This Homemade Cleaning Paste is an easy and super frugal non-toxic cleaner for so many surfaces in your home. You'll love the simplicity and you'll love the results!
I love making DIY everything--from spice blends, to kitchen substitutes, to beauty products--and home cleaners as well. Basically, if there's something I need, I often wonder if there's a way to make it cheaper and make it cleaner / healthier.
This homemade cleaning paste is such a great recipe--you're sure to want to use it for so many things in your home.
The Origin of This Homemade Cleaning Paste
This cleaning paste is actually from the maker of the cleaning paste herself--Wendyl Nissen of Green Goddess. Years ago, Sarah of The Little Fig blog wrote a guest post on my site about this paste.
Sarah had received permission from Wendyl to share both this recipe and this baby laundry detergent recipe on my site.
(Note that Wendyl already shares recipes for all of her products on the packages in the spirit of sharing as things used to be passed on years ago--what a lovely thing to do!--, but this was special permission to feature the formula online. )
Alas, Sarah's blog is no more, but this formula is still here for you to enjoy.
If you plan on storing some of this cleaning paste, make sure to keep it in a very air tight container so it doesn't dry out.
You also might wish to leave some air space at the top in case it does dry, since that will cause it to expand. It's no fun having a container break--especially if you use a glass one!
Ways to Use Cleaning Paste
- Clean, polish and protect chrome, stainless steel, porcelain and similar surfaces
- Remove label residue off of glass containers
- Kitchen and bathroom surfaces (including the tub and shower, sinks, hardware, and even the toilet)!
How to Use
Scoop out 1-2 Tablespoons of the paste (more or less, depending on the job) and apply with a sponge, scrub brush, or cleaning rag, and scrub. Rinse thoroughly--warm water will make rinsing easier.
Other Non-Toxic Household Products
I plan to have more natural homemade cleaners in the future, but for now, here are some others from the blog that you might wish to try!
The original formula of this paste was a Peppermint Cleaning Paste. You can of course make it that way, or use whatever essential oil you like.
Or make it plain if you don't care for scents. It's all good!
Homemade Cleaning Paste
- Combine baking soda and cream of tartar in a small bowl.
- Mix soap and water together in a glass, then slowly pour into the bowl.
- Stir until mixture forms a paste.
- Add essential oil and stir.
- Add more water, a little at a time, as needed to form a paste.
- Store in an airtight container.
I'd love to hear what you think about this cleaning paste and how it worked for you!
Note: This post was originally published on October 10, 2013. It was rewritten and new images were added in February of 2020. Following is the original image for reference.