Zero Waste Living: 14 Chemical Free Cleaning Recipes

Here are some statistics about the waste of plastic in our world.

  • 5 trillion pieces of plastic litter our oceans
  • Every day, 8 trillion of tiny plastic beads (microbeads found in toothpaste, household cleaners, and scrubs) enter the waterways of the United States alone.

If you are planning on becoming a plastic-free and zero-waste household, we have gathered some great household recipes for you. If you want to be more conscious about the ingredients you use to clean your home and if you are trying to avoid the use of chemicals, try one of the cleaning recipes we have listed below.

These will hopefully give you better ideas on how to clean your home with only natural ingredients.


All-Purpose Cleaner: For this All-Purpose Cleaner you only need a few ingredients. You can add them all together in a small spray bottle.

  • 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 teaspoon Castile liquid soap
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  •  5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  •  5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 40ml water
Toilet Cleaner: Here, you only need to mix two ingredients and pour it into a spray bottle. After you applied it to the toilet seat, wipe with a damp cloth after a few minutes. You can use this cleaner for other bathroom surfaces as well.
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 250ml white vinegar

Bathroom Air Freshener: This air freshener is disinfecting and freshens your bathroom.

  • 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 6 drops lavender essential oil
  • 6 drops orange essential
  • 2 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 125ml distilled water

Natural Mirror & Glass Cleaner: This natural cleaner is great for dirty mirrors. It cleans and evaporates very well. Mix all the ingredients and pour it into a spray bottle.

  • 60ml rubbing alcohol or surgical spirit
  • 60ml white vinegar
  • 15g cornflour
  • 500ml warm water

Liquid Hand Soap: It only takes 5 minutes to prepare the liquid hand soap and can be stored for up to 3 months. Combine all the ingredients and pour them into a glass dispenser bottle.

  • 240ml Castile liquid soap
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil


Dish Soap: It only takes 15 minutes to prepare and you can store it for up to a month. It cleans dirt and oil very well. Add warm water to the washing soda and stir until dissolved. After that add the rest of the ingredients and place it in a bottle.

  • 500ml water
  • 1 ½ teaspoon washing soda or sodium carbonate
  • 160ml Castile liquid soap
  • 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops grapefruit essential oil

Dishwasher Detergent Liquid: You can store the Dishwasher Detergent Liquid for up to 3 months. Mix all the ingredients and store them in a glass bottle. You only need 1 tablespoon per load.

  • 240ml Castile liquid soap
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 60ml distilled water
Refrigerator & Freezer Cleaner: This is perfect for cleaning and killing germs in your

refrigerator. Just combine Castile soap and bicarbonate of soda in a 4.5-liter bucket. Dip in a cloth and apply it to your freezer and refrigerator.

  • 2 tablespoons Castile liquid soap
  • 2 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda
  • Fresh lemon juice

Citrus & Rosemary Liquid Hand Soap: You can store this for up to 6 months. Add all the ingredients together in a soap dispenser bottle, preferably made out of glass. It cleans and nourishes your hands very well.

  • 240ml Castile liquid soap
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil

Natural Antibacterial Handwash: Mix all the ingredients and pour it into a small portable bottle. It’s a great hand sanitizer when you are traveling.

  • 150ml Vodka
  • 10 drops lavender essential oils
  • 30 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 50ml Vitamin E oil

Water Purifier: This Charcoal stick reduces chlorine, mineralizes the water and balance PH. Place one binchotan charcoal stick in a jug of tap water. It can stay there for up to 3 months. After that, you can recharge the charcoal stick by boiling it for 10 minutes. It should then last for another 3 months until you have to recharge it again.

  • 1 binchotan charcoal stick

Bedroom & Living Room

All-Purpose Wipes: Mix the vinegar and oils with the distilled water. Cut kitchen paper in half and put them into a container. Once you have done that, pour over the solution until it is absorbed. These wipes freshen and clean your living space perfectly.

  • 60ml white vinegar
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 12 sheets strong kitchen paper
  • 500ml distilled water

Room Scent Spray: Once you add all the ingredients in a spray bottle, spray the room or put the solution on cotton wool balls. You can place them anywhere in the room to get the most out of your scent.

  • 4 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 2 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 3 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
  • 75ml distilled water

Laundry room

Washing Detergent (Liquid): Add borax and washing soda to 1.5 liters boiling water. After that, mix Castile soap with 2.5 liters water and lemon essential oil in a bucket. Then, add the hot mixture into the bucket and stir. Once you have done that, pour the detergent into glass jars. Use 60ml for each wash. You can store the liquid detergent for up to a month.

  • 250g borax
  • 250g washing soda or Sodium carbonate
  • 250ml Castile liquid soap
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil

Stain Spray: This is another natural cleaner that helps remove stains. Just mix the
ingredients and pour it into a spray bottle. Then, you can directly spray it on your stain.

  • 2 tablespoons borax
  • 230ml warm distilled water

Using natural cleaning products does not only benefit the environment, but it also benefits your health. There are so many toxins and chemicals in the cleaning products we buy from the convenience store. Some of these toxins in the chemical cleaning products promote allergies.

Overall, using natural cleaning products are very effective, safer for the environment and will save you money too. 



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