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The truth about all-purpose homemade cleaning products

Read our guide to learn how to make natural cleaning products, where to use them and how leading brands compare.



Making your own cleaners can be fun. Homemade all-purpose cleaner can give you the chance to make and use more green cleaning products around your house, such as a natural vinegar cleaning mix. Read on for instructions on how to make and use natural cleaning products around your home and for information about using any store-bought cleaners safely and effectively.

Don’t mix any homemade cleaning products, especially any vinegar cleaning mixes, with any other cleaning products as this can create harmful gases.

Homemade natural cleaning products: How to make your own

Here are a few methods to make your household surfaces shine whilst only using environmentally friendly cleaning products which you can make with natural ingredients.

  • Glass cleaner. Any homemade natural cleaning product worth having needs to leave your windows or tables crystal clear. Try a homemade vinegar cleaner. Mix an equal amount of water and distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle, spray and wipe clean.
  • Cleaning a kettle with vinegar is a great way to remove limescale. Make your vinegar cleaning mix with equal parts of water and vinegar. Click here for a tutorial.
  • Wooden chopping board. Sprinkle baking soda on your board, rub it in with a halved lemon and finish by protecting your board with coconut oil.   
  • A vinegar cleaning mix can clean your stove tops too. Just sprinkle some salt onto any hardened food, spray it with vinegar and wipe away.

Safety warning

We’d recommend testing any homemade environmentally friendly cleaning products on a small area first, and in a well-ventilated area while wearing protective clothes. Always keep cleaning products out of reach of children.

Homemade cleaning products: Clear out your cupboards and clean

Here’s some ways you can find your ideal homemade multipurpose cleaner by using common household items together with some natural ingredients.

  • Grease Cleaner. A homemade vinegar cleaner for greasy surfaces can be made from 50% dishwashing detergent and 50% distilled white vinegar. Spray some detergent where needed, let it sit for five minutes and then start cleaning.
  • You can also use a homemade all-purpose cleaner for any tiles in your home. Sprinkle some baking soda on the affected area, spray some Hydrogen Peroxide on it and scrub with an old toothbrush.
  • Homemade multipurpose cleaner. Combine two tablespoons of baking soda, 125ml of vinegar, 500ml of water and 15 drops of tea tree oil. This formula is for around the house but beware of using this or any other homemade vinegar cleaners on granite or marble as this can erode their finish.
  • Wooden tables. Remove any water rings from wooden tables with an equal mix of baking soda and white non-gel toothpaste.

However, it’s possible to use a robust, store-bought cleaner which is just as safe and often equally or even more effective than homemade multipurpose cleaners. All cleaners, including natural cleaning products, need to be handled safely by testing them first before use and reading instructions carefully. And with a brand like Jif, you can use one product to clean your kitchen and bathroom and cut down on any cupboard clutter. 

From cleaning your kettle with vinegar to making your own green cleaning products for your home, natural cleaning products are great for a variety of uses. For extra tough stains, you can rely on a commercial multipurpose cleaner like Jif for a solution.

  • Clearly label all of your homemade cleaners for easy refills and safe handling.
  • Half-fill your bottles as natural cleaners will have a shorter shelf-life than any store-bought products.
  • Date your bottles so you know if you need to make a new batch of your natural cleaning products.
  • Use different shaped bottles to avoid mixing up any cleaners.
  • Keep any homemade cleaning products made with Hydrogen Peroxide in a dark place as any light will limit its effectiveness.
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