DIY Household Cleaners

When we moved we didn’t bring a lot of our half empty house cleaners with us. We gave them to family or just pitched them. With the movers coming in and out of the house for a whole day, and now having a dog, things seem to get dirty rather quickly.

I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on commercial cleaners. Additionally, I didn’t want the chemicals in those cleaners all over my house. I’ve made my own all-purpose cleaner for awhile, but it was time to expand my homemade cleaning kit.

Before you get overwhelmed with all these just note that I highly, highly recommend stocking your house with the following: spray bottles (old Windex?), vinegar, baking soda.  Just go out and buy them now, they’re cheap, they’re versatile, they’re not toxic.


Homemade Toilet Cleaner

1/4 c. Borax or baking soda+1 c. vinegar
Mix in a spray bottle. Spray on, let sit for 5 minutes, wipe off using cloth of toilet brush.

Homemade Tub/Shower Cleaner

Mix 1 box baking soda + 1/2 liquid dish soap. This is very thick, just mix together. Add 1/2 c. water and 2 T. vinegar. Use funnel to transfer to spray bottle. Spray on, let sit for 10 minutes, wipe off with cloth, rinse.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Want another reason to eat your oranges (or any other citrus) other than the health benefits? Place your peels in a jar, cover with vinegar, close. Let sit for a week to a month. Fill a spray bottle halfway with citrus infused vinegar, fill rest with water. There you have it. Clean your counters, sinks, whatever.

Glass Cleaner

Fill a spray bottle 1/3 of the way with vinegar, top it off with water. Viola, clean glass. Once the mixture dries, the vinegar smell should go away. However, if it still bothers you add a few drops of any essential oil.

Glass Cleaner II

Fill spray bottle with 2 c. water, 1/4 c. vinegar, 1/4 c. rubbing alcohol, and 1 T. cornstarch. Shake well.

“Swiffer” Floor Cleaner

1/4 c. liquid dish soap, 3 c. vinegar, 1 c. lemon juice, 4 c. water
Mix all in container. If you don’t have a Swiffer, that’s fine no need to go buy one. Sometimes I get on my hands and knees and scrub my floor. If you do have a Swiffer, cut cheap, rough (the cheaper=the rougher=the better) washcloths and cut to fit into your Swiffer. Bam.

What kind of homemade cleaners do you use? How much money do you think you can save making your own cleaners, detergent, etc?


4 responses to “DIY Household Cleaners

  1. So happy you posted this! Since we just combined households, we have double the cleaning supplies, but I'm anxious to run out to be able to make my own. Thanks!


  2. check your swiffer cleaner.. is there a mistake? vinegar listed twice. Glad you are getting settled in. love aunt bev


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