I don’t know about you, but I am not a naturally gifted house cleaner, so I’ve had to learn the hard way a lot over the years!  Thankfully some of those hard lessons have taught me valuable lessons.  One of those valuable lessons was this homemade chemical free cleaner!

Homemade Chemical Free Cleaner: Only Two Ingredients!

The idea was born out of my toilet cleaning routine.  Every time I would need to clean the bathroom I was assembling all the different ingredients, the baking soda, the essential oils, the vinegar, etc.  Not very time effective.

So I asked myself, could I make this easier?  And I believe that I have!

Make it ahead to save time and money!

This powdered cleaner is so simple, easy to make ahead and store, and is useful for a TON of very effective and super inexpensive cleaning jobs…all around the house!  In fact, when I figured out my cost of the ingredients for this powder and added in the other ingredients that you might need for certain uses, my cost is only about 50 cents per use!

So here is how you make this homemade chemical free cleaner:

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Wide Mouth Mason Jar with lid (or any clean glass jar with a wide top, but it needs to hold at least 3 cups or more)
  • 2 cups of baking soda (The best price for bulk baking soda for cleaning is to buy a large bag at a warehouse club)
  • 100 drops of Purification Essential Oil Blend (This is the secret to making sure that this cleaner is a powerhouse for cleaning AND deodorizing.  I get mine through Young Living Essential oils.  See more info here)

Here’s what you do:

  1. Add the baking soda to the glass jar, and then drop in 100 drops of Purification Essential Oil Blend.
  2. Either put the lid on and shake the jar thoroughly to combine, or mix with a metal spoon until all the essential oil has been so mixed with the baking soda that you can’t see any wet spots.
  3. Put the lid on tightly and label.  Make sure you print out the recipe (below) and keep it handy so you can use this make ahead powder for many uses!

So what are some of my favorite ways to use this make ahead cleaning powder?

  • Bathroom:

    • Clean the Toilet by adding 2 TBSP of the powdered homemade cleaner and 2 TBSP white vinegar to the bowl and allow to sit for 30 minutes before brushing and flushing!
    • Clean porcelain showers, sinks, tubs, and more by mixing 2 TBSP of the powdered cleaner with 1 TSP of unscented castile soap (dishwashing soap will do in a pinch, but try to get the castile if you want to keep it chemical free) and enough water to make a paste.  Then scrub using a rag and then rinse clean!
    • Freshen a stale or stinky bathroom by placing 1 TBSP of the powdered cleaner in a small, open-topped container on a high shelf.
  • Kitchen

    • Keep your trash can fresh, add 1-2 TBSP to the bottom of the can before you add your trash bag! Replace when necessary.
    • Clean the inside of hard to clean glassware.  Just fill the container 1/3-1/2 full with water, then add 1 TSP of the powder and 1 TSP white vinegar and allow to sit 5-10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
    • Clean your sink and glass-topped stoves with a gentle scrub using 2 TBSP powdered cleaner, to 1 TSP liquid castile soap, and enough water to make a paste.  Then either rinse or wipe clean with a wet cloth.
  • The Laundry Room

    • Add extra stink-busting to smelly laundry.  Add 1-2 TBSP to your washer with your normal detergent and wash as normal.
    • Forgot the laundry in the washer?  No problem, just run the washer through a rinse cycle with 1-2 TBSP of the homemade natural cleaner.
  • Around the House

    • Freshen your vacuum by adding 1 TBSP of the homemade powdered cleaner to your vacuum cleaner bag or canister before you start cleaning.
    • Freshen pet areas by placing a small bowl with 1-2 TBSP of the powdered cleaner in an open-topped container on a high shelf near where pets sleep, play, or have pet boxes.
    • De-stink carpets by sprinkling a some of the powder from a shaker bottle (or a re-used Parmesan cheese shaker) over the carpet, allowing to sit for a few minutes and then vacuuming up.

This cleaning powder has become an indispensable part of my cleaning routines, it is so simple and works so well!

Let me know if you come up with any other uses and we’ll add them to the list!

Oh, and share this with a friend who you think would enjoy a simplified homemade natural cleaner!