The Go-To Green Cleaner Your Home Has Been Waiting For

5 Materials
10 Minutes

Ok, no one loves cleaning (and if you do, please don't brag  ) but we've got some great DIY all purpose cleaners for you that we promise you'll love! Our Material of the Week, liquid castile soap offers a safe, organic alternative to many store-bought insect sprays, all purpose cleaners and even laundry detergent. Castile soap is 100% safe for your skin and is made from all natural vegan oils. Pair it with your favorite essential oil, and not only will your home be sparkling clean, it'll smell great too!

Here are two of our favorites.

3 Ingredient Tub & Shower Cleaner

Hometalker Karen at  came up with this tub and tile cleaner after she spent years cleaning with vinegar and just wasn’t sold on the smell. (Let's face it, is anyone??) This DIY cleaner uses just 3 ingredients, cleans well and smells great.

To make this tub and tile cleaner, blend 3/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup liquid castile soap together until combined. The mixture will be thick. If you want a smoother cleaner, add a little water and stir again.

Add 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil, blend well, and you're done. It smells so good -- no sharp vinegar smell, just a fresh, clean lemony fragrance!

Use this cleaner in your shower, tub, sinks, and counter tops. It effectively cleans and rinses to a sparkling shine every time. Not only is it a fantastic, chemical-free cleaner, you can't beat the smell! Win-win!

DIY Essential Oil & Castile Soap Cleaner

For this all-purpose DIY cleaner, Chanda over at  combined castile soap and essential oils for a kid-safe, pet-safe, cleaner that works!

To make your own: Fill your spray bottle 3/4 of the way with fresh water. Add 1/4 cup of your favorite castile soap. Chanda recommends almond, peppermint or lavender.

Next, add 10 drops each of lemon oil and tea tree oil. Mix by gently shaking. Both lemon oil and tea tree oil kill bacteria and fungus without introducing harmful chemicals into your home. And...they smell awesome!

Cheers from Chanda for a happy healthy home, and a clean, green DIY cleaning solution!

Suggested materials:

  • Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap
  • Lemon Oil Essential Oils
  • Tea Tree Oil Essential Oils
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  • Carol Cole Carol Cole on Aug 29, 2018

    Then ,just to be sure, you scrub it with the stuff in the dish and then spray it?

  • Kris Kris on Aug 29, 2018

    Anyone know how to remove melted vasoline from my favorite vinyl backpack and poly clothes. It got on a bra and I have washed it 6 times and still greasy wet feel when dry.

  • Tgw1 Tgw1 on Aug 29, 2018

    how do you use the tile cleaner, it looks like goop.


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  • Sandra Bock Sandra Bock on Aug 29, 2018

    the problem in the back of my car an on carpet.

  • Sandra Bock Sandra Bock on Aug 30, 2018

    I try that I was thinking about the Borax an Dawn soap but wasn't sure. But how ever I do still have the cleaner left as well. so I try that again . Thank you for your help.

    • RLC771 RLC771 on Aug 30, 2018

      Hey Sandra..

      What exactly are you dealing with? Is there a stain and odor in your car's carpet or just an odor?