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6 Simple DIY Cleaning Solution Recipes

6 Simple DIY Cleaning Solution Recipes

When you’re shopping for home cleaning solutions, the variety of available options can be overwhelming — even more so when you start reading the ingredients on the label. For example, does “natural” mean the product is nontoxic? What are the ingredients that make up “fragrance”? And what the heck is “sulfuric acid”?

As it turns out, “natural” does not mean a product is nontoxic; the term can be used as a form of greenwashing. Because the formulation of a product’s fragrance is considered a “trade secret,” the scent of that cleaning product could include hundreds of undisclosed chemicals. And while sulfuric acid is a useful ingredient in household cleaners, it is a known human carcinogen, among other things.

If you’d like to skip the store-bought products so you can have control over the ingredients you’re using to clean your home, we have you covered. This episode of Earth911TV brings you six simple DIY cleaning solution recipes.

(Each recipe is listed beneath the video below.)

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6 DIY Cleaning Solution Recipes

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Soft Scrub

Mix enough dishwashing liquid into the baking soda to make a paste.

Use: Perfect for tubs, tiles, and toilets.

Glass Cleaner

  • 1/4 teaspoons dishwashing liquid
  • 3 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • Lemon twist or a few drops of lemon essential oil

Use: Shake, spray, and dry.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Furniture Polish

  • 1/2 teaspoon olive or jojoba oil
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar or lemon juice

Use: Dab solution with a cloth and wipe wood surfaces.


Use: Spray and wipe or spray and let dry.
*Editor’s note: Please refer to CDC guidance on disinfecting your home against COVID-19.

Wood Floor Cleaner

  • 1/4 cup olive or jojoba oil
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 12 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 cups hot water

Use: Dip mop or cloth rag in the mixture. Spread a thin layer on wood floor.

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Originally published on June 29, 2016, this article was updated in January 2022.

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