Recipes for Homemade Cleaners

by Merissa on May 5, 2011

in Thrifty Living

Recipes for Homemade Cleaners

Recipes for Homemade Cleaners

I think making your own cleaners is kind of frugality 101. It's so cheap and easy and not to mention, better for your health. Plus I've found that my recipes for homemade cleaners work just as well as any of those that I buy. Here are some of my recipes for homemade cleaners. If you have special recipes for homemade cleaners you make, share the recipe with us in the comments section!

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 1 part vinegar
  • 2 parts water
  • Few Drops of Tea Tree or Lavender Essential Oil

Mix together in a spray bottle. This mixture works great for just about anything. I even use it to clean the spots on the carpet. I usually also add in a little grapefruit or orange oil to cover up the smell of the vinegar a little better.

Homemade Glass or Window Cleaner

  • 1 part vinegar
  • 2 parts water

Instead of using paper toweling to clean windows, try newspaper. If you are afraid of getting ink on your hands, just wear gloves.

(Here's another Window Cleaner recipe too)

Furniture Polish

  • ΒΌ c. Vinegar
  • 1 t. olive oil
  • Few Drops or Lemon or Orange Essential Oil

Make sure you test on a small area first. To help remove tough water rings try rubbing a little mayonnaise on it first.

Homemade Drain Cleaner

First sprinkle a little baking soda down the drain, follow it with the vinegar. This mixture can also be used to remove smells from the carpet, just make sure you test on a small area first.


Homemade Oven or Gas Grill Cleaner

Next, add sparingly Distilled White Vinegar to make a runny glue like texture. Next, paint or brush onto caked on greasy surfaces and let set for 15-30 minutes. Using a brillo or scouring pad, dip into water and then scrub treated surfaces clean. Rinse with water water. My gas grill was caked in grease and burnt food. Took it right off!

Perk Coffee Machine Cleaner

(for an 12 cup machine)

Put in 4 cups of White distilled vinegar and perk
After done perking, fill entire decanter with water and reperk to rinse. Cleans amazing and removes built up coffee residues!

Homemade Disposal Cleaner

homemade carpet cleaner

Homemade Carpet Cleaner


Grapefruit Bathroom Cleaner

Looking for new tips on saving money?

What are some of your recipes for homemade cleaners?


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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marly May 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Very awesome! I was just thinking last night of how i could make air freshners! you have any suggestions or recipes for this? something that lasts when sprayed???

Thanks for awesome articles!


2 Merissa May 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm

That reminds me…I had a recipe for a natural air freshener that I was going to post sometime. I will put it up on my ideas board and get it posted!


3 Mckenzie March 9, 2013 at 7:47 am

take a orange cut it in half take out the inside fill the the shell with salt put out of reach of children and its a fresh orange sent that filters through the room!!!!


4 K February 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Here’s the air freshener spray I use all the time. It doesn’t really have a scent, but you could add essential oils if you wanted. I find that it just leaves everything smelling clean and fresh so it’s more of an odor neutralizer.
Lemon Air Spray
In a pan combine 2 cups water and 1/8 cup baking soda. Heat, stirring, until baking soda is dissolved and mixture is clear. Add 1/2 cup lemon juice. Be careful it will foam. Cool slightly and pour into a squirt bottle. Shake before each use.
One note – this can leave a white film on surfaces, so be careful where you spray it. I usually make a new batch every week or so. You may need to occasionally run the nozzle of the spray bottle under warm water to remove any build up.


5 Carie Edson February 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Great blog! I’m having fun perusing…
Here’s an alternative window cleaner.
Ingredients: Club soda.
Yep. That’s it. It works amazing! And it’s totally okay when it goes flat, so you could purchase a large 2-liter bottle and just save it. I also use two rags when I’m cleaning all the windows in the house. One for scrubbing and then the next to finish wiping dry.
Even though I’ve been making my own cleaners for years, I’m still amazed at how well they work.


6 Bette August 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Laundry Detergent…Fels Napha Soap, Borax & Washing Soda…works great


7 Laura December 10, 2013 at 6:27 pm

That stuff makes a fantastic heavy-duty cleaner, too, when the vinegar cleaner isn’t quite enough.


8 DaMeon January 22, 2014 at 9:40 pm

We use Kirk Castle soap instead of the Fels Napha. It cost the same (sometimes a bit cheaper) the ingredient list is way shorter! Plus NO chemicals. Which is the main reason we make our own laundry soap. Not to mention super cost effective!


9 julie zep November 8, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Question: I have some of those Bath & Bodyworks aromatherapy massage oils. Can these be used in place of essential oils? Do these cleaners need to be refrigerated? Thanks!


