3 Cost Effective and All Natural Home Cleaning Recipes

While on my weekly shopping trip a couple months ago, I had several cleaning products on my list. The usual: tub and tile cleaner, all purpose and glass cleaner, and some of those grease cutting Lysol wipes. I dropped the items into my cart and proceeded to the check out.

As I went over the receipt when I got home, I noticed that those few items were far and away the most expensive items I’d purchased on that haul. There had to be a more cost effective way to clean my apartment, right? Not to mention a method that didn’t involve toxic odors and the use of chemicals I can’t even pronounce.

After perusing Pinterest and experimenting with items I already had around the house, here are three of the recipes I’ve adopted into my weekly cleaning ritual.

All Purpose Citrus Cleaner

You will need:

– an empty spray bottle

– ⅛ cup Dr. Bronner’s Scent Free or Citrus Soap

– 2 Tbsp white vinegar

– several drops orange oil

– water

Combine the first three ingredients in your spray bottle. Now fill the rest of the bottle with water and shake gently. I use this cleaner everywhere: from my kitchen and bathroom counters to spot cleaning baseboards and kitchen appliances.

Peppermint Bathroom Cleaner

You will need:

– empty spray bottle

– ⅛ cup of Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap

– 2 Tbsp white vinegar

– a few drops tea tree oil

– a few drops peppermint oil

– water

Combine the first four ingredients in your spray bottle. Next, fill the rest of the bottle with water and shake gently. I recommend using a light hand with the tea tree oil. It is quite potent and I find the scent can linger in the air. I use this mixture on my toilets and showers. Love it!

Grapefruit (Or Lemon) Spout and Drain Cleaner

This one is crazy easy but extremely effective!

You will need:

– 1/2 of a grapefruit or lemon

– kosher salt

Cut your citrus in half and sprinkle with salt. Rub the fruit and salt right onto your shower drain or sink spigot. There will be fruit all over your shower after this, so rinse thoroughly. The citrus is great for eating away any calcium buildup that may be there!