How to Make an all Purpose Natural Cleaner

Just because the contents list on store bought cleaners sounds natural and eco-friendly, or the manufacturer claims so, does not mean that the cleaner is all-natural. Most of over the counter cleaners contain harmful petrochemical ingredients that can cause respiratory problems or disturb your hormones. Why get into green and non-green debate when you can easily make your own all-natural cleaner at home, using some common household items. Besides being health and environment friendly, homemade all-purpose cleaners also save you a lot of money.


  • 1

    Borax and washing soda cleaner

    Things Required:

    - 1 cup hot water
    - 1 teaspoon borax
    - ½ teaspoon washing soda
    -  2 tablespoons lemon juice

    Combine water, borax, washing soda and lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Stir with a mixing spoon to mix thoroughly and transfer this mixture to an empty spray bottle. Spray a small quantity of this cleaner on the spill or spot, let it sit for a couple of minutes and wipe off with a damp rag. This is a multi-purpose cleaner for fresh stains or spills.

  • 2

    Vinegar and Ammonia cleaner

    Things Required:

    - 1 gallon of warm water
    - ½ cup white vinegar
    - 1 cup of ammonia
    - ¼ cup baking soda

    For tougher stains, try using ammonia and vinegar cleaner. It is a deeper multi-purpose cleaner and can be used on any kind of stains. Just mix half cup of vinegar, one cup of ammonia and ¼ cup of baking soda in a gallon of warm water and set aside. Use this solution to clean tough stains from the floor as well as your doors, cabinets and kitchen counters.

  • 3

    Borax and castile soap cleaner

    Things Required:

    - 2 teaspoons Borax
    - ¼ teaspoon liquid castile soap
    - Hot water

    Put two teaspoons full of borax powder in an empty spray bottle and fill it with hot water. Shake well to dissolve the borax in water before you add liquid castile soap. Shake again and set aside. Use this all-purpose cleaner for harsh stains and spills on carpets, clothes or rugs. You can also use it to remove oil spills from the floor or kitchen cabinets.

  • 4

    Herbal cleaner

    Things Required:

    - 2 cups water
    - 1/8 cup vinegar
    - ¼ cup lemon juice
    - 6 drops of citrus seed extract
    - 4 drops of orange or lemon essential oil
    - 1 teaspoon of borax
    - 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap

    Take an empty spray bottle and mix all of the above ingredients in it, except castile soap, and shake well to combine. Once the above ingredients are thoroughly dissolved, add 1 teaspoon of liquid castile soap and shake gently to mix. This is an effective cleaner for grease stains, especially on stove tops and refrigerators.

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