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Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Home & Garden | 4 comments

The 10 Ingredients You Already Have to Clean Almost Everything

DIY Natural Cleaner

Eco-Friendly DIY Cleaners and Ingredients

Ready to tackle spring cleaning, but realized you’re out of cleaning products? Don’t run out to the store! Instead, try these simple DIY recipes to make your own eco-friendly household cleaners with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Most of these will require that you have a spray bottle or container of some sort for storage – dollar stores are great for these types of items.


  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Liquid Dish Soap
  • Lemon Juice
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • White Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Essential Oils
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Tea Tree Oil
All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon dish soap
  • 2 tablespoon white vinegar

Mix the above ingredients into a spray bottle and shake. Let it sit for a minute and fill with warm water and shake one more time. Add essential oils for scent as desired.

Note: Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and odor destroyer.

Air Freshener

Fill a spray bottle to the top with white vinegar and add around 10-15 drops your choice of essential oils (we like lemon and lavender). Shake up the bottle and voila!

Glass and Window Cleaner

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • Essential oils (optional)

Mix together the water and vinegar and pour into spray bottle. Add the lemon juice, and a few drops of essential oils if desired (vanilla and lavender are great choices). Mix together, spray on windows or glass and wipe clean with a paper towel.

Mold and Mildew Killer

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 20 drops tea tree oil
  • Hydrogen peroxide (as needed)

Mix the ingredients above together in a spray bottle and shake. Spray over tiles, tubs, showers, sinks, or anywhere with mold and let sit. No need to wipe off or rinse. If you have really difficult stains, try scrubbing with a bit of hydrogen peroxide.

Tile and Grout Cleaner

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap

Mix together the three ingredients in a squeezable bottle. Squeeze onto grout or tile and leave for five minutes before scrubbing and rinsing clean. Difficult stains may require a little more time to soak.

Note: Hydrogen peroxide is a natural whitener while baking soda will help with stains and hard water.

Antibacterial Spray

  • 3 cups water
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 15 drops of tea tree or any essential oil

Mix water an vinegar together in the spray bottle, shake lightly. Add in essential oils as desired for scent. Shake to mix together and spray as needed. No need to wipe off, just spray and leave!

Note: Essential oils are not only antibacterial, but also antifungal.

Stain Remover

  • 1 tablespoon dish washing liquid
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide

Mix together all of the above ingredients in a small container until it creates a smooth paste. Use a clean toothbrush to gently rub the stain remover over stain on clothes. Wash normally and dry. Spot test on delicate fabrics first.

Garbage Disposal Odor Eliminator

  • ¾ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ teaspoon liquid dish soap
  • 1 lemon (or equivalent lemon juice)

Mix baking soda and salt into a mixing bowl until thoroughly mixed without lumps. Grate lemon peel into mixture with dish soap. Cut lemon in half and squeeze juice into the mixture (pour equivalent amount of lemon juice – around 3 tablespoons – if not using actual lemon). Mixture should resemble sand.

Cover a sheet pan with parchment paper. Take a melon baller or similar spoon and spoon mixture onto pan. Allow to dry overnight and store in a sealed container. Toss 1-2 into disposal as needed  and turn on the switch.

Wood Furniture Polish

  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Add olive oil and vinegar to a simple squeeze bottle followed by 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Shake and apply to a soft cloth and polish as normal. You can either buff it off or let it air try. The lemon juice helps to remove the stains while vinegar cleans and oil moisturizes.

Note: Keep this mixture in the fridge so that it doesn’t go bad.

Removing Grease Stains

Ok, maybe this is the 11th ingredient, but hey, who’s keeping track?! This one is very simple. Take a piece of old-fashioned white chalk and lightly rub over stain to absorb the grease (remove excess grease and food first). Let stand for a few minutes. If using on clothes, wipe excess chalk off and launder them as normal.  If you are using this on pots or pans, just wash as normal.

Rebecca Fulton, Social Media Platform Manager at Valpak.


  1. I have a Hoover floormate, the best thing ever! It has a reservoir to fill with whatever cleaning product you want. I fill it almost to the line with water, use the measuring cup to fill with white vinegar, and then add 5 drops of dish soap. I clean my slate and tile floors with this mix. We have two dogs and it cleans and deodorizes!

    • That’s a great idea, I hadn’t thought to put it in a floormate!

  2. Hydrogen peroxide is a great product to get out blood stains. I have three kids, and two grandkids, and have used this a lot while I worked at the hospital. Just spray it, or pour it on, and watch the stain disappear.

    • That’s a great point Donna – we’ll have to try that, thanks!!

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