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Mar 03.23

Green Cleaning: Simple DIY Cleaners

Posted In: LUSH Life >> Green

We admit it: cleaning up around the house is a lot less fun than making the mess in the first place! But there’s something especially satisfying about using homemade cleaning solutions to get your home in tip top condition. Not only can you fully customize your cleaning supplies (hello, mimosa-scented spray cleaner!), you’ll save yourself and your home from getting exposed to some potentially harmful chemicals too.

easy DIY cleaning solutions

To make things even easier, these simple recipes are made with ingredients that you probably have in your pantry already:

Baking Soda: Cleanses and deodorizes. It is a very mild abrasive, so it will polish up surfaces like the bathtub and toilet nicely.

White Vinegar: This is the grease-cutting powerhouse in these formulas, making it especially excellent on glass surfaces.

Lemon Juice: This naturally cleansing juice makes surfaces shine, and smells super fresh and fragrant.

Olive Oil: Olive oil deeply conditions wood surfaces, enhancing the natural gleam and protecting it from dryness.

Essential Oils: Use these as optional add-ins. These will brighten up the scent, and might leave you feeling a bit happier as well! Some traditionally clean-smelling choices are mint, eucalyptus, tea tree and lavender. These all have cleansing properties and add a perfumed punch to your mix. Choose your favorites, and get creative with the mixtures!


Glass and Countertop Spray

• ¼ cup white vinegar

• ¼ cup water

• 5-10 drops essential oil (optional)

Use a funnel or carefully pour all contents into a clean, empty spray bottle. Spritz onto surfaces directly and wipe with a soft cloth. The recipe fills a 3.5 fl. oz bottle, but can be very easily increased. If you need a little extra power in your mixture, simply increase the proportion of vinegar. The essential oils are optional, but are helpful if you’d prefer the mixture not smell like vinegar. Try using oils that brighten your mood, like sweet orange or neroli, to make cleaning a much more pleasant chore.


Tub and Bathroom Scrub

• 1/3 cup baking soda

• 1/3 cup white vinegar

• Juice from one ripe lemon, about a 1/3 cup

Use a whisk to mix all the ingredients thoroughly, and don’t be surprised by their fizzy reaction when they first meet! Once it’s all mixed up, dab a cloth or sponge into the mix and get scrubbing. Alternatively, pour the mix into your toilet or tub, let it sit for a few minutes, then whiz your scrub brush around and enjoy the sparkling clean results. Add in some coarse sea salt if you feel the mix needs more grit for an extra-stubborn job.


Wood Polish

• Juice from one ripe lemon, about a 1/3 cup

• 1/3 cup olive oil

• 1/3 cup water

• 3-6 drops essential oil (optional)

Using a funnel, carefully pour the ingredients into a clean bottle and put the lid on tightly. Gently shake bottle to mix it up, then apply a bit of the mixture to a soft cloth and get polishing! This recipe makes about one cup of polish, and we do recommend making a fresh batch each time. But keep the empty bottle with the rest of your cleaning supplies, so you can reuse it next time. As with all new cleaning products, test a small patch on an inconspicuous area just to make sure it doesn’t produce surprising results.

Feeling inspired to tackle your spring cleaning list? Let us know how our cleaning mixtures measured up!