DIY Kitchen Cleaner Recipe with Borax

This DIY kitchen cleaner uses Borax, and it can be used as a deep cleaning agent for scouring away not only germs, but grease residue. If any residue remains after scrubbing, use a cloth lightly dampened with only distilled white vinegar to remove any unwanted streaking.

Why Borax? Well, because it offers more thorough scrubbing and grease cutting power than baking soda and witch hazel.


  • 1 ½ cups Borax
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol or vodka
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil


  1. Combine the Borax and distilled white vinegar in a bowl or similar storage container. Stir thoroughly to ensure proper mixing.
  2. Pour in the rubbing alcohol or vodka and stir again until fully combined.
  3. Add the drops of tea tree essential oil to the mixture and stir once more.
  4. Aim for a paste-like consistency that is neither too dry nor too runny. Adjust the mixture if needed:
    • If the cleaner is too runny, add 1 teaspoon more of Borax and stir.
    • If the mixture is too dry, add ½ teaspoon more of vinegar and stir to combine.
  5. Apply the natural kitchen scrubbing agent to surfaces that are not made of natural stone or appliances using a clean cloth or sponge.