20 DIY Natural Cleaning Recipes and Tips

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Sometimes you can get the best cleaning results from products you have on hand. Check out these 20 DIY Natural Cleaning Recipes and Tips. 
Sometimes you can get the best cleaning results from products you have on hand. Check out these 20 DIY Natural Cleaning Recipes and Tips. Perfect Home Hacks !

We are all looking for ways to live a more natural life. However, many times we forgo natrual remedies for chemical products because we think they will be more effective. Yet, if we just use the right products that are more natural and less abrasive you will be able to get things cleaned even better than if you used the more abrasive chemical counter parts. So here’s a great list of  20 DIY Natural Cleaning Recipes and Tips!

  1. Dishwasher: Adding a tablespoon of lemon juice to a regular wash can help boost grease cutting power.
  2. Scuffed floors: Apply two to four drops of tea-tree oil to the spots. Wipe excess oil with a cloth and rub in distilled white vinegar.
  3. Gum-encrusted items: Orange oil is great at removing this sticky offender from various materials. (Don’t worry: It shouldn’t stain fabrics. But do launder immediately.) Apply with a cotton ball.
  4. Laundry: Use one cup of lemon juice instead of bleach. It still breaks down stains, whitens fabrics and it leaves a fresh lemon scent.
  5. Toilet Cleaner: Sprinkle a half cup of Borax in the toilet bowl, add a cup of lemon juice and ½ cup of vinegar. Let it sit for 10 minutes then scrub as usual.
  6. Hard water stains: Pour 2 cups of white vinegar and a half cup of lemon juice into a bottle. Add a quarter cup of dish soap and shake. Soak the stains in this mixture for 30 minutes then scrub away!
  7. Spills in the oven: If that casserole bubbles over as you take it out of the oven, pour salt on the spill to soak it up. When the oven is cool, wipe with a damp sponge.
  8. Natural Air Freshener: In a saucepan, simmer a quart of water with 1 sliced lemon, 2 tablespoons of rosemary and a dash of vanilla.
  9. Natural Furniture Polish: Mix half a cup of lemon juice with a cup of olive oil into a spray bottle. Mist onto furniture surface and wipe clean.
  10. Microwave degreaser: Combine a cup of water with the juice of half a lemon along with the lemon in a large, microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 3 minutes and remove the bowl. Use the mixture to wipe down the inside of the microwave until clean.
  11. Greasy pots and pans: Sprinkle salt on cookware to absorb excess grease. Dump out the salt before washing as usual. (Not recommended for nonstick cookware.)
  12. All-purpose cleaning: Mix the juice from 1 lemon with 2 cups of warm water, a half cup of white vinegar and 5-10 drops of lemon essential oils. Transfer the mixture into a spray bottle, shake and spray to wipe clean surfaces.
  13. Laundry: Use one cup of lemon juice instead of bleach. It still breaks down stains, whitens fabrics and it leaves a fresh lemon scent.
  14. Greasy pots and pans: Sprinkle salt on cookware to absorb excess grease. Dump out the salt before washing as usual. (Not recommended for nonstick cookware.)
  15. BBQ Grills: Cut a lemon in half and dip it in salt. Use the lemon to scrub the barbeque grill to remove stains.
  16. Remove rust stains: The acid in lemons helps remove rust stains. Sprinkle salt on the rust stain and rub with half a lemon. Allow it to sit for an hour, scrubbing periodically, and rinse.
  17. Cutting Boards: To remove tough food stains from light wood and plastic cutting boards, slice a lemon in half, squeeze onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.
  18. Floors: You can mop almost any type of floor with a solution of ¼ cup liquid Castile soap and 2 gallons warm water. If the floors are greasy, add ¼ cup distilled white vinegar to the bucket. leather upholstery: Add 2 drops liquid Castile soap to 1 quart warm water. Apply to the leather with a barely moist sponge.
  19. DIY Disinfecting Wipes (Clorox Wipes Natural) Hack: Cut up an old shirt into squares and soak in mixture of 1 Cup of water and 2 TBLS of Castile Soap with Tea Tree oil. Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade & Organic Castile Liquid Soap makers a great one.
  20. DIY Natural Fabric Softener :Mix 3 c White Vinegar, 1/4 c Rubbing Alcohol (or vodka), 20 drops of Essential Oil such as Tea Tree or lavender) Mix in a container and use in softener dispenser.

