Spring Cleaning | Natural Home Cleaners

Spring cleaning is on, people! And while you’re at it, why not spring clean your cleaning products? Combine some of the environmentally-friendly ingredients you probably already have on hand to make an array of natural cleaners that will help you scrub your home from top to bottom. We turned to our trusted sources at Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, and Rodale’s Organic Life for these recipes. Note that these don’t have a long shelf life, so it’s best to only make what you’ll use immediately. Happy cleaning!

Essential Oil All-Purpose Cleanser

Ingredients: ¾ cup water, ¼ cup rubbing alcohol, 5-10 drops peppermint, lemon, or orange essential oil, 1 squirt natural dish soap

Directions: Pour all ingredients into a 16-ounce spray bottle and shake well. Spray onto the surface and wipe with a microfiber cloth.

Heavy-duty Kitchen Scrub

Ingredients: ¼ cup natural dish soap, ¼ cup baking soda, 5 drops clove essential oil, 3 drops water

Directions: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Apply to the surface using the gritty side of a double-side kitchen sponge; scrub. Wipe up with a wet cloth.

Glass Cleaner

Ingredients: 2 cups water, 2 Tbsp. white vinegar, 2 Tbsp. rubbing alcohol, 5 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions: Pour all the ingredients into a 24-ounce spray bottle and shake to combine. Spray onto a microfiber cloth and apply to the surface.

Hardwood-Floor Cleaner

Ingredients: ½ cup white vinegar, 1 gallon warm water, 2-3 drops lemon essential oil

Directions: Mix all the ingredients in a 2-gallon bucket. Dip the mop head in the bucket and wring it our well so that it’s barely damp. Apply to floors and repeat.

Shower Cleaner

Ingredients: ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 cup water

Directions: Mix the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30-60 seconds. Pour into a 24-ounce spray bottle. Spritz onto the shower surfaces and let sit for 3-5 minutes. Wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.

Lemon Oil Duster

Ingredients: 10 drops pure lemon oil, 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, a few drops of extra virgin olive oil

Directions: Combine all ingredients and apply to a clean cotton cloth to wipe dusty surfaces.

Porcelain or Enamel Heavy-Duty Scrub

Ingredients: Half a lemon, 1/2 cup borax (a laundry booster; find it in the detergent aisle)

Directions: Dip the lemon into the borax and scrub surface; rinse. (Not safe for marble or granite.)

Oven hood and Grill Grease Cleaner

Ingredients: 1/2 cup sudsy ammonia mixed with enough water to fill a one-gallon container. (Sudsy ammonia, which has detergent in it, helps remove tough grime.)

Directions: Dip a sponge or mop in solution and wipe over surface, then rinse area with clear water.

Brass Cleaner

Ingredients: White vinegar or lemon juice, table salt

Directions: Dampen a sponge with vinegar or lemon juice, then sprinkle on salt. Lightly rub over surface. Rinse thoroughly with water, then immediately dry with a clean soft cloth.

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