Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products You Can Make at Home

For you who wish to make your own environmentally safe, green cleaning products, you only need a few common household items to be completely stocked and ready to tackle any mess.

What you should have on hand:

  • Baking Soda – a potent whitener and cleanser
  • soap (a pure soap like Dr. Bonner’s)
  • Lemon – cuts grease, antibacterial, a strong natural acid
  • Borax – Also known as sodium borate, this white powder is commonly found on the laundry aisle of grocery and department stores like Walmart or Target. Great cleanser
  • White Vinegar – cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.
  • Isopropyl Alcohol – a great disinfectant. Some say that high doses/quantities can cause illness. If this is a concern, one can try grain alcohol (100 proof)
  • Corn Starch – a softer cleanser than baking soda which can be used to clean and polish surfaces.
  • Witch Hazel – good disinfectant
  • Washing Soda -sodium carbonate. You can usually find it in the laundry aisle of your supermarket. Combine it with borax and soap for a laundry detergent or boost or use as a dish detergent.
  • Epsom Salts – Good for bleaching/whitening and scrubbing
  • Olive Oil -it adds luster to surfaces when dusting or cleaning, cleans garden tools and stainless steel and restores cutting boards.

These ingredients alone or in combination (plus a few other household items) provide highly effective cleaning and disinfecting while not exposing humans or animals to harsh and potentially toxic chemicals. Add your own essential oils for a non-toxic, fragrant clean!

Websites that provide details for making your own cleaners

Rodale’s Organic Life


Good Housekeeping