Green and Natural House Cleaning Recipes and Buying Guide

If you would like to reduce the toxins in your home, you’ve come to the right place! Here is the list of all my green and natural cleaning recipes on the blog, updated regularly.

I became interested in green and non-toxic cleaning after my second son was born, when a friend lent me her copy of  “Clean House, Clean Planet”. I read that sucker cover to cover and loved learning all her recipes for non-toxic cleaners. Ever since, I’ve been making my own at home for a fraction of the cost of the toxic ones, let alone the non-toxic ones in the stores!

Green and Natural House Cleaning Recipes - All Easy and Frugal, too!

Here are all my natural cleaning recipes on the blog, and I’ll add more as I create them.

Around the House


My Merry Messy Life: Non Toxic Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Castile Soap, Baking Soda and Essential Oils

This is one of my most popular bathroom cleaning recipes. It’s easy and works very well! Click on the picture for the recipe.


Homemade Laundry Detergent with Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap

An easy and cheap way to detox your home is to start making your own laundry detergent! Click on the picture for my recipe.


DIY Homemade Drain Cleaner

This is another really easy and cheap recipe that anyone can do at home! Click on the picture for the recipe.


Buying Guide

Are you interested in starting to make your own cleaners at home but are overwhelmed by how to do it and where to start? I suggest doing one thing at a time, take baby steps. Pick one cleaner on this list and make it. Get used to how it works and where the supplies are in your grocery store. Then, make another one. Before you know it, you’ll be like me and the toxic cleaners will be gone forever, along with the toxic load on your house and body.

Here are the basic ingredients I use in almost all my household cleaners:

  • White Distilled Vinegar (where to buy)
  • Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap (any scent is fine, this is just my favorite for cleaning) (where to buy)
  • Baking Soda (where to buy)
  • Essential Oils – the ones I use the most are lavender, tea tree oil, lemon, and Purification (where to buy high quality essential oils)
  • Super Washing Soda (you can make this by baking soda, but I cook all the time so I buy it instead!) (where to buy)
  • Industrial Spray Bottle (where to buy)

horizontal-barInterested in what you see here? Check out my eBook, 31 Days to Detoxify Your Life, for even more green and natural cleaning products for your home. This 200-page book includes recipes to detox your home, body, food and medicine cabinet!


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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. I love your green recipes. I made the deodorant and it really works. The only thing is it does stain white clothing. Do you have any suggestions to prevent it. I haven’t made your stain remover. Would that work?

    • Stephanie says:

      I don’t know how to prevent the stain, I’ll leave that one to the guru… but I do know that peroxide will take protein stains out of white clothes if you haven’t already washed the clothes. Let the peroxide sit and bubble into the stain, then add a little more and scrub (I use an old toothbrush) before throwing it into a regular wash, and that should do it!
      Once the clothes have already gone through a dryer cycle, the stain is pretty set, though. I don’t know if the same method will work. I do know that if you use bleach, you’ll permanently set in a yellow stain (since sweat is a protein stain, it reacts with bleach).

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  3. I’ve just happened upon your site and have been enjoying some of wonderful recipes and advice you offer here.
    I strongly feel a greener, less toxic and more sustainable natural way of life is definately something to look for. I noticed you have several articles on laundry and stain removal. Have you tried soapnuts before?

    They are completely natural and sustainable product that we just love you can boil them to make a liquid detergent or just use 4-6 (depends on how hard you water is) in a muslin pouch soaked in warm water for about 10-15 mins. I’ve found our clothing is cleaner especially the whites and it works in cold water. Since we’ve been using them we haven’t had to use any softener whatsoever and have had no static cling. It’s gentle enough for delicates and i keep one in my purse and if i spill something you just wet with a little bit of water on rub on the stain. It seems to work as a great pretreatment and most stains just come right out.

    I highly recommend trying these great little guys. For a house of 2 ppl we’ve had a 1lb bag last almost 1 1/2 years as you can reuse the nuts 3-4 times and then just compost them. Even better i’ve seen some recipes for using them as dish soap and dishwasher detergent and they are low suds and suitable for the HE laundry machines . Apparently you can even use them on hair and face etc and babies since they are that gentle.

    • Wow, Kate, I think you have sold me on them! I have always heard of soap nuts, but since the other methods I’ve been using work very well for me, I just never needed to try a new green thing. I’m going to check into this and write about it! Thanks!

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  5. Homemade disinfecting wipes – Awesome idea!

  6. Wow! I am so happy I came across your green and natural guide! I am fond of green recipes for cleaning and I am absolutely against chemical products! Homemade laundry detergent is awesome! So I really appreciate what you do! Keep the great work!

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    Hi Sara,

    We would love to have a dishwasher but for now must wash by hand. My family is convinced that I won’t be able to find a dishwashing soap recipe that meets all their criteria;

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    Smells good

    Cheap (no more than 4 dollars for a 700 ml bottle)

    Easy on hands

    Easy to make

    If you can please help me out…? I have pinned your dishwashing liquid for the magical time when we will hopefully be able to have a dishwasher, but I would really like to go greener until then too. Can you please help?

    Thank you so much for your lovely blog!

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