5 DIY Green Cleaning Products You Can Make from Household Items

Because Maid-zen is a green cleaning company, we like to help our customers maintain a clean home without using toxic cleaners and chemicals. Luckily, there are a lot of ways you can put together some great DIY cleaning products with household items that you likely have lying around the house.

Few things are more welcoming than the scent of a clean home, and natural DIY home cleaning solutions help you eliminate dirt and bacteria safely. Plus, the ingredients for these magical concoctions are probably in your cupboard already.

Below are 5 DIY residential cleaning recipes that provide a non-toxic alternative for pennies:

1. All-Purpose Cleaner

If you think that only harsh toxins (like bleach) remove grime, you’re in for a treat. This DIY residential cleaning recipe prevents you from having to holding your breath while you clean your bathroom. Plus, you don’t need to worry about staining fabrics while you’re cleaning.

The recipe below is great tour an all-purpose cleaner for tabletop surfaces, windows, countertops, floors, bathroom surfaces and more.


  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Sprig of rosemary (optional)
  • A few drops of essential oils (optional)


Mix the first 3 ingredients together, and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Add your favorite essential oil or rosemary to boost the scent.

2. Fruit and Vegetable Spray

Fruit and veggies aren’t household items that you would regularly think about cleaning, but you may want to re-think that. Often vegetables and fruit come with a waxy residue and sometimes dirt and grime. This food-safe fruit and veg spray will help remove dirt or waxy residues from thin-skinned produce like tomatoes and cucumbers.


  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 3 cups of water


Combine the vinegar and water, and place the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray your produce, and allow them to sit for 10 minutes. Rinse and enjoy!

3. Streak-Free Window Cleaner

Ditch the Windex! A common misconception is that DIY home cleaning recipes do not prevent streaks, but with this streak-less window cleaner below, you’ll be able to get windows shining without any greasy residue.


  • 1/4 cup of white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 2 cups of water
  • A few drops of essential oils (optional)


Mix the first 4 ingredients together, and pour the concoction into a spray bottle. Shake extremely well to prevent the cornstarch from clumping. Add up to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil like lavender or lemon. Shake again to combine.

4. Carpet Cleaner

There’s nothing handier than a trusty, reliable carpet cleaner – especially if you have a pet in the house. This carpet cleaning solution below will help clean dirt and grime and even remove pet odors. Kiss muddy shoe prints and stubborn stains goodbye with this DIY residential cleaning recipe.


  • 1/4 cup of bleach-free dishwashing liquid
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 gallon of warm water


Combine all the ingredients, and store in a jug. Use with a steam cleaner for the ultimate deep clean.

5. Leather Cleaner

Leather is a special type of surface – it’s durable but also very susceptible to moisture. You can’t just spray it with cleaner and leave it at that. Leather needs to be treated properly in order to clean it and prevent doing any damage.


  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • A few drops of essential oils (optional)


Whisk the first 2 items together, but keep in mind that the mixture will remain somewhat separated. Add up to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Test a small area before you clean your entire piece.

Want an even deeper and eco-friendly cleaning solution? Maid Zen Cleaning Service provides Kingwood maid services as often as you need. Request a free estimate today.

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