I love that being “green” is becoming more of a mainstream topic these days. I never used to take too much interest in it {I mean, I didn’t like to litter, of course}, but once I had kids, a lot of my thoughts changed. I suddenly cared what was in the foods I bought. I cared about setting a good example for them. I cared about what I used to clean the very floors they crawled upon.

Of course, many of the green cleaning products sold in stores come with a heftier price tag than the chemical stuff. And unfortunately, along with worrying about green-ness when I became a mother, I also worried about money. It felt like a bit of a Catch 22. I decided to do some research a few years back, and I happily found that I could make my own cleaners while only spending $10 or less – and still have backstock to make more when my bottles ran out!

Today, I share with you my green cleaner “recipes”. I actually operate a cleaning business where I use these for the clients that request green cleaning solutions, so they are tried and true. Here you go – you’re welcome:

All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • ½ gal. water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (I added this to weaken the vinegar scent)

Directions: Spray of surface and wipe clean with a dry cloth (let sit longer for heavily soiled areas)


  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 4 tbsp vinegar
  • 3 cups hot water
  • ¼ tsp castile soap

Directions: Spray and wipe down. You will want to go over again with a cloth soaked in hot water so there is no baking soda residue leftover.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 1/8 cup castile soap
  • 10 drops essential oil

If possible, make this in a cleaned out ketchup or mustard squeeze bottle. Squeeze out along rim of toilet bowl then spray with pure vinegar, allow to foam for 10 min., flush. No scrubbing needed (unless extremely soiled)!

Glass Cleaner

  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp vinegar

Directions: Spray and wipe clean. This so far has not left any streaks for me!

Wood Floor Cleaner  

  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • 30 oz water

(do not allow vinegar to stay on wood, make sure it is rinsed properly.)

  • ¼ cup olive or vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • 10 drops essential oil

Directions: Use microfiber mop to apply and go over again with damp cloth with hot water to get vinegar off.

Dusting – Wood

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ½ cup lemon juice

Directions: Rub in with cotton or microfiber cloth using wide strokes. My wood has never looked so good!

So you see your shopping list to make all of these is pretty small…and in my opinion, these cleaners do the job.

Happy Green Cleaning!