Homemade Surface Cleaners

cleaner spray bottleLearn how to make your own environmentally-friendly spray cleaners. These homemade cleaners are cheap to make yourself and always ready to use.

Natural All-Purpose Spray Cleaner
2 tbsp vinegar
2 cups water
1 tsp borax
10-15 drops tea tree oil
Combine the ingredients and put the mixture into a clean spray bottle. Shake well. Use as you would any all purpose spray cleaner. Ideal for countertops. Tea tree oil helps prevent mold and mildew.

Simple Surface Cleaner
1 cup water
1 cup vinegar
Mix vinegar and water together and keep in spray bottle. This is a useful, everyday mixture to wipe down kitchen surfaces without the need for rinsing.

Non Toxic Heavy Duty Cleaner
1/4 cup vinegar
1 cup water
1 tsp borax
10 drops orange essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
Mix the water and the borax. Combine the rest of the ingredients to the mixture, and put into a clean spray bottle. Shake. Wipe surface clean and rinse. Ideal for grimy surfaces.

woman cleaning windowsHomemade Glass Cleaner
1/3 cup vinegar
2/3 cup water
Combine the vinegar and water in a clean spray bottle. Use just like Windex. (If you can’t stand the smell of vinegar, club soda works well too.) Tip: Dry windows with newspapers.

Anti-Streak Window Cleaner
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup isopropyl alcohol
Mix in a clean spray bottle, shake, apply and rinse. This mixture is great for windows that have accumulated build-up. If the glass is really greasy, you can add a drop or two of natural liquid soap. This cleaner should due the trick after one or two applications, and I recommend you return to a vinegar cleaner as soon as possible (due to the rubbing alcohol).

Natural Stain Remover
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp natural dish soap
1 tbsp vegetable glycerin
Mix together, shake and store in a clean spray bottle. Rub well into the stain (the sooner the better!) and wash clothes as usual.

Painted Cabinets Cleaner
1/4 cup baking soda
1 cup ammonia
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water.
Mix ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. Spray onto painted surface and rub in with a sponge. Rinse with a clean sponge dampened with water. Wipe dry completely.

For more homemade cleaner recipes, see: Homemade Floor and Carpet Cleaners or How to Make Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaners.