How to Make Your Own Green Cleaning Supplies

woman cleaning with green cleaning supplies

Make your own green cleaning supplies–it’s better for your health and it may even save you some money! Homemade cleaning supplies are less abrasive, they smell better and they’re much better for the environment. So let’s dig in and play mad scientist while we cook up some superb green cleaning sprays that’ll take your scrubbing powers to the next level.

DIY Green Cleaning Supplies

Luckily, you can weaponize some very common household items to do the job of the toughest store bought cleansers without leaving that chemical smell that makes you feel like you’re damaging your sinuses every time you breathe through your nose. Different ingredients work best depending on the type of mess you are cleaning. We’ve included green cleaning supply recipes for your kitchen and bathroom, starting with the kitchen.

How to Make Green Cleaning Supplies for Your Kitchen

If cleaning house was a war, your kitchen would be the front line. This is where the real action happens–including lots of messes. With caked on food, greasy dishes and basically every color and texture of stain imaginable, an all-purpose kitchen cleaner must be built to tackle any job. There are a few ingredients you likely already have on hand that can go after stains and messes like champs.

What you’ll need:

  • Baking Soda
  • Lemon
  • White Vinegar
  • Water
  • Essential Oils (optional)

green cleaning supplies, essential oilsHow to:

Take an old spray bottle, throw a funnel on it and proceed as follows:

  1. Add one teaspoon of baking soda
  2. Add two tablespoons of vinegar
  3. Add one tablespoon of lemon juice
  4. Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
  5. Give a few shakes and let it sit a minute
  6. Fill the bottle with water, shake again
  7. Attack stains!

How to Make Green Cleaning Supplies for Your Bathroom

Is there anything more disgusting than a dirty bathroom? We think not! On the bright side, this tough acting DIY cleaner won’t trap you in a small room with a cloud of harsh chemicals.

What you’ll need:

  • Baking soda
  • Vegetable oil based liquid soap
  • Lemon juice
  • White vinegar
  • Kosher salts
  • Essential oils (optional)
  • Borax

How to: 

green cleaning supplies + glass cleaner + clean bathroomGet that spray bottle out and fill ‘er up with these:

  1. One and a half cups of baking powder
  2. A half cup of oil-based liquid soap
  3. A half cup of water
  4. Throw in a few tablespoons of vinegar and lemon juice
  5. Add a couple shakes of your favorite essential oil
  6. Sprinkle in some borax and kosher salt to scrub out tougher stuff like mildew or toilet streaks.

How to Make a Green Glass Cleaner

Make a glass cleaner that doesn’t streak or contain frightening ingredients.

What you’ll need: 

  • Water
  • Vinegar

How to:

  1. Fill spray bottle half-way with water
  2. Add a quarter cup of vinegar