Cleaning your kitchen is a chore that should help keep your family safe and healthy. Why expose your loved ones to toxic chemicals or volatile organic compounds when you have a choice? DIY natural all-purpose kitchen cleaners can remove germs from the busiest rooms in the house without posing potential health risks.
Simply buying an all purpose kitchen cleaner that has the word “green” on the label should not lure you into thinking it is either natural, or safe.
Cleaning, fragrance, and some beauty manufacturers in the United States are not required by law to list off of the ingredients on product labels – even when the agents are corrosive or flammable.
Many commercially-manufactured kitchen and household cleaning products have the ability to cause headaches, eye irritation, throat irritation, and other issues because of the volatile organic compounds (VOCS) they contain.
These compounds could also cause chronic respiratory problems, asthma attacks, reproductivity problems, and allergic reactions.
Ammonia is also often found in bleach, and could be considered a potentially dangerous indoor pollutant.
It is possible to clean and disinfect your kitchen without the use of caustic chemicals – without reducing the level of disinfecting power needed to keep surfaces scrubbed clean.
Common Ingredients in Natural Kitchen Cleaners
In order for you to harness all the benefits of homemade kitchen cleaners, there are a few key features you are going to want to look for.
You’ll notice that many of the cleaners on this list have white vinegar included. White vinegar is included in many all-natural kitchen cleaners because it is a natural disinfectant.
With 5% acetic acid, it contains microbial benefits and can cut through all kinds of grime and grease. This makes it the perfect addition when it comes to disinfecting and degriming surfaces like tables, counters, and stovetops. It’s safe to use on most surfaces, too, with the exception of marble and other soft stones.
You will also find essential oils in many of these recipes, and for several reasons. Vinegar is effective on its own, but it has quite the pungent aroma!
Essential oils tend to smell much better, and therefore can help cut down on some of the stinkiness that comes about when you’re cleaning your kitchen with vinegar. Many essential oils have antimicrobial properties of their own, too.
Borax is yet another common ingredient, and the main one in our first recipe just below.
1. DIY Natural All-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner with Borax Recipe
Borax is probably the most potent natural deep cleaning agent you can use. It’s actually being used in a lot of commercial cleaning agents and detergents, as well as an antifungal compound, so you can’t go wrong with it.
Get the Borax cleaning recipe here.
2. Natural Kitchen Cleaner With Baking Soda
If Borax is too strong for your needs, you can always use baking soda to clean your kitchen.
As with the all-purpose cleaner, you may choose to add several drops of essential oil, such as tea tree, lavender, or rosemary for fragrance.
Get the recipe here.
3. DIY Natural All-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner with Witch Hazel
If you’re looking for something even less powerful than Borax and baking soda, then witch hazel may be the solution.
4. White Vinegar and Grapefruit Essential Oil Cleaner
This potent kitchen cleaner contains white vinegar as the main cleaning agent along with essential oils from tea tree and grapefruit. Together, they help the mixture smell great.
5. Lemon and Rosemary Kitchen Cleaner
Again, this kitchen cleaner has white vinegar as the active ingredient but it’s cut with rosemary and lemon for a heavenly scent. Check the recipe out here.
6. Kitchen Deodorizer
I already told you about a kitchen cleaner you can make with baking soda, but this one is really meant more to deodorize. It’s ag odo choice particularly inside a refrigerator, which can get undeniably stinky over time!
7. Natural DIY Glass Cleaner for the Kitchen
Here’s another natural remedy for cleaning your kitchen. This one is meant primarily for glass. It combines simple ingredients like white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and water.
You can find the recipe here.
8. Brass Fixtures Cleaner for the Kitchen
If you have brass fixtures in your kitchen, you might be frustrated with the seemingly short list of options when it comes to keeping them clean. You can easily use this cleaner (recipe here!) to keep them polished and looking new. Hint – it only uses lemon and baking soda!
9. DIY Marble Cleaner
While many of the homemade DIY cleaners mentioned above can’t be used on marble, this one can. It uses gentler ingredients, like castile soap and warm water, to get things sparkly clean.
View the recipe here.
10. Easy Homemade Oven Cleaner
Sick of spending hours scrubbing the grease and grime out of your oven? Try this natural cleaner to get it off instead. All you need are the staples – hydrogen peroxide, lemon, vinegar, baking soda, and dish soap.
The full recipe can be found here.
11. Wood Floor Cleaner
Here’s another natural cleaner for you to try out if you have wood floors in your kitchen. Again, vinegar to the rescue!
Just don’t use this remedy on marble or stone floors. Here are some tips on how to make it.
12. No Vinegar Floor Cleaner for the Kitchen
If you want to get your floors clean but can’t use vinegar (see above!) then you’ll love this no-vinegar floor cleaner. It uses tea tree oil as the essential oil of choice, but you can also use pine essential oil.
Find the full instructional here.
13. Granite Countertop Cleaner
Granite countertops are gorgeous, but they can be tough to clean. Follow this guide on how to make your own natural granite countertop cleaner. It will have them looking like new once again!
