Would you like to start making your own homemade cleaners for your home? Most families are more eco-conscious and are steering away from harsh chemicals. Instead, they are resorting to natural cleaning products.
Natural cleaners are safer for your family, your pets, and the environment. Most of them contain simple ingredients that are easily found in most households.
From a simple glass cleaner to hard water stains, you are sure to find a natural cleaning recipe that works for you and your home.
Let’s get started on making the best homemade cleaners for your home right now and learn yet another skill for being self-reliant.
Common Natural Ingredients
There are some ingredients that are used in homemade cleaning products regularly. If you keep these on hand, you will always be prepared to make more of your favorite cleaners.
The first, and the most obvious ingredient, is water. If you only have access to well water you should be able to use that with no problem. However, if you are like us and have yellow sulfur and iron-filled well water that stains every sink, toilet, and tub it touches, you may want to buy bottled water or use distilled. Tap water is fine.
Beyond water, there are some other ingredients that will come up often in homemade cleaning recipes.
Common Ingredients for Homemade Cleaners:
- hydrogen peroxide – great stain fighter when combined with soap
- lemon juice – eliminates mold and mildew, cuts grease, shines surfaces, smells great
- baking soda – has virus killing abilities, deodorizes, cuts grease easily, absorbs odors
- olive oil – cleans and polishes
- white vinegar – cuts grease, soap scum, and cleans great
- club soda – great for lifting stains on clothes like wine
- washing soda – good foundation for making laundry detergent
- rubbing alcohol – excellent bacteria and virus eliminator, cuts greasy film on glass surfaces
- citrus peels – can be infused with vinegar to make citrus cleaner
- salt – scours dirt easily, boosts the cleaning power of other ingredients like baking soda and vinegar
- ammonia – great for cleaning glass, cuts grease
Other Common Ingredients You May Need To Buy:
- castile soap – made from plant oils, cuts grease
- citric acid – great for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting
- essential oils – some are bacterial fighters, gives better scent to cleaners
- soap nuts – natural soap, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial
- coconut oil – numerous health benefits, great polisher for wood and hard surfaces
- Epsom salts – works as an abrasive to scrub surfaces
- mineral oil – shines appliances like no other
Beyond the ingredients above, whether common or uncommon, there are a few ingredients that some people feel are okay to use where others are not comfortable at all. The choice is up to you.
- chlorine bleach – great stain fighter but is chemically based
- borax – controversal, some research says it disrupts hormones and causes allergies
- Dawn dish soap – excellent cleaner and flea eliminator, but it is not natural so many won’t use it
Tools and Supplies For Making Homemade Cleaners
Now that we have the ingredients out of the way, let’s talk about the tools and things you may need.
I want to give a word of caution here. Please keep any tools you will use for making homemade cleaners separate from your everyday cooking supplies. This includes bowls, funnels, spoons, etc.
Most Common Tools To Have on Hand
- paper towels
- soft cloth (for polishing)
- scrub brush
- small bowl
- bucket (1 gallon and 5 gallons with lids)
- spray bottles (glass spray bottle preferably, I prefer a dark spray bottle)
- mason jars (can be a reused jar from jelly or salsa or any sized mason jar with a lid)
- old toothbrush (for scrubbing tight places)
- funnels (different sizes for pouring ingredients into spray bottles)
- labels for cleaning bