ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Make Easy Homemade Green Household Cleaners!

Updated on June 18, 2013

Want to Learn More?

Save Green by Making your Own Green Fabric Refresher!

Click HERE for the recipe!

Make your own Laundry Detergent! It costs about 6 cents a LOAD!!

Click Here for the Recipe!

Save Money by Recycling your old candles!

Want 3 ways to reuse them? Click here!

Green Cleaning also means Saving Money!

As a mother of 5 I am becoming more aware of what products I use and how much I am spending on them. Today-unlike any time before- we have almost complete information at our fingertips about the products we are using in our everyday lives. We know what chemicals are in our window cleaner, haircolor, shampoo, and even whats hiding in our dish soap. For those who are looking to use environmentally safe cleaning supplies we know that they are available and most times...EXPENSIVE. What some of us don't know is that we can make our own cleaning supplies using products found in our pantry that are going to save money and eliminate some of the chemicals and additives found in the ones we are using now. Here is a list of some Green Cleaning Supplies that are easily made and how to make them using the items in the cabinet.


  • Vinegar: It's very acidic, so it not only cuts through grease but also inhibits bacteria and mold.
  • Baking Soda: neutralizes acids and breaks down proteins. It is especially effective for cutting through dried-on grease and for combating stains. Bicarbonate of soda neutralizes acidic scent molecules, which makes it an effective deodorizer. Also has antiseptic and disinfectant properties.
  • Borax (sold commonly as 20 Mule Team Borax in detergent aisle):Borax is a naturally occurring substance that has properties of both a mineral and a salt. It works well in cleaners because it converts water molecules to hydrogen peroxide. It also has properties that enable it to disinfect and kill unwanted pests.
  • Salt: Gentle Scrubber
  • Water
  • Containers
  • Olive Oil


Window Cleaner:

  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 cups of water

Mix and place in a spray bottle. If you are against the smell of vinegar, just add a few drops of lemon juice. Clean windows with your old newspapers to keep your windows streak free!

Dishwasher Detergent:

  • 2 tbs Borax Soap
  • 1 ½ tbs baking soda

Mix together and place into the same place you would your normal dish washing detergent in your machine. Toss in a few teaspoons of vinegar during the final rinse to leave your glasses sparkling!

Toilet Bowel Cleaner:

  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar

Rim the inside of your toilet bowl with vinegar. Sprinkle with baking soda over the vinegar and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Use a toilet brush and it will be just as clean as it was with the harsh chemicals!

Furniture Polish:

  • 1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil

Mix these ingredients in a squeeze bottle (if you get one that you can recap, it will stay good forever). Squeeze product onto towel and wipe on your wood furniture.

All-Purpose Spray Cleaner:

  • 4 cups hot water
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon borax

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and its done!

Oven Cleaner:

  • 1½ cups baking soda
  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup water
  • Squirt of plant-based liquid soap

Wipe down the oven with water. Combine ingredients together. It should be a thick paste. Spread all over the interior of the oven and let the mixture sit overnight. Wipe it down some plant based cleaner.

Floor Cleaner:

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 4 cups hot water
  • A few drops lavender oil or grapefruit seed extract (if you are not keen on the smell of vinegar. This is NOT Necessary)

Mix together and its ready to use!


I hope that you find these green cleaning recipes easy to make and beneficial to you in your home. Not only is this great for the environment and safe for your family, it will also make a difference in your wallet. You will be able to make these cleaners usually for 1/4 the cost of those you buy at the supermarket OR LESS!

Good luck in your Green Cleaning! I plan to go over how to make your own laundry detergent and others in the next blog so if you have questions or have a trusted recipe for any Green Cleaners, please let me know!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      4 years ago

      I'm a seasoned trvleaer and was desperate for LIGHT-WEIGHT-DURABLE LUGGAGE WITH SWIVEL CASTERS. Although hesitant to purchase without actually being able to physically try it, I felt i had nothing to lose since i couldn't find anything with swivel wheels in my price range. I bought this luggage back in December of 2010 and have used it several times since then. I AM EXTREMELY PLEASED with it. It is light-weight and the swivel casters are the key. Being able to turn the luggage sideways to get down the aisle of the plane is fantastic. That is the feature i really wanted, but the luggage that normally offers that is VERY EXPENSIVE, EXPECIALLY HAVING 3 PIECES WITH THAT FEATURE (the smallest bag's wheels don't swivel, just roll no big deal since i use that as my computer bag anways. It is VERY WELL MADE AND QUITE RUGGED. I previously spent ALOT OF $$$$ on brand name luggage like Samsonite and American Tourister and have been less than thrilled with those brands. But this luggage, I've had 0 PROBLEMS! None of the: zippers breaking off in my hand, or the threads coming apart where the zipper is sewn, or the teeth being damaged so you can't even use the zipper, or the liner inside the luggage coming apart or the wheels/knobs breaking so it falls over, or the telescooping handle jamming and being unusable. I also love all the different compartments and the convenient 1 quart zip heavy plastic bag that is velcroed in so when you take out your liquids to go through security, it makes it easy. The smallest bag i use for my computer bag and use it EVERY DAY. Again it has been used and abused and works as good as the day i bought it. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND BUYING THIS PRODUCT and this is coming from a well-traveled individual.

    • profile image


      4 years ago

      Hi Nurtnat,Thank you for providing this intiomafron.Like Charlene above, I would like to know if you can you use this (safely) in the new front loader machines. I wouldn't want anyone to void their warranty.The detergent I usually buy has the HE symbol on it which indicates that it is safe to use in these high efficiency machines. In your instructions you stated, Front loader: use 1/4 cup per load . How did you know how much to use in the front loaders?If I can find a way to contact the manufacturer, I will ask them about this.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)