About a year ago I watched a documentary on Netflix called The Human Experiment which opened my eyes up to the dangers of having so many chemicals in our homes. I’d been dealing with the frustration of sensitive skin for years meaning I had to be careful of what my skin came in contact with, even dish soap and hand wash would make me break out in an extremely uncomfortable Dermatitis rash. I soon became very passionate about finding ways to keep my home clean, whilst looking after my health and skin and was on a mission to learn about natural home cleaners and testing them out.
After much research and trial and error I came a cross a few staple home-made cleaning recipes that I use regularly.
Here is a list of My Favourite Home-Made Cleaning Recipes. They work just as good in my experience as brand name chemical cleaners and are not only more affordable, but safer to use in your home. Please see my blog on 10 Benefits of Home-Made Cleaning Products for ten reasons why I recommend making the switch.
These are the basic must have items for your home-made cleaner recipes:
- White vinegar
- Dishwashing Liquid (I use Palmolive Dishwashing Liquid Ultra Dry Skin Aloe for sensitive skin)
- Bi-Carbonate Soda
- Essential Oils (Tea-tree and Lavender oil preferably)
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Spray bottles
- Labels (use a label maker or stick on labels)
Don’t forget to label all your spray bottles as when you come back in a week you will probably have no idea what is in what bottle. It’s really worth it to save you figuring out what is in what bottle and having to waste your cleaning products.
These are 9 of my favourite home-made cleaning recipes!
Home-made All Purpose Spray (Two versions)
I have two recipes that both work wonderfully. Sometimes if I am in a rush I will make the simpler version and if I have more time I will go with the second version.
All Purpose Spray (Simple Version)
Fill a spray bottle with warm water and add one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. That’s it! This should be gentle enough to use on most surfaces and is a cleaner I use for all around the home. I would use the Version 2 cleaner for more stubborn stains unless you have stone bench tops. Please check the care guide for your bench tops before using any cleaning products as vinegar can damage stone and other surfaces.
All Purpose Spray (Version 2)
In a spray bottle preferably over a sink (the bottle can overflow with the bi-carb soda and vinegar reacting) put the following
- 4 Tbsp of white vinegar
- 1/2 Tsp of dish washing liquid
- 2 Tsp of bi-carb soda
- Fill the rest of the spray bottle with warm water.
Spray the solution on your stained surfaces and let sit for about 20 seconds to help break up any hard to move stains. If you are using the bottle when the cleaner is back to room temperature, throw the bottle in the microwave for about 10 seconds and this will help remove harder to move stains. This solution is what I use for everyday All-Purpose Cleaner, just refill when you are out.
As mentioned above please check whether vinegar can be used on your bench tops as some stone benches can be damaged by vinegar.
This is a spray to help keep your sheet smelling amazing between washes.
Fill a small plastic spray bottle (I use the ones in those travel container packs) with:
- I cup of distilled water
- 5-10 drops of essential oils
- 2 Tbsp of rubbing alcohol
Use this to spray before sleep to spray your bed linens. Lavender essential oils can provide a calming scent but feel free to choose whatever scent you prefer.
Fill a spray bottle with
- ½ Water
- ½ White Vinegar
- Spray Bottle
Since starting to use this glass cleaner I have never looked back or thought to buy a regular store bought version. Just make up as described above in a matter of seconds and spray contents of glass cleaner on mirrors or windows and wipe over with a microfiber cloth. You’ll have beautiful, streak-free mirrors and windows in no time. Leave a bottle of this in your bathroom and a microfiber cloth to clean as you go.
Fill a spray bottle with
- ⅓ vinegar
- ⅓ dishwashing liquid
- ⅓ water
This is great for cleaning showers and tiles with a brush or sponge. Another option is to fill a refillable dish washing brush with a mixture of ½ vinegar and ½ dish washing soap to scrub all over the shower with. The vinegar smell will dissipate soon after and dish washing liquid will give you a nice scent over the harsh scents most chemical cleaners provide.
Daily Shower Spray (same ingredients as glass cleaner)
- Spray bottle
- ½ water
- ½ vinegar
I leave a bottle of this in our shower to spray down the shower after each use (well, as often as I can remember to ;)). Spray down the tiles and shower glass and floor if it is the last shower of the morning or night (or last for a while). The vinegar helps to break down soap scum and fights the growth of mould so will make your weekly shower scrub a breeze! Remind your partner or room mates or whoever uses the shower to give it a quick spray over when they step out, it only takes 20 seconds and will save whoever is stuck cleaning it a lot of elbow grease!
As mould loves moisture, another tip from Clean My Space’s Melissa Maker to avoid your bathroom being taken over by it is to squeegee or wipe down the shower screens or tiles with a cloth after each shower. This is a bit more time consuming than the after shower spray but is a massive help if you can manage it.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Spray bottle
- Fill with vinegar
- Add 10-15 drops of essential oils
- Shake before each use
Combine vinegar and essential oils in a spray bottle. Spray vinegar mixture inside bowl and around toilet. Allow to sit for a few minutes. Sprinkle baking soda inside toilet bowl and scrub inside of bowl with a toilet brush. The Bi-carb soda gives a bit of abrasion to remove any hard to remove stains.
You can use the all over purpose cleaner (Version 1) or the above recipe spray to clean the outside and seat of the toilet.
Disinfectant Spray (Non-scented)
- Spray bottle (you can use one of the small travel spray bottles mentioned above)
- ½ water
- ½ rubbing alcohol
A great spray for disinfecting surface around the home such as bench tops, door handles or cupboard handles and for cleaning your toilet brush.
Disinfectant Spray (Scented)
- 3 cups of water
- ½ cup white vinegar
- Tea-tree or Lavender essential oils (10-15 drops or a blend of each)
- Spray bottle
For those who love a nice smelling home this second disinfectant spray not only leaves your home free of germs, but with a lovely calming scent. Tea-tree and lavender essential oils can be used for their antibacterial properties or blended with other favourite scents you have.
Do you have a favourite home-made cleaning recipe? Please comment below with anything that you love to use in your home.