Basic DIY Cleaner Recipe Ingredients: 17 Days of Natural Cleaning

There are a few basic ingredients that I use in my natural cleaning products. This post will inform you of the benefits of using each of them. These ingredients can be used to make all of the home made cleaners and products that I will give you over the next couple of weeks with the exception of the laundry. Most of these items are readily available at supermarkets, health food stores, and home improvement stores.

EDITED TO ADD: Most of these products last for a very long time. Some last a year or more so don’t get discouraged thinking it costs more to make your own products. It doesn’t. I’ll attempt to break down cost when I post the recipes (which will start tomorrow). Making our own homemade cleaning products has saved us hundreds of dollars a year.

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Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) – Baking soda is a natural substance that maintains pH balance by neutralizing both acids and bases. It is a natural deodorizer and is great used as a mild abrasive. It adds to the surfactant power of water and can get things sparkly clean without scratching. It also rinses away easily without leaving any residue. (can be found here)

Washing Soda (sodium carbonate) – Washing soda is a highly alkaline chemical compound that removes stubborn stains easily. It is commonly referred to as soda ash. Washing soda should not be confused with washing powder or baking soda. (can be found here)

Castile Soap – Castile Soap is an all natural cleansing product made from vegetable and hemp oils. (can be found here)

Distilled Vinegar – Vinegar is a multi-purpose, biodegradable liquid that is a natural bi-product of vegetables, fruits, and grains. One of the key ingredients in vinegar is acetic acid. Vinegar has cleaning power because the acetic acid is able to break down grease and bacteria. It is great for disinfecting, restoring shine, removing wax build up, and is a deterrent to insects. (can be found here)

Hydrogen Peroxide – Hydrogen Peroxide is a combination of hydrogen and oxygen. In low concentrations, such as the types found in many homes, it works as a disinfectant and antiseptic. (can be found here)

Borax (sodium borate) – Borax is a naturally occurring alkaline mineral. It is a disinfectant, herbicide, fungicide, and insect repellant. It is most used for cleaning, deodorizing, and as a whitener for laundry. (can be found here)

Beeswax – Beeswax is a substance secreted by worker honeybees from four pairs of glands on the underside of their abdomens, and it is used for the construction of the honeycomb. Beeswax is used to make candles that are beneficial to life and our environment. They last longer than other candles and as they burn, negative ions are emitted. Because negative ions are drawn to positive ions, the positive ions hold on to airborne things like dust, mold and odors and that causes the contaminated positive ions to fall to the ground resulting in cleaner, purer air. Beeswax is also used in cosmetics and natural homeopathy. (can be found here)

Sea Salt – Sea Salt is a naturally occurring substance that is used to give a mild abrasive to cleaners. Sea salt, obtained by the evaporation of seawater, is used in cooking, cleaning, and cosmetics. (can be found here)

Vodka – Vodka is a distilled liquid with a high alcohol content that can be produced from a number of different materials but is mostly derived from grain. Because of the high alcohol content, it is a potent insect killer, mold and mildew remover, and because it is fast drying, it aids in cleaning shiny materials such as glass and mirrors. (can be found here)

Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. In cleaning, it is used to remove grease and wax stains (not build up) and is also used to maintain the moisture in cleaning pastes. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and has properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, and antibacterial. (can be found here)

True Lemon & True Orange – True products are crystallized citrus. It is 100% natural with no artificial ingredients or sweeteners, preservatives,sodium or gluten.  This product allows you to have the benefit of lemons and oranges in a dry form.  (can be found here and here)

BPA Free Spray Bottles – Spray bottles are used for storing and distributing cleaning solutions. BPA free bottles are best. These can be purchased new or you can reuse other natural cleaning product bottles.  (can be found here)

Microfiber Cloths – Microfiber Cloths are a blend of microscopic polyester and polyamide (nylon) fibers that are split during manufacturing to create microscopic “hooks” which act as claws that scrape up and hold dust, dirt and grime.  (can be found here)

Essential Oils – An essential oil is a liquid that is distilled from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. Essential oils contain many life giving properties depending on the natural plant they are derived from. They also give great scents. My favorites are grapefruit, tea tree, and eucalyptus. Next week, I will be posting a full guide on essential oils, their properties, and uses next week. I will also let you know which combinations are most beneficial. (can be found here and here)

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  1. Tammy Tranchina says:

    I use the Borax when I wash my clothes and a insect repellant.  I can’t wait to see the recipes you have for cleaning.

    • I use Borax in my clothes sometimes too. I love that stuff. I started posting recipes yesterday. Go check them out! Tori has actually been helping me a lot with coming up with the winning ratios and ingredients. Our girl is smart when it comes to this stuff. 😉

  2. Wendy Cox says:

    Can’t wait for the recipes!!

  3. Pegg Thomas says:

    I look forward to reading more.  I already have most of these in the house, not the vodka though, interested to see how you use it!

  4. We use pretty much the same products. I do admit in my laundry soap that I use Irish Spring instead of Castile. I love the smell. I had not use vodka though. That is a new and good one! I will remember that come spring. Oh, and for slugs in the garden, add beer. You just put out a little saucer with beer. The slugs love it and leave your garden alone 🙂

    • I’ve heard of using the beer. I actually read you can use the vodka for that too. I guess it would come down to what costs more. I’m sure about the price of the beer but that is a great natural way to repel slugs.

  5. Love it!  I’m printing this up now.  I already use vinegar in a lot of my cleaning, but am looking forward to more info.


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