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7 Best Ingredients for Homemade Cleaning Products

March 21, 2018


Are you interested in homemade cleaning products?  If so, you’re in the right place!


DIY cleaning may seem overwhelming at first, we’re here to show you that it's actually as simple as it is effective!  The first step is to understand the ingredients you’ll be using and to get you started, we’ve put together a list of the 7 best ingredients for homemade cleaning products.


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Essential Oils

Essential oils top our list because they’re not only a powerful addition to all homemade cleaning products but they also smell amazing!  Every essential oil has its own unique benefits, and many of them are great for disinfecting and deodorizing and have anti microbial, anti fungal, and antibacterial properties.  For cleaning, we particularly love tea tree, peppermint, oregano, and lemon oils.


How to use them: Add a few drops in to any homemade cleaning product base, or store bought carrier oil, to amp up the cleaning power.


Baking Soda

Baking soda is probably the first natural cleaning product that jumps to mind, and for good reason!  Its list of uses are seemingly endless, and it can take on grease and dirt and is great for deodorizing.  It’s also a natural abrasive, so you can use it as a gentle scrub.


How to use it: Sprinkle it into shoes or the garbage pail to neutralize smells.  You can also use it on almost any surface with a cleaning pad to scrub the surface clean.  



Vinegar is a cleaning super star!  While it doesn’t remove dirt, it will disinfect and cut through grease and soap scum.


How to use it:  There are SO many ways to use vinegar around the house.  One of the most common ways is to make a 50/50 mix with water and use it as an all-purpose spray. Don't worry- the smell quickly dissipates, especially if you add a few drops of essential oil to the mix.


Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is great for disinfecting, and it’s also one of the best natural stain removers!


How to use it: Dab it onto a stain (we advise from the back of the stain to push it out of the fibers) and leave for a few minutes before throwing clothing in the wash.  To keep your whites extra white, add ½ cup hydrogen peroxide to your washing machine.



Use lemons to disinfect, brighten, and remove stains.  Make sure to use fresh lemon juice, not the bottled stuff from concentrate!


How to use it: Sprinkle baking soda onto the inside of a piece of lemon rind and scrub your sink clean- it will sparkle!  Avoid using on natural stone and marble.


Castile Soap

I’m sure you’re not surprised to see this one on the list because, really, what can’t castile soap do?  It’s a gentle plant based concentrated soap that cuts through dirt, grime, and grease, and kills germs.


How to use it: Mix a few drops into water to create a cleaning spray or floor cleaner.  You can also mix it 50/50 with baking soda to make a powerful cleaning scrub, perfect for sinks and showers.



While we’re by no means opposed to a pre-cleaning martini, that’s not what we’re suggesting here!  Vodka is a powerful natural disinfectant, and it’s great for killing mold and mildew and cutting through soap scum.


How to use it: Make a 50/50 mix of vodka to water and add a few drops of essential oils.  Use it as a disinfectant spray on cutting boards and countertops and as a shower cleaner.  This is also our secret ingredient for a streak free glass cleaner. Avoid using it on natural stone or marble.


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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. 
My Lemon Crate recipes are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.​​


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