4 zero waste natural cleaning recipes under 5 minutes

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Hey there! in this blog post I want to talk to you about 4-under-5-minutes-easy recipes transition into a eco-friendly, zero waste cleaning routine.

I have gathered all the ingredients I needed to start developing some simple recipes and I was surprised to learn I really did not need that many ingredients. 

Here are the common ingredients you will need to make your own cleaning products: vinegar, water, castile soap, glycerin (optional), washing soda, soap nuts, soap flakes, essential oils.


The first recipe I will show you is a surface spray and I am simply following the recipe on cleaning essential’s toolkit.


You will need 1 cup of vinegar
1 tablespoon of castile soap
24 drops of essential oil – I love using a mix of tea tree and lavender.

Now if you want to make an all purpose surface cleaner, just fill up the rest of your spray bottle with water.

If you want to make a more heavy duty degreaser, suitable for ceramic and glass, add also 1 tablespoon witch hazel and 1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol. 

zero waste natural cleaning diy


This liquid soap recipe is super easy. Because the soap itself is quite liquid, for it to be effective and to save soap, I recommend getting a foaming soap dispenser. I have included the one I use in the description box below.


You will simply need:

3 tablespoons of castile soap
1 tablespoon of olive oil (or any moisturising oil you like)
1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerine: this is optional but it will moisturise even more, and I like to add it to counteract the drying effect of the liquid castile soap. 10-15 drops of essential oil of your choice

Castile hand soap diy

Add the castile soap first, followed by the oil. Top up with water. The less water you use, the fluffier and concentrated the soap will be. I like to top it up half way so that the soap stays fresher and it is fluffier and more concentrated.   


I have recently discovered soap nuts which I absolutely love using to wash delicates and for regular weekly wash where clothes need a refreshment but they are not stained or particularly dirty.

To prepare liquid soap you can use soap nuts, which normally come in shells that when boiled in water release saponins, which naturally foam and clean.


To make half liter of laundry detergent you will need:

15 soap nuts

half liter of water

To prepare your soap put liquid detergent simply simmer your 15 soap nuts with your half liter of water, for about 20 minutes. You can further let the bowl and let the nuts soak overnight. Let the liquid cool and strain the soap nuts liquid using a funnel. 

soap nuts zero waste cleaning laundry detergent diy

soap nuts zero waste cleaning laundry detergent diy

You can also buy soap nuts in a powder form and all you need to do is to put the soap nuts into an old stocking and throw it in the washing machine drum. 

Simply add 2 tablespoons of soap nut powder or 6 soap nuts into an old stocking, add 3-4 drops of your favourite essential oil and tie securely. Throw in the washing machine drum and wash at 40 degrees.

When the washload is done, the clothes come out smelling really good and they feel clean.


Since we are in the bathroom, the next recipe I want to show you is a super easy toilet cleaner powder. 


You will need:

2 tablespoon washing soda
4 tablespoon baking soda
2 tablespoon citric acid

Optional: 1 teaspoon of sodium percarbonate for its bleaching properties.

toilet cleaner diy

I like to mix these ingredients together into a reused glass jar and every time I clean the toilet I simply take a tablespoon of it and throw it in. Thanks to the mix of baking soda and citric acid the mix will start fizzing, distributing the cleansing effect. I normally leave it for 5-10 minutes before flushing it down.


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