DIY Cleaners

Baking soda, vinegar, castile soap and spray bottle

Zero out packaging waste from cleaners in disposable bottles. Using low-cost, natural ingredients, you can mix your own, save money and reduce toxics too! Store the cleaners in spray bottles, or jars, and reuse the same container when you need to mix more.

Here are a couple recipes to try, but you can find many more online. Always test a little bit on the surface you are cleaning to be sure it works well for your needs. 


All Purpose Cleaner

1 tbsp. white vinegar
½ tsp. borax
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tbsp. castile soap
2 cups hot water 

Add the first four ingredients to spray bottle, then slowly add the hot water and shake until the dry ingredients are dissolved.


Scrubbing Powder

½ cup baking soda
½ cup salt
½ cup borax powder 

Mix all ingredients together in a jar or bowl.

To use:

  • Lightly wet surface with water or undiluted white vinegar (for really bad messes)
  • Sprinkle powder on and let sit 5 minutes
  • Scrub with a sturdy brush until clean
  • Rinse with water or vinegar (for really bad messes)