Homemade Non-Toxic Cleaners

Homemade Non-Toxic Cleaners


There are a lot of great reasons why should make your own household cleaners. One of my favorites is it allows me to get our kids involved in the daily cleaning and with the holidays around the corner, I can use all the help I can get.  I have also read a ton of literature on the dangers of common store bought cleaners. The list of hazards from using these cleaners can encompass everything from breathing in toxic fumes, skin, lung & eye irritations to chemical burns. These cleaners can also be expensive and non-toxic cleaners are usually priced way out of our family’s budget. So after some trial and error; I have compiled a list of some of my favorite homemade non-toxic cleaners.

A List of What You Will Need:

  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Washing Soda (found in the laundry aisle)
  • Borax (also in the laundry section)
  • Liquid Castile Soap
  • Essential Oils: Lavender, Grapefruit, Lemon & Orange
  • 16 oz Empty Spray Bottle
  • An Old Liquid Detergent Bottle 50oz


All-Purpose Cleaner:

2 teaspoons Borax

3 Tablespoons Vinegar

5 Drops Grapefruit Essential Oil

5 Drops Orange Essential Oil

Fill 16 oz spray bottle with warm water


Liquid Laundry Soap

1 quart of boiling water

1 cup liquid Castile Soap

2 cups Washing Soda

1/2 cup Baking Soda

2 cups Borax

15 drops Lavender Essential Oil


Pour Castile soap in empty detergent bottle

Using a funnel add Borax, Baking Soda & Washing Soda

Add boiling water to mixture

Swirl around to insure dry ingredients dissolved

Fill detergent bottle with warm water

Add 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil


Soft-Scrub of Sorts

There is not much measuring to do here. Just place a small amount of baking soda in a bowl adding liquid Castile soap until it forms a smooth paste. You can add a few drops of your preferred essential oil too. Great for tubs, sinks, sneakers etc.


Window Cleaner

Use equal parts vinegar and water

1 tsp of Castille Soap

Place above items into your 16 oz spray bottle

Make sure to shake bottle to distribute soap evenly



Wood Floor and Cabinet Cleaner

3 Tablespoons of Castille Soap

1 cup vinegar

15 drops orange essential oil

Place all of the above contents in a 16 oz spray bottle

Shake well before using


Tile Floor Cleaner

2 cups of vinegar

1 gallon of hot water

the juice of one lemon

Combine in mop bucket

Use a different bucket for rinsing again use hot water


Making homemade cleaners is easy using a few simple ingredients and it is a great way to bring non-toxic cleaning into your home. I hope I have inspired you to give it a try!

Here are few more helpful cleaning supplies:

OXO Good Grips Upright Sweep Set

Easy Wring Spin Mop & Bucket System

Soft ‘N Style Clear Spray Bottle 16 oz. (Pack of 6)



  1. Thank you! I love simple, natural cleaners.

  2. great ideas. Loved this post!! Xoxo MK

  3. I really like this, been looking for some cleaners to make with my EO’s. I’m posting to my FB page so others can benefit too!

  4. G’day Thx for sharing! Great info! Cheers! Joanne
    New FB liker! #ibabloggers Pinned

  5. This is great list to have handy. Thanks for sharing it. Pinned.

  6. I love this. I’ve never thought to use borax and washing soda. I’ve literally tackled everything with vinegar, baking soda and essential oils for the last four years, when I was pregnant with my first. I haven’t looked back. I love knowing that my home is not only clean but chemical free.

  7. This is a great compilation of cleaners! I love making my own laundry detergent but haven’t delved into other cleaners yet. Thanks!

  8. These are great. I especially like the wood cabinet and floor idea. I make one for my granite countertops. I especially love that they smell so nice while you are cleaning instead of the strong chemical smells.

  9. I’ve been looking for a post like this! Bookmarking so I can come back to it for reference! Thank you!

  10. This is a great post! I never buy premade cleaners any more. They make me sick 🙁 I use a combination of an essential oil cleaner with a bit of food grade alcohol to clean glass and surfaces, and it works wonders. Thanks for sharing this! #ibabloggers

  11. I am so glad to have all of these wonderful cleaner “recipes” on one place. Thank you for a great post!

  12. Great post! I love the idea of non-toxic cleaners – I will definitely try some of these!

  13. Thanks for sharing these recipes! I always have hated using chemicals…I will have to try some of these out!

  14. I love natural products! I make several myself for use in our home. Thanks for sharing. I am featuring you tomorrow at the IBA Weekly Roundup 🙂 #ibabloggers

  15. G’day and great post Thanks for sharing on how to clean the house naturally and economically!
    Cheers! Joanne #ibabloggers

  16. These are some great non-toxic cleaners recipe. Thank you for linking up with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week.


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