Homemade Household Cleaners

Save money by making your own cleaners


This page contains a collection of recipes for homemade household cleaners that I have personally used in my home. I've included my favorites for you to try in your home.

As with all cleaners, homemade or otherwise, keep out of reach of children.

Heavy-Duty All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon clear, non-sudsing ammonia
  • 1 tablespoon clear dish washing liquid (I like Dawn)

In a spray bottle, mix the above ingredients. Spray on hard surfaces and wipe off with a clean lint free cloth or sponge.

Alternative All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 2 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons borax
  • 1 teaspoon washing soda
  • 7 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil

In a spray bottle, mix the above ingredients. Spray on hard surfaces and wipe off with a clean lint free cloth or sponge.

Dish washing Detergent

  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 2 cups borax
  • 25 drops grapefruit essential oil

Mix washing soda and borax in a bowl and make sure you eliminate all clumps. Add essential oils and mix well. Store in an air tight container. Use 2 tablespoons of detergent per wash. Add a tablespoon of white distilled vinegar to the rinse cycle to remove spots.

Dish washing Liquid (Low Suds)

  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 2/3 cup liquid castile soap (I like Dr. Bronner's)
  • 3 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
  • 20 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops tea-tree essential oil

In a squirt bottle, mix the above ingredients and use as you would a store bought dish washing liquid. Remember that this is a low sudsing cleaner and works best in very hot water.

Floor Tile / Linoleum Cleaner

  • 2 gallons warm water
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon liquid castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner's)

Mix the above ingredients in a large bucket and mop floor as needed. This will work better if you use a mop that is more on the dry side.

Glass Cleaner

  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • 1/2 tablespoon liquid castile soap (such as Dr. Bronner's)
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil (optional, for scent)

In a spray bottle, mix the above ingredients and spray on glass as needed. Wipe cleaner off glass using newspaper for a streak free finish.

   

Shower / Tub Cleaner

  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons borax
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner's)

In a spray bottle mix together the above ingredients. Working in sections, spray onto surface of tub or shower, allow it to sit for a couple of minutes, then scrub with a sponge. Rinse immediately.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 10 drops tea-tree essential oil
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar

Remove as much water from the toilet bowl as possible. In this order, pour baking soda directly into the toilet bowl, add the essential oil, then the vinegar. Allow the toilet bowl water to fizz for a few minutes, then scrub with a brush and flush. A pumice stone can help to remove any hard water stains.

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