7 Substitutes to Chemical Based Home Cleaners: Clean Home the Green Way

This post is a compilation of DIY home cleaners.

Are you planning to give up chemical loaded cleaning products? Does cleaning home and household articles with chemicals bother you, as your toddler has recently started crawling around in house and you are super concerned about safety and potential side effects. Or it may simply be a worry about your near and dear ones because you don’t want to give your family an atmosphere full of toxins. Or just because you are gradually going all green.

Whatever the reason be; we have come up with seven effective DIY cleaners that will replace all the chemical based cleaning supplies at your home.

DIY cleaners and green recipes

1. Baking Soda:

Baking soda tops the chart when it comes to organic cleaning. It has been trusted by generations for its versatile cleansing properties. It acts as a disinfectant, deodorizes the surfaces, removes grease, oil & stains, cleans floors, walls & tubs.

All you need is warm water and a teaspoon of baking soda. Make a paste and rub it on the target area. It will reveal the shiny surface which has been hidden under the layer of dirt and grease.

Don’t use baking soda on metallic surfaces like stainless steel sink or aluminum racks.

2. Hydrogen Peroxide:

It is a non toxic and one of the cheapest cleansing and bleaching agents. Hydrogen peroxide acts as an oxidising agent and removes stains from clothes and all kinds of surfaces. It can effectively clean refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher.

hydrogen peroxide for green cleaning

Make a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water in a ratio of 1:1. Spread this solution on surface and leave it there for around 10 minutes. You will be able to clear up all the mess very easily. Check out all the why you should be using that little brown bottle of peroxide and it’s many uses.


3. White Vinegar:

It is a cleansing agent which can be used to clean windows, dishwashers, microwaves, bathtubs, towels and carpets. Acidic properties of white vinegar clean the stubborn stains, oil built up and grease while acting gently on the surfaces.

white vinegar is a green cleaner

Make a cleansing solution by mixing one cup of white vinegar in one cup of warm water. Keep this solution in a spray bottle and use it to get clean, shiny and germ free surfaces.

There are, however, certain places where white vinegar should not be used. These include marble, granite, stone tiles, hardwood floors and irons.

4. Lemon:

Lemon has cleansing properties because of its acidic nature. It can be used to clean almost everything in your home – sinks, bathtub, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, utensils- stainless steel, brass & copper, stubborn stains in bathroom & kitchen.

lemons for green and natural cleaning

Just rub a lemon on whatever you want to clean. It will give an incredible cleanliness.

You can also put some baking soda to enhance the efficacy.

5. DIY Drain Unclogging Solution:

You will need the following ingredients-

  • Baking Soda: 1 Cup
  • Salt: 1 Cup
  • Vinegar: ½ Cup

Pour all ingredients into the clogged drain and let them remain there for 15-20 minutes. Thereafter, pour half bucket of boiling water, followed by two three buckets of tap water. It will de-clog the drain.

6. DIY Glass and Screen Cleaner:


  • Lemon Juice: 2 tablespoons
  • White Vinegar: 1 tablespoon
  • Hot Water: 1 cup

Put all ingredients in a spray cleaner and clean any kind of glass or screens to remove all the dirt and stains.

7. DIY Multipurpose Cleaner:


  • Borax: 1 tablespoon
  • Organic Washing Soda: 1 tablespoon
  • Essential Oils of Lemon/ Peppermint/ Lavender (Any one or more): 10 drops

Directions: Put all the ingredients in a spray bottle and add two cups of water. Store this cleaner and use whenever needed.
This multipurpose cleaner can be used to clean bathroom, kitchen, floors, windows, tiles, and gadgets like microwave, fridge, dishwasher etc.

Final Thoughts

Next time when you run out of your cleaning supplies, don’t rush to the store. Rather give these alternative home based cleaners a try.

Organic cleaners will give you a healthier and cleaner home. These are safe on environment and ensure better air quality. You will need less chemical disinfectants because these cleaners disinfect the surfaces well.

Lastly, these will save you some bucks for sure.

Now don’t wait for anyone else to be a role model, when you can yourself set an example for a greener living.

Author Bio: Hello Readers !! Natalie and Caitlyn Bell are the founders of Healtholine, They started Healtholine to provide a platform where they could share informative articles related to health, fitness, beauty, weight loss etc Natalie is a featured author at various authoritative blogs in the health and fitness industry. Connect with both sisters to know more.

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