10 Merissa November 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm

I’m not sure of the ingredients in those so I would be wary of using them in cleaners (they might stain).


11 Dairdre January 22, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Im not as much worried about them staining as I am about their natural benefits. Some essential oils have natural anti-septic, antibacterial, antifungal properties, like tea tree and lavender oils, thus they make great cleaners. The essential oils shouldn’t be in a ‘base’ (pre diluted) cause they won’t be as strong and you dont know what oil they used as a base (the oils could leave an oil stain or leave streaks)


12 Kim Baker September 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Do you have any thing for cleaning and shining hardwood floors


13 Missy January 20, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Vinegar & water. Someone told me it was Apple Cider Vinegar, but I use the regular white kind cause it comes in gallons, and I have to mop alot! (lol, 3 kids, 3 dogs & 1 husband :))


14 Rachel January 23, 2014 at 5:57 am

I love to use Hydrogen Peroxide to clean the bathroom. it is just as good as bleach on bathtubs and toilets. and kills mold better than bleach. It is also better on the septic system than bleach. use with a little essential oil for a clean scent.


15 Rachel January 23, 2014 at 6:02 am

Oh I almost forgot the coffee POT. i used to work in a college cafeteria and we use a simple trick. add a good handful or two depending on the size of the pot but enough to cover the bottom of ICE. Thats right ICE. a few table spoons of LEMON JUICE and a few table spoons of SALT shake the pot vigorously. fill just under half with water (with the ice and juice salt mixture) and shake again. Dump everything out and take a clean cloth rinsing the pot and all of the build up wipes off. great for glass pots and stainless steal.


16 The best natural antibacterial soap March 4, 2014 at 8:39 am

Purchasing natural ingredients for making cleaning products ( skin and home cleaning) is one of my favorite thing to do. I get these products one or twice a year at most and we have smooth, healthy skin all year! I loved you idea, it looks like worth trying :)


17 Katrina March 17, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Help!! I’m looking for ideas to clean the stinky carpet in my new-to-me, quite old, stinky suv. It’s very winter here and my small town does not have the car wash “shampoo/vac option”.


18 Merissa March 18, 2014 at 7:13 am

You might want to try this recipe for Homemade Carpet Cleaner.


19 Candas May 17, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Do u have a homemade laundry detergent recipe?


20 Charolett August 13, 2014 at 6:39 am

I make my own air freshener. I take liquid fabric softener and pour a couple of caps in a large spray bottle and fill the rest with water. Shake it good and spray it on the beds, in the closets, carpet, curtains, rugs. Where ever you want it. It doesn’t stain and the house smells great.


21 website February 10, 2015 at 8:51 am

So useful post! I prefer using natural product while cleaning but they are very expensive. Thanks for giving all of these home made cleaning recipes here! Regards! Blackfen Carpet Cleaners Ltd.


22 Angi M August 21, 2015 at 11:25 am

I love using natural cleaners! I also love the money I save not going into the cleaning aisle at the grocery store. :) I have a much-loved, popular name brand cleaner (not sure if I can use its name online!) I bought for $1 with sales and coupons. You spray it on a hard surface and wipe off for cleaning, let dry for deodorizing. It’s almost empty and I don’t want to buy it again, even though I love it. Might the All-Purpose Cleaner have the same effect? I do know this name-brand cleaner has thyme essential oil, which I could easily add to the homemade version instead of Tea Tree. Just curious. :) Thanks for your awesome household hints!


23 Merissa August 21, 2015 at 4:16 pm

Probably similar? Most homemade cleaners with essential oils will leave some kind of scent behind :)


24 Ann Morris September 23, 2015 at 9:14 am

Thank you for your article! You’ve just inspired me to clean my oven. I don’t want to clean it with harsh chemical products because this is a kitchen appliance and that is the place where we cook our food. I’ll definitely try your recipe asap! Have a nice week!


25 September 24, 2015 at 9:07 am

Hey, i want to share my favourite recipe for non-toxic carpet cleaner!
So, here is the recipe:
Mix equal parts vinegar and baking soda until it forms a thick paste. Dilute with warm water until the mixture becomes a thin liquid and then scrub it into the stain using an old toothbrush or sponge.
Pour club soda directly onto the stain and allow it to sit for 3 to 5 minutes. Then scrub with an old toothbrush or sponge.

P.S. Thank you for sharing your recipes, I’ll definitely try them soon!

Edna Graham
Carpet Cleaner Ltd.


26 Petra / Be Healthy Now October 2, 2015 at 7:43 am

Some really great recipes for natural cleaners here. For my own cleaning I mostly use vinegar, baking soda and tea tree oil but really need to try the homemade carpet cleaner you shared here, thanks! #brillblogposts


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