Spring Cleaning + Natural Cleaner Recipes

Spring cleaning tips, including natural cleaning solution recipes and free printable labels | 11 Magnolia Lane

I’m pretty sure that the pollen deluge has finally passed, but of course there is still a fine layer of that yellow green stuff everywhere right now–even inside my house.  How does that even happen?!

I’m working on spring cleaning this week, in an effort to get everything spick and span again.  I love a clean house–it literally changes my entire mental outlook–and so this actually makes me happy.  I know, strange!

Spring cleaning tips, including natural cleaning solution recipes and free printable labels | 11 Magnolia Lane
I’ve been making my own natural cleaning solutions for awhile now for a variety of reasons.  First, I know exactly what’s in them (or more importantly, NOT in them!).  Second, they are inexpensive.  And third, they smell so good!

Spring cleaning tips, including natural cleaning solution recipes and free printable labels | 11 Magnolia Lane
I’m sharing all of my favorite recipes with you today as well as the labels that I use on the bottles.  You’ll want to use glass bottles for any cleaning solution that uses essential oils; they are powerful enough that they will degrade plastic bottles over time!  I use {these} bottles but you can also buy glass bottles of vinegar and repurpose them; standard trigger sprayers will fit them.

Spring cleaning tips, including natural cleaning solution recipes and free printable labels | 11 Magnolia Lane
You can download the recipes and labels as a PDF {here}. The labels are designed to fit perfectly on {these} labels, or you can cut them out using a 2.5″ craft punch.  I included several different labels for my all purpose cleaning spray because everyone has their favorite scent; just choose your favorite from lavender, orange, tea tree, peppermint, or lemon.

Spring cleaning tips, including natural cleaning solution recipes and free printable labels | 11 Magnolia Lane
 

I pair my cleaners with Viva® paper towels to #unleashclean on my kitchen in record time.

•  On the windows–I use undiluted vinegar and Viva® towels inside and out to get my windows sparkling.

•  On the sink–I use lemon cleaning spray and Viva® Vantage® to get the grungy stuff off of my faucet (what IS that stuff?).  The Vantage towels have a scrubby texture that makes them perfect for removing grime.

•  On stainless appliances–I use undiluted vinegar and Viva towels to clean and then spray olive oil on as a protectant.  You won’t believe how well the olive oil works, and the towels have a soft and smooth texture that’s perfect for stainless.

•  On granite countertops–my granite spray recipe is awesome–everything I’ve purchased leaves cloudy streaks, but this dries clear.

Spring cleaning tips, including natural cleaning solution recipes and free printable labels | 11 Magnolia Lane

•  On my stovetop:  I use my cleaning spray and then use a Vantage towel to clean off the smooth surface and make it shine.

•  On the cabinets:  my all purpose cleaning spray and a towel cut grease and remove spatters.

Spring cleaning tips, including natural cleaning solution recipes and free printable labels | 11 Magnolia Lane

I love being able to just toss the towel when I’m finished, too.  So tidy!

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Things are pretty sparkly in here now, aren’t they?

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Happy spring cleaning–at least my kitchen’s done now!

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Spring cleaning tips, including natural cleaning solution recipes and free printable labels | 11 Magnolia Lane

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Comments

  1. Christy, I love this! I much prefer using natural products for cleaning and I’ve used Viva towels forever! Thank you so much for sharing the recipes and labels. You make everything look so beautiful!

    xo
    Pat

  2. Hettie watts says:

    I love the labels but were not able to download them for print. Help

  3. Hettie watts says:

    got it. guess i answered my own question. thanks so much for the beautiful labels. i”m ordering water proof labels to run them off on and then put them on the bottles i have.

  4. What type of alcohol specificly do you use for the granite cleaner? I have not had good luck with store-bought cleaners and prwfwr to make my own as well. Thank you so much for the great label designs.

