15 Amish Homemade Cleaning Recipes That’s Beyond Genius

How much do you know about the Amish and their way of life? Just in case this is new to you, here is a brief sneak peek into how this group of people gets through each day spending less or nothing and creating their own Amish homemade cleaning recipes.

Here you’ll find 15 Amish homemade cleaning recipes that you can use daily to make cleaning easier and less costly. Yes, you may have to purchase an item or two but the formula that this would form is one to pass down for generations.

If you’re just amazed by the Amish lifestyle then why not start adding bits of it to yours today?



Don’t we all get fussy about what to buy in order to clean our floors? The Amish, however, avoid any harsh chemicals when cleaning their floors, especially tile floors.


One simple way to clean your tile floor is to avoid harsh chemicals by creating your own homemade cleaning recipe. A harsh chemical that is vinegar-based can, with continuous use damage the tile. To clean your tiles use a soft absorbable mop, warm water, and mild dish soap to clean the floor. Use a damp sponge with a dab of dish soap to clean between each tile, then finish with a damp mop once again.




Cleaning your glass window takes a very strange vegetable from your kitchen. Yep, that’s right, a vegetable, and that vegetable is an onion. Onions are very acidic, making them easy and great at breaking down dirt and smears. This Amish homemade cleaning recipe uses an onion as a scrubbing tool. Yep, you heard right.


Cut an onion in half, and use one side to wipe over your glass window. When you are done wiping, use a sponge dampened with warm water to wipe away the residues, Give the window a second wipe with a clean sponge to ensure it comes out spotless.




To care for wooden items around your home, specifically, cleaning your wooden furniture. These can be cleaned with liquid cow’s milk. This sounds a little wacky but the scientific detail of milk is fat. Fats can be used to add sheen to the wood. That somehow clarifies our milk concern.


To polish your wooden furniture, use a damp sponge or cloth to clean away the dirt and dust from the wooden piece. Pour a dab of the milk on a slightly damp sponge.


Use this to polish the wooden piece. To remove the smell of the milk, sprinkle a few drops of scented oil on a sheet of paper towel to glide over the piece. This should remove the smell of the milk.



Baking soda and Hydrogen peroxide
Amish homemade bleach

To spot-treat stains on clothes, this recipe will take care of that. I would recommend using this Amish bleach recipe for just one item at a time. For this, you’ll need a small bucket.


Fill the bucket with one gallon of water. Stir in 1 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup baking soda, and dissolve well, then submerge the item. This should only be done if the stain is widespread and causing discoloration.


Allow this to soak for 1 hour before checking to see the progress. When you are satisfied with the color, toss in your washer on a regular cycle using your regular laundry detergent.


For a spot-on treatment add 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide to 1/4 cup baking soda. Stir into a paste, apply it to the spot, and allow it to sit overnight. Wash as you normally would in the morning.


Before using it on colored clothes, test a small amount on a hidden area before applying it to prevent damage.



Homemade grout cleaner
Amish grout cleaner

This word has become very common these days, as everyone seems to somehow be having grout issues. The real solution to grout stains is to clean the area regularly to prevent dust and grease buildup, which then turns into ugly stains.


Removing grout stains from tiles, including your bathroom tiles and kitchen floor tiles, is pretty simple. Pour 2 tablespoons of household bleach into a small spray bottle. To this, add 1/4 cup warm water with an equal amount of white vinegar.


Shake well and spray directly on the grout stain, which is mostly found between each tile. Let this sit for 1 hour. Use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or an old toothbrush to brush the areas you sprayed. Lather with Dawn dish soap and a wet cleaning rag, then rinse with warm water. NOTE: This recipe requires the user to wear a face mask.




To remove grease stains, whether on clothes or items in the home, such as your floor and furniture, refer to tip #9. This laundry detergent can be used to paste on grease spots on clothes for 1 hour before washing.


For grease spots on furniture, wooden floors, and other surfaces, add a little more dish soap to make it into a paste-like substance. Apply it directly onto the stain.


For wooden objects allow sitting for 5 minutes. Use a soft damp sponge to wipe the area. PLEASE NOTE: Before using any chemical on wood test the substance on a small area for signs of damage before applying it to a wider area.




The Amish don’t have air fresheners well, in one way they do, but only a bit more creative and natural. To make your home smell fresh and natural without any harsh chemicals try doing this.


Some plants are natural air fresheners. These can be placed in different areas of your home to deodorize it. Another way is to gather all the pine cones you can.


Place them in small containers, then sprinkle drops of wonderful-smelling scented oils on the pine cones. This will diffuse in the room and the smell is to be experienced on your own.


A favorite of mine is mint, as it gives off a nice fragrance when brewed, and the leaves made my room smell amazing. Simply pour 1 cup of the brew into a spray bottle. Add to this 10 drops of baby powder or lavender-scented oil and mist your entire home.




