Frugal DIY Natural Home Cleaners

Easy-As-It-Gets Cleaning Spray

Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in your favorite spray bottle and voila! You have a quick and easy, yet effective all-purpose spray. (do not use vinegar on marble/granite surfaces)

  Barb Crawford


Herbal Antimicrobial Spray

This potent antimicrobial all-purpose spray takes the easy-as-it-gets spray up a notch! Choose any combo of the following herbs (fresh or dried will both work): lavender, mint, lemongrass, citrus peels, thyme, rosemary, sage, cloves, or oregano. Loosely fill a quart jar with your herbs and cover with white vinegar. Allow it to sit 2 -3 weeks before straining. Pour the quart of infused vinegar into an empty gallon jug and fill the remaining with distilled water. Then, fill your favorite spray bottle with the herb-infused mixture to clean most surfaces (again, no vinegar on marble/granite).

Marble & Granite Spray

Mix 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol with 2 cups of water and add 1-2 tsp of castille soap or an all natural dish soap. The alcohol makes this quicker drying and a safe, neutral ph solution for cleaning marble and granite surfaces. Fill your favorite spray bottle and you’re ready to clean!

Window & Mirror Spray

1 ½ cups of water

1 ½  tbsp of above herbal vinegar (can sub plain white vinegar)

1 ½  tbsp rubbing alcohol

Mix and add to your favorite spray bottle! I’ve found windows and mirrors simply are best cleaned with microfiber window cloth.

     Chris Martin



DIY Laundry Detergent

1 bar castille soap, grated

1 cup baking soda

1 cup washing soda

1 cup borax

Mix together and store in an airtight container. Use 1-2 tbsp per load.


Borax-Free Laundry Detergent

1 bar castille soap, grated

1 ½  cups washing soda

1 cup baking soda

½ cup  citric acid

¼ cup kosher salt

Mix together and store in an airtight container. Use 1-2 tbsp per load.

Both laundry detergent recipes work well in all types of washers. Just double check your manufacturer’s warranty info and recommendations.


Dishwasher Detergent

1 ½ cup citric acid

1 ½ cup washing soda

1 cup baking soda

½ cup kosher salt

OPTIONAL white vinegar for rinse dispenser

Mix all powder ingredients and store in an airtight jar. Use 1-2 tbsp per load. I’ve found for extra greasy and heavily soiled dishes, 3 drop of dish soap in the prewash compartment plus white vinegar in the rinse dispenser works perfectly. White vinegar can be used regularly for rinses.



You’ll see that my recipes don’t include essential oils. I like to use easy to find and common place ingredients in my recipes. Also, as an herbalist, I simply prefer whole plant materials as it provides a wider range of benefits. But, there is no harm in adding your favorite essential oils in moderation (5-10 drops is plenty for most every recipe I’ve shared) to add a lovely scent to your cleaners. I always, always recommend double checking contraindications before using any essential oil especially around children or pets. is my absolute favorite website for evidence based practices around eo use and safety.