DIY Cleaning Products to Kick off Spring Cleaning

Updated: Aug 30

DIY Cleaning Products to Kick off Spring Cleaning

Spring has officially sprung, at least on the calendar if not in Colorado. And one thing even those of us who hate cleaning tend to do is Spring cleaning. After a long winter of being bundled up in a closed-off house, it always feels good to dust the winter away, open the windows and welcome the season. But one thing I hate is commercial cleaning products.

Don’t get me wrong, I keep a bottle of Lysol and one of Bar Keepers Friend on hand at all times and I’m a big fan of toilet bowl cleaner but all most all other cleaners and detergents bother either my nose, my lungs, or my skin. I’m one of those people that are incredibly sensitive to fragrances, particularly since my battle with COVID 16 months ago left me with parosmia (a terrible condition where most things taste and smell like death.) Some of the worse offenders for me are artificial fragrances. To sum up, cleaning is never fun, but when the cleaning products make you want to throw up, it’s less fun. So to combat that, enter DIY cleaning and bath products which I’ll be posting soon!

Each of the products on this list is quick and simple to make and with a few exceptions, most of the ingredients can be found in almost every home. Plus, at the end, I've included a free set of downloadable, printable labels for your new cleaning products!

All-purpose Cleaner
  • Spray bottle

  • Funnel

  • 1 cup distilled water

  • 1 cup white distilled vinegar

  • 1/2 lemon juiced (optional)

  • 15 drops lavender essential oil or peppermint, orange, or lemon

Using your funnel pour all the ingredients into a 16oz. spray bottle. Shake gently before each use. Be sure to store this one in the fridge so you don’t risk the fresh lemon juice spoiling on you. As a side note - Do NOT use a vinegar cleaner on marble or granite surfaces.

Simple DIY Scrubbing Powder
  • A tight sealing jar

  • Baking Soda

  • Washing Soda

In your jar, mix 4 parts baking soda with 1 part washing soda. Be sure to label your jar so it doesn’t get mistaken for anything else, and use it for all of your scrubbing needs!

Fragrant DIY Dusting Spray
  • Spray bottle

  • Funnel (optional)

  • 1 cup of water

  • 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

  • 5 drops of lemon essential oil

  • 5 drops of grapefruit essential oil

  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil

Using a funnel if needed, add one cup of water and 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to your bottle. Next, add in two tablespoons of olive oil. Then add 5 drops of each of your essential oils. Shake well to combine before each use.

To Use: Spray on the dusty surface then wipe off with a microfiber cloth.

DIY Carpet Powder

Baking Soda

Ground Cloves

Orange Essential Oil

Metal Bowl

Metal Whisk

Shaker Bottle (a parmesan bottle works great!)

Add baking soda to a bowl and combine with your desired level of ground cloves and essential oil and whisk to combine. Spoon or funnel it into your shaker container.

To Use: Shake the container before each use. Sprinkle carpet liberally, allow to sit for 10 minutes, and then vacuum as usual.

Easy DIY Oven Cleaner
  • Non-reactive bowl (metal or glass)

  • Baking Soda

  • Liquid dish soap

  • Hydrogen peroxide

In your bowl, mix 3 parts baking soda (3 tablespoons) 1 part hydrogen peroxide (1 tablespoon), 1 part dishwashing soap (1 tablespoon).

To Use: Once combined coat your oven in the solution and let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping clean.

DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Small spray bottle

  • Funnel (optional)

  • ½ cup baking soda

  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon tea tree essential oil

Add your vinegar to the spray bottle using a funnel if needed then combine with the tee tree oil and shake gently to combine.

To Use: Spray vinegar mixture inside the bowl, on the seat, lid, and handle. Sprinkle the inside of the bowl with baking soda. Allow everything to sit for 5 or more minutes. Scrub the bowl with your toilet brush then wipe all other surfaces clean with a cloth.

Quick DIY Glass Cleaner
  • Spray bottle

  • Funnel

  • 1 cup distilled water

  • 2-3 tbsp. white vinegar

  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol

Add the rubbing alcohol and vinegar to a spray bottle, then fill with distilled water. Secure the lid tightly and shake thoroughly. For best results, look for that vinegar that says "made from grain" on the label.

Chemical Free DIY Air Freshener
  • 16-ounce glass spray bottle

  • Medium glass or metal bowl

  • Funnel (optional)

  • 2 cups of distilled water

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda

  • 15 - 20 drops of your choice of essential oils

To your bowl add baking soda and essential oils and mix thoroughly. Using a funnel (if needed) to pour the baking soda mixture into the glass spray bottle, then add the distilled water and gently shake to combine.

To Use: shake gently before each use. Spray anywhere you want to freshen the air.

Simple Powdered Laundry Detergent
  • A container with a tightly fitting

  • Borax

  • Washing soda

  • Grated flakes from a bar of soap (I tend to use a bar of unscented Ivory)

Mix 2 parts borax, 2 parts washing soda, and 1 part soap flakes to create your laundry detergent. If you want it to be a fine easily dissolvable powder run it through a food processor to fully combine. With this recipe, you can make as much or as little as you like so long as you keep the portions the same.

To Use: Add 2 - 3 Tbls to each load of laundry

Powerful DIY All-Purpose Stain Remover

Medium glass or metal bowl

Wire whisk or wooden spoon

Squeeze bottle

Funnel (optional)

Dawn Dish Soap (original blue)

Hydrogen Peroxide

Baking Soda

In your bowl, mix equal parts of all ingredients then transfer to your squeeze bottle. This recipe is great because you can make it in any quantity you like as long as you keep the portions equal.

To Use: Squeeze a generous amount onto your stain and work into fabric. Allow it to sit for 1-2 hours then wash as usual. *Note: do not allow to sit for over 24 hours as the dish soap blue could stain.

DIY Fabric Softener
  • A Spray bottle

  • A funnel

  • White Vinegar

  • Essential oils

Use a funnel to pour vinegar directly into a spray bottle. For every cup of vinegar you use, add 10 to 15 drops of essential oils. Seal spray bottle and shake to mix.

To Use: If you are line drying, hang your laundry then lightly spritz and allow to dry naturally. If using a commercial dryer, lightly spritz laundry before starting the dryer.

DIY Dryer Sheets
  • Medium glass or metal bowl

  • 15 - 20 5”x5” cloth squares (old T-shirts work well)

  • A quart size mason jar

  • ½ cup distilled water

  • 1 ½ cup white vinegar

  • 20 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) (optional)

To your bowl add vinegar, water, and essential oils if using and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. Stuff your “sheets” in your jar and pour vinegar solution over them. Shake to aid in the cloth saturation.

To Use: Simply pull out a sheet and throw it in the dryer with your clean clothing. Add the sheet back to the jar after use and refill the vinegar solution as needed.

Don't Forget Your Free Labels!

As promised, I have a complete set of adorable labels for all of your new cleaning products. There is a download link below the image. The labels are free and don't require an email or any other information, all we ask is that you use them ONLY for personal use.

Free - DIY Cleaning Product Labels
Download ZIP • 2.63MB

Cleaning Notes

Since almost all of these cleaners are made with vinegar, be sure to test them on a small inconspicuous area to make sure they don’t cause discolorations to your surfaces and fabrics. Other than that, happy spring and happy spring cleaning! Have I missed any of your favorite DIY cleaners? Let me know in the comments! And as always, until next time,

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