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Spring Cleaning! 7 Recipes for Natural Cleaning Products made with Pantry Staples

By Kelsey Banfield |

All Purpose Cleaner

The more and more I read about the dangers of household cleaning chemicals, the more I am interested in making my own. It is so incredibly simple to make everyday household cleaners out of common items found in your pantry. Best of all, not only are they made of things you already buy, they are inexpensive! White vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice rarely cost more than $2 each, which is much, much cheaper than the chemicals in the cleaning aisle. Here seven awesome cleaning products that you can make out of your pantry staples. I know there are many more recipes than just these, so if you have any great homemade cleaner recipes or techniques, please share. We all would love to hear how you keep your house green and healthy!

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Spring Cleaning! 7 Recipes for Natural Cleaning Products made with Pantry Staples

Homemade Air Freshener

To naturally get rid of odors, make a simple air freshener with 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, 3 drops essential oil (I like lavender), and pour in 2 cups of hot water. Mix well, pour into a spray bottle, and have fun!

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Kelsey Banfield

Kelsey Banfield is the food writer and the founder of The Naptime Chef. She writes a daily food column for Babble Food and her food writing has also appeared in the places like Parents magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Kelsey's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning! 7 Recipes for Natural Cleaning Products made with Pantry Staples

  1. reader says:

    Vinegar’s great for cleaning glass surfaces; rubbing alcohol works well, too. Also, putting a bit of vinegar in the dishwasher helps everything shine more.

  2. elva says:

    Ammonia and vinegar are not household staples in this house. Other than that I find dawn works pretty well on cleaning lots of things

  3. Yvette says:

    splash some water on a window and use news paper .. it works every time.

  4. ellen says:

    LOVED this article, til I hit the ‘window cleaner’ suggestion. Really?? Ammonia in a ‘natural’ chemical free home? Once you say, “be sure the room is well ventilated” that should be your first clue that you don’t want to be using that inside your home!

    Everything up to that was great though! Looking forward to trying some of these out.


  5. Asa Sammet says:

    Kan iemand mij vertellen waarom mijn postings op dit forum wordt verdwijnt de hele tijd. Ik heb 3 keer geplaatst en ze zijn allemaal weg. Was het te lang of wat?

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