How to Make Organic House Cleaning Products

Susan Patterson
Lavender essential oil kills germs and smells fresh.

Commercial cleaning products are laden with chemicals that are not only hard on the environment but also hard on health. Just as you can make organic body and hair care products, you can make organic house cleaning products. These natural formulas are safe, easy to make, have a fresh aroma, and are just as effective as their toxic counterparts.

Dishwashing Soaps

The essential oils used in these dishwashing formulas kill germs without leaving a toxic residue.

Lavender Lemongrass Dishwashing Soap

  • Organic liquid castile soap
  • 6 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil
  • 16 drops lemongrass essential oil

Directions

  1. Fill a clean 22-ounce plastic bottle with a pour-top with castile soap (dilute according to directions if using a concentrate).
  2. Drop in the essential oils.
  3. Shake well before each use.
  4. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to dishwater and wash.

Lime and Orange Dishwashing Soap

  • Organic liquid castile soap
  • 6 drops citrus seed extract
  • 12 drops orange essential oil
  • 22 drops lime essential oil

Directions

  1. Fill a clean 22-ounce plastic bottle with a pour-top with castile soap (dilute according to directions if using a concentrate).
  2. Drop in the essential oils.
  3. Shake well before each use.
  4. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to dishwater and wash.

Kitchen Sink Cleaner

This blend works well on stainless steel and porcelain sinks. Use a little to freshen drains and keep disposals clog-free.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup organic baking soda
  • 1/2 cup organic vinegar
  • 4 drops lavender, rosemary, orange and lemon essential oil

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients.
  2. Rinse sink well with hot water.
  3. Pour the cleaner in the sink and wipe with a sponge or soft cloth.
  4. Rinse with hot water.
  5. Spray with vinegar and rinse again to leave a residue-free shine.

Kitchen Surface Cleaner

Appliances, cabinets and counters get grimy fast. This non-scratching organic cleaner will remove without scratching or leaving behind a chemical residue.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon organic liquid castile soap
  • 1/8 cup organic white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup organic lemon juice
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 7 drops citrus seed extract
  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon borax

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle.
  2. Shake before each use.
  3. Spray a generous amount on the surface and wipe with a damp soft cloth.
  4. Wipe dry with a cloth or towel.

Kitchen Floor Cleaner

If you have young children or pets, it is especially important to use an organic housecleaning product on your floor.This maximum cleaning formula leaves a sweet citrus scent.

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon of hot water
  • 16 drops of sweet orange essential oil
  • 1/4 cup organic lemon juice
  • 9 drops lemon essential oil

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a large bucket.
  2. Dip a large sponge into the bucket and squeeze it out.
  3. Clean the floor in sections using a circular motion.
  4. No need to rinse.

Hardwood Floor Cleaner

This fresh smelling cleaner leaves a great shine.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups organic vinegar
  • 25 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle.
  2. Spray directly on wood floor in small sections.
  3. Wipe with a clean cloth.
  4. Dry mop the floor after washing.

Window Spray

This organic spray leaves windows streak and smudge free.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups organic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle.
  2. Shake well before each use.
  3. Spray liberally on windows.
  4. Wipe clean using a soft chamois cloth.

Bountiful Benefits

Even just switching to a few organic cleaners creates a healthier home. Making your own organic house cleaning products does not require a great deal of time and saves money. Don't be fooled into thinking that a high-quality cleaner must burn your eyes to be effective. Organic compounds are just as capable and smell a whole lot better!

How to Make Organic House Cleaning Products