Homemade Cleaning Products

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The ultimate guide to homemade cleaning products! These homemade cleaners cost pennies to make and most are made with all-natural ingredients.

Homemade Cleaning Products

I’ve become a little obsessed with making my own cleaning products.  I love the idea of using less chemicals when cleaning and I especially like that it is so much cheaper.  I can’t believe how much I’ve spent in the past on cleaning products when I could have been making them myself.

In my own quest to find simple recipes for homemade cleaning products,  I’ve decided to compile a list here to share with you. Grab a few empty spray bottles, some mason jars and a few simple ingredients because all you need to do is mix the ingredients together and you’re ready to clean. You might need a sharpie too so you can label all your new cleaning product.s 

General Surface Cleaner

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

General Surface Cleaner

  • 1 cup distilled water.
  • 1 cup white distilled vinegar.
  • 1/2 lemon juiced (optional)
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil or peppermint, orange, or lemon.

Drain Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vinegar

Pour the baking soda down the drain. Then pour vinegar down the drain to create a foaming action. Allow the foam to settle and then repeat until all the baking soda is gone. 

DIY Clorox Cleaner

  • 1/4 Cup Bleach
  • 1 Teaspoon Laundry Detergent

Add bleach and laundry detergent to spray bottle.  Then fill the spray bottle with water and shake to mix.

Simple DIY Scouring Powder

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon borax
  • 10 drops essential oil

DIY Cleaning Wipes

  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 1.5 cup of water
  • 1.5 cup of white vinegar
  • essential oil (I used lavendar)
  • plastic container

Directions can be found HERE.

Glass and Window Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol – 70% concentration
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or 1-2 drops essential oil

Glass and Window Cleaner

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Use with crumpled up newspaper and your windows will shine!

Homemade Carpet Spot Cleaner

  • 4 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons baking soda

Tile and Grout Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/3 cup ammonia
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 6 cups warm water

Tub and Shower Cleaner

  • 1 cup vinegar – heated in microwave for 2 minutes.
  • 1 cup Dawn dish soup

Swiffer Sweepers

  • Natural Nesters shares how to make homemade Swiffer Sweepers.  How fabulous is this?

Cutting Boards Cleaner

  • Spray separately:  vinegar then 3% hydrogen peroxide.

Laundry Stain Remover

  •  1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide

Powdered Laundry Detergent:

  • I cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda (found in the laundry detergent aisle)
  • 1 cup shaved bar soap – Ivory, ZOTE or Fels-Naptha

Fabric Softener

  • 4 cups hot water
  • 2 cups white distilled vinegar
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 10 drops essential oil of your choice

Fabric Softener

  • 4 cups warm water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup hair conditioner
  • 1/4 cup baking soda

Furniture Polish

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

Refrigerator Cleaner 

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 4 cups warm water

Homemade Soft Scrub Cleaner

  •   3/4 cup baking soda
  •   Start by adding 1/4 cup liquid dish soap – keep adding until you get the right consistency

Febreeze / Deodorizer

  • 1 cup fabric softener
  • 1 cup white vinegar or baking soda
  • 2 cups water

Homemade Deodorizer

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vodka

Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Cleaner

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Homemade Cleaning Products

I’m so excited to make and use these cleaning products around my house!

Do you have a favorite homemade cleaning product that you make and use on a regular basis?  Let us know in the comments below so we can add it to the list.

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  1. Wow Kara, this is a fantastic resource you have put together for us! Thank you so much, I cant wait to try some of these πŸ™‚

  2. Wow! What a great list! I’ve been pinning eco solutions madly too!
    I’ve linked up with my homemade laundry liquid recipe! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  3. Love these ideas! Thanks for linking up to Check ME Out Saturday! I just pinned your blog πŸ™‚

  4. Totally bookmarking this. I’m always on the lookout for cheaper ways to clean around the house. Thanks! -Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom

  5. I add tea tree essential oil to the all-purpose cleaner recipe. Gives it a nice smell. I also use goat milk laundry bar for my laundry soap. Great for people with sensitive skin. Fels Naptha has chemicals in it. I use it for spot cleaning but would not use it in my DIY laundry soap.

  6. Ok, cool gift idea! Make up a bunch of these, put them, the ingredients and instructions in a laundry basket. Great for a new bride or a new house or a new baby.

  7. I can’t believe how much I’ve spent in the past on cleaning products when I could have been making them myself.
    glass cleaning products

  8. Thanks for sharing your list of cleaning product recipes. The DIY laundry soap is probably the my familys favorite homemade cleaning recipe. Our recipe is similar to yours but we used castile soap instead of regular bar soap.

  9. Thank you Kara, It’s a great list you’ve made! I’m trying to clean my home from all chemicals and love making my own natural cleaning products.I found very good ideas in these recipes and I’m trying as soon as possible. Greets!
    Knightsbridge Cleaners Ltd.