Learning how to make your own homemade cleaners is a handy and beneficial skill to have. Not only will it save you money, but you’ll also know that what you’re using is all-natural and safe for you and your family. Plus, homemade cleaners are an easy DIY project that anyone can learn how to make.
Most homemade cleaners revolve around a few simple, all-natural ingredients, many of which you probably have on hand already.
White vinegar, baking soda, dish soap and essential oils go a long way when it comes to cleaning your home. It’s a wonder why anyone ever began using the toxic chemicals most people use in their homes today!
So if you want to get started making your own all-natural homemade cleaners that work just as good (if not better) than their store-bought counterparts, grab these ingredients from your pantry and try out the following DIY cleaner recipes for every corner of your home.
Just remember, you can have all of the cleaners in the world but make sure you are cleaning with some good old fashioned elbow grease too!
All-Natural Homemade Cleaners
I first started making my own homemade cleaners to save money. I think making your own cleaners is kind of frugality 101! It’s so cheap and easy, 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’ve bought from the store.
Here are some of my recipes for homemade cleaners. If you have special recipes for homemade cleaners you make, make sure to share your recipe in the comments section!
Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
Mix everything together in a spray bottle and shake. Spray on countertops, tabletops, porcelain or floors. I even use it to clean the spots on the carpet! Just don’t use on any marble surfaces as vinegar stains marble.
I usually also add in a little grapefruit, lemon or orange essential oil to cover up the smell of the vinegar a little better.
Homemade Bathroom Cleaner
If you want your bathroom to have a super invigorating, fresh scent, you can clean the entire thing with just a grapefruit and a bit of salt. Here’s how to make a Grapefruit Bathroom Cleaner. You could also make the homemade all-purpose cleaner above and use Grapefruit Essential Oil as well for a similar effect.
Homemade Glass or Window Cleaner
- 1 part vinegar
- 2 parts water
Mix in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray on windows, mirrors, glass doors, etc. For a streak-free shine, try using newspapers to clean windows instead of paper towels. If you’re afraid of getting ink on your hands, just wear gloves.
Homemade Cleaning Wipes
These Homemade Cleaning Wipes are awesome to keep around all winter long for quick cleaning. They are easy to make and disposable which makes them excellent for the times when there is sickness in the home.
Homemade Furniture Polish
Mix together in a bowl and use a rag to rub it onto wooden surfaces. 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
- Baking Soda
First sprinkle a little baking soda down the drain, follow it with the vinegar. The vinegar causes the baking soda to react (or visa versa) and the mixture will foam up, sort of like homemade Drano, except way better for your health, your wallet and the environment. This Homemade Drain Cleaner mixture can also be used to remove stains and smells from the carpet, just make sure you test on a small area first.
Homemade Carpet Cleaner
Dingy, spotted carpets? Make some homemade Carpet Cleaner. This can be made with some ingredients you already have under your sink and it’s so effective as a spot cleaner or an all-over cleaner on carpeting.
Homemade Oven or Gas Grill Cleaner
Mix baking soda and dish detergent together. Add distilled white vinegar, just a little bit at a time, to make a runny glue-like texture. Paint or brush onto caked-on greasy surfaces and let sit for 15-30 minutes.
Using a brillo or scouring pad, dip into water and then scrub treated surfaces clean. Rinse with water.
Perk Coffee Maker Cleaner
(for a 12-cup coffee maker)
- 4 cups distilled white vinegar
Put in 4 cups of White distilled vinegar and perk.
After done perking, fill entire decanter with water and reperk to rinse. Cleans amazingly and removes built-up coffee residues!
To clean a regular drip coffee machine, dilute the vinegar with an equal part water and pour in the coffee maker. Make sure all old grounds are removed. Then run the coffee maker as if you were brewing a regular cup of coffee. Once the cycle is done, dump the pot of vinegar water, rinse it out, and then fill with water. Pour the water in the coffee maker again and run it once more to clean out any leftover vinegar residue.
Which homemade cleaner will you try first? Do you have any of your own special recipes or tips for making or using homemade cleaners?
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Where to buy essential oils to make Homemade Cleaners
If you’re looking for a wonderful source for oils, I highly recommend Rocky Mountain Oils. After careful consideration of all the companies selling essential oils, I’m happy to share that Rocky Mountain Oils has become my main source of oils for many different reasons.
What to Clean With
My absolute favorite cleaning cloths are anything from eCloth. I’ve been using their products for several years and have been very happy with their durability as well as their affordable price.
I personally use them with the homemade cleaner recipes above and not just with water. A few of my favorite products are the Non-Scratch Scrubbing Pads (I use these daily for dishes!), the Glass and Polishing Cloth (my favorite for cleaning the stovetop and other appliances that get streaky), and the Window Cleaning Cloths (streak free windows!).
If you love these recipes for Homemade Cleaners you will absolutely love my book, Little House Living: The Make Your Own Guide to a Frugal, Simple, and Self-Sufficient Life. It features 130 recipes just like these that are perfect for your household!
Which homemade cleaners do you already make?