DIY Cleaners for the Home

Recently, I’ve started making my own cleaners for the home. The smells of harsh chemicals were getting to my family and me. The “green” commercial cleaners work nicely and usually smell great, but they aren’t very economical. Making your own cleaners is simple and thrifty. And I don’t feel like I’ll die of asphyxiation while cleaning my house!

homemade cleaner

When it comes to making your own cleaners, you only need a few ingredients. Most things can be cleaned thoroughly with baking soda, water, or vinegar.

Baking soda and water can be used to clean tile, counter tops, stainless steel surfaces. All you do is sprinkle the baking soda on and wipe off with a moist sponge.

Tarnished silver? Use 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water and scrub the silver.

Commercial stove cleaners are so strong that they run me out of the house! You can make your own oven cleaner without the suffocating fumes with baking soda. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the stove. Leave it on overnight and then scrub in the morning with a damp cloth.

Baking soda can be used to deodorize carpets. As an owner of two pugs, I do this daily. I  sprinkle on baking soda on carpet. Let it set for about 30 minutes and vacuum it up.

Kosher salt and water can be used as a slightly abrasive cleaner for stubborn stains on surfaces.

Spray club soda onto showers or any place with soap scrum and wipe off. Repeat if needed. It amazes me how well this works after years of using bleach cleaners that made me feel like I was going to pass out in the bathroom.

I also clean grout with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water with a toothbrush. This works well if your grout isn’t a total mess! If you have stubborn grout stains, you’ll be using lots of elbow grease.

An acidic substance like lemon juice or vinegar can be used to remove mildew. Spray on, leave it on for a few minutes and then scrub off.

You can make a glass cleaner with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in a gallon of water. You can use old newspaper to wipe the mixture off of glass and windows.

If your garbage disposal is smelling funky, just put a lemon wedge in it. Run water and turn on the disposal.

To make kitchen and bathroom fixtures and stainless steel sinks really shine, just buff with baby oil, vegetable oil, or olive oil. You can also use this on furniture as a polish when mixed with water. Wipe on and polish your wood furniture.

I find that some people really dislike the smell of vinegar and attempt to mask the odor with essential oils. I don’t use essential oils since the odor of vinegar doesn’t bother me. I don’t really notice the smell after the vinegar dries. Plus, some essential oils need to be diluted to be skin safe. I like to keep it simple. But, I do love the smell of essential oils and some have antiseptic properties. You can find home cleaner recipes on-line that include popular essential oils with antiseptic qualities like thyme and lavender.

Do you make your on cleaning products? Why did you start making your own cleaning products? What are your tried and true favorites?

-Victoria

*Pic from My Own Labels.