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How to Keep Your House Clean—Naturally

Looking to clean up your cleaning up routine? In this episode of Simply, host Haley Cairo shows how to simplify your chores with DIY cleaning products.
By Lisa Milbrand
March 17, 2021
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Homemade natural cleaning products can work just as well as their commercial counterparts—and odds are, you probably already have many of the ingredients on your pantry or bathroom shelves.

Simply host Haley Cairo tests out some really effective homemade natural cleaning products that power through soap scum, window smudges, and more.

Pro Tip: For stubborn stains, leave the products sit for a few minutes to help reduce the amount of elbow grease you need to use.

Make your own natural all-purpose cleaner

For an all-natural cleaner, mix together the following and pour into a spray bottle.

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dishwasher detergent

Tip: To reduce the amount of elbow grease you need, let the cleaner sit on tough-to-clean spots for several minutes.

Create your own eco-friendly glass cleaner

To clean windows and mirrors streak-free (and naturally), mix up your own cleaner:

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 10 drops essential oil

Related: 3 Brilliant Cleaning Hacks Using Items from Your Pantry

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Glass Spray Bottles

$28; amazon.com

Upgraded spray bottles like these glass sprayers are perfect for your homemade cleaning concoctions.

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Mircofiber Towels

$14; amazon.com

Microfiber towels are a great eco-friendly alternative to paper towels and sponges—and they're easy to toss in the wash. 

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Glass Cleaner Towels

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These ultrafine microfiber wipes are perfect for a lint-free clean on glass and mirrors. 

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Essential Oils

$7; amazon.com

Using the right essential oils not only add a lovely fragrance to your cleaners—they can help boost their effectiveness, too.

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Baking Soda

$11; amazon.com

Baking soda makes the perfect all-natural scrub for cleaning sinks and other grimy spots. 

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Dishwasher Detergent

$15; amazon.com

A few drops of dishwasher detergent mixed with vinegar and water can make the perfect all-purpose cleaner.

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White Vinegar

$22; amazon.com

White vinegar is a key component of DIY glass cleaner and general purpose cleansers.

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Isopropyl Alcohol

$13; amazon.com

Isopropyl alcohol can be mixed with vinegar for an easy glass cleaner. 

Eco-Friendly Cleaner
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Branch Basics Starter Kit

$59, branchbasics.com

If you don't want to DIY your own, an eco-friendly concentrate can be mixed with water, reducing the amount of packaging you use.