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

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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  • Homemade Air Freshener 1 of 7
    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!
  • All-Purpose Cleaner 2 of 7
    All-Purpose Cleaner
    A standard all-purpose cleaner only needs two ingredients: 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup hot water. Mix the two together and clean! Don't worry, your house won't retain any lingering vinegar smell.
  • Tub Scrub 3 of 7
    Tub Scrub
    Banish harsh abrasive chemicals and make your own scrub with 1 teaspoon glycerin-based liquid soap, 6 drops tea tree oil (which has antibacterial properties), and 1 cup baking soda. Moisten a sponge and use the scrub to clean your tub or sink!
  • Floor Soap 4 of 7
    Floor Soap
    A mild floor soap is all you need to thoroughly clean wooden floors. Make one by combining 1/4 cup dish soap, 1 cup white vinegar, and 2 gallons of warm water.
  • Furniture Polish 5 of 7
    Furniture Polish
    Delicate furniture needs a mild polish. Make one naturally by mixing together 1 cup walnut oil and 1/2 cup lemon juice. Moisten a damp cloth and you'll be able to polish nearly anything you want!
  • Sink Scrub 6 of 7
    Sink Scrub
    For tough deposits, make the most aggressive naturally cleaning paste: 1 cup baking soda and just enough water to moisten it. Baking soda will naturally scrub away all the deposit possible and you'll be left with an awesome, shiny surface!
  • Glass Cleaner 7 of 7
    Glass Cleaner
    Glass cleaner is easier to make than you think. Make yours with 1 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water, and 1 tablespoon ammonia. It will guarantee a streak-free shine and chemical-free windows. Just make sure the room is well-ventilated!

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