A lemon-based cleaning supply, part of a collection of natural homemade cleaner recipes

The internet is full of natural homemade cleaning solution recipes. The only problem is many of them don’t really work. Despite all the variety, you’re stuck using the storebought stuff even though you want a green way to keep your home clean. This is what I’m here to fix.

When it comes to homemade or natural cleaning solutions, the most simple and straightforward recipes are the best. All you need to keep your place fresh and clean are a few key ingredients. Here are 10 natural homemade cleaner recipes that actually work. 

In this article:

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Window cleaner
  • Wood cleaner
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Glass cleaner
  • Shower cleaner
  • Stainless steel cleaner
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Floor Cleaner
  • Conclusion

All-purpose cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of lemon rind, grated
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, chopped

The scent of freshly grated lemon rind and chopped rosemary infused in boiling water is enough to make any green cleaning enthusiast weak in the knees.

Add a healthy splash of white vinegar to the mix, and you’ve got yourself an awesome homemade all-purpose cleaner.

Don’t be afraid to get a little wild and spray it on most surfaces that need a good scrub.  Just be sure to read the side note below before you do.

Note: You can store this cleaner in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week. It will lose the scent after that, so don’t go crazy with the quantities.

Side note: Don’t use this homemade all-purpose cleaner on granite, waxed wood, or certain metals. It’s always best to test it on a small, inconspicuous area before you go all out. 

Window cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
  • Optional: a few drops of essential oil for fragrance

If you thought the all-purpose cleaner was a game-changer, wait until you try this bad boy. Combine water, white vinegar, and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and add a few drops of essential oil to tie it all together. It’s like a party in a bottle, and it’ll leave your windows looking sparkly clean.

Wood cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • Optional: a few drops of essential oil for fragrance

Wood tends to lose its lustre in time. You want to treat it right if you want to breathe new life into it. Look no further than this simple and effective solution made with olive oil, white vinegar, and a touch of essential oil for good measure.

The result is a clean, polished, and fresh-smelling wooden surface that’ll have you wondering why you ever bothered with those expensive, chemical-laden wood cleaners in the first place.

Toilet cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice acid
  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil for fragrance

Let’s face it, cleaning your toilet is never going to be fun. But this homemade toilet cleaner might just make the task a little less unbearable.

A mix of baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, and essential oils creates a fizzy, fragrant cleaner that’s tough on stains and odours.

Just mix everything without the lemon juice in a bowl and sprinkle it in the toilet bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes and pour the lemon juice. Once the mixture is done fizzing, scrub away to reveal a sparkling clean toilet.

Note: Mixing the baking soda and lemon juice in the bowl before applying them to the toilet is pointless. You want the fizzing reaction on the toilet bowl. Otherwise, you’re wasting your time. It’s like mixing baking soda and white vinegar.

Dish soap

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of liquid castile soap
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • Optional: a few drops of essential oil for fragrance

When it comes to dish soap, sometimes less is more. This homemade version made with liquid castile soap, white vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils is simple, effective, and won’t leave any harmful residue on your dishes. Plus, it smells amazing.

Glass cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
  • Optional: a few drops of essential oil for fragrance

Looking for a streak-free shine on your glass surfaces? This homemade glass cleaner mix of water, white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and essential oils will do the trick.

It’s like a white vinegar magic potion for glass, perfect for those hard-water stains in the bathroom. And it’s so easy to make, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t tried this ages ago.

Shower cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • Optional: a few drops of essential oil for fragrance

Cleaning the shower is nobody’s idea of a good time. But this homemade shower cleaner made with white vinegar, water, and a few drops of essential oil will make this chore a little less painful.  Spray it on, let it sit, and rinse away for a fresh and clean shower experience.

Note: You might need to soak the shower head in undiluted vinegar for a couple of hours if things are particularly bad. No need to reach for the hard chemicals, yet.

Stainless steel cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • Optional: a few drops of essential oil for fragrance

Stainless steel surfaces can have the nasty habit of losing their lustre. However, this homemade cleaner made with olive oil, white vinegar, and essential oils makes it easy to restore.

Just mix the ingredients in a spray bottle, spray it on, wipe it down, and watch the lustre return like it never left. It’s like a spa treatment for your appliances, and they’ll thank you for it.

Carpet cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil for fragrance

Not all carpet stains were created equal. Sometimes you need professional hot water extraction. Sometimes all you need is some baking soda and a few drops of essential oil for a fresh scent.

This is the perfect way to freshen up and deodorise your carpet. Simply sprinkle the baking soda on, let it sit, and vacuum it up.  It’s that simple. Clean carpets, just like that.

Note: If you’re dealing with tea or coffee stains on the carpet, you might need to work a bit harder to remove them.

Floor Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 1 gallon of warm water
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of liquid castile soap
  • Optional: a few drops of essential oil for fragrance

Mix warm water, white vinegar, and liquid castile soap (plus some essential oil if you’re feeling fancy), and you’ll have a solution that’ll make your floors shine like a brand-new penny. So roll up your sleeves, grab a mop, and let’s get to work.

Conclusion

There you have it. 10 natural homemade cleaner recipes that really work,  all made with simple ingredients that you likely already have on hand.

Not only are these cleaners effective at getting your clean and fresh,  but they’re also eco-friendly and won’t harm the environment or your health as some commercial cleaners can.

So the next time you’re faced with a mess, skip the harsh chemicals and try one of these natural cleaners instead. Your home (and the planet) will thank you.

Samyx Cleaning - Branding Consultant, Author - Atanas
Author: Atanas Dzhingarov

Hi, I’m Atanas - brand consultant and writer. I’m helping Samyx Cleaning create the best cleaning company blog on the Internet. Join us on our journey and learn how to live a cleaner, healthier, happier life in the process.