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Making Natural Home Cleaning Products

Words by Katie Searle-Williams Photographs by Luisa Brimble Styling by Stefanie Ingram

Use our easy instructions for making your own natural home cleaning products that work well, smell great and are soft on the environment as well as your family.  

There’s no better way to freshen up your cleaning routine than mixing and making your own cleaning solutions from household products. Easy to make with readily available natural ingredients, these earth-friendly products smell great and won’t contaminate your home (or the earth) with toxic chemicals. And if you’re using recipes with essential oils, you will experience a little aromatherapy while you’re at it! Here are a few simple concoctions to get you started.

All-Purpose Cleaner
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons Borax)
1/2 gallon (2 liters) water
Mix all ingredients into water in bucket. Store and keep in spray bottles.

Tough Scrub
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup salt
10 drops citrus essential oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil
Combine all the ingredients and store in an airtight tub.

Dusting Spray
1 cup distilled water
3 drops essential oils
Combine in a spray bottle and use with a cotton cloth.

Degreaser
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup baking soda
5 to 10 drops citrus essential oils
Combine to make a paste and use a damp cloth to wipe off.

Glass Cleaner
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Mix in bucket, store solution in spray bottles.

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