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Clean Home Recipes

All of these supplies collected for making soap and cosmetics are equally effective in cleaning your home. Not only is it more healthy for you and your home, but enables you to buy larger-and cheaper-amounts of supplies. You can even use some of your "ugly soap", that didn't turn out just so- to make liquid soap and laundry detergent. Cleaning your home will seem more interesting when you are making your own products.

An additional incentive to making your own cleaning products is to avoid the use and storage of toxic chemicals in your home. It is also a great deal cheaper. Read on, choose what you like, and clean on! 

Microwave Cleaner 1


  • 1/4 cup water
  • juice from one lemon
Put water and lemon in a small bowl. Microwave for one and a half minutes. Let steam in microwave for five minutes. Wipe clean with towel.

Wash the glass turntable with regular dish soap.

Microwave Cleaner 2


  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 6 drops lemon essential oil
Mix ingredients to make a paste. Apply to interior of microwave with a sponge. Rinse and leave door open to dry for 15 minutes.

Wash the glass turntable by hand. This recipe will get rid of food odors...great for getting rid of that popcorn smell.


Citrus Appliance Cleaner


  • 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap
  • 1/8 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 drops grapefruit seed extract
  • 4 drops lemon or orange essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon borax
Mix ingredients thoroughly in a spray bottle. Shake well before use. Spray on appliance surface and whip with a damp cloth or sponge. Wipe dry with a towel. the cover.

Shake mixture onto carpet, wait 15 minutes and vacuum.


Borax Carpet Cleaner


  • 1 cup borax
  • 15 drops of essential oil (lavender for bedrooms, tea tree for pet areas)
Mix ingredients thoroughly. Put in baking soda, baby powder or other container with holes in the cover.

Shake mixture onto carpet, wait 15 minutes and vacuum.

Orange Wall Cleaner


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 6 drops of orange essential oil
Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake before use. Simply spray on wall surface and wipe with a damp sponge.

This recipe is mild for routine cleaning of wall surfaces.

Castile Floor Cleaner


  • 1 gallon hot water
  • 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
  • 15 drops orange essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil or 1/4 cup lemon juice
Blend all ingredients in mop bucket. Mop floor as usual.

No need to rinse!

Mirror, Window, and Faucet cleaner


  • 1 1/2 cups vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 10 drops lemon or orange essential oil
Combine in a spray bottle. Shake gently before each use. Spray solution and wipe with paper towel or other dry cloth. This solution cleans as well as minimizes mirror fogging.