DIY cleaning solutions: Easy at-home recipes

Allecia Vermillion

Making your own cleaning concoctions can save you a considerable amount of money. And as Karyn Siegel-Maier writes in her book “The Naturally Clean Home,” whipping up a recipe to remove germs can be profoundly satisfying.

Here are some simple recipes from the book to help you clean house. Invest in a few essential oils — most recipes call for just a few drops — for a clean and fresh-smelling home.

For cleaning up grease spills in the oven:

Sprinkle fresh grease stains with salt (or baking soda). Once the oven cools, wipe away grease with a soft cloth.

For cleaning and deodorizing carpets:

1 cup borax

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup cornmeal

10 drops juniper essential oil

5 drops cypress essential oil

Combine borax, baking soda and cornmeal in a plastic bowl. Add essential oils, mixing well to break up clumps. Sprinkle mixture over carpet and leave for several hours, or overnight, before vacuuming.

For cleaning kitchen and bathroom sinks:

1/4 cup baking soda

1/2 cup vinegar

3 drops lavender, rosemary, lemon, lime or orange essential oil

Combine ingredients and rinse sink thoroughly with hot water. Pour the mixture in the sink and wipe down with a sponge or cloth. Rinse again with hot water.

For spot-treating stains

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

2 drops peppermint, lemon

or eucalyptus essential oil


Combine ingredients in a small cup, using just enough water to make a paste. Spread over the stain and allow to dry completely before washing.

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