Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions: Save Money with Jodi’s DIY Home Cleaning Recipes

Welcome to a cleaner, greener spring! As part of Earth Week, I’m excited to share the eco-friendly cleaning methods I’ve perfected over the past year. Like many of you, I’m concerned about the harsh chemicals in traditional cleaners and their impact on our health and the environment. That’s why I embarked on a journey to create natural, effective alternatives that are not only better for the planet but also easy on your wallet.


These homemade solutions minimize our environmental footprint and offer a budget-friendly alternative to store-bought cleaners. I encourage you to try these recipes and share your experiences. If you’ve found great DIY cleaning recipes, I’d love to hear about them. With plans to explore homemade body products next year, I welcome any suggestions or potential collaborations in that space.


Below, you’ll find links to my preferred products and small businesses that align with our eco-conscious values. Many of these ingredients can be reused in various recipes, amplifying your savings and reducing waste.


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Cleaning Walls, Baseboards, and Trim

Materials Needed:

  • Glass Spray Bottle
  • Funnel
  • Floor Mop with Washable Pads
  • Scrubby Washcloth
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 2 Tbsp White Distilled Vinegar (dilute to protect surfaces)
  • 1 Tbsp Dish Soap
  • Optional: 10 Drops of Peppermint Oil (doubles as a natural bug repellent and air freshener)


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Directions: Combine the ingredients and use the funnel to pour the mixture into your spray bottle. Apply to a mop pad for walls, or directly to a scrubby washcloth for baseboards and trim. This solution effectively cleans without harsh chemicals.


Upholstery Cleaner

Materials Needed:

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Cleaning Cloths
  • 2 Cups Hot Water
  • 1/4 Cup Baking Soda (aluminum-free)
  • 1 Tbsp Dish Soap (check out Molly’s Suds for sustainable options)

Directions: Mix the ingredients in your bowl. Soak a cleaning cloth, wring it out, and use it with a pot lid for an easy, circular motion on upholstery. This method saves significantly compared to professional cleaning.


Grout Cleaner

Materials Needed:

  • Pot (for warming vinegar)
  • Small Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Grout Brush
  • 1/4 Cup Vinegar (dilute as needed)
  • 2 Tsp Cream of Tartar

Directions: Warm the vinegar, then whisk in the cream of tartar. Apply elbow grease and let sit on tough stains before scrubbing for best results.


Cleaning the Shower Head

Materials Needed:

  • Plastic Baggie
  • Hair Tie or Rubber Band
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Approx. 1 Cup Vinegar (Diluted)
  • 2 Drops Orange Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil


Directions: Combine the vinegar and essential oils in the baggie. Secure it over the shower head to soak overnight. Remove, wipe clean, and rinse for a fresh finish.


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Enhance Your Home This Spring If you’re inspired to refresh your home’s interior along with your spring cleaning, book a complimentary consultation with our team at Elizabeth Erin Designs. We’re excited to help you create spaces that not only look beautiful but also enhance your well-being.


For more tips on effortless spring cleaning and decluttering, check out our latest blog. Thank you for joining us in making a more thoughtful, beautiful home. Here’s to a vibrant spring filled with clean, joyful living!