Vinegar and water go together like peanut butter and jelly when it comes to cleaning the house. So I say, why not ditch the nasty chemical and petroleum-based cleaners in your home and make your own eco-friendly products—take a look below at my top 7 DIY cleaning recipes using vinegar.
Reasons To Make Your Own DIY Cleaners
- There is less packaging waste. You are not buying new bottles over and over again.
- It is good for your wallet.
- It is less harmful or actually not harmful at all to humans, animals, and the environment.
- Homemade natural cleaners always smell better than store-bought.
Benefits of DIY Cleaner Ingredients
- White Vinegar: cuts grease, deodorizes, and disinfects
- Baking Soda: cuts grease, deodorizes, lifts dirt and whitens
- Essential oils: helps freshen the air and diffuses unwanted odours.
- Lemon juice: disinfects, and whitens
- Olive Oil: lifts dirt
- Castile Soap: cuts grease, and lifts dirt’
I pretty much use a homemade vinegar cleaner with water and lemon, and sometimes essential oils for everything! I'm lazy like that. I can’t be bothered to mix all the different ingredients and have zillions of bottles. Besides, I don't even need to…a vinegar and water cleaner works for just about everything!
Here are a few of my favorite DIY cleaners. Feel free to mix and match and change it up. Do what works for you.
7 DIY Cleaning Recipes Using Vinegar
Try a vinegar cleaning solution.
- 3 parts filtered water
- 1 part vinegar
- 1-2 tsp lemon juice
- 5-7 drops lemon essential oil or Thieves essential oil
Add to spray bottle and fill remaining amount with hot water.
Glass and Mirror
- just plain old filtered water
All-Purpose Non-Abrasive Scrubber (tubes, titles, sinks)
Mix in a spray bottle and clean away.
- 1 gallon of warm water (bucket)
- 2 Tbsp vinegar
- a small squeeze of castile soap
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- optional: 4 drops tea tree essential oil
Furniture Polish (test on wood before)
- 1 cup or more baking soda
- Filtered water
- A squirt or two of castile soap
Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven. Cover the bottom of the oven with enough baking soda. Let it sit overnight to allow the grime to loosen. Wipe up. Add a little Castile soap on your rag to wash the remaining residue from the oven. If it doesn't work well, try adding more baking soda next time.
Stainless Steel Cleaner (removes smudges from stainless appliances)
- 1 Tbsp oil
- 1 Tbsp white vinegar
- Put oil on a cloth and rub on the surface to get rid of smudges. Dab white vinegar on the other side of the cloth. Wipe and let dry.
So there it is. versatile, affordable, non-toxic homemade cleaning recipes! These vinegar cleaner recipes all make me smile knowing the positive impact they have on the environment.
So, how about you add a little more green to your life—make the switch to cleaning with vinegar and water, too.