Recipes from DIY Cleaning Supplies program

Due to popular demand, we are sharing some recipes for DIY Cleaning Supplies. These recipes were collected from our staff, who use them in their own homes. Please use prudence and care when making and using these cleaning products.

Countertop Cleaner

  • Equal amount of lemon, peppermint & wild orange essential oil (usually 1 drop is enough)
  • Add ¼ cup of baking soda, stir in just enough water to make a paste.

Store in a dark glass jar.

All Purpose Cleaner

  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 2 TBSP baking soda
  • 10 drops tea tree, lemon or lavender essential oil

Mix in a spray bottle and fill to top with tepid water. Gently shake to mix. Spray, wipe and allow to dry.

Soft Scrub

  • 1 ½ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup liquid laundry soap
  • 10 drops tea tree, lavender or lemon essential oil

Mix soda & soap to make a paste. Add oils. Store in an air tight container.

Window Cleaner

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 12 drops lemon essential oil
  • 3 cups water

Fill 1 quart spray bottle. Wipe windows with a clean lint free towel or newspapers.

Window Cleaner #2

  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 TBSP corn starch
  • 2 cups water
  • 8-10 drops essential oil

Combine in spray bottle, shake well.

Air Freshener

  • 12-15 drops essential oil
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup water

Combine in a spray bottle.

Wipes #1

  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 TBSP baking soda
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • ¼ cup water

Using old wash cloths or fabric scraps; pour half of mixture over cloths, then flip over and pour on the other half. Once used, throw in the washing machine.

Wipes #2

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 oz. liquid castile soap
  • 6-8 drops essential oil

Wipes #3

  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 8 drops tea tree oil
  • 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 8 drops lemon essential oil

Carpet Freshener

  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • ½ cup baking soda

Mix together, sprinkle on carpet, let set for 1 hour, then vacuum.

Carpet Freshener #2

  • 2 cups Borax
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 10 drops essential oil

Mix well, store in airtight container. Sprinkle on carpet, let set 1 hour, then vacuum.

Carpet Stain Remover

  • Sprinkle stain with baking soda, let sit for 10 minutes, then vacuum.
  • Next: mix 1 TBSP Dawn dish detergent, 1 TBSP white vinegar, and 2 cups warm water.

Sponge this mixture onto stain and blot with a dry cloth.

Toilet Cleaner

  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup castile soap
  • 1 TBSP tea tree oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus or peppermint oil

Combine all in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray on toilet surfaces and wipe clean. To clean the bowl, just use white vinegar.

Soap Scum Remover/All Purpose Cleaner

  • Equal parts Dawn dish detergent and white vinegar, mixed well.

Use with a scrubbing sponge on tubs, sinks, shower walls and shower doors.