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The Only 2 Natural Cleaning Recipes You Need


The Only 2 Natural Cleaning Recipes You Need: So easy!It is ridiculous how easy it is to make your own cleaning products.

One look at the warnings and hazard labels on store-bought cleaners is all the motivation you need. In case you need any more motivation to make your own cleaning products, it also saves a lot of money.

You only need a few basic ingredients to get started, and they might all be sitting in your kitchen right now.

The Only 2 Natural Cleaning Recipes You Need

All-Purpose Cleaner

You know I like to keep things simple! We use a homemade all-purpose cleaner for pretty much everything we wipe down in our house. Kitchen counters, the bathroom, hardwood floors… I even use this to clean our windows and mirrors.

It’s so nice to have one spray bottle that can clean almost everything.


  • Vinegar: it’s a safe disinfectant
  • Dawn Dish Soap: the classic blue one that cleans the birds when there’s an oil spill
  • Lemon Essential Oils: it has antiseptic properties and smells amazing – my first bottle of this lasted me years because you only use a few drops at a time
  • Water

The Only 2 Natural Cleaning Recipes You Need: All Purpose CleanerFill your spray bottle halfway with vinegar. Add one drop of dish soap and about five drops of lemon essential oil. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with water.

I like to shake it up a little each time I use it since the oil likes to separate from the water. #science

If you’re worried about the vinegar smell, don’t be! It goes away very quickly and you’re left with the fresh lemon scent. Also, over time, you’ll get used to the vinegar smell and it won’t bother you as much.

If something is extremely dirty or we have pizza sauce dried onto the stovetop, I just spray the cleaner on and let it sit for a few minutes before I wipe it up. Waiting a few minutes makes for less elbow grease. Work smarter, not harder 🙂

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The Only 2 Natural Cleaning Recipes You Need: Shower & Tub CleanerShower & Tub Cleaner

If your shower isn’t that bad and you clean it regularly, the all-purpose cleaner will probably take care of it for you. If you’re like me and remember to clean the shower on the rare event that you have company coming to visit, you’ll want this heavy duty cleaner. (Can you tell I’m not the greatest housekeeper?)


This is more of a paste, and you’ll need a brush to scrub with (something like this).

Start with about 1/2 cup of baking soda in a bowl and mix in enough dish soap to make a thick paste. Then, slowly add in the vinegar to thin the paste a little. Use the brush to scrub your shower or bathtub. Rinse well with water when you’re done.

I like to start with a small amount and then make more if I need it so that I don’t waste any. I don’t store this. I just make it up when I’m going to clean the tub.

Confession Time

I do buy toilet cleaner from the store. We have terribly hard water and I have a hard time keeping out toilets clean (gross).

I buy the nasty, super strength toilet bowl cleaner because it works best for me. If you have hard water and use something less chemical-y, please let me know in the comments!

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Tuesday 23rd of August 2016

I love these cleaning ingredients! They are so fresh and sound so much healthier than many of the chemicals in standard cleaners. Not to mention how much cheaper they probably are!



Wednesday 24th of August 2016

They're all super cheap! I love the fresh lemon smell once the vinegar smell dissipates.

Alexis @ Fitnancials

Sunday 21st of August 2016

I like using vinegar for everything. I put it in my food, cleaning supplies, and a million other things. Apple Cider Vinegar, in particular is so awesome to always have in the cupboard!


Monday 22nd of August 2016

Yes! We put a little ACV on subs and it's so delish!


Saturday 20th of August 2016

Oh my gosh I needed this! We have so many cleaners and want something more natural! Thanks!


Saturday 20th of August 2016

I hope it works well for you!

Sue C

Friday 19th of August 2016

I use the tub & shower cleaner all the time and let me tell you it really works on tough water stains and mildew. Thanks for sharing!


Saturday 20th of August 2016

It really does work. Thanks Sue!

Francesca - From Pennies to Pounds

Friday 19th of August 2016

Baking soda is amazing isn't it?! I use it for so much of my cleaning. Vinegar too as you mentioned. Coca-cola is great for toilets too, don't know if you've tried that before? All the more reason for people not to drink it, if it's that good at cleaning toilets you wonder what it does to your insides!


Friday 19th of August 2016

I've never heard of using Coke! I'll have to look that up for sure. Maybe I'll stop drinking it :)