Home-made household cleaners are becoming the preferred alternative for lots of people. Not only are name brand products expensive, even the generic off-brands are getting up there. Besides, when you make your own DIY cleaners, you know what's going into them. If you have children or pets, if you're concerned about chemicals and the environment, or if you're simply trying to save money, making your own cleaners is a great idea. It doesn't take much time, they last forever, and they do just as well as the cleaners you buy. So if you think you'd like to give this a try, check out these fantastic home-made cleaning products!
1. Marvelous Mold Cleaner
If you've got mold in your bathroom, you don't have to spend a fortune on cleaning products. There are a number of home-made household cleaners that do the trick, but the one I have for you is simple. In fact, you've probably got the ingredients you need already, because you only need two! It's also great for cleaning grout – and don't worry, there's an all-purpose shower cleaner on the way!
1 cup of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
2 cups of water
(This is a 1-part/2-part recipe, so you can make it as small or large as you need.)
Mix the ingredients in your spray bottle.
Spray mixture onto moldy bathroom surfaces.
Let sit for about one hour (or longer), then rinse.
2. DIY Dish Soap
There are dozens of amazing DIY dish soaps out there, so keep that in mind when you look at this recipe. You can use whatever scents or oils you like, as long as you stick to the base ingredients that actually take care of all the cleaning. It's incredibly easy to make, and it costs less than $5.00. In fact, if you already have most of the ingredients on hand, it won't even cost that much! That's why using home-made household cleaners is so great.
2/3 cup of liquid castile soap
3 teaspoons of vegetable glycerine
5 drops of tea-tree oil
20 drops of lemon oil
1 1/3 cups of water
Funnel for ease
Use the funnel (if you choose to use one) to pour the vegetable glycerine, soap, oils, and waters into your squirt bottle.
Use whenever you like!
3. Great Home-made Glass Cleaner
Cleaning windows, mirrors, glass-topped tables, and things like that … well, it just sucks. The surfaces smear so easily, and it ruins the entire look of a clean room. If you're spending time and money hunting up the latest, greatest glass cleaners, stop! Instead, just do it yourself! With the best ingredients and the right tools, cleaning is a breeze and you won't have to keep going over your shiny surfaces to get rid of smears.
2 teaspoons of white vinegar
1 quart of water
Mix your ingredients in a spray bottle.
Spray on the glass surfaces you want to clean.
Wipe the cleaner using a newspaper rather than a paper towel or a fabric cloth.
4. DIY Tub & Shower Cleaner
Now, regardless of whether or not you have to tackle mold, tile, or grout, you still need a great bathroom cleaner, right? Making one yourself is simple, and I wager it works for kitchen sinks as well as the bathroom. Rather than spending a bundle on name brand products, all you have to do is assemble the ingredients below for less than $1.00!
2 teaspoons of Borax
½ a teaspoon of liquid castile soap
½ a cup of distilled white vinegar
3 cups of hot water
Use the funnel to pour all of the ingredients into your spray bottle.
Spray down the problem areas and wipe or sponge as you go.
5. Home-Made Laundry Detergent
I know a lot of people who have problems with the dyes and perfumes in laundry detergent. The Better Half herself has a horrible reaction to Arm & Hammer products, for instance, so we have to be careful about what we use when washing clothes elsewhere. If you make your own DIY cleaner, however, you control what goes into your detergent. You can add scents, completely leave them out, or even make up different batches. So, although the “recipe” below includes scented soaps and oils, remember that you can go the unscented route, or choose something you like better.
½ a cup of washing soda
½ a cup of Borax
1 cup of grated lavender castile soap (in bar form)
¼ a cup of baking soda
15 drops of lemon oil
Safe plastic container
Use gloves for safety and add all of the ingredients into your container.
Start washing; use an average of 3 tablespoons for each average load of laundry.
6. Fabulous Floor Cleaner
Did you know that, if you use something with the right ingredients, you can use the same floor cleaner on any type of material? I did not know this, so my cabinets are filled with cleaners for wood floors, tile floors, and vinyl floors – and I'm sure many of you have the same problem. As it turns out, you only need a cleaner with a few very simple ingredients. Mind you, if you have problem floors, there are different recipes for different types of flooring; do a little digging for more specialized recipes. In the meantime, try this one!
1 cup of distilled white vinegar
½ a cap full of liquid castile soap
2 gallons of warm water
First pour the vinegar and the soap into a bucket, then pour in the water.
Mix up the ingredients using your mop.
Mop as usual, but keep your mop wrung out so nothing gets too wet.
Allow the floors to air dry.
7. DIY Furniture Polish
I love it when home-made household cleaners replace the dozens of brand cleaners clogging up my house. I have no idea how many separate furniture polishes I have, but all you really need is one. If you want your wooden furniture to shine, you can easily make that happen for less than one dollar, plus it won't take up that much of your time at all. I bet you already have the three simple ingredients you need for this polish, too!
2 tablespoons of olive oil
¼ a cup of distilled white vinegar
¼ a teaspoon of lemon oil or lemon juice
Use your funnel to assemble all of the ingredients in your squirt bottle.
Shake well to mix.
Spray the polish onto a soft cloth and rub it into your furniture.
Remove any excess polish or film with another clean cloth.
Home-made household cleaners really do work as well as their mass marketed counterparts. Many of them may even work better. I promise, if you're worried about odors or things like that, they fade quite quickly, and there are easy ways to make them smell better. The fact is, you can really save a lot of money by making your own products. Do you think you'll make the switch to home-made cleaning products?
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