When my husband and I started getting into this whole “born again hippy” shit, we started to really side eye some of the products lurking around our household.

Pretty much all of our cleaners were made of super harsh chemicals, and given the fact that we have small children it was kind of a no brainer that tackling these would be one of the first steps we would take on the path of natural living. Additionally, as frugal people we really loved the fact that most DIY household cleaners use simple, cost effective household items.

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Now, given the fact that we are frugal, we didn’t just rush out and turf all of our cleaners. We used what we had until they ran out and during that time we prepared ourselves for making more. I get that we’re all trying to be healthier, but seriously you gotta have balance! The first thing that we did was start to make our own basic cleaner out of vinegar and citrus fruits.

All Natural Citrus Cleaners- DIY homemade household cleaners help you reduce the amount of harsh chemicals in your home

To do this, we put citrus peels into mason jars full of vinegar and let them sit for about three weeks. After this time, we had an all natural all purpose cleaner that was all ready to go.

I know that some people might wonder about the efficacy of natural items such as vinegar and baking soda etc. to adequately clean items. There was a time I would have as well. However, my career in social work has shown me that many health care settings use these cleaners especially around vulnerable persons who might be at high risk of ingesting them, even while adhering to strict licensing and accreditation standards.

Set of Mason Jars with Chalkboard Labels

Now, I’m super lucky as I have an amazing friend who is a natural living and homemade cleaner Goddess. I was so lucky to have her come over and school me on making some natural cleaners.

I mean seriously, just check this out!

Homemade grout cleaner and deep cleaning scrub. Hands down the best and strongest natural cleaner to keep in your home!

DIY Natural Household Cleaner Roundup

Although I’m currently using a few different all natural cleaners around the house, I’m wanting to incorporate more into my daily routine.

The following roundup is full of recipes for natural household cleaners that will keep your house safe and harsh chemical free. Best of all, your dollar wont be spent supporting large companies that aren’t necessarily prioritizing your safety. Stick it to the man!

DIY Household Cleaners Recipe Roundup

DIY Natural “Pine Sol” Cleaner– via MomEh!

Zesty Orange Vinegar Multipurpose Cleaner– via Earth Friendly Goodies

Essential Oil Cleaner – All Purpose Cleaner With Rosemary, Citrus & Cedarwood Essential Oils– via Reuse Grow Enjoy

How to Clean Grout-via From This Kitchen Table

Homemade Grout Cleaner– via Thrifty Northwest Mom

DIY Natural Carpet Deodorizer– via Thrifty Northwest Mom

DIY Carpet Freshener– via By Oily Design

Gentle DIY Powder Laundry Soap that’s Tough on Dirt– via By Oily Design

DIY Window/Mirror Cleaner– via Centsable Momma

DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner– via Centsable Momma

The Best Natural Cleaning Tool– The Vintage Millenial

Do you have any favorite all natural cleaning supply recipes? Let us know in the comments!


  1. Tori - Doll and Dye October 13, 2017 at 6:43 am

    This is a wonderful idea! I usually clean with vinegar but I’ve never thought to incorporate citrus peels! Definitely pinning this for later!

    1. MandiEm October 13, 2017 at 7:53 am

      Thanks! Helps to make it smell a little nicer

  2. Cori - Leigh October 13, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Mandi, I love this post! As someone who also navigates toward chemical free cleaning products I’m definitely giving these a try! Saving this one to Evernote and sharing to Pinterest! 😀

  3. ruthrackley2016 January 26, 2018 at 5:18 am

    Great set of go to cleaning recipes! thanks for including a few of my favorites from my blog http://www.byoilydesign.com


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