Cheap DIY Non-Toxic Cleaners

When I first made the switch to all natural non-toxic cleaners I went to Sprouts and bought a bunch of cleaning products. They worked great and if you don’t have time to make your own there are thankfully some really good natural cleaners out there. As time went on, however, I wanted to keep using non-toxic cleaners but I didn’t have the money to buy the fancy stuff. So I did what any good penny pincher does and scoured the internet for other solutions. These are the recipes I have formulated after suggestions from multiple websites and my own experimentation. They are all super cheap and get the job done well.

All Purpose Cleaner:

2 cups white vinegar

Peels from citrus fruit (orange, lemon, or lime)

Water to fill Mason jar

Put the peels in a jar and cover with vinegar. Let soak for one week then add water to fill jar and use the cleaner. I love this one because white vinegar is super cheap and we often have oranges so we just save the peels and use them to make a great cleaner. You can save them for way more than one week if necessary so I usually just keep a jar with some vinegar for us to add peels to so they don’t mold.



1 tbsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Castile Liquid Soap

2 cups water

Mix and use on a rag or in a spray bottle. Castile Liquid Soap is a little expensive (I usually buy it around $10 a bottle) but it goes a very long way since you usually use it in small quantities. Look for it to go on sale at your local grocery or health food store or purchase it at the above link if you are anxious to make it now.


Glass Cleaner:

2 cups water

1 tbsp white vinegar

1 tbsp rubbing alcohol

Mix in a spray bottle and use on glass or mirrors.



1/2 cup baking soda

1 tsp Castile Liquid Soap

1 tsp Hydrogen Peroxide

Use a rag to apply to your surface.


Wood Cleaner: 

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp white vinegar

4 cups water

Use a rag to distribute mixture on your wooden surfaces.


Toilet Cleaner: 

1/4 cup baking soda

1 cup white vinegar

Sprinkle baking soda around the toilet bowl then get it wet with vinegar. Let it fizz for about 10 minutes before removing.


I hope you found at least one recipe that will work for you and help you transition to a more natural way of cleaning around your home. It really can be fairly inexpensive (thank goodness) and you have the power to help your home become a non-toxic environment. Another thing that can really add to your cleaning power is essential oils. They are a little more expensive so not included in this post but if you are interested in using essential oils in your cleaning check out my post on the 10 Essential Oils to Buy if You Can Only Buy a Few.

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