My Favorite Homemade Green Cleaners

From my go-to all surface spray to a fruit and veggie wash, find out the four favorite homemade green cleaning recipes that I use to keep my home clean, without breaking the bank or using chemicals. ⭐️ PRODUCTS USED IN THIS VIDEO ‣ ♥OPEN FOR MORE♥

#1: “All-Surface Spray”
(recipe inspired by: “Merlin’s Magic” from Karen Logan’s Clean House, Clean Planet
16 oz. spray bottle (
Melaleuca or tea tree oil (
3 Tbs. Dr. Bronner’s castile soap (
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Directions: Fill a 16 oz. spray bottle nearly to the top with water. Add 3 Tablespoons of Dr. Bronner’s castile soap and 20-30 drops of tea tree oil (or 1/2 tsp.). Shake it well and spray it on bathroom or kitchen surfaces, floors. Wipe off with a damp cloth.

#2: “Dusting Spray”
(recipe inspired by: “Dust to Dust Furniture Polish” from Karen Logan’s Clean House, Clean Planet)
16 ounce spray bottle (
2 teaspoons olive oil (
Lemon essential oil (
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar (
water, enough to fill bottle
Mix 20 drops of essential oil, olive oil, and vinegar with hot water in bottle. Gently shake mixture. Now you’re ready to dust! I always make sure to shake this bottle a bit each time before I use it so the oil mixes back up with the water. Have fun dusting and polishing!

#3: “Fruit and Veggie Wash”
1 cup white vinegar (
1 cup water
1 spray bottle (
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Directions: Pour the vinegar and water into the spray bottle and shake up. Add a few drops of essential oils (lemon, orange, etc.) if you do not like the vinegar smell. I used to not like it, but now I don’t even notice it! Now just spray this on your fruits and veggies to get them nice and clean, without breaking the bank! I usually just spray it on my fruits or veggies and then rinse them clean with the water. You could also place them in a colander or strainer and let them sit with the solution
on them for a few minutes for a deeper clean if you like.

#4: “Tub Cleaner”
spray bottle (
1 cup vinegar (
1 cup dish soap, I use Earth Friendly Products Dishmate Dish Soap Grapefruit (
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Measure in 1 cup of vinegar, followed by 1 cup of dish soap. Gently shake mixture. Now you’re ready to start cleaning.
1. Start by spraying down your tub. Specifically spray the areas that are dirty like the ring around it or other spots where the dirt has built up. Then wait 30-60 minutes for the mixture to soak in and do it’s thing.
2. Then with a warm and wet wash cloth, start wiping off the spray. As you wipe it should remove the residue or dirt that was previously there.
3. Be sure to keep rinsing your cloth napkin or washcloth (you could also use a sponge) that way you aren’t cleaning with the same dirt again. After doing this around your tub, it should be nice in clean in a fraction of the time!

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Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or doctor. All opinions expressed are my own personal thoughts and feelings of the products mentioned. Check with your doctor or health practitioner if you are uncertain about trying out any of the products mentioned in this video.

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Sarah10680 says:

Is there a reason you don’t use Young Living essential oils? Very helpful video, thanks!

GlowySweetFabulous says:

Can’t wait to try these. Not only green but budget friendly. 😀 Thank you.

Happiness is Handmade says:

Wow… this is really good. I will have to try making these. Also, I noticed in your video that you have the Squatty Potty! 😀

Dagmar l says:

Love your tub cleaner but need to rinse with clear water. Will try your all purpose cleaner next.

aarthi duraisamy says:

Laundry detergent-1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) shaved bar soap ( Dr. Bronner’s)
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda

Dish washer-1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
½ cup citric acid
½ cup kosher salt (for scrubbing action)+ add white vinegar at the time of loading

Fabric softener-1 gallon white vinegar
30-40 drops of essential oil (orange/lemon/peppermint)

Dishwasher-coal ash+ tamarind concentrate

RawMadeSimple {LIVING AUTHENTIC} says:

This is good information. Thank you

The OilyCafe says:

Could you use bronners for this?

Sakegirl says:

Thank you so much for sharing! I’m still using your recipe for toothpaste and still loving it!!!

Christine Flores says:

Great video! Thank you for sharing these cleaner recipes. I am definitely going to try out the all-purpose cleaner. I, like you, am very sensitive to smells, especially when there are chemicals in the air. P.S. I love your channel! I really appreciate how you put thought and effort into your videos. They are all so useful and informative.

PinkLady says:

love this video. I will try this thanks.

Verenice Castro says:

You are so beautiful!!! I love your channel!!! Thank you.

Melissa Gerber says:

Very helpful. Is that tub cute, or what?

Darcy Smithson says:

We just love you Ashley! Thank you for yet another smart, earth friendly, people and pet friendly video. I’m sorry to hear about your break with do TERRA. I’ve never heard of the Native American Nutritionals brand, but I just looked it up, and I’m liking the looks of their pricing. Is this a brand you trust to take internally as well?


