DIY Green Spring Cleaning Recipes

It’s that time of the year again: Spring Cleaning. If you prefer to clean your home without using  harsh and possibly toxic chemical cleaners, we’ve rounded up 7 DIY green spring cleaning recipes.

Window Cleaner

  • 2 cups of water (distilled or filtered is best so it doesn’t leave residue)

  • 2 tablespoons vinegar

  • 10 drops essential oil of choice (optional- but it helps cut the vinegar smell)

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and use with a microfiber cloth. Get full instructions here.

Disinfectant Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar

  • 2 cups of hot water

  • 1 teaspoon Arm + Hammer Washing soda

  • 10 drops tea tree oil

Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle, spray surfaces, let sit for 10 minutes and wipe clean with a cleaning cloth or paper towel. More info here.

*Note that Vinegar cleaners shouldn’t be used on granite and/or marble; the acid in the vinegar will eat away at your granite and marble.

Oven Cleaner

  • Spray the oven with water

  • Generously apply baking soda

Let it sit for a few hours. You may have to spray more water periodically to keep the baking soda wet. Full directions here.

Disinfecting Wipes

  • 1 cup water

  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol

  • 2 Tbsp. Dawn dish soap (only use Dawn)

  • 2 Tbsp. ammonia (optional)

Mix the ingredients and pour it over rags. You can put these pre-moistened wipes in a baby wipe or plastic container. Full directions here.

Drain Cleaner

  • Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain,

  • Follow with 1/2 cup white vinegar down the drain, and cover with a plug or rag.

Let this mixture sit in the drain, and then flush with boiling water. More info here.

Carpet Stain Remover

  • 1 teaspoon dish washing liquid

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

  • 1 cup warm water

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Combine in a small spray bottle, generously spray the stain, and rub away with a towel. Full instructions here.

Air Freshener

  • Cut any fruits and place in water, add spices, extracts and herbs.

  • Fill your pot with water 3/4 the way full, and boil.

  • As soon as it reaches the boiling point, reduce to low heat and simmer.

See a bunch of recipe ideas here, such as Fall Wonderland, Gingerbread and Italian Backyard.