10 Tips for Natural Cleaning – With Easy DIY Homemade Cleaning Product Recipes

by Laurie Bostwick

Switching to “natural” and DIY/homemade cleaning products is easier than you may thing. Laurie shares 10 tips for going natural with your cleaning.

10 Tips for Natural Cleaning

Studies show toxic chemicals contained in commercial cleaners are not healthy. Many commercial cleaners contain toxic substances such as formaldehyde, phosphates, ammonia, sulfuric acid, chlorine bleach, and more. When you open a bottle of commercial cleaner, you might breathe in toxic fumes. Those fumes are also released into your home’s atmosphere, impacting the rest of your family.

Along with removing toxic chemicals from your home, there is a tremendous cost savings associated with natural cleaners. Switching to natural cleaners is a win-win!

Here are my top 10 Tips for Natural Cleaning:

  1. Remove commercial cleaners from your home and resolve to not replace them. Getting rid of the toxic cleaners is the first step in moving towards natural cleaning.
  2. Learn how to make natural cleaners. Recipes abound on the Internet. Check out your library for books on natural cleaners.
  3. Replace paper towels with microfiber cloths. These are reusable and much cheaper in the long run.
  4. Make orange or lemon scented vinegar to use as a cleaner and avoid the vinegar smell. (simply pour vinegar into a plastic or glass container, add orange or lemon peels, and allow to sit. Use a plastic cover as the mason jar lids will rust when they come into contact with the vinegar.)
  5. Use salt and a half a lemon to clean pots and pans, as well as cutting boards. Wet surface, sprinkle with salt, then rub with lemon half, rinse.
  6. To clean up spilled grease on your stove top, simply sprinkle baking soda over the greasy mess. Allow the baking soda to absorb the grease, then wipe away.
  7. Use scented vinegar as a spray to clean and deodorize your refrigerator. On refrigerator cleaning day, empty it and then spray shelves with vinegar. Allow to soak, then use a cloth to wipe down the shelves.
  8. Use white vinegar to whiten and soften your clothes. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to your laundry load and allow it to work its magic.
  9. Utilize the sunshine for stubborn stains.  Wash well, then hang outside on the clothesline to let the sunshine get rid of that stain.
  10. Make a simple homemade vegetable spray. The simple recipe will remove any nasty junk on your vegetables:
    Combine 1 cup water, 1 cup distilled white vinegar, 1 tablespoon baking soda, and 20 drops grapefruit essential oil in a spray bottle. When ready to use, simply shake to mix well, spray on produce, allow to sit for 5-10 minutes, then rinse.
  11. And a bonus tip — use olive oil as a furniture polish. Mix three parts olive oil to one part vinegar as a polish for wood furniture.

What tips would you add to my top 10 list?

Tell us in a comment below what you tips you have for natural cleaning.

Email Author    |    Website About Laurie Bostwick

Growing up, Laurie’s dream was to become a wife and Mama. That dream came true over 20 years ago when she became the wife of Toby, her Honey. Thankfully, Laurie’s dream to become a Mama has also been fulfilled as they have been blessed with 5 children, aged 20 down to 10, with one already with Jesus. They've always been a homeschooling, homesteading family, and love being together. Currently, they reside in Tennessee on a small (very small) grass-finished beef farm, where they also are joined by 5 Miniature Dachshunds, 1 Beagle, 2 horses, and 5 ducks. Laurie blogs at Our Abundant Blessings and Homemakers Challenge.

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1 Lisa- The Domestic Life Stylist October 11, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Love these tips Laurie. I would have never thought about putting the citrus peel in the vinegar to avoid the unpleasant smell.


2 Laurie October 12, 2013 at 10:20 pm

The orange scented vinegar smells SO much better than plain ole vinegar, especially when used in the frig! :)


3 Andrea October 11, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Great tips Laurie! I love using vinegar to clean and in my laundry.


4 Laurie October 12, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Thanks, Andrea!
Do you use vinegar to clean in other areas than what I mentioned? I’m always looking for new ways to use this gem called vinegar! :)


5 Emily October 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Love this! I didn’t know about the salt/lemon to clean cutting boards. And I have been looking for a vegetable cleaning recipe to make! You’re a mind reader, Laurie! :) Thanks!


6 Laurie October 12, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Glad I could give you a new idea! :)

And I hope you love the vegetable cleaner!


7 Penny Raine October 12, 2013 at 6:07 am

Wonderful tips! Would orange essential oil work the same as the peels in the vinegar?


8 Laurie October 12, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Good question on the essential oil, Penny!
I use the orange peels to use something that I would otherwise throw away. I’ll bet the essential oil would give it a nice scent without having to wait for the peels to “work their magic”.

Great idea!


9 Marya October 12, 2013 at 8:49 am

Loved the veggie spray! I like to use orange essential oil when making cleaners.


10 Laurie October 12, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Orange is one of my favorite scents.
We used to live in SW Florida and had citrus trees. Picking our own tangerine off the tree was a small slice of heaven. ;)


11 Anna October 12, 2013 at 9:28 am

Love these! I’ve been using a vinegar/lemon juice mixture as an all-purpose cleaner for a year or so now, the hubs hates the smell so I’ll be trying the lemon or orange peel thing for sure!!


12 Laurie October 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Ooh, try the orange!
Hope he likes that scent better. :)


13 Jeri Lynn Rep October 13, 2013 at 9:26 am

Laurie, I love using natural cleaning products! and this is such a great list.
My tip for people making the switch to natural: Convert one cleaner at a time. Start with a good All Purpose Cleaner. Make it by the gallon. Scent it with essential oils that you love. I use Citrus Mint. (orange, grapefruit, peppermint and tea tree essential oils) Sometimes I catch myself cleaning JUST to smell it! :)
Once you see how easy it is to convert one, you’ll enjoy converting the rest!


14 Dawn Cullo October 14, 2013 at 10:56 am

Great tip about using lemon and vinegar, I never thought about that before.


15 Lauren November 25, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Great tips! I hope to start making my own cleaning solutions to protect both my health and my wallet!


16 Home Cleaning February 4, 2014 at 2:05 am

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17 Cleaning Singapore March 10, 2014 at 7:03 am

Your natural cleaning tips are very useful and helpful for everyone. Especially 4th and 5th tips are awesome and easy to make them at our home. With the help of your tips we can easily clean our rooms and everything. I’m sure that I’ll try your tips for next time and I’d like to say thanks for sharing these informative tips through your blog.


18 Window Cleaning Singapore March 13, 2014 at 6:10 am

Wow !! I think this great to use natural cleaners instead of cleaners full of chemicals. Natural cleaners are very ecofriendly and cheap. You can make them at home or can buy them from the market too. If you are using chemical containing cleaner then I must tell you that you are not safe as well as your family is getting affected by the harmful smell of chemical cleaner bottles. So,Search on internet how we can make natural cleaners for various things in the home to clean them at no cost. Thanks for sharing this post.


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