Alternative Cleaner Recipes


Make Your Own Cleaning Recipes

Anti-microbial soaps are no more effective than “regular” soap and should be avoided, as they are harmful to your wastewater system!


Drain Cleaner:
½ Cup Baking Soda
½ Cup White Vinegar
2 Liters Boiling Water

Pour baking soda down the drain, followed by white vinegar. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Flush with boiling water.
Note: Do not use on ceramic toilets, as the boiling water may crack them

Floor Cleaner:
For greasy, no-wax floors:
1 cup vinegar
1/4 cup washing soda
1 tablespoon vegetable oil-based liquid soap
2 gallons hot water

Combine all ingredients, stirring well to dissolve the washing soda. Mop as usual.

Disinfectant Spray:
2 cups Water
1/4 cup White Vinegar
1/4 tsp. Tea Tree Oil
1/4 tsp.
preferred essential oil

Combine and store in a spray bottle. Shake occasionally.

Natural Healthy Mirror Cleaner:
1-1/2 cups vinegar
1/2 cup water
8 drops
preferred essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well before use. Spray solution onto mirror and wipe with a dry cloth or towel.

Window Cleaner:
¼  - ½ Tsp Liquid Detergent
3 tbs. Vinegar
2 cups Water
Spray Bottle

Put all ingredients into the spray bottle and shake a little. Use as you would any commercial brand. The soap is important as it will cut the wax that may have been present commercial brands previously used.

Hard Surface Cream Cleanser:
½ cup Baking Soda
Liquid Detergent
1 tbs. Vegetable Glycerin (optional)

Add enough liquid detergent to make the baking soda similar to the texture of frosting. If you would like to store some of this cleaner, simply add 1 tablespoon of Vegetable Glycerin to keep the mixture moist.

Scouring Solution:
1 Part Baking Soda
1 Part Salt
1 Part Water

Mix equal parts baking soda and salt. Add enough water to produce a paste.
Alternatively, mix equal parts of vinegar and salt (or Borax) and lemon juice.


Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
Pour a cup of white vinegar into the toilet and toss in a handful of baking soda to soak about 10 minutes.

Swish with toilet brush.

Toilet Bowl Ring Cleaner:
Mix enough borax and lemon juice into a paste which can cover the entire ring.
Flush toilet to wet the sides, and then rub on paste.
Let sit for 2 hours and scrub thoroughly.
For less stubborn toilet bowl rings, sprinkle baking soda around the rim and scrub with a toilet brush.


Laundry Detergent:
1 ounce liquid castile soap
1 cup washing soda
1 cup baking soda
1 cup white vinegar

Fill washer with water and add each ingredient in the order given. Launder as usual.

Fabric Softener:
2 cups baking soda
2 cups white vinegar
4 cups water
Optional – add up to 20 drop of an essential oil of your choice

Mix these ingredients and use ¼ - ½ cup per load in the final rinse.

Dryer Sheets:
½ part
preferred essential oil
½ part benzoin essential oil (absolute resin)
Small dropper bottle
1 cotton cloth about 4 inches square

Make base essential oil by mixing the two oils in equal amounts into a small dropper bottle. Shake well.

Take 10-15 4-inch cloths and put 4-5 drops of essential oil base on each one. Put into an airtight container that you can easily get your hand into to take one out at a time as needed for the dryer.
Use as you would a normal dryer sheet. The airtight container will help hold the scent in the dryer sheets instead of just dissipating out into the room and leaving the dryer sheet less scented. Leave the additional essential oil base that you have left to easily make more are you need them.


Oven Cleaner:
1 cup (or more) Baking Soda
1 Tsp Liquid Detergent

Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, cover the grime areas with baking soda until the surface is totally white. Sprinkle water over the top. Let mixture sit, preferably overnight. Grease should easily wipe off.

Microwave Cleaner:
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon vinegar
5-6 drops preferred essential oil

Combine all ingredients to make a paste. Apply to the walls and floor of the microwave with a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse well and leave the microwave door open to air-dry for about 25-minutes.

Automatic Dishwasher Detergent:
1/2 cup liquid Castile soap
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
3 drops preferred essential oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
Baking Soda

Mix together all ingredients except the Baking soda. Store in squeeze bottle. Use 1 Tbsp. in the first cycle and 1 Tbsp. in the automatic soap dispenser for standard size dishwasher. Sprinkle a handful of baking soda over dirty dishes and in the bottom of your dishwasher to absorb odors and boost cleaning power at the start.

Some examples of essential oils are: Lavender, Citrus, Thyme, Rosemary