We put eco-friendly, natural cleaners to the test – and here's what we found

Learn the truth about DIY cleaning products and when to use them in our guide.


natural DIY cleaning products like baking soda and lemon

Key steps

  • Focus natural cleaners on areas that are only lightly soiled – use stronger cleaning products for deep-set grime and homemade solutions for everyday cleaning.
  • Keep lemons, baking soda and white vinegar as kitchen staples. They’re the core ingredients of most DIY cleaning products.
  • Use specialist products like Domestos and Cif for regular deep cleans.
  • Don’t mix chemicals that can create toxic gasses; like bleach and ammonia.

We live in a society eager to save money and reduce the impact we have on the environment. Learning how to make natural household cleaners and run a more eco-friendly home is a big part of that – but do they really work?

To find out, we’ve collected our top tips to help you understand when it’s right to make DIY cleaning products and when it’s best to leave it to the experts.

Lemon, white vinegar and baking soda are three staples in creating perfect natural cleaners but to restore beauty to your home, sometimes you need quality products like Cif.

Do natural cleaning products work?

Natural, or non-toxic cleaning products at home, can be very effective – but not in all situations. Even the most popular homemade cleaning solutions can struggle with stubborn dirt.

We advise using professional products whenever you need a deep, thorough clean (or the peace of mind that everything’s spick and span) and rely on natural cleaners for light, everyday cleaning. For example, use Domestos to banish limescale in your toilet before turning to all-purpose DIY cleaning products to spruce up the toilet seat or cistern.

What do you need to create eco-friendly products for the home?

There are three cupboard essentials you will need for making eco-friendly cleaners:

  • Lemon juice
  • Baking Soda
  • White vinegar

Alongside these cupboard staples, invest in refillable spray bottles, to store your homemade solutions for later.

Homemade cleaners may seem like a great way to save money but only if they do the job you’d expect. Sometimes it’s best to trust the professionals and avoid a false economy.

Three top ways to make eco-friendly household products

Our three top picks for natural household cleaners are:

  1. All-purpose natural cleaners: Mix 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 cup of water and a few drops of essential oils to add a scent of your choice.
  2. Bathroom and kitchen cleaners: Add a little lemon juice to salt to create a paste. Use a sponge to clean brass, non-lacquered cabinet handles, and more.
  3. Window cleaner: Combine ¼ white vinegar, ½ teaspoon of washing-up liquid and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle for streak free super clean windows.Now you know how to make and when to use natural household cleaners you can clean your home beautifully while saving money and the environment.

Safety Warning

There are two important safety points when making DIY cleaning products.

  1. Ensure you stick to well-known recipes for natural cleaners. 
  2. Don’t mix products that can create toxic gases such as:
  • Bleach and ammonia
  • Bleach and acids
  • Bleach and rubbing alcohol
  • Bleach and vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar

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