6 Simple & Natural Home Cleaning DIYs Made With Just 6 Ingredients

It’s ironic that home cleaning products are often a major source of indoor air pollution.

After all, we buy them with the intention of making our homes healthier, safer places — not chemical dumping grounds!

But many of the chemicals found in conventional cleaning products have health implications ranging from headaches and skin sensitivity to endocrine disruption and increased risk of cancer.

Luckily, safer cleaning options exist — and they’re so unbelievably super simple to make yourself!

When it comes to making your own natural home cleaning products, you need just a few ingredients:

  1. Baking soda
  2. Washing soda
  3. Castile soap (both liquid and bar)
  4. Bacteria-fighting essential oils like lemon, rosemary, and red thyme
  5. White vinegar
  6. Salt

It sounds TOO simple, right? But really, these 6 simple ingredients cover all of your needs!

DIY All-Natural All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 20 drops essential oil

Directions: Combine all ingredients in spray bottle and give a good shake. Shake before using.

DIY All-Natural Scoring Powder

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup washing powder
  • 20 drops essential oil

Directions: Mix everything together and use as needed.

DIY All-Natural Laundry Powder

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup washing powder
  • 1 cup shredded castile soap

Directions: Mix everything together and use 1 tablespoon per load.

DIY All-Natural Dishwashing Liquid

  • 1 cup liquid castile soap
  • 1 cup water
  • 15 drops essential oil

Directions: Mix everything together and use as needed.

DIY All-Natural Dishwasher Powder

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup washing powder
  • 1 cup salt

Directions: Mix everything together and use 1 tablespoon per load.

DIY All-Natural Glass Cleaner

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbs white vinegar
  • 15 drops essential oil

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and give it a good shake. Shake before using.

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Share Your Thoughts

  1. Kelley

    These all sound great and will definitely be trying each one! Do you have any recipes for healthy, clean bug spray and sun screen? Using essential oils? Thank you!

    May 13, 2016 • 11:12 am •
  2. Jeanette

    Can you use essential oil in your laundry powder for use in the washing machine–for clothes to smell good?

    May 13, 2016 • 4:50 pm •
  3. Jeanette

    …or can I just use a scented Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soap in the laundry powder?

    May 13, 2016 • 4:53 pm •
  4. Candice

    These are all so great! We also add epsom salt to our laundry powder to help with our hard water situation.

    May 14, 2016 • 6:33 am •
  5. Nadia

    Thanks for that tip, Candice!

    May 16, 2016 • 10:03 am •
  6. Nadia

    Yes, I use a scented castile bar soap (lavender and rose are my favorite!) and then add a drop of essential oil to my dryer balls.

    May 16, 2016 • 10:03 am •
  7. Kim

    I can’t wait to try these! What is and where can I find washing powder? Also, do you have a recipe for fabric softener?

    May 17, 2016 • 6:34 am •
  8. Nadia


    I actually link to the washing soda right in the post – I get it from Amazon.

    For fabric softener, I use wool dryer balls (which also reduce dry time and thus energy usage!).

    May 17, 2016 • 7:18 am •
  9. Amanda

    For the laundry powder, is it ok to use cold water? No residue issues?

    June 2, 2016 • 5:06 pm •
  10. Amanda

    Also, would “oxiclean” powder work as the washing soda?

    June 5, 2016 • 3:39 pm •
  11. Nadia

    I would say no. I really have no clue what the ingredients in Oxiclean are or if they’re natural (but I’m assuming they’re not). Google isn’t being any help to me on the matter!

    Regular washing soda is so cheap and easy to find.

    June 6, 2016 • 11:03 am •
  12. Nadia

    I have personally never had any issues when using cold water!

    June 6, 2016 • 11:09 am •
  13. Liz Buech

    What castile soap do you buy, and where do you get it?

    July 19, 2016 • 11:35 am •
  14. Nadia

    I buy it on Amazon – it’s the one I link to in the post!

    July 19, 2016 • 2:58 pm •
  15. Jodie

    I love your blog. It’s helped get me back onto the natural path. Love that your from Philly. I was wondering if you have a recipe for toilet bowl cleaner. Thanks.

    August 2, 2016 • 10:53 am •
  16. Tracey

    Hi there
    I’m in NZ and I wondered what you mean by ‘washing powder’? What brand do you use? Thanks! Great information here!

    September 9, 2016 • 8:10 am •
  17. seeta

    what type of washing powder are you recommending? can we make it

    October 2, 2016 • 7:28 am •
  18. Nadia

    Washing soda is sodium carbonate. I link to some that you can purchase on Amazon in the post. Here it is so you can take a look: http://amzn.to/2dk71cA

    October 2, 2016 • 3:36 pm •
  19. Kristy

    I have noticed that the dishwasher powder is leaving a weird reside on the dishes once the cycle is complete. Any ideas?

    November 29, 2016 • 4:30 pm •