Stop Buying Cleaning Sprays With These All-Natural Swaps You Can DIY

Ditch the chemicals with these easy-to-make, all-natural versions of cleaners you use on the reg.

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February 16, 2021

Love the thought of making your own household cleaners, but aren't sure where to start? Ease into the world of natural cleaning with our three super simple recipes for homemade glass cleaner, dusting spray and an all-purpose cleaning spray, plus tips on how and where to use them.

Spray #1: All-Purpose Cleaner

This fresh-smelling spray can be used on kitchen countertops, range surfaces, backsplashes, bathroom countertops, floors, the exterior of your toilet, shower walls and various other smooth surfaces. Simply spray and wipe, just as you would with a store-bought cleaner. And don't worry about the mild vinegar scent — it'll disappear once the solution dries.

Tip: For extra-tough messes, warm the solution in the microwave until just hot, then spray and let sit for 10-15 minutes before scrubbing and rinsing. Always test on a small area if you're unsure how the cleaner will react with your surfaces.

DIY All-Purpose Citrus Cleaner
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What You'll Need

  • oranges + cinnamon sticks
  • lemons + rosemary sprigs
  • grapefruit + lavender stalks
  • distilled white vinegar
  • filtered water

Directions

Choose one of the above ingredient pairings. Peel citrus, removing as much fruit as possible from the peels. Add peels to sealable glass jar until almost full. Add the second ingredient in its whole form, no need to bruise or tear. Fill the jar with vinegar, attach the lid and let the mixture sit for up to four weeks. Reserve empty vinegar bottle for later use.

When the mixture has cured, fill the empty glass vinegar bottle halfway with filtered water. Use a strainer and funnel to fill the bottle the rest of the way with the prepared vinegar solution. Screw on the spray nozzle and use it as needed.

Spray #2: Glass Cleaner

This spray works so well, you'll never have to buy the blue stuff again. Use on windows, mirrors, chrome fixtures or other hard surfaces that could use a shine.

What You'll Need

Directions

Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle. Shake well. Spray on glass and wipe with a lint-free cloth.

Spray #3: Dusting Solution

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Man cleaning table in home with cloth

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Directions

Add all ingredients to the spray bottle and shake to combine. Spray lightly on dusty surfaces and wipe with a lint-free cloth. And, as always, test on an inconspicuous area if you're unsure how your surfaces will react.

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