Natural Cleaning Recipes

Natural Cleaning Recipes

Natural cleaning recipes are a great way to save money. Most households are bombarded every day by TV, radio and print commercials warning us that unless you use their powerful, super cleaning product, your house will remain dirty and laden with germs. As a result, today’s home is loaded with numerous, toxic chemical-based products.

If you are like most of us, your cleaning cupboard will contain laundry detergent, fabric softener, all purpose cleaner, floor cleaner, toilet cleaner, room deodorizer, etc. Add up the costs of these and you will be amazed at how much you are blowing your budget out of the water.

Have you ever wondered why every item in the house needs its own commercial cleaning product. For most home cleaning chores, you can use your own natural cleaning recipes using just some basic ingredients.

The Home Cleaning Kit and some suggested natural cleaning recipes will get you off to a great start- the Frugal Way.

Natural Cleaning Recipes: Home Cleaning Kit

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Borax
  • Washing soda ( also known as soda ash or sodium carbonate)
  • Castile Soap
  • Essential oils ( lemon, rosemary, lavender)
  • Plastic spray bottles of various sizes
  • Misters ( plastic pump spray bottles)
  • Microfiber cloth/scrub sponge

All Purpose Cleaner

2 tablespoons of vinegar
1 teaspoon of borax
¼ cup of liquid Castile soap
10-15 drops of essential oil ( if fragrance desired)
16-oz trigger spray bottle
Add the borax and vinegar to the bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with hot water and shake until the borax is dissolved. Add the liquid soap and if desired, the essential oil. Spray and wipe and use as you would any other all-purpose cleaner.

Multipurpose Floor Cleaner

1 cup vinegar
¼ cup of washing soda
1 tablespoon liquid soap
2 gallons (or 1 bucket) of hot water
Mix the ingredients together in the bucket and mop the floor. There’s no need to rinse after.

Wood Polish

1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
Mix the ingredients together. Use a soft cloth to dip into the polish. After applying, rub it off and proceed to buff the wooden surface with a dry, soft cloth.

Refrigerator Odor

1 cup baking soda
Place the baking soda on a saucer (or bowl, or plate), and then put it at the back of the refrigerator. The baking soda will neutralize any bad odor. You can mix the baking soda with warm water, and then use the mixture to wash the inside of the refrigerator.

Blocked Drain Cleaner

1 cup baking soda
1 cup salt
1 cup vinegar
Mix all the ingredients together then pour down the drain. Let the cleaner do its work for a few minutes, then flush the drain with hot water.

Cutting Board Odor

1/2 lemon
1 cup salt
This is a great solution for cleaning cutting boards, especially if you use it to chop garlic and onions. Dip the lemon half in salt. Proceed to scrub the cutting board with the lemon half. Once that’s done, rinse with cold water.

Carpet Odor

1 cup baking soda
Sprinkle the baking soda over the carpet, then let it sit for about 1 hour before vacuuming.

China Shining Cleaner

8 tablespoons of borax
Fill a basin with warm water and then add the borax. Mix the ingredients together. Leave your china in the solution for about 30 minutes then rinse with cold water.

Laundry Detergent

1 oz liquid castile soap
1 cup washing soda
1 cup baking soda
1 cup white vinegar
Fill washer with water and add the ingredients in the order above.

Dishwashing Detergent

½ cup liquid Castile soap
½ cup of water
1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
3 drops tea tree extract (or oil)
¼ cup white vinegar
Baking soda
Mix all ingredients together except the baking soda. Add 1 tablespoon to the soap dispenser holder in the dishwasher. Run the dish washer through the normal cycle. If the dishes are heavily soiled, you can use the baking soda by sprinkling it over the dishes and adding some to the bottom of the dishwasher prior to running the dishwasher.

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