5 Cleaning Products You Can Make At Home With 5 Ingredients Or Less

by: Grace Ruiter

According to a study by the EPA, many leading cleaning products contain toxins that are bad for you and for the environment. Luckily, you don’t need a can of Lysol to keep your floors and counters spick and span. You can make environmentally-friendly versions of many of your favorite cleaning products with things you already have in your kitchen! Give these easy DIY recipes a try:

All-Purpose Cleaner

Compare to: Lysol Power and Free Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Uses: It’s called “all-purpose” for a reason. You can use this to clean a variety of surfaces, including tile, appliances, stainless steal, granite, chrome, sinks and toilets
  • 1 tsp borax
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable-oil based soap
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • A few drops of essential oil
  1. Fill a 16-ounce spray bottle with a cup and a half of hot water.
  2. Add a teaspoon of borax, cap the bottle and shake it up until the Borax dissolves.
  3. Pour 2 tablespoons of vinegar into the bottle and shake it again.
  4. Then add a few drops of essential oil and a ¼ of a cup of vegetable-oil based soap

Window Cleaner

Compare to: Windex Original Glass Cleaner
Uses: Use this to clean the interior side of windows (you can find a recipe for an outdoor window cleaner here)

Club Soda

  1. Just fill a spray bottle with club soda and start spraying. Doesn’t get more simple than that!

Linoleum and Tile Cleaner

Compare to: Tilex Soap Scum Remover
Uses: Remove dirt and grime from your linoleum and tiles

2 cups baking soda

1/2 cup vegetable-oil based soap (don’t substitute this)

2/3 cup water

2 tbsp. vinegar

  1. Mix the baking soda and liquid soap in a bowl with a fork
  2. Dilute the mixture with water
  3. Add the vinegar and stir the mixture until the bumps are gone
  4. Pour into a 22-ounce spray bottle


Disinfectant Spray

Compare to: Lysol Disinfectant Spray
Uses: disinfect surfaces to prevent the spread of germs

1 tablespoon of Borax

2/3 cup water

3 tablespoons of Castile soap

20-30 drops of tea tree oil

  1. Fill a 16 ounce spray bottle with 2/3 cup of water
  2. Dissolve the borax in the water
  3. Mix in the soap and tea tree oil


Spot Cleaner

Uses: Use this to remove tough stains from your rugs and upholstery
Compare to: Woolite Foam Cleaner Fabric and Upholstery, Stain Remover, and Fabric Refresher

1/4 cup castile soap

1/3 cup water



(Optional) Carpet brush

  1. Put ¼ cup castile soap into a blender
  2. Add 1/3 cup or more of water
  3. Blend until foamy
  4. Smear mixture on spots and let sit for a few minutes
  5. Scrub at the spot, then squirt a little vinegar on it.
  6. Soak the remnants up with a towel

You can learn how to make even more cleaning products at home here!


0 replies
  1. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    For the “vegetable-oil based soap”, can you give some examples of what kind of soap that is? Is it a bar of soap or liquid soap? If it is a bar, does it need to be shredded?

    Thanks for the recipes! Can’t wait to try them.


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