This is perfect. I’ve been looking for homemade cleaner recipes. Thank you so much for sharing!

aarthi duraisamy says:

floor cleaner-hot water+salt+lemon or apple cider vinegar/white vinegar+camphor
veggie cleaner- I soak them (esp. grapes) in sea salt water for an 1hr or jus diluted apple cider vinegar.
shoe freshners-diluted tree tea oil-helps keep the smell away .
I hope this is useful ..u make such productive videos .thank u ..

Carrie Zich says:

Hey Ashley-have you thought of making an amazon “products that I love” list?? I would totally shop off of it 🙂

Carolina Mörck says:

Great video! But why do you use a spray for produce and not just water? i have necer thought about it before, i always just rinse it under water…

Michelle Sunshinestar says:

I just use vinegar, water, tea tree oil and some orange scented oil for scent.  I’m going to have to check out this book.

Enrique Castillo says:

you are so beautiful.

Nappalious says:

Omg Ashley, let’s just say my kids didn’t get to clean their bathroom for a while. The scum was pretty piled up and hard, but when I used the All-Surface Spray as you instructed, it proved to be the boss against all the dirt and scum. This spray stood up againt all dirt I threw at it; cleaning was a breeze for me. I’m sure my kids will enjoy using this spray when they do their chores. I love this spray!!! Oh, and I evicted my bottle of 7th Generation Tub & Sink Cleaner. Lol

Lesley Hubble says:

Is lavender oil antiseptic

Beckie Bursey says:

Have you tried Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner? It’s good for everything that you are cleaning as well as it’s super concentrated. 1 part to 30parts water. It’s life changing for us and the bottle lasts forever. Thanks for the video!

mountain mommy says:

The end was so cute! I have a cleaning company and I use tons of cleaning products, but this video has me wondering if I could switch to some greener products. Part of the appeal is the glass spray bottles. I throw a lot of empty plastic containers away, so it’s given me something to think about! I will try these in my own home and see how it goes. Thanks Ashley!

Susan Ditzler says:

Thank you! I made the tub and all purpose spray today.

Em Sk says:

thank you sooo much for this video! looking forward to try these green cleaners out! x

mallory sasser says:

I love trying new cleaning recipes thanks for posting. 🙂 I’m going to try the wood one today

Riya Gill says:

For the first recipe can you use dish soap instead of castil soap? And lemon essential oil instead of tea tree oil ?

korydeea says:

very interesting. thank You. one question: what can I make for cleaning my toilet? I can use the same spray You use for cleaning your kitchen? or the one for the bathtube? thank You. hugs

The Plant Eaters says:

I’ve been testing out diy/homemade green cleaners, so this was very helpful! I have been busting my rump trying to scrub an old tub. I found that if I use the tube cleaner and some baking soda sprinkled on, and let it sit for a little bit it really brings the touch stains up.

Colleen Robichaud says:

For the dusting spray, I know walnut oil is great for wood. Maybe give that a try at some point!

Emily Walley says:

What is the best essential oil company to use that you know are not testing on animals

sumtl says:

Thnak you I’ll try the fist one for sure!
Since many years, I clean all the house with 100% vinegar. when I dilute vinegar I find it not as effective..

Jacqueline Affinito says:

I guess I can add tea tree oil to the tub cleaner for a germ- cleaner, right? I need a ‘green’ tub cleaner for my daughter to take a bath in a germ-free tub

speckledwings says:

Thank you for showing a cleaning video on actual dirty surfaces! I’ve seen so many cleaning videos that look like they clean before they film. I’m always thinking “why are they cleaning, that tub isn’t even dirty?” It was nice to see how your dusting spray worked on actual dust and tub spray worked on the ring around the tub. Thank you for keeping it real!

Laila Cox says:

Great video. Do you have a recipe for a shower cleaner?

Makeup girl It's Peyton says:

Thank a lot I even made my own

androshi says:

if my cleaner does NOT have bleach-its not being clean and sanitized!!
just like in the commercial with “nora dunn” -it needs bleach!

Milton Fludgecow says:

Did you save all your prefold cloth diapers they are great for dusting and cleaning rags

Miss Juno says:

Just found you and like you but I really liked the baby’s personality so I decided to sub.

Keyisme says:

Thank-you for writing the recipes below!!!

Enrique Castillo says:

you are so beautiful.

Stargazer Lily says:

I am SOO excited to try these! Especially the tub cleaner as of yet I haven’t found a clean alternative that will remove the soap scum. Scrubbing Bubbles is what I have been using and have to open the window and turn on a box fan so I can breathe and remove some of the harmful chemicals in the air! Yuck! Once again thank you soo much for sharing!!

Luna Quartz x says:

I don’t understand why they would ask you to remove the photos from your blog, if anything you were giving them free advertising!!…… I have been having a internet break, and it is so much fun catching up on your videos, I feel like I’m watching a friend, hope you and your family are well xx great video

meaganw says:

That tub cleaner is great for mineral build up on shower doors and faucets too. I use a scrubby to get the minerals off though after letting it sit.

Audrey Mcwhirter says:

tee tree oil is highly toxic to animals

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