14. Stainless Steel Cleaner
Stainless steel can be tough to clean, too, especially if you’ve let it get grimy over time. This recipe uses lemon essential oils and (you guessed it!) white vinegar to get your fixtures clean. It also calls upon olive oil as a surprise addition to really get the job done.
Here are some tips on how to make it.
15. DIY Ceramic Sink Scrub
You can of course use this ceramic sink scrub mixture outside of your kitchen, too, but I love having some on hand for my ceramic fixtures. Castile soap saves the day again!
Here’s a recipe.
16. Homemade Kitchen Disinfectant Wipes
You can make your own homemade disinfectant wipes out of a variety of ingredients, but I have a phenomenal recipe for you to try right here.
It uses natural ingredients like dish soap, vinegar, and rubbing alcohol, then lets you choose a few drops of your favorite essential oil to alter the smell and potency of your wipes.
No more store bought wipes – and scents of your choosing? Sounds like a win. Here’s the full recipe.
17. DIY Cutting Board Cleaner
Cutting boards can certainly get grimy over time, can’t they? If you would rather use a chemical-free product, give this idea a try. It uses vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and (you guessed it) essential oils, if you choose, to get things sparkling clean.
18. Lime Essential Oil Cleaner
You can easily make an all-purpose kitchen cleaner by combining a few dozen drops of lime essential oil and lemon essential oil with other ingredients, like vinegar and water, to get things clean.
19. Peppermint Cleaner
Peppermint has a lot of benefits in the kitchen – only one of which is in your cooking and baking. You can also use peppermint essential oil to help get your kitchen clean. Here’s the recipe.
20. Lavender and Orange All-Purpose Surface Cleaner
If you want to get your kitchen clean, you’ve got to get citrus involved! Try using a mixture of vinegar, water, dish soap, lavender, and orange essential oil. You can find all of the details by visiting this link.
21. Pine Floor Cleaner for the Kitchen
I couldn’t leave you with just one floor cleaner recipe for the kitchen, could I? Try this recipe for the kitchen – it uses pine and other natural ingredients (including a few other disinfecting essential oils) to help get the kitchen clean.
Here’s the full recipe.
22. Lemon Dusting Spray
Your kitchen gets dusty just like any other room in the house, yet so many people forget to dust this crucial area of their homes. Consider using this lemon dusting spray the next time you notice things getting a little less than beautiful. It uses lemon and olive oil to get things clean.
23. Disinfecting Spray for the Kitchen
Whether you’re cutting up meat, whipping up a batch of cookies, or following your favorite canning recipe, it’s absolutely essential that you keep things clean and sanitary in your kitchen.
Following this recipe is a great way to ensure that things stay clean and disinfected. You can use any essential oil you choose, but I recommend lemon and peppermint for an extra dose of antimicrobial power.
Here are the instructions that you can follow.
24. Fridge and Microwave Cleaner
Want to clean and disinfect your microwave and refrigerator naturally? You can do so by following this easy DIY, chemical-free refrigerator and microwave cleaner! They’ll both smell great afterward, too.
Follow this link for the full, detailed instructions.
25. Kitchen Mold and Mildew Cleaner
By mixing a few drops of borax and white vinegar, you can easily get rid of any spot of mold and mildew in your kitchen. This recipe is easy to whip up – so make a big batch, and you’ll always have some on hand!
26. DIY Dish Soap
Sure, it’s easy enough to run out to the store to buy a big bottle of your favorite brand of dish soap. But what about when the store runs out – or you run out and you live many miles from the closest town? You’ll want to know how to make your own dish soap, that’s what.
You can easily make your own with castile soap and some washing soda. Here are the instructions on how to do it.
27. DIY Garbage Disposal Cleaning Bombs
Is your garbage disposal starting to get a little stinky? If so, you may want to give these DIY garbage disposal cleaning bombs a go. They’re really easy to make, and also serve as wonderful gifts for other DIY-lovers in your life.
Here are the full instructions that you can follow.
28. DIY Natural Stove Top Cleaner
Glass stove tops are great for even, consistent cooking, but they aren’t always the easiest to get clean. If you’re sick of store-bought solutions, and would rather use a more natural, DIY cleaner to get your stovetop clean, consider giving this recipe a try.
It uses baking soda, white vinegar, and a few other secret ingredients (including a bit of your very own elbow grease!) to get stuck-on grime off your stove top for good.
Here are some tips on how you can make your own at home.
29. Natural Mint Window Cleaner
Last but not least is another window cleaner recipe I’m in love with – this one made with mint! It’s incredibly easy to make, too.
If you are lucky enough to have fresh mint planted in your herb garden, you can even use your own fresh mint (and add the sprigs in, too!). It not only smells great, but it delivers a serious one-two punch when it comes to getting your windows sparkling clean.
Oh, and none of that nasty ammonia smell you get with regular window cleaners, either.
Here are some tips on how to make it easily at home.
All of these multi-purpose natural kitchen cleaners will help keep the busiest room in the germ free and sparkling. For best results, use your chosen cleaner once or twice a week to prevent the build-up of grease on the stove, or bacteria sparked by the preparation of raw meat.
Rebekah is a high-school English teacher n New York, where she lives on a 22 acre homestead. She raises and grows chickens, bees, and veggies such as zucchini (among other things).