DIY Natural Cleaning Recipes for the Home

The standard way of cleaning your home has a pretty murky health record. The majority of cleaners on store shelves contain hazardous materials you won’t always find on the label. The ironic twist of modern-day cleaning is that when we use most store-bought cleaners, we’re unknowingly polluting our indoor air, creating indoor air quality worse than that around a polluted highway.

Using the antibacterial chemicals found in soaps and sprays can actually encourage pathogens to colonize in our noses. Forget all of the bleach, ammonia, triclosan, and harsh solvents. For most households, Mother Nature is powerful enough to handle the scum and germs that plague our tubs, countertops, and floors. Here are some natural herbal wisdom and favorite DIY cleaning recipes.

Super Surface Spray

Use this aromatic and disinfecting solution for cleaning kitchen counters, cabinets, refrigerator shelves, blinds, painted wood surfaces, painted walls, molding, fan blades, and more.


  • 7 ounces distilled white vinegar
  • 7 ounces water
  • 7 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 7 drops lavender essential oil
  • 7 drops lemon essential oil

Mix all of the ingredients together in a 16-ounce spray bottle.

Antibacterial Soap Spray

Use this cleaning spray to disinfect your bathroom surfaces. You can use the Super Surface Spray (mentioned above) to rinse away any residue left behind by the castile soap.


  • 14 ounces water or rosemary hydrosol
  • 3 Tablespoons castile soap
  • 15 drops tea tree essential
  • 15 drops oregano essential oil

Mix all of the ingredients together in a 16-ounce spray bottle.

Natural Lemon Furniture Polish


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 25 drops pure lemon essential oil
  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
  • Purified water

Mix the oil, essential oil, and white vinegar together in a 16-ounce spray bottle and fill the remainder of the bottle with purified water. Shake well before each use. Spray onto your rag or directly onto furniture. Buff surfaces dry immediately.

Lemony Wood-Floor Mop Formula

Spray, mop as usual, and quickly buff dry to protect your floors. They will be glossy and clean with a lovely lemon scent.


  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
  • 20 drops lemon essential oil
  • Water

Mix all the ingredients together in a 20-ounce spray bottle.

Mop-It-Up Formula

This is the perfect liquid cleaner for tile floors, vinyl, or linoleum.


  • ¼ cup castile soap
  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 20 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 20 drops sweet orange essential oil

Mix the solution with 2 gallons of hot water and mop away.