• Jonathan Desai

Make Your Own Natural Cleaners

Here are some DIY cleaning supplies that are as easy on the environment as they are to make.

All-purpose citrus cleaner
  • Citrus peels

  • 1–2 cups white vinegar

  • 15–20 drops of essential oil


Fill a jar of your choice with citrus peels, and then top off with white vinegar. Seal tightly with a lid, and allow to sit for a week. Then, strain the solution into a spray bottle and add your favorite essential oil. Use wherever you’d use a traditional multipurpose spray.

Floor and glass cleaner
  • 1 cup isopropyl alcohol

  • 1 cup white vinegar

  • 1 cup water

  • 15–20 drops of essential oil


Pour the alcohol, vinegar, and water into a spray bottle. Add the essential oil of your choice. Spray onto paper towels for cleaning windows and mirrors. Add cleaner to a bucket for mopping floors.

Wood polish
  • ¾ c. olive oil

  • Juice of ¼ lemon

  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar

  • 3-4 drops essential oil


Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, white vinegar, and essential oil into a spray bottle. When you’re ready to use the polish, test a small area first. Wet a cloth and squeeze out the extra water. Spray the polish onto the cloth, and wipe furniture. Buff with a dry cloth to finish.

Disinfecting wipes
  • 1 cup water

  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol

  • 2 tablespoons dish soap

  • ½ roll of paper towels


Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl or jar, cut a paper towel roll in half, and pour over the mixture over the roll. Store in an airtight container. Use as you would disposable disinfecting wipes to clean countertops, spills, and other messes.

Fabric sanitizer/refresher
  • 1½ cup warm water

  • ½ cup witch hazel

  • 2 tablespoons baking soda

  • 20-30 drops of antibacterial essential oils (e.g., lemongrass, cinnamon bark, lemon, lavender)


Combine warm water, witch hazel, baking soda, and essential oils in a spray bottle and mix well. Spray onto fabrics for a quick refresh.

Courtesy of Reminder Media, American Lifestyle

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