How To Deep Clean The House With DIY Chemical Free Cleaners

Does your house need a full out, deep clean? This year, clean your home with natural, chemical-free do it yourself cleaners.

I like to use natural, non-toxic cleaners and I prefer to make them myself. I feel I save a fortune on cleaning products this way. Even though some companies promise you that you save money, I’ve tried it, it doesn’t save you much at all. It does, however, make you feel better about the choices you make when choosing cleaning supplies. I am still a member of Melaleuca, and will occasionally purchase a cleaning product, but it has to be a special occasion because I know the value of my own DIY products are better.

I use regular, super common household products in my cleaning routine. You’ll find hundreds of articles on how to use these cleaning supplies on Pinterest alone, but this is my entire process from start to finish and I hope it is helpful to at least one person.  

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Supplied Needed For DIY Cleaners

  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Castile Soap (Liquid)
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Lemon Oil (Because I like the smell) ((optional))
  • Water



The Cleaners Those Supplies Create

Products I DIY

  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Floor Cleaner
  • Window Cleaner
  • Disinfectant Spray

How To DIY The Cleaners

All Purpose Cleaner

Makes approximately 3 cups of cleaner which is 1 spray bottle for me.

  • ½ cup white distilled vinegar
  • 2 Cups of water
  • 1 Tablespoon of Castile Soap

Combine ingredients into a spray bottle and shake shake shake baby. Don’t forget to label these bad boys. I use a sharpie marker directly on the bottle for simplicity, you can also print out a label if you’re tech-savvy.

Floor Cleaner

Makes 48oz of cleaner which for me is an old Mr. Clean all purpose cleaner container. (Repurpose!)

  • 4 cups of Water
  • 2 cups of castile soap
  • 30 drops of lemon oil (for smell)

Mix it all together and shake shake shake.

Can you tell I have way too much fun making cleaners?

Don’t forget to label these bad boys. I use a sharpie marker directly on the bottle for simplicity, you can also print out a label if you’re tech-savvy.

Window Cleaner

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

Combine ingredients in a bottle and shake shake shake. Don’t forget to label!

Disinfectant Spray

  • 1/2  vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 50-60 drops tea tree essential oil
  • Combine ingredients in a bottle and shake shake shake. Don’t forget to label!

Please note: You can also use Vodka instead of vinegar if you would like. Our family does not have alcohol in the house, therefore, we use vinegar. These cleaners are ones that I personally use in my home, and I know they work. If you have any concerns about the formulas, please let me know!

Clean With Me!

When I clean my home, I like to start with the room that is farthest from the kitchen so that I finish my cleaning routine in the kitchen. This is just the way that naturally makes sense for me.

For our bungalow style home, the bedrooms and bathroom are the first places to start cleaning!

Master Bedroom

Cleaners Used

All Purpose Cleaner, Rags, Laundry Basket (or 2), Floor Cleaner, Window Cleaner, Baking Soda, Disinfectant Spray

  • Pick up random items off the floor
  • Change the sheets and start or continue a dirty laundry basket
  • Sweep the floors (Vacuum if you have carpet)
  • Wipe down surfaces with all-purpose cleaner (Bedframe, dressers, night tables, shelving)
  • Toss curtains into the dirty laundry basket
  • Wash floor with Floor Cleaner (Steam clean if carpet)
  • Sprinkle baking soda onto mattress (to vacuum later)
  • Clean window tracks and windows with window cleaner
  • Wipe down doorknobs, walls and light switches with a disinfectant spray

As a bonus task, I’ll go through the closet and grab the winter items that I won’t be needing until next fall and put them into the basement.

Tip: Move your dirty laundry basket along with you to the next room unless it is too full, then go throw it into the wash!

Kids Bedroom

Cleaners Used

All Purpose Cleaner, Rags, Laundry Basket (or 2), Floor Cleaner, Window Cleaner, Disinfectant Spray

  • Pick up clothing and random items off the floor
  • Take all toys and throw into the basket to give a good wash in the kitchen later
  • Spray plush toys with the disinfectant spray
  • Wipe down surfaces (shelving, night tables, bed frame)
  • Throw curtains into the wash (wipe down blinds with all-purpose cleaner)
  • Sweep floor (under beds too)
  • Wash floor with floor cleaner(under beds too)
  • Clean window tracks with all-purpose cleaner
  • Wash windows with window cleaner
  • Wipe down doorknobs, walls and light switches with the disinfectant spray

I do this 2 times because I have 2 kids bedrooms to do. It actually doesn’t end up taking me too long to complete these rooms once I get into a groove.

