Household cleaning products are filled with scary chemicals and ingredients you can’t even pronounce. Yet eco-friendly, homemade concoctions can leave your house sparkling and your wallet smiling. From window cleaners to grout whiteners, here’s our list of green cleaning machines…


1. Baking Soda for Oven Cleaning

A paste of baking soda and water cleans ovens without the chemicals or the hassle of the self cleaning cycle. Just make a paste on the bottom of the oven, leave for a few hours then wipe off for a clean, chemical free oven.


2. Switch to Microfibre

Microfibre is a man-made fibre smaller than a strand of silk. They’re so effective at removing dirt that you don’t need to use as much detergent to get things spotless.


3. Make Scouring Powder

For soap scum on tubs and showers, make your own scouring powder with 2 parts baking soda, 1 part salt, and 1 part Borax. It will cut through even the toughest dirt.


4. Citrus Infused Vinegar

Fill a jar with citrus peels and pour undiluted white vinegar over them. Leave for a few days (up to two weeks), then strain out the vinegar to use as a natural cleaner. It works as a window cleaner (dilute with equal parts water), for mopping floors, or for disinfecting surfaces.


5. Steam clean

Need to clean your microwave? Fill a bowl of water and white vinegar (equal parts of both) and microwave it for 5 minutes. The steam will loosen any residual food and oil and make it much easier to clean. After letting the bowl cool down a little, use the hot vinegar-water mixture to clean inside your microwave. The grease and dirt should wipe away effortlessly.


6. Wash the dishwasher

Pour one cup of white vinegar into the bottom of your empty dishwasher, then run it on its hottest, most intense setting.


7. Natural Air Freshener

In a medium saucepan, simmer half a pot of water with natural ingredients to freshen and clean the air. Try this combination: 1 sliced lemon, 2 tablespoons rosemary and a dash of vanilla.


8. Cleaner Toilets

Throw a cup of baking soda into the toilet and let it soak for at least an hour. Pour in a cup of white vinegar, leave for five minutes and flush. Unless the toilet is really dirty, this will clean it without scrubbing.


9. Knock on wood

The next time you find a small scratch or scrape on a piece of wooden furniture, head to your pantry. The oil in walnuts will cover over scratches in wood furniture and in hardwood floors. Gently rub it on the scratched area of wood and watch the scuff disappear like magic.