 years ago.
Once you’ve read pop back here, and have a go at making some of my favourite natural cleaning products that I make at home. Each recipe is simple and effective, and tried and tested in my own home:
Homemade Cleaning Wipes
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
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 Natural Cleaning Spray
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 Make Citric Acid Cleaning Spray
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.
DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner
Make your own natural stainless steel cleaner with this easy guide, that gives you sparkling results every time.
Homemade Natural Cleaning Products Guide
I started out with this guide to homemade cleaning products. Here you can learn how to make your own dishwasher rinse aid, kitchen cleaner, and bathroom cleaner with the simplest of ingredients.
Homemade Scouring Powder Recipe
Learn how to make this fantastically smelling and effective grapefruit scented homemade scouring scrub. This cleans like a dream on ceramic sinks.
Homemade Fabric Conditioner to DIY
Conventional fabric conditioner is my least favourite item. It’s awful for your clothes, for your washing machine, and for your pipework. I banished it from my home over 10 years ago and haven’t looked back. Here’s how to make your own natural fabric conditioner that is cheap as chips and much more effective than its chemical-laden counterpart.
Soda Crystals Uses Around The Home
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
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
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
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
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.
Homemade Hand Sanitiser
For hand sanitising on the go, I’ve shared my homemade hand sanitiser recipe that’s World Health Organisation compliant.
How to Naturally Descale A Kettle
Don’t let limescale ruin a perfectly good cup of tea. Here’s how to quickly, easily, and naturally descale a kettle two ways – with vinegar or with citric acid – whatever you have to hand.
How To Clean A Dishwasher With Vinegar
Want to know how to clean a dishwasher the environmentally friendly way? Here are my tried and tested eco-tips with you, for a clean and green machine using natural products, such as vinegar.
How to Clean Your Washing Machine
Got a smelly washing machine? Here is my tried and tested technique on how to clean a washing machine effectively and environmentally friendly, without the use of harsh chemicals. Using vinegar and soda crystals, not only will it banish bad smells, but it will reduce limescale and mould too.
How To Naturally Unblock Your Drain
Put down the vinegar and bicarbonate of soda right now. Despite what you might have read elsewhere, this combination is not great at unblocking drains. Instead, read my guide on how to naturally unblock a drain quickly and effectively and I swear you won’t look back!
The DIY Natural Cleaning Products Basics
While I want to share my favourite natural cleaning products that I always reach for, I also want to empower you by sharing with you the knowledge behind each product. As such, I’ve started writing guides to each individual ingredient. As I write more for the site, I’ll add them here.
Everything You Need to Know About White Vinegar For Natural Cleaning
From the emails and messages I receive, I can tell that people wonder just how eco-friendly vinegar is compared to other natural cleaning solutions, such as shop-bought products. There also seems to be confusion around how to use vinegar effectively in the home, resulting in some of you being disappointed with the results of your homemade cleaning products.
In my guide to everything you need to know about cleaning with white vinegar I cover all these points and more.
Why You Shouldn’t Mix Baking Soda and Vinegar When Making DIY Natural Cleaning Products
I see countless posts on cleaning with bicarbonate of soda (also known as baking soda) and vinegar. It’s a really bad idea to mix the two. Here’s exactly why you shouldn’t mix baking soda and vinegar, and what to use instead when considering DIY natural cleaning products.
Everything You Need to Know About Bicarbonate of Soda For Cleaning
Here’s everything you need to know about cleaning with bicarbonate of soda – one of the most common natural cleaning product ingredients. From what you can clean with it, how to use it, how to store it, and much more.
Everything You Need to Know About Citric Acid For Cleaning
Confused by citric acid? Here is everything you need to know about using citric acid for natural cleaning. From what you can clean to what not to clean, where to buy citric acid, the safety concerns you need to consider, and more, it’s all here,
Is Borax Safe For Making DIY Natural Cleaning Products With?
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 and make your own mind up.
Everything You Need To Know About Castile Soap For Cleaning
Castile soap is an incredibly versatile ingredient when it comes to natural cleaning. If you are new to using this type of soap then here’s everything you need to know about castile soap for cleaning. From what it is exactly, how to use it and where to buy it, and more, this is a handy introduction to this green cleaning hero.
Everything You Need to Know About Cleaning With Sodium Percarbonate
Sodium percarbonate, also known as oxygen bleach, is rising in popularity as a natural cleaning product. But if you are confused as to what it is exactly, how to clean with it, and what not to clean then try my guide to cleaning with sodium percarbonate for all the details.
Can You Naturally Clean With Baking Powder?
After reading through this list of ingredients you can naturally clean with, you might be wondering if you can clean with baking powder. I would not recommend this. Here are the full details on why you shouldn’t use baking powder to clean.
Where To Buy Ingredients to Make Natural Cleaning Products
To make life easy for you, I want to share where you can buy all the ingredients you need to make your own natural and eco-friendly cleaning products:
My Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies
In need of a brief overview? 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 For Natural 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.
Where to Buy Citric Acid For Cleaning
If you are looking to buy citric acid in bulk for cleaning, then check out my top recommendations on where to source citric acid.
Where to Buy Bicarbonate of Soda In Bulk For Cleaning
Again, if bicarbonate of soda is something you are looking to buy in bulk then here are my bicarbonate of soda recommendations.
Where To Buy Borax
Borax is a common natural cleaning product ingredient that I use a lot when it comes to cleaning and doing laundry. Here’s where you can buy borax cheaply and easily.
Where to Buy White Vinegar In Bulk For Making Natural Cleaning Products
Finally, buying white vinegar in bulk is much more cost-effective than buying little bottles from the supermarket. Here are my top places to buy white vinegar in bulk for all of your natural cleaning needs.
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 – there are lots more exclusive book-only recipes for you to make.
Happy spring cleaning!