How to Make Your Own Cleaning Products

Making your own homemade cleaners and cleaning products is a great way to safely clean your home without toxic chemicals. Homemade cleaning recipes are cheap and easy to make. To help you make your own natural cleaning formulas we have provided a few homemade cleaner recipes below.

By making your own household cleaners you can also cut down on the need to have multiple bottles of different types of cleaners for different rooms so you free up space where you store your cleaners. If you’re concerned about the environment you’ll also be happy to note that most homemade cleaning recipes are more environmentally friendly than store bought cleaners which tend to use harsh chemicals.

Kitchen Counter Top and Table Cleaner
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
Directions: Place in a clean spray bottle for ease of use. White vinegar and water is a natural deodorizer that cuts detergent residue and won’t stain.
Tip: mix in larger batches and store in gallon containers for easy refill.

Tub or Sink Scrub
Baking soda
Directions: Make a paste to clean tub, shower or sinks. For extra scrubbing power add a little salt. Can also be used in the kitchen.
Tip: for ease of use simply shake a small pile of baking soda on the surface to be cleaned and then use a wet (not soaked) scrubby sponge to scrub. This will mix the water and baking soda together as you scrub.

Bathroom Soap Scum Cleaner
2 cups white vinegar
1 cup hot water
Directions: Spray on shower walls, let sit for 15 minutes, scrub and rinse.

Tip: This works best if you do this after someone has already used the shower and it is still warm and wet.

Stainless Steel Appliance Cleaner
Use club soda on a clean soft cotton cloth and wipe stainless steel for a beautiful shine.

Drain Cleaner
Pour half a box of baking soda in the drain; add 1 cup white vinegar which will foam like a volcano. Let sit a few minutes then flush with hot water.

Garbage Disposal Cleaner
One whole peel from a lemon
Directions: Run hot water, turn on disposal, throw the lemon down the disposal and let it run until the lemon is gone. Turn off the disposal and then the water and you should smell a nice lemon smell coming from your disposal.

Wood Floor Cleaner
Use ½ cup of vinegar per gallon of water and wipe dry after cleaning.

Furniture Polish
½ teaspoon olive oil
¼ cup vinegar or lemon juice
Directions: Mix in a glass jar. Dab a soft cotton rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces.

Window Cleaner
¼ cup white vinegar
½ teaspoon liquid soap of detergent
2 cups water
Directions: Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake gently to blend.
Tip: Dawn is a particularly effective brand.

Oven Cleaner
1 cup or more of baking soda
1 squirt or two of liquid soap
Directions: Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of oven, then thoroughly cover the bottom with baking soda. Pour salt on the built up baked on spills. The key is to let it sit overnight. In the morning wipe up with clean water and a rag.

Safety Precautions when making your own cleaning formulas:

Label all mixtures you make with ingredients, their intended uses and the date made.
Keep cleaning product containers out of the reach of children
If you feel like you need to use bleach, use non-chlorine bleach and never mix bleach with any other chemicals or soaps.
Never mix bleach and ammonia together
Store bleach and ammonia is separate closets/cabinets
When using vinegar for cleaning always use white vinegar