3 DIY Cleaning Product Recipes

Everyone who buys their own groceries and household items knows the quickest way to increase the total on that till slip is to add some cleaning products. Lucky for us my mom* has basically turned into the queen of eco friendly and affordable home DIY cleaning products, so I have three recipes to share today.

diy cleaning products recipes

All three these products are super simple to make, they’re easy to use, and they’re very close to being all-natural too. Hopefully you’ll be inspired to breathe in at least one less harsh chemical product and save yourself some bucks while you’re at it.

Orange Kitchen Cleaner

I’m borderline obsessive when it comes to wiping down my kitchen counters – at any given time they need to be clean enough for me to quickly slice/spread something without a cutting board if I really have to (oh come on, you’ve done it too). But that also means that I don’t always want to wipe off whatever it is that I cleaned the counter with last time round.

This kitchen cleaner is great for that reason. The main ingredient is vinegar so you can eat from your counter directly after cleaning it if you really want to. Because the other ingredient is orange peels.

orange kitchen cleaner recipe



Orange Peels


Fill a large wide neck jar with orange peels. This does indeed mean that you would need the peels of about 6 oranges, but it’s a great excuse to make some fresh juice or freeze segments for future juicing. Pour white vinegar over the orange peels to fill the jar, and seal it. Forget about it for two weeks to give the oranges time to infuse the vinegar, and then decant the liquid into a spray bottle.

When I use this I initially smell a whiff of vinegar, but the orange then takes over. I’m also really keen to try this with lemons as soon as lemons are more *cough* seasonally priced/I find a lemon tree in someone’s back yard.

Toilet Fizzies

Yup, I used the T-word. I’m not going to lie, I’m a big fan of bleach. It has a lot to do with my squeamishness about toilet brushes – I can’t stand the stuff. So usually I’d chuck a bleach block in the cistern and pour thick bleach into the toilet bowl every couple of days to prevent staining and keep things sparkly.

These toilet fizzies are the bomb though – they fizz away in the toilet bowl within a few minutes leaving things sparkling clean and smelling really good.

toilet fizz balls recipe

toilet fizz balls recipe


2 cups baking soda/bicarb

1 cup citric acid

10ml essential oils

spray bottle with water

silicone moulds


Mix baking soda and citric acid in a bowl. Add the essential oils little by little while continuing to stir – you can use a mixture of two or three different essential oils as long as it’s about 10ml in total. Start spraying some water to dampen the mixture so you can transfer it to the moulds – it will start fizzing, and the less you let it fizz here the better so try not to waste time. Aim for no more than five spritzes of water in total.

As soon as it feels somewhat mouldable it’s ready to go into whatever shapes you chose – mini muffin pans, ice cubes, whatever blows your hair back as long as you’ll be able to get it out. Leave it in the moulds overnight, and then leave it out for another 6 hours or so on an open tray once you’ve removed it from the moulds. Once you’re sure they’re nice and hard, store them in an air tight container and throw one in the loo bowl every couple of days.

Carpet Powder

This is probably the easiest DIY cleaning recipe of all time but I had to include it because carpet powder is such a ridiculously overpriced item and this one is super effective. I used this when I helped my mom clean one day and it freshens up a room like you won’t believe. I also used it when my sister’s dog** lovingly urinated on the carpet in my room, and it worked for that too.


500g baking soda/bicarb

2ml essential oils


Just mix it up and transfer it into a shaker of some sort. Pour some onto the carpet before vacuuming and be amazed at how domesticated you are.

You probably noticed that most of the ingredients can be find either in your grocery cupboard or in your supermarket. Again I only use SOiL for essential oils.

Please let me know if you enjoy posts like these? I have some more DIY cleaning products and other recipes and tricks up my sleeve but I won’t bore you if you prefer reading about makeup instead 🙂

C x

*My mom wanted to make sure that I tell you she’s not claiming any of these recipes as her own. They’re all circulating in the world of mom-websites and DIY Pinterest.

**I’m saying dog, but this dog looks a LOT like a dingo.




  1. Mar 14, 2016 / 6:10 PM

    You just totally made my day. Please do share of your recipes.

    I know there are tons of DIY info out there but I want to know about stuff that someone has actually used. My time is too precious to waste on stuff that might not do the trick,

    Thank you!

    • Chantelle Bester
      Mar 14, 2016 / 6:20 PM

      Agreed! I made all of these with my mom – we also tried a few things that bombed miserably 😛

  2. R Fourie
    Mar 14, 2016 / 6:19 PM

    I have to try that toilet cleaner – sounds easy enough 🙂

    • Chantelle Bester
      Mar 14, 2016 / 6:21 PM

      It is!

  3. Lené
    Mar 15, 2016 / 12:44 AM

    Although I love the make up posts, I love this even more. Being creative while cleaning and saving money is definitely a plus for me! Definitely going to try these, and would love some more tips and recipes!

    • Chantelle Bester
      Mar 15, 2016 / 9:41 AM

      Yayness! Thank you for the feedback 🙂

  4. Mar 15, 2016 / 1:01 AM

    You *know* I’m a big fan of your Martha Stewart posts! Loved this one – definitely going to be trying all three of these. Love the idea of those toilet fizzies – I think Noah’s going to have a ball with those!

    • Chantelle Bester
      Mar 15, 2016 / 9:40 AM

      Had such a good laugh at the M-Stew reference because you should see the state of my flat most days! Thanks for the feedback x

  5. Mar 15, 2016 / 11:07 AM

    Love these! And I love the way you store them 😀 Much prettier than keeping a big bottle of bleach in the bathroom.


    • Chantelle Bester
      Mar 15, 2016 / 1:51 PM

      It is, right? I probably would have chucked them in a tupperware container but my mom is all kinds of innovative xx

  6. Simone C
    Mar 15, 2016 / 11:16 AM

    I love the idea of the carpet cleaner.

    The toilet fizzies sound AWESOME, but right now, sound like too much work for me…. 3 kids…one was recently in hospital..so I’m still recovering…..but when I have more energy, I definitely want to try that!

    • Chantelle Bester
      Mar 15, 2016 / 1:50 PM

      Sounds like you have your hands full enough at the moment! Take it easy and save the recipes for when you have a bit more oomph x

  7. Arleen Marree
    Mar 15, 2016 / 12:21 PM

    Great cleaning tips! Come them coming!

    • Chantelle Bester
      Mar 15, 2016 / 1:48 PM

      Thank you Arleen!

  8. Mar 15, 2016 / 5:20 PM

    Loved this!! I got a tip last year to mix half vinegar with half water, and spray everywhere you have problems with ants in your cupboards. It worked after a while, doing it consistently, but this orange peel addition sounds like da bomb. I love the smell of oranges, am definitely going to do this, thanks Chantelle! 🙂

  9. Kerry
    Mar 16, 2016 / 12:18 PM

    Hello , Have not tried to make any yet but .. loving it would def be interested in more home made cleaning products and body care products

    • Chantelle Bester
      Mar 16, 2016 / 2:51 PM

      Thank you for the feedback Kerry!

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