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Natural Cleaning Recipes for a Fresh Home

March 5, 2024

Natural Cleaning Recipes for a Fresh Home


Keeping my home clean and fresh is important to me, but I also try to use natural cleaning products as much as possible. Chemical cleaners can irritate my skin and make indoor air quality worse. Thankfully, there are many effective homemade cleaners that I can make from simple ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and essential oils. These natural cleaning recipes help me efficiently clean my home while avoiding harsh chemicals.

All-Purpose Cleaner

An all-purpose cleaner is useful for cleaning most hard surfaces in my home. It can be used on countertops, appliances, floors, and more. My favorite natural all-purpose cleaner contains just a few simple ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
  • Few drops of essential oil (for smell)

I mix the ingredients together in a spray bottle and use it to clean surfaces. The vinegar helps cut through grease and grime. The soap helps it foam and cling to vertical surfaces. My favorite essential oils to use are lemon, lavender, or tea tree for their fresh scents. This natural cleaner works great and costs pennies per bottle!

Glass and Window Cleaner

Keeping my windows, mirrors, and glass surfaces streak-free makes my home look cleaner and feel more open. My favorite natural glass cleaner is:

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tbsp rubbing alcohol
  • 2 cups water

I mix everything in a spray bottle. The vinegar helps cut through dirt and grease, while the alcohol helps dry quickly without streaks. This cleaner works just as good as chemical glass cleaners! For an even better cleaner, I sometimes add 1 tbsp cornstarch to really make the windows sparkle.

Disinfecting Cleaner

While vinegar, soap, and water can clean up dirt and grime, they don’t disinfect surfaces from harmful germs and bacteria. For that I use a simple disinfecting cleaner with these ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tsp liquid soap
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil

The hydrogen peroxide kills germs by oxidizing their cell membranes. The tea tree oil also has disinfecting properties. I spray this on counters, toilets, and anywhere else I want to disinfect. I let it sit for several minutes before wiping clean. It’s much safer than harsh chemical disinfectants!

DIY Air Freshener

To make my home smell naturally fresh, I occasionally spray this simple air freshener:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp vodka
  • 15-20 drops essential oil

I use citrus scents like lemon, grapefruit, or orange to give a clean, crisp scent. The vodka helps diffuse the oils into the air. This is perfect for freshening up my home before guests come over. It’s easy, natural, and inexpensive!


Cleaning my home with natural ingredients is better for my health, wallet, and the environment. These simple recipes allow me to scrub every surface clean while avoiding unneeded chemicals. Vinegar, soap, baking soda, and essential oils are great replacements for toxic cleaners. My home stays fresh with these natural cleaning solutions!

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