Bathroom

Cleaners Used

All Purpose Cleaner, Floor Cleaner, Rags, Tub Cleaner, Disinfectant Spray

  • Scrub in and around the toilet with the all-purpose cleaner
  • Wash bathtub  with tub cleaner
  • Clean soap scum off soap holders
  • Wipe countertop and sink with the all-purpose cleaner
  • Throw mats and seat covers into the laundry bin
  • Sweep floors
  • Wash floors with floor cleaner
  • Clean mirror with window cleaner
  • Throw away expired medicine / make up
  • Organize under the sink “junk”
  • Replenish extra toilet paper stack

Hallway

Cleaners Used

Floor Cleaner, All Purpose Cleaner, Disinfectant Spray

  • Clean walls and light switches with the disinfectant spray
  • Sweep floor
  • Mop floor with floor cleaner
  • Tidy up hallway closet (we keep our towels and extra bedding here)
  • Throw new scent beads into the closet

Living Room

Cleaners Used

All Purpose Cleaner, Rags, Laundry Basket (or 2), Floor Cleaner, Window Cleaner, Disinfectant Spray

  • Pick up random items off the floor
  • Throw plastic toys into “washing” bin that I created earlier
  • Throw plush toys into kids rooms after disinfecting spray
  • Wipe down surfaces with all-purpose cleaner (coffee table, side tables, tv stand, back of tv, shelving etc)
  • Clean couch (Microfiber couch clean with steam cleaner)
  • Toss removable chair cover into the laundry basket
  • Take down curtains, throw into the laundry basket (wipe down blinds)
  • Sweep floors
  • Wash floors
  • Wipe remotes
  • Clean living room pillows and blankets
  • Clean off walls, light switches with the disinfectant spray
  • Window tracks
  • Clean windows with window cleaner

Front and Back Entryways

Cleaners Used

All Purpose Cleaner, Rags, Disinfectant Spray

  • Remove winter footwear and replace with spring/summer footwear
  • Clean the floor where footwear was living all winter with floor cleaner
  • Shake out / vacuum entryway rug
  • Take away winter wear from the closet and replace with summer wear

Dining Room

Cleaners Used

All Purpose Cleaner, Rags, Floor Cleaner, Window Cleaner,  Disinfectant Spray

  • Pick up random items and throw into laundry/kitchen
  • Wash table and chairs  from top to bottom with the all-purpose cleaner
  • Sweep floors
  • Wash floors with floor cleaner
  • Clean light switches
  • Clean computer desk
  • Organize paper clutter
  • Spray computer chair with the disinfectant spray
  • Throw curtains into the laundry bin

Before you head into the kitchen, start a load of laundry and go back to the bedroom that has baking soda on the mattress. Vacuum up the baking soda and flip the mattress over. Sprinkle with baking soda again and go to the kitchen.

Kitchen

Cleaners Used

All Purpose Cleaner, Rags, Floor Cleaner, Window Cleaner, Disinfectant Spray, Soap

  • Wash dishes
  • Dry dishes
  • Put away dishes
  • Take everything off countertops and wipe down
  • Clean the cupboards inside and out with the all-purpose cleaner
  • Clean drawers inside and out with the all-purpose cleaner
  • Replace any drawer liners if needed
  • Clean out the fridge with the all-purpose cleaner
  • Clean out the freezer with the all-purpose cleaner
  • Wipe down walls and light switches with the disinfectant spray
  • Sweep floors
  • Wash floors with floor cleaner
  • Organize Pantry (check for expired foods)
  • Wipe down pantry shelving with the all-purpose cleaner
  • Throw curtains in the wash
  • Throw any towels or clothes into the wash
  • Descale coffee machine
  • Self clean the oven
  • Run 1 cup of vinegar through the dishwasher

When you are all finished with the kitchen, go back to the baking soda mattress and vacuum it up. Add new sheets onto the bedding. By this time, the curtains should be dry so you can put those up now.

Those are all the rooms in my home! We have a fairly small house and this cleaning list takes about 3 hours to complete.

Tell me, do you have a way “route” you take around your house when you clean?

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