Looking for other great tips? Check out this Laundry Stain Removal Tips graph below. Click on this link to download your own copy to print out and use at home!

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  • Reply Samantha Lajoie

    I saved this blog so I can come back to it. I am switching almost all my chemical cleaning products to natural cleaning products so thank you for this blog!

    March 29, 2016 at 9:55 am
  • Reply katie

    I must try the salt in the oven trick, its so hard to scrub those spills out once they’ve dried.

    March 19, 2016 at 1:43 am
  • Reply Alycia

    I love the lemon idea for laundry…bleach always scares me! I am going to try this once my lemon tree starts giving me lemons!!!!!

    March 15, 2016 at 3:52 pm
  • Reply Karen Propes

    Thanks for sharing, this looks like a good list. I’ve tried some other cleaners but some of these I haven’t. Can’t wait to try some of these to get rid of some of my stubborn stains.

    March 14, 2016 at 7:22 pm
    • Reply Danielle

      The laundry one works wonders.

      March 15, 2016 at 2:32 am
  • Reply Karen Koval

    I’ve never heard of quite a lot of these. Definitely going to give them a try

    March 14, 2016 at 5:50 pm
  • Reply Alyssa M

    This is a great post! I didn’t know about the rust removal stuff…. I have well water, so this will be so useful! Thanks!

    March 14, 2016 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply Cathy Jarolin

    Wow!! You really gave a lot of awesome tips for cleaning naturally with lemons. Love them. I will Give you an A+++ for this list!! I really want to try the Lemon juice mixture for fabric softner & the lemon juice mixture in a spray bottle for my furniture polish! I was just telling my husband that I wanted to buy some Lemon Pledge to polish our furniture and he said no good all it does in leave oil residue behind. So You definitely helped me out a lot with your awesome list! Thankyou so much for sharing!! 🙂

    March 14, 2016 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Mia

    Such great suggestions. I have used the lemon in simmering water but never thought to put rosemary in it.

    March 13, 2016 at 1:31 pm
  • Reply Jo-Ann Brightman

    These are some very good tips and recipes for natural cleaning.

    March 12, 2016 at 6:22 pm
  • Reply Shelly

    Great tips! I’m interested in trying a few of these.

    March 12, 2016 at 10:12 am
  • Reply Rachel P

    Thanks so much for these tips! I’ve tried making a few homemade cleaners before but I was disappointed in some of them. Can’t wait to try your recipes!

    March 11, 2016 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Sarah L

    Great tips. Love natural cleaning products.

    March 11, 2016 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Wright

    Thank you for the useful natural cleaning tips!

    March 11, 2016 at 4:52 pm
  • Reply Brittany Hardin

    These are so useful!!! Thank you!

    March 11, 2016 at 11:46 am
  • Reply Amy Amerson

    So much to learn! Kinda makes me crazy, but so worth it.

    March 11, 2016 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Penny Delgado

    Thank you for sharing this. We have household of 5 and I am really needing to save a little more but, seems I am always buying these products to clean my home that is taking a lot from my pocket. I will be trying these cleaning methods. Again Thank you for sharing.

    March 11, 2016 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Jamie S

    Thanks for the post! I’ve been cleaning au natural for as long as possible now, but still don’t know all the best products and hacks 🙂 Definitely pinning this!

    March 11, 2016 at 2:54 am
  • Reply Dandi D

    I always like to go as natural as possible with my cleaning products!

    March 11, 2016 at 1:32 am
  • Reply Amber L

    We are moving this month and I am always looking for environmentally friendly ways to clean. Thank you for this article.

    March 10, 2016 at 11:55 pm
  • Reply belinda bell

    I love all of these tips. I love cleaning with all natural stuff. no chemicals

    March 10, 2016 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Julia Grey-Garnett

    Pinning to remember to try these later 🙂

    March 10, 2016 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Elisabeth

    Love these tips, especially the ones involving lemon since it doubles as an air freshener!

    March 10, 2016 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Amy Hall

    The tea tree oil on the floors is new to me, thanks!

    March 10, 2016 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    These are some great tips for natural cleaning! Thanks!

    March 10, 2016 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Ashley Chassereau Parks

    I love the reusuable disinfecting wipes idea!! I didn’t realize I could use tea tree oil for scuffs either! That stuff is good for just about everything! lol

    March 10, 2016 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Carrie

    There are quite a few tips/recipes here I have not heard of. I can’t wait to try them.

    March 10, 2016 at 1:03 pm
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