Saturday, March 19, 2011

Homemade Cleaning Products


Cleaning supplies are expensive and easy to go through, but they are also full of harsh chemicals that aren't good for our kids and animals, or for us.  Here is a list of commonly used cleaning items that are made from everyday household ingredients that will save you from spending all that money and breathing in fumes.

Click on whichever you would like to jump to the ingredients and instructions.


Bathroom Cleaner 

1/2 Cup Vinegar
1/4 Cup Baking Soda
2 Liter Bottle

Put the vinegar in the bottle and fill it almost to the top with hot water.  Add the baking soda and mix.  Fill a spray bottle with the mixture and store the rest.

1/2 Cup Ammonia
2 Cups Rubbing Alcohol
1 teaspoon Dish Soap
Gallon Jug

Mix the ingredients together in the gallon jug then fill jug with water.  Fill a spray bottle and store the rest.

Kitchen Cleaner 

1/3 Cup Vinegar
1 teaspoon Dish Soap
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
2 Cups Hot Water
Spray bottle 

Put everything in the spray bottle and shake it up.


1 1/2 Cups Water
3 Tablespoons Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Fabric Softener, your choice
 Scented Oils, optional

Combine everything in a spray bottle or empty Febreeze bottle. Shake well and use as normal.  I make this all the time, love it!! 

Powdered Laundry Detergent 

6 Cups Borax
8 Cups Baking Soda
 2 Laundry Soap Bars, grated

 Mix everything together and store in a large sealed container.  One load is 2 Tablespoons of the mixture.
You can find laundry soap bars and borax at Walmart or even in your local grocery store. 

Room Deodorizer

1 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon allspice

Combine in a pan and bring to a simmer.  Put into a heat proof bowl and set out in the room.  Best kept up high if you have little kids or nosy kittens.


1/4 Cup Bleach
1 Quart Warm Water

Combine in a spray bottle.  Mark clearly that it contains bleach.  While this does contain bleach as a harsh chemical, it is by far the best disinfectant you can use without all the other additives in commercial cleaners.  If you spray your counters with this then scrub using a bit of baking soda on a rag, this becomes a bleach surface scrub and works great.

Everyday Shower Spray 

 2 Tablespoons Jet Dry dishwasher liquid

Place Jet Dry in a full size spray bottle then fill to the top with water.  Shake and use.

 Color Safe Bleach

 2 Cups Hydrogen Peroxide
Gallon Jug

Put hydrogen peroxide in the gallon jug, fill to the top with water.  Soak clothing for 10 - 30 minutes before washing.  This can be used for all colors and synthetic fabrics. 

Citrus Multi Surface Floor Cleaner 

1 Gallon Hot Water
2 Tablespoons of Liquid Soap
15 drops Orange Essential Oil
1/4 cup Lemon Juice

Mix together and wash floors.

Carpet Deoderizer 

2 Cups Cornmeal
1 Cup Borax

Combine and sprinkle over carpet.  Let it sit fifteen minutes to one hour and then vacuum.  

Baby Wipes 

2 Cups Warm Water
 2 Tablespoons Baby Shampoo
2 Tablespoons Baby Oil
Heavy Duty Paper Towels

Mix the water, shampoo and oil.  Soak the paper towels in the mixture then store in a wipe box or plastic bag.   

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Joost said...

I hope nobody shoves this ub his/her face ;P

margot said...

Havwe you tried the "Windex" with vinegar in place of the ammonia? My Pella windows came with a UV coating that specifically says not to use ammonia on them.

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