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All Natural Home Cleaner Recipes for the Greenest Clean

This is a sponsored post, but all ideas are my own.

Deep cleaning your home for spring doesn’t have to mean using harsh chemicals. In fact, some of the items in your pantry are just as effective cleaners. Not to mention, they are cheap and easy to find. Using all natural home cleaners can improve indoor air quality, and they are safer if you have small kids or pets. Here are some all natural home cleaner recipes you can feel good about using in your home.

Glass Cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (or a high proof vodka)
  • 1 to 2 drops of lemon essential oil (optional)

Combine ingredients and pour them into a glass spray bottle. Use as needed to clean windows and mirrors. Spray on the glass and then wipe with a microfiber cloth. You can also use an old t-shirt or newspapers, but avoid paper towels, as they tend to leave lint behind. For a streak-free finish, don’t clean the windows on a hot, sunny day. The solution will dry too quickly and leave streaks.

This cleaner has a vinegar smell that completely dissipates once it dries. The essential oil will cut the vinegar smell.

All-Purpose Surface Cleaner

An all-purpose cleaner has a myriad of uses. It’s right there in the name. You can use it in the kitchen and bathroom, on cupboards, on some appliances, inside the refrigerator and freezer, and even for carpet mishaps. We have two different all-purpose surface cleaner recipes, depending on the type of surfaces you have to clean.

Vinegar All-Purpose Surface Cleaner

Do not use on marble, granite, or stone.

What you’ll need:

Combine ingredients and pour them into a glass spray bottle. Gently shake and use as needed. Spray on the surface and then wipe with a microfiber cloth. This cleaner will need to be stored in the refrigerator between uses due to the fresh lemon juice.

Castile Soap All-Purpose Surface Cleaner

May be used on sealed marble or granite.

What you’ll need:

Pour the water into a glass spray bottle, then add the castile soap and essential oil. Gently shake to combine. Spray on the surface and then wipe with a damp cloth. For a soapier cleaner, add more castile soap, up to 1/4 cup. Store at room temperature.

Furniture Polish

What you’ll need:

Combine ingredients and pour them into a glass spray bottle. Shake well. Spray onto a microfiber cloth and then rub onto wood furniture to restore luster and remove superficial water rings. Be sure to go with the grain of the wood and evenly distribute the polish. Rub again with a clean microfiber cloth.

Dry Carpet Cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon borax, a laundry booster; find it in the detergent aisle
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves

Measure and add the ingredients to a blender. Pulse on low until it has an even consistency. Pour into a sprinkle-top container and sprinkle generously over the carpet. Let sit for at least two hours or overnight, and then vacuum.

Baking soda helps freshen your carpet and break down dirt buildup. Borax gives it a little more cleaning power, but if you don’t have any on-hand or don’t like using borax, you can leave it out. Bay leaves and cloves offer antibacterial cleaning power while leaving a natural, fresh scent behind.

If you haven’t had your carpets deep cleaned for at least a year, you might want to call in the professionals. Professional carpet and area rug cleaning can be green, too. A green cleaning service will use eco-friendly cleaners that are pH-balanced and 100% natural, non-toxic, and made from biodegradable materials.

No-Bleach Bleach Rival

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon castile soap
  • 1 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide

Combine ingredients and apply the mixture to surfaces with a microfiber cloth. Rinse with a second clean, damp cloth. If you have lived by the rule, “When in doubt, douse it in bleach,” this natural alternative will pleasantly surprise you.