Homemade Cleaners: Save Money And Stay Away From Chemicals

Homemade Clean-Up Wipes

What you need:

  1. Paper Towels (the thicker the better)
  2. Favorite cleaners
  3. Containers
  4. Water

Cut the paper towels in half and put it in some type of upright container. Pour over any of your favorite cleaners. (I use Pine-Sol) Then just add some water. It is so nice and easy when you go from room to room to clean. All you need is the container of wipes. I also keep some on hand for cleaning glass/mirrors.

Homemade Dusting Spray (Pledge)

What you need:

  1. 3/4 cup white vinegar
  2. 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  3. 2 cups water
  4. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  5. spray bottle

Pour all the ingredients into an empty spray bottle. Shake well and spritz on furniture. Wipe them with an old cotton t-shirt. Tada!

Homemade Windex

What you need:

  1. Spray bottle
  2. Large container for mixing
  3. 1 gallon container for storage
  4. 1/2 cup ammonia
  5. 1 teaspoon dishsoap
  6. 1 pint rubbing alcohol
  7. 1 gallon water

The first thing you will need to do is to find/buy a large container to mix all of the ingredients in. Make sure this container will hold a little more than 1 gallon of liquid. In the large container, mix all of the ingredients together. Pour the homemade Windex into your spray bottle and leave the rest in your gallon storage container. And there you have it, your very own supply of home brew Windex for less than half the cost.

Homemade Antibacterial Cleaner

What you need:

  1. 2 tablespoons borax
  2. 1/4 cup lemon juice
  3. 2 cups hot water
  4. 25 drops tea tree essential oil

Combine the borax and lemon juice with the water in a spray bottle. Cap and shake well to dissolve the mineral. Add the tea tree oil and shake again to disperse the oil. Use as you would any commercial all-purpose cleaner.

Homemade Shower Spray

What you need:

  1. 1/2 cup of peroxide
  2. 1/2cup of rubbing alcohol
  3. 6 drops dish soap (I use something I really like the smell of)
  4. 2 teaspoons spot-free dishwasher rinse agent
  5. 24 ounces of water

Mix all of the ingredients in a spray bottle and keep it in your shower. Spray down liner and walls after you shower.

Homemade Laundry Soap (This is the extra large batch and should last awhile. 🙂 )

What you need:

  1. 14 cups Borax
  2. 9 cups Baking Soda
  3. 9 cups Washing Soda
  4. 9 cups Ivory (Or other sensitive skin soap) soap, grated

Mix together all ingredients very well and store in a sealed large container. Use 1/8 cup of powder per load.

Dishwasher Detergent

What you need:

  1. 4 Cups Baking soda
  2. 2 cups borax
  3. Vinegar

In a container with a lid, mix together the baking soda and borax. Cover. Use 1/4 cup for a load of dishes. Now here’s the trick to preventing that white residue that most homemade dishwashing detergents leave. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse agent reservoir. This will help with rinsing that nasty powder off.

Homemade Upholstery Cleaner

What you need:

  1. 1/2 teaspoon dishsoap
  2. 1/4 cup white vinegar
  3. Water

In a spray bottle, mix all ingredients. Spray on the upholstery, and gently scrub with a clean cloth. Once the stain appears to be gone, fill a small bowl with warm water, and blot the spot with a damp cloth. Rinse cloth in bowl of warm water and repeat until the soap is no longer there.

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11 thoughts on “Homemade Cleaners: Save Money And Stay Away From Chemicals”

  1. DO NOT use the dishwasher detergent! I tried most of these recipes in the past. The dishwasher detergent removed the shiny coating off most of my dinner plates and left large white spots (not water spots) on all of my drinking glasses, that can not be removed!
    My dinner plates are (were) Fiesta ware. They were not cheap junk. Spend the extra money and buy some commercial dishwasher detergent!
    BTW… the furniture polish is gross. Who wants olive oil on their dining room table?!
    The windex works great, that’s it.
    Good luck!

    • Just curious, but my hubsand can’t stand the smell of vinegar so I have to ask does the homeade 409 smell like vinegar? Or does the dishsoap cover it up? As a side note, if you ever have problems with fruit flies, fill a small bowl with vinegar, add several drops of dish soap, and mix well. They are attracted to the vinegar smell, and the dishsoap finishes them off! (My hubsand hates it though it stinks like vinegar!)

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