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7 DIY Cleaning Products You Must Try: Natural, Eco-friendly and Zero Waste!

Updated: Jun 11

Not only store bought chemical cleaners can be bad for the environment but also your own health. Luckily, making your own home cleaning products couldn't be any easier. Did I mention that they are also zero-waste?! Most of the recipes listed below contain basic ingredients such as vinegar or utilise leftover ingredients such as citrus peels. They are extremely cost-effective, safe and only take a couple of minutes to make.

1) All Purpose Lavender & Rosemary Infused Cleaner


Once you try this recipe, you won't be able to come back to commercial cleaning sprays. It is not only extremely good for removing any stain or dirt residue but it smells truly amazing... and the best part is that you can be as creative as you wish. Citrus peels leftovers would work wonders too! The main ingredient, vinegar, is known to kill not only bacteria but viruses and even mould! Meaning it is more than sufficient for your households cleaning needs.


Place 1 cup of lavender flowers + a few sprigs of rosemary into a jar of your choice (depending on the size of jar you used, you may need to add more than these measurements). Fill your jar with about 2 cups of vinegar, give it a good stir and seal with a lid. Allow to sit for 1-2 weeks. Once it’s finished sitting, dilute with equal parts of water and you’re ready to start cleaning!

Disclaimer: Whilst this cleaner is suitable for most surfaces- high concentrations of vinegar can damage wood and marble overtime, unless diluted with water as advised.

Image and recipe by @fromevelynsheart

2) Natural Laundry Detergent Powder

Made out of only 4 ingredients, extremely cost-effective and kind to your skin. Simply combine all the ingredients listed below. Use 1-2 tablespoons per load, wash as usual. Safe to store for up to a year!


3 cups of washing soda, 1 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of grated Castile soap and 10-15 drops of essential oil of your choice.

Photo by @wandering_wild_home


Another quick yet effective swap anyone can make at home. Simply mix all the four ingredients and transfer to a bottle with a dispenser!


1 cup of liquid Sal Sud soap, 1 cup of water, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 15-20 drops of essential oil of your choice (grapefruit or tea tree oils work great as they are also antibacterial!)

Photo and recipe by @theglassisalwaysgreener

4) DIY Shower Spray Cleaner

Easy to make shower cleaner for those of you that don't like the smell of vinegar. This cleaner is great for showers with a glass shower screen and can be used on enamel as well. All you need is: borax, citric acid and essential oil of your choice.


Boil 500ml of water and let cool down for about 10 mins. Add 2 tablespoons of borax and 1 tablespoon of citric acid. * Important to do it slowly as otherwise it will bubble up like a volcano! Mix well until dissolved. Lastly add 20 drops essential oil - optional.

Photo and recipe by @chelseahennard

5) DIY PLASTIC-FREE Dishwasher Powder & Tablets

Dishwasher Powderedishwasher, this could be a great alternative to the conventional dishwasher powder. It could be used both as a powder OR turn it into tablets. All you need is 1 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of citric acid, 1 tablespoon of sal sud soap, 10 drops of essential oils and silicone moulds (if decided to go with the tablet option).


Combine all dry ingredients in a glass bowl. Add the Castile soap in slowly and mix while adding it in. The mixture will foam as you add the Castile soap, but that’s normal, just keep mixing until it’s all incorporated. Then add the essential oils and mix one more time. Let it sit for ten minutes to let the foaming calm down. Your texture should look similar to wet sand after the ten minutes.

At this point, you can pop it into molds OR keep as a powder! To keep the powder from turning into a solid rock of detergent, make sure that you’re stirring the detergent about every 30 minutes until the mixture is completely dry. Once it’s dry, transfer to air tight container. Use 2-3 tablespoons per wash.

Photo and recipe by @zeroquestpeople

6) Reusable Wet Wipes

These wipes are real life saver and not only when travelling. Since they are made using only natural ingredients, they could be used on various surfaces as well as body parts.


Prepare the mixture of: small cup of previously boiled water, teaspoon of coconut oil, teaspoon of natural soap of your choice, 4 drops of essential oil of your choice. Soak little cotton rounds in the mixture, roll them up and squeeze into an empty soap tin, then close with a lid ready to go.

Photo and recipe by @chelseahennard

7) Natural Scent Room Spray

Perfect recipe for anyone looking for everything refresher but is trying to move away from synthetic and toxic substances in their household. All you need is an unflavoured vodka, rose water and essential oils of your choice.


Simply combine 1 tablespoon of unflavoured vodka, 3 tablespoons of rose water (alternatively filtered H2O) and 15-20 drops of your favourite essential oils (some amazing combinations include juniper berry, peppermint, jasmine, and a bit of lavender. Fresh and relaxing!


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