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Make Your Own Chemical Free Cleaning Products At Home

Updated on May 18, 2013

Save money making Earth friendly cleaners at home

There are so many 'Earth friendly' products on the market these days that shoppers cannot keep track of them all. With the economy in a slump, spending more money on these products is not really a priority for penny pinching consumers. The best way to save money and be 'green' is to make your own cleaning products at home.

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent At Home

Laundry Detergent Recipe


  • 2 gallons (7.5 litres) hot water + extra for covering the soap in the first step
  • 1 bar Bath Soap e.g. fels naptha (grated)
  • 2 cups Washing Soda


  1. Grate the soap into a saucepan and add enough hot water to cover. Stir over a medium-low heat until it looks like all the soap is melted.
  2. Pour the 2 gallons of hot water into a large container, such as a bucket, then add the melted soap and stir well.
  3. Add the washing soda, stirring well again

To Use

Use 1/2 cup per full load of laundry or 1 cup for a very soiled load.

Ingredients from Amazon

Sometimes the washing soda can be hard to find at the store. Buying this washing soda is much better value when buying in bulk.

homemade stain remover
homemade stain remover

Homemade Stain Remover

Make Your Own Stain Remover For Clothing

Homemade Stain Remover


1 cup hot water

1/2 cup baking soda

1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide


Mix ingredients. Add clothes and soak for 20 minutes to overnight. Rinse; wash as usual.

If possible, try to test an area of the clothing in case any discoloration occurs.

Make this recipe as you need it. Do not save any for later use. Any leftover would lose its potency over time.

Makes 2 cups.

Homemade Window Cleaner

Make Your Own Non-toxic Window Cleaner

Homemade Window Cleaner


1 cup rubbing alcohol

1 cup water

1 tablespoon vinegar


Mix all ingredients together and add to a spray bottle. Use as needed.

6 x 32 Oz Commercial Spray Bottles

These bottles are perfect for storing your homemade cleaners. In this pack there are 4 fully adjustable spray bottles and 2 adjustable foaming spray bottles. Made in the USA.

Quick Tip

Before you haul off all that old newspaper to the recycling bin, save a few pieces. Use it to clean all glass surfaces with your homemade glass cleaners. I promise that there will be no streaks!

Homemade Chemical Free Surface Cleaner
Homemade Chemical Free Surface Cleaner

Homemade Chemical Free Surface Cleaner

Make Your Own Non-toxic Surface Cleaner

Allergy Free Surface cleaner

2 Tbsp of bleach for every 1 cup of water

Soak in solution for about 15 minutes. Rinse and scrub thoroughly with soap.

Green isn't just my favorite color - This apron is perfect for mixing cleaners!

This apron is made from 100-percent recycled cotton and can be machine washed and dried (although hanging on a clotheline would be the greener, cheaper option for drying!)

Make Earth Friendly Cleaners At Home - Watch these videos of people making their own cleaners at home

Homemade Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Make Your Own Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner


2 tsp Light Olive Oil

25 Drops Lemon Organic Essential Oils

¼ Cup Pure Vinegar

Fill to 16 oz with Spring Water


Mix all ingredients in a 32 oz reusable plastic spray bottle. Try other organic essential oil scents like grapefruit or tea tree oil. Shake the bottle before spraying as the water and oil separate.

Do you have any more household cleaning recipes? - Leave them here.

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    • emilysmaids profile image

      emilysmaids 4 years ago

      Great green cleaning recipes! One tip for anyone that loves green cleaning but not the vinegar smell... essential oils go a long way! Try lemon, orange, eucalyptus.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i like liquid cleaner when i use to clean the floor

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      Cfrisbee 5 years ago

      Wow! What a great lens! There is so much information there and I love that it is easy and natural. I love to write and review natural and organic products. I will pass you lens along. Great Job!

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      universecleaner 5 years ago

      green cleaning is still better. Using green cleaning products will make a greener,safer and cleaner place.

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      pemoeurm12 6 years ago

      spray bottles

      nice lens,

      love it.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Vinegar and alcohol are definitely my best friends when it comes to house cleaning. I have never made my own laundry detergent. Awesome idea! Not only are these great "green" ideas, but for those of us who can tolerate strong chemicals, it is amazing what a difference they make in how well you feel and your overall life.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      I don't but thanks so much for sharing yours!

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      This will be featured in the "10 Excellent Webpages on Squidoo...." Thanks for making the neighborhood so naturally clean.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      For cleaning my microwave I use good old fresh squeezed lemon juice and water in a little spray bottle,, about 1 lemon per cup of water. Fresh and no leftover chemicals !!!

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Its a great lens with lots of good tips and resource. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

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      Wendy Henderson 7 years ago from PA

      great tips

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      Amy Fricano 7 years ago from WNY

      super job with the recipes.thanks.

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      jbarnhart41 7 years ago

      @RhondaAlbom: No, it should not bleach out the fabric but I stil recommend testing a small portion to be safe.

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      Rachel Field 7 years ago

      Great tips here!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      This was really interesting. Some great ideas here. I have one question about the stain remover - with the peroxide in it, won't it bleach out your fabric - or is diluted enough?