In times when we are not sure anymore what products we’re using and whether they are safe for us and our environment, we tend to be really skeptical when it comes to cleaning products. This is why our best solution is definitely DIY cleaning products. Not only will they cost you a lot less, but they are also kinder to the environment.

Ingredients you can use

You can find many useful ingredients in your pantry. When it comes to homemade refreshing products, the best thing about them is that they have a much more pleasant smell than the ones from the store do. It is mostly because these products are 100% natural.

Diluted white vinegar

This vinegar dissolves things as dirt, soap scum and water deposits on all of the smooth surfaces, and it is still gentle enough to be used for hardwood flooring as well. It absorbs odors and it can also be used instead of your fabric softener (if you and your family members have sensitive skin). Use it for cleaning your kitchen countertops, and your backsplash areas, as well as your shower walls.

Undiluted white vinegar

If you use it straight from the jug, it can help you with hard water deposits and soap scum. It is also a great solution for cleaning the inside of your toilet bowls and shower heads.

Baking soda

Baking soda is a great replacement for all of those commercial scouring powders. Use it to clean your bathtub rings, food deposits in your sink, bathroom drains or vanity units.

Lemon juice

Lemon juice is great for removing mildew and mold, cutting through grease and making surfaces shinier. Not to mention that it also smells amazing.

DIY cleaners

And now, what we’re here for – the top 5 cleaners.

1. All-purpose cleaner

You will be using:

  • ½ cup of white vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda

  • 10 drops of essential oil of your choice (lavender, lemon or tea tree)

Before adding baking soda to the mixture of vinegar and essential oils, add some water to them first. Put the mixture into a spray bottle and fill it up with water. You will have to gently shake the bottle before using it to mix the ingredients.

2. Strong glass cleaner

You will be using:

  • 1 cup of rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol

  • 1 cup of water

  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar

Mix them all in a spray bottle and it is done.

3. Dishwasher detergent

You will be using:

  • 1 cup of salt

  • 2 cups of baking soda

  • 2 cups of Borax

  • 1 cup of a non-toxic detergent booster

After mixing all of the ingredients together, put them in an airtight container. Since you are only going to use 2 tablespoons of the mixture per washing, it will last a really long time.

4. Oven cleaner

You will be using:

  • ½ cup of baking soda

  • 3 tablespoons of water

  • ½ cup of white vinegar

Stir baking soda with 3 tablespoons of water and spread the mixture on your oven walls. The amount of water depends on how much it will take to make a spreadable paste. Let it rest overnight and then spritz vinegar everywhere you see baking soda. After that, just rinse everything and wipe with a damp cloth.

5. Drain cleaner

You will be using:

  • ¼ - ½ cup of baking soda

  • ¼ cup of white vinegar

Sprinkle baking soda down your drain and then spill vinegar afterwards. Let that sit for at least an hour and then pour boiling water down the drain. Repeat the process until your drain doesn’t smell anymore.

DIY air fresheners

Since smell can affect our mood, we’ve made a list of the best DIY air fresheners as well. Of course, if you want your new refreshing products to reach their full potential, consider investing in a commercial air purifier to improve the air quality in your home and allow the scents to flow much easier.

1. Lemon-rosemary simmer pot

Fill 2/3 of your stockpot with water, and then add 1 sliced lemon, a couple of strings of rosemary and ½ tablespoon of vanilla. This mixture can be used for 2 days.

2. DIY reed diffusers

Another option is to use oil diffusers. Fill one part of a vase with essential oil and the remaining part with baby oil. Put bamboo skewers in the vase and it is done. After a few hours, the oil is going to diffuse into your room through them.

3. Cinnamon stick candle

Glue cinnamon sticks on your pillar candle with a hot glue gun. Basically, you want them to “hug” your candle. You will not just make your candle prettier, but you will also provide your home with glorious cinnamon scent!

4. Vacuum refresher

Take a couple of cotton balls and add a few drops of any antimicrobial essential oil. Put them in a vacuum canister, and enjoy while making your home smell great while you are cleaning.

5. DIY room spray

Put 8 drops of your favorite essential oil into a spray bottle and add a cup of water in it. Whenever you remember, just spray it all over the place.


Published by Emma Lawson