DIY Cleaning Recipes your budget and the environment will love

Fancy saving the environment AND your pennies? These DIY cleaning recipes are inexpensive and contain easily pronounceable ingredients: always a winner!

Multipurpose Cleaner

  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup bicarb soda (or 2tsp Borax)
  • 2L water.

Mix all ingredients thoroughly, and put in a spray bottle to use on surfaces with a clean, damp cloth.

Floor Cleaner and Polish

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 4L warm water
  • (for tough jobs, add ¼ cup Borax)
  • (for vinyl & linoleum, add a few drops of baby oil)

Mix ingredients well, then use a mop to wash floors with it. Use a bucket of clean warm water to mop over a second time.


  • 2tsp Borax
  • 4tbsp white vinegar
  • 3 cups hot water
  • (for stronger cleaning power, add ¼ tsp liquid Castille soap)

Mix ingredients together and use a clean cloth to wipe over surfaces.

Carpet Cleaner

  • 3tsp dishwashing detergent
  • ¼ cup cloudy ammonia
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 500ml water

Mix together and use a clean cloth to apply to dirty carpet in gentle circular motions. Blot dry with a clean towel. Repeat if neccesary. Always do a spot test in a discreet corner to check it is suitable for your carpet.

Surface Cream Cleanser

  • ¾ cup bicarb soda
  • 2/3 cup dishwashing detergent
  • 10 drops pure essential oils (lavender, lemon or orange)

Gently mix ingredients together (so they don’t foam up), and use a clean cloth to wipe over surfaces. Rinse cloth in warm water and go over surfaces again to remove any residue.

Surface Wipes

  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 10-12 drops Thieves oil (a commercially available mixture of antibacterial and antiseptic oils)
  • 5-7 drops lemon essential oil
  • Airtight container
  • Old, clean rags or cloths OR 1 roll of thick paper towels

Combine all liquid ingredients in a bowl. If using rags or cloths, submerge them in liquid until they are saturated. If using paper towel (to make disposable wipes), use a sharp bread knife to cut the roll in half cross-ways, then remove the cardboard core. Submerge the roll in the liquid until it is saturated.  Store your wipes in the airtight container in a cool, dark spot.

Glass and Mirror Cleaner

  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup bicarb soda
  • 1tsp cornflour
  • 4 cups water

Combine ingredients and store in a spray bottle for use on glass and mirrors. Spray onto glass/mirrors,  wipe it all over the surface with a clean cloth. Allow to sit for a minute, then wipe off in a circular motion with a separate, dry clean cloth.

Shower and Tile Cleaner

Mix equal parts white vinegar and warm water for a regular cleaning solution to be used with a clean cloth.

For a more intense clean of shower scum buildup, mix equal parts bicarb soda and water to make a paste. Use a clean cloth or sponge to apply in a circular motion to affected areas, then rinse well with hot water.

Here are some links to checklists you may find useful when launching in to a thorough top-to-bottom clean of your house:

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