Green Cleaning Cheat Sheet

(This page is a work in progress, I'm adding as I get time!)

These are the recipes that we use at home. Switching to all of these recipes was a very gradual process- basically as we ran out of a specific cleaner, I'd look up the recipe for the green version and replace it.

If you prefer to buy pre-made cleaners, I can recommend Method cleaners and Seventh Generation cleaners.

A couple of important notes: 

ALL bottles need to be clearly labeled with exactly what is inside. If a child, dog, or husband (hey, you never know) accidentally ingests a homemade solution, you are going to want to know exactly what they ingested. Poison Control probably would want to know too. 

You need to be extremely vigilant when mixing any kind of cleaning agent. This is true whether you are making your own or using commercial cleaners. If you are not 100% certain about what you're mixing, please stop and look it up online. This is incredibly important when you are using bleach or ammonia because toxic fumes can form.


All-Purpose Cleaner
2 tsp Borax
1/4 tsp liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner's)

Combine ingredients into a 16 oz spray bottle, fill to top with hot water. Shake to combine. 

Fancy Pants All Purpose Cleaner
2 cups water
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tsp castile soap
3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
20 drops tea tree oil
20 drops lavender essential oil

Shake in a 32 oz spray bottle.

Granite Cleaner
1/4 cup isopropyl rubbing alcohol
1 tsp dish detergent (I like Dawn)
Mix in a quart size spray bottle and fill to the top with water, shake before use.  

Mildew Cleaner
1 part hydrogen peroxide
2 parts water

Shake in a bottle. Spray and let sit for an hour and then rinse. 

Wood Floor Cleaner
1/4 cup vinegar
1 gallon warm water

Mop or sponge should just be slightly damp. Make sure to wipe up any excess water. I also highly recommend a steam mop- spray floor with vinegar/water mixture and then steam mop over it for an extra clean.

Oven Cleaner
Spray inside of oven with water, and then sprinkle with baking soda generously to form a paste. Let sit for a minimum of 20 minutes and then scrub. Repeat as needed. 

Microwave Cleaner
1/2 cup vinegar
2 cups water

Microwave vinegar and water in a microwave-safe bowl on high for 2-3 minutes. Wipe inside of microwave- the steam will loosen any mess.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1/4 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Vinegar

Mix ingredients, pour into basin, and let sit for a few minutes. Scrub and then rinse.

Leather Conditioner
1 quart warm water
1 tbsp very mild, natural baby soap
1-2 drops of vinegar

Mix ingredients. Dip a large cloth into solution and wring out. Apply evenly to leather and air dry. This can be used for any leather, but especially sofas, chairs, or car seats. 

Wood Furniture Polish
1/2 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar

Mix in a glass jar. Wipe onto wood surfaces with a soft rag.  

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine
4  Cups - hot tap water
1  Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax

- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
-Fill a clean 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)


Powdered Laundry Detergent - Top load machine
1   Fels-Naptha soap bar
1  Cup - Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 Cup Borax
-Grate soap or break into pieces and process in a food processor until powdered. Mix all ingredients. For light load, use 1 Tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 Tablespoons. Yields: 3 Cups detergent. (Approx. 40 loads) 

This is also a fantastic list of homemade cleaners. I have it saved in my bookmarks and reference it quite frequently!