    • Hey, April–

      Just regular isopropyl alcohol/rubbing alcohol off the shelf at the grocery store. I think there are several different concentrations but either should be fine.

      Hope that helps–happy cleaning!

  5. Deborah Cariker says:

    I’ve been concocting my own sprays, too! I love being able to clean my home without worrying about the YUCK left behind by so many chemicals!! Thank you for adding to my repertoire! Do you have a recipe for furniture polish? I’m playing with that now. I need something that adds to the beauty of our family antiques and hand-me-downs.

    • I haven’t done my own furniture polish yet; I use Method’s polish and love the almond scent. I have a friend who swears by plain old lemon oil, too.

  6. Kimberly Curtis says:

    What do you use the peppermint cleaning spray for?

    • It’s an all-purpose cleaning spray, for counters and other solid surfaces. I substitute it for lavender or lemon during the holidays.

  7. Rosaria says:

    Hi! Is the vinegar you use distilled white vinegar?

    • Yes, just plain old (cheap) vinegar off the grocery store shelf. I’m sure you could also use the extra-strength cleaning vinegar, too.

  8. Do you use glass bottles or plastic?

  9. Love these recipes! question though, if the oils break down plastic bottles, wouldn’ it also break down the trigger straw even in a glass bottle?

  10. Hi Christy, thank you for the recipes. Which cleaning product do you suggest for cleaning floors? I have dogs and cats so I’m always careful what I use.

    Take care,Wendy

  11. I was wondering if I could buy the pictures of the fruit/ plants that are on the label?
    I’m looking for icons for my website . Did you draw them? Clipart? Thx!

  12. Sandra Cunningham says:

    I have tried several time to download the pdf, but it keeps going to a print page.
    “You can download the recipes and labels as a PDF {here}.”
    what am I doing wrong?

  13. My kids do a lot of the cleaning. I’m nervous about having glass bottles. Do you know of any higher grade plastic ones?

    Btw thanks so much! Because my kids help I’m trying to get away from using chemicals. I’m really excited.

    • Hey, Chrissy–

      My kids clean, too, and we haven’t had any issues with the glass bottles. They’re very thick and don’t break if you drop them on carpet or hardwoods–maybe tile, but that’s never happened to us yet. I wouldn’t recommend plastic bottles if you’re going to use essential oils; you’d wind up spraying plastic particles all over your home and that would defeat the purpose of the all-natural cleaners entirely!

      Hope that helps,
      Christy
      PS I don’t have any dryer sheets or softener recipes, but I’m sure there are tons on Pinterest!

  14. Sorry one more question. Do you also have a similar post for diy laundry detergent, softener or dryer sheets? were all allergy people and I stopped using dryer sheets and fabric softener. I miss the smell and how soft our towels were 😕

  15. Lisa Schenck says:

    Hi!! Quick queSTION…I made up the Granite Cleaner and Mine seems a little cloudy…is that normal? Also, can you add a few extra drops of the Lemon Essential Oil to block out the alcohol? thanks so much!!!!

    • Hi, Lisa–

      Your essential oils are adding the cloudiness as water and alcohol together are perfectly clear. If you don’t get a crystal clear countertop after using it, then I definitely wouldn’t add more oil. Hope that helps!
      Christy

  16. Hello! Is alcohol safe to use on Granite? Granite is a natural surface and i want to make sure it won’t be affected. Also, can I forgo the essential oils in these sprays? I don’t have them and they are not cheap to buy. Thanks!

    • Hi, Marian–

      If you’re granite is sealed, you shouldn’t have any issues at all. I’ve been using this spray on my countertops for a year with great results. Just google “alcohol and granite” and you’ll see that it’s the recommended way to disinfect granite countertops.

      As for the essential oils, you don’t have to use them. They’re mostly there to cut the smell of the vinegar and alcohol used in the cleaning solutions, so if you can stand not having a nicely scented cleaning product, then you should be just fine.

      Thanks for writing–
      Christy

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