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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: