Making your own cleaning products is not only inexpensive, but a great way to keep chemicals off of your countertops and work surfaces. Most recipes call for Borax as an ingredient, but I use baking soda instead. Despite all the chatter about Borax being safe in small amounts, I am not convinced and would rather err on the side of caution.

If you prefer to purchase “natural” cleaning products online or at your local grocery store be sure to check the ingredient list before you buy. Often even “Green” products contain petroleum solvents, ammonia, phosphates, antibacterial substances, bleach, disinfectants or chlorine-based products. Additionally, “Green” or “Natural” products that are scented often contain phthalate, which is known to alter hormones in humans and animals. Read about it here for more information on phthalates.


  • 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Washing Soda
  • 1 Tsp liquid Castile soap 
  • 10 drops of Thyme Essential Oil 
  • Thyme kills bacteria and infections, and also serves as a bug repellent.
  • If you are using Borax, add 1 Tsp to the bottle with the other ingredients.

Add all of the ingredients to 2 cups of warm distilled or filtered water into a glass spray bottle. If you have to use tap water, make sure you boil it first.

Cover the bottle and shake well, and use as needed with a microfiber or other cloth rag.

I use this to clean my kitchen surfaces, kitchen cupboards, bathroom, floors and as a general all-purpose cleaner.