Fabric is given its color with beautiful colors called dyes. Though we make our clothes the color we want them to be, these dyes can bleed when they collide with water, causing the color to become pale very quickly. Most times, these bleeding clothing items can damage other clothing if washed together.


To stop the bleeding, submerge the item you suspect into a bucket of room-temperature water. Pour in 1 cup of salt and turn over the item in the water. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Remove and wash, preferably by itself.




Not only will this homemade laundry detergent save you tons of cash but it is also a natural laundry detergent. Who wouldn’t go for this when the whole world is trying to go the eco-friendly way, even though the Amish got there before us? You can be a part of this with this solution.


To make Amish laundry detergent, you’ll need:

3 cups Borax, 1/2 cup Dawn dish soap, and 1 cup grated Fels-Naptha. In a bowl that has a lid, pour in the borax the add the grated Fels-Naptha. Replace the lid on the container and shake vigorously. 


Shake until you see a crumb-like texture appear. Remove the lid, add the dish soap cover, and shake once more. Now, this solution is ready to give you natural bright, and clean laundry results.



An amazing way to clean your bathroom and have it smell amazing for days is with a simple recipe that the Amish use to make their bathroom spotless. This solution can be used to clean your bathroom sinks, floor, bathtub, shower, tiles, and toilet. What else could we ask for?


In a small spray bottle, pour in 3 tablespoons of Pine- sol and 1 tablespoon of household bleach. fill the bottle with water. Shake well and mist the area in the bathroom you wish to clean. For the toilet, all you need to do is spray the inside and the outer areas, then clean. Your bathroom will smell like a combination of wonderful and amazing at the same time!




Stovetops get messy every so often. This can be quite unavoidable, as spills happen while we cook. Here’s something that the Amish do to protect their stoves from sticky and greasy spills:


Line the top of the stove with aluminum foil paper, only allowing the burners to be left out. When the spill occurs, it will fall onto the aluminum foil. When you are done cooking, remove the foil, and your stove will still be clean. Here is more on how to clean a stovetop…



The Amish way of cleaning baked-on food and grease on their stoves’ is with this simple solution. Combine a mixture of vinegar, dish soap, and warm water in a spray bottle.


Spray on the stovetop and allow it to sit while you do something else. Go back to the stove using a ball of steel wool or Scotch Brite. Move your hands in a gentle scrubbing motion across the stove.


By now, the food particle should be soft, making it easier. You can also substitute the vinegar with a fabric softener. When you are through, simply wipe with a clean, warm, damp cloth until the top is completely spotless.




It’s hard to say what type of countertops you may have in your home. The wrong chemicals used on certain types of material can cause damage. With this Amish countertop stain removal recipe, your countertop will be safe no matter the material it’s made from. Remove stains from your countertops.


Apply just a few drops of chloride toothpaste directly to the stain. Spread it around a little with your finger, then pour on the exact spot a dab of Murphy’s oil soap and spread once more.


Take a break for 10 minutes, then wipe away the paste with a warm, damp cloth or sponge. Repeat the process based on the type of stain, as some stains are more concentrated and therefore need more time for penetration of the recipe.




Washing in the Amish family is done regularly. The products used to do the laundry are mostly homemade. One amazing way the Amish women get their clothes soft and fluffy is with Murphy’s Oil Soap and Distilled Vinegar.


To make your Amish homemade fabric softener, do this: You’ll need a gallon jug, 1 cup of white vinegar, and 1 cup of Murphy’s Oil Soap. Fill the jug with warm water. Pour the vinegar and the oil soap into the jug. Cover and shake well to dissolve. Pour a cup or two of this solution when doing your laundry along with a regular laundry detergent. Perfect for washing bath towels and dishtowels




Avoid the fancy toilet bowl cleaners. They are way too expensive and worst of all, some of those toilet cleaners will flare your allergies like fireworks. The Amish way of cleaning a toilet bowl is with products you can easily find in the kitchen. Isn’t that surprising? To clean your toilet, grab hold of a bottle of


white vinegar. Pour 1/4 cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl. Allow the vinegar to sit for a few minutes. Use a toilet brush to swish around in the bowl a couple of times.


The vinegar operates as a bleaching agent, removing bad odors and stains, including urine rings, which is a common toilet problem. When you use vinegar to clean your toilet bowl, your job is done, and it costs you little than nothing. Leaving you with a clean toilet.




The Amish believe in natural floors and that is expected as they prefer the natural way of life. Cleaning their wooden floor is only done with all-natural cleaning recipes that are homemade and safe. To clean your wooden floor, follow this incredible recipe.


Use a broom to sweep the floor, removing all the dust and debris as much as you can. Move on to using a bucket filled with warm water to mop the floor. Avoid excess water in the mop as you mop the floor, as this will cause damage to the wood.


When you’re through mopping, dab a few drops of olive oil on the damp mop, {5 drops at a time}. Add more as required and continue wiping until your floor looks glowy and radiant. You may also like: 15 AMISH DAILY HOUSEHOLD AND LIFESTYLE PRACTICES WE NEED TO KNOW