5 DIY cleaning recipes for your whole house

Houses could be filled with stubborn dirt, stains, and sometimes awful odors. These could be found in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and basically anywhere in the house. We sometimes spend hours of full-effort scrubbing just to get rid of them. Sometimes, we end up victorious, but some odors and stains simply don’t go away.

A lot of attention has been given lately to homemade kitchen recipes for cleaning, and why not? Kitchen ingredients are often pet and child-friendly, and may not be as harmful to you and your family’s health compared to strong chemicals like acid and chlorine.

The usual kitchen ingredients that are proven to do wonders in house cleaning are namely: baking soda, vinegar, lemons, vodka, and rubbing alcohol. Most people add essential oils to add a good and refreshing scent to these cleaning wonders.

Here are some recipes that you can try for yourself, with instructions:

All-purpose cleaner


Here’s an all-purpose cleaner for any surface in the house:

  1. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and vodka with thrice as much water.
  2. Adding essential oils with a scent of your choice is optional, until the strong scent from the vinegar goes off.
  3. Store this mixture in a bottle with a sprinkler head.
  4. Spray on surfaces and let it sit for about 10-15mins before wiping off with cloth.

Kitchen and sink


Kitchens are where we cook and eat. It is often home to unwanted microorganisms due to the vegetables and meat that goes to and fro in this place.

The mixture below will be perfect to get rid of most of these unwanted visitors, some bad odor, and even stains.

  1. Mix equal parts of dish soap and baking soda and add a teaspoon of water.
  2. Apply and scrub the paste on surfaces using a scotch-brite steel scrubber.
  3. Wipe and rinse off with a damp cloth.


Glass surfaces could sometimes be tainted with stubborn dust and some dried moisture streaks.

This gentle mixture is good to keep glasses in the house squeaky clean.

  1. For glass surfaces, mix a cup of water with a teaspoon of white vinegar and another teaspoon of rubbing alcohol.
  2. Have this poured into a bottle with a sprinkler cap.
  3. Spray the mixture onto glass surfaces and wipe off with cloth, preferably microfiber.



Wood is mostly sensitive to moisture.

It’s usually treated, but it’s still best to clean it with minimal water and the mild ingredients here:

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with 1 Liter of water infused with lemon.
  2. Dip cloth into the mixture and squeeze it do get rid of the extra moisture.
  3. Use this dampened cloth to wipe  wooden surfaces.

Mold and mildew

Mold and mildew could especially be disgusting anywhere in the house, but especially in the bathroom or laundry area. Here’s a good mix to get rid of these unwanted visitors in the house:

  1. Mix half a liter of water with ¼ cup baking soda and tea tree oil.
  2. Mix water with tea tree oil and spray it on moldy areas.
  3. Let this sit for about 24 hours in the area.
  4. After 24 hours, mix the same solution with baking soda in small amounts, just enough to make a paste.
  5. Apply this paste to the moldy areas with a metal scrub, an old toothbrush, or any other brush.
  6. Then, rinse thoroughly.


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