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With a quick item search on Southern Savers, I can clearly see there are sales on household cleaners every week. Many of the cleaners are still around $2 though and are full of potentially harmful chemicals.

With a very active one year old, I have be careful about what chemicals are in the house. She spends a lot of time on the floor and anything she can reach will end up in her mouth.

In an effort to eliminate harsh chemicals while staying true to my frugal heart, I have started making my own all natural cleaners. I was surprised at how cheap and easy to make they were. I was even more surprised at how well they work.

Here is a breakdown of everything you need to know to get started.


White Distilled Vinegar
Lemon Juice
Baking Soda
Liquid Castile Soap
Tea Tree Oil
Hydrogen Peroxide
Funnel (saves time and prevents spills)
Spray Bottles

How To Use The Ingredients:


White vinegar is your new best friend. Vinegar is a great cleaner because of its acidic nature and has a natural antibacterial effect. I like to use vinegar in almost all of my cleaners. The major plus side is that it’s very cheap!

Baking Soda

Baking soda is great for the abrasive quality. It works well on surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen. You can even add a little salt if you want to boost the abrasive scrubbing power.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is another great ingredient to have. It leaves a steak-free shine, kills mold, and even cuts grease.

Hydrogen Peroxide

My favorite use of Hydrogen Peroxide is to use it as a laundry spot cleaner. You can mix it with water and leave it in your laundry room to have on hand.

Olive Oil

Olive oil covers a multitude of sins. I use it on wood and leather to hide scratches. You just rub it on and the scratch blends in. It also moisturizers wood making it great for polishing.

Liquid Castile Soap

I use Dr. Bronner’s. It may seem a little expense at first, but a little goes a long way. I grabbed the unscented, but you can use scented as well.

Natural Cleaners Recipes

Glass Cleaner

1/2 Cup Distilled White Vinegar
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake gently.
Total Cost: 12¢ per bottle

Tips: You can also add a little rubbing alcohol to achieve a streak free shine. For an extra shiny finish, wipe the surface with black & white newspaper. Some people also add 1 tablespoon cornstarch to the mix. I’m honestly not sure why, but it seems to work.

All Purpose Cleaner

2 Tablespoons White Distilled Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Liquid Castile Soap
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
2 Cups Warm Water
-Combine vinegar and Castile Soap in spray bottle
-Add baking soda & wait until it stops foaming
-Add warm water
-Shake Gently
Total Cost: 12¢ per bottle

I use unscented Castile soap and couldn’t smell the vinegar at all after combining ingredients.

Furniture Polish

1 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
Combine ingredients in spray bottle.
Total Cost: $1.78 per bottle

I hand juice lemons and I need two lemons in order to get the 1/2 cup of lemon juice. This would be an even better price if lemons were on sale.

Tough Surface Scrub

1 Cup Baking Soda
1/4 Liquid Castile Soap
5 Teaspoons Vegetable Glycerin
5-10 Drops Tea Tree Oil
Combine ingredients in spray bottle.
Total Cost: $1.48 per bottle

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe


You can make your homemade cleaners even more fun by adding scents. To make scents, you will soak orange peels, rosemary, cloves, etc. in vinegar. If you use oranges, be sure you do not have any pulp on the rind. The pulp will make the mixture cloudy.

We have it on the window seal and just let it sit for 2 weeks. You can then add to your cleansers for a great smell!

What is your favorite homemade cleaner recipe? Please share all of your cleaning tips in the comments below!

See more organic living tips.

    • Amy Herrington

      I love natural cleaners! These ingredients are great but the vinegar and baking soda should not be combined or else you lose the properties they are valuable for. The baking soda neutralizes the vinegar, producing; water, carbon dioxide, and sodium acetate. You lose the acidity of the vinegar, and the scrubbing power of baking soda is lost in solution. A better combo would be to scrub with the castille soap and baking soda, rinse, then apply the vinegar and water to bring the pH of the surface back up.

    • kratie00

      Anyone have a recipe for mildew remover? Our tile shower has a couple of corners that seem to constantly turn black with mold or mildew, even just a couple days after I have scrubbed! Tiled works great but was wondering if there might be a homemade version?

      • jenn

        There is a post about this in the organic living journey also, but it is tea tree oil and vinegar I believe. If you spray it with white vinegar regularly it should help also.

      • e-lane

        In case you’re not already doing this, it can help to squeegee/scrape down the walls of excess after after showers and even dry the corners. Also to run the exhaust fan for at least 10-15 minutes after showers to dry the air. My aunt has a 70 year old home that looks spotless…I commented that she must clean all the time to which she said she “never” cleans. But what she does is faithfully wipe up after herself and dry things off fully- tubs, sinks, fixtures and counters are immaculate.

    • Robin

      Can the laundry detergent be used in an HE washer?

      • jenn

        yes the detergent can be used in he

    • jenn

      I use white vinegar straight for everything two gallons for about 3 bucks at sams. have for years.

      • amy

        I also use vinegar for a general cleaner. For the shower I go over it with a Magic Eraser first (works dry best). After most of the dirt is gone, I use a little vinegar to get a nice clean shine.

    • Current1

      I make my own powdered laundry detergent and use white vinegar occasionally for cleaning but I haven’t gotten into making cleaners yet. So far LA Totally Awesome products from the Dollar Tree work well but I may have to give some of these a try.

    • boobear

      I am starting this today! I cannot wait to use it! Jenny, I thought of you when I saw this and was going to send it to you….perfect timing! My 3 year old eats a ton of apples, so Ill have a lot of cores to make even more homemade apple cider vinegar. Here is the link….


    • Shammie

      homemade fabric softener:

      1 cup hair conditioner
      3 cups hot water
      1 1/2 c white vinegar

      put the hair conditioner in a large mixing bowl; slowly add in the hot water, stirring as you get the 2 mixed together; finally stir in the vinegar. store in a covered container; use 1/4 cup per load

    • tori729

      Can you use the regular Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap or does it have to be that kind? I was trying to make my own cleaner for something and couldn’t find the liquid castile soap anywhere.

      Nevermind, I already have it! I got two packs when it was a really good deal (posted on here!) and I have lavender and peppermint! Now off to make my own cleaners!!

    • Kirstie

      Just Curious, How Long do these cleaners last once you mix them?

    • Bri

      A mommy friend told me about her ‘fabric softener sheets’ she uses. I’ve started using it and I LOVE it!!
      Keep a few fabric scraps (I have cut up t-shirts & towels) soaking in some white vinegar. Just grab one, squeeze it out & throw it in the dryer with your clothes. That’s it. I keep mine in a mason jar.