Homemade Cleaners (that actually work)
Making your own cleaning supplies is a great way to save money, reduce waste, and cut back on the amount of chemicals entering your home.
Purchasing a few key ingredients will give you a good start on making your own cleaning products, including the following (these links go to Amazon so you know what you’re looking for — you can find most of these items at Walmart, Target, or your grocery store):
- Fels Naptha soap (also AMAZING for cleaning grass stains/dirt off baseball pants)
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Dish soap
- Kosher salt
- Washing soda
- Citric acid
- Quality spray bottle
Here’s a list of common cleaning products, ingredients needed to make it, and links to different recipes and variations!
Common ingredients: washing soda, Borax, soap, water
Making homemade laundry soap into a gift (How Does She)
Natural Laundry Detergent (powder and liquid recipes)
Common ingredients: washing soda, Borax, citric acid, kosher salt
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent and Rinse Agent (DIY Natural)
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent (Thrifty Nifty Mommy)
Common ingredients: white vinegar, baking soda, dishsoap
Homemade Bathroom Cleaners (drain, shower, mirror and more)
Homemade Bathroom Cleaner (Crunchy Betty)
Tub, Tile and Grout Cleaner (Pop Sugar)
Common ingredients: white vinegar, cornstarch, rubbing alcohol, water
Homemade Glass Cleaner That Works (Fabulessly Frugal)
Battle of the Homemade Glass Cleaners (Crunchy Betty)
Carpet & Stain Cleaner
Common ingredients: white vinegar, water
Homemade Carpet Cleaner (Hillbilly Housewife)
How to Remove Tough Carpet Stains (One Good Thing by Jillee)
Magic Eraser Sponges
Mr. Clean Magic Erasers on Amazon (Costco has a great deal on these as well!)
Homemade Mr. Clean Eraser (The Thrifty Couple)
Or try using these eco-friendly melamine sponges — just add water!
Homemade Ant Killer (sugar, water, Borax)
You can also check out Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider (on Kindle or hardcover). She lists some seriously awesome resources for building your own homemade cleaning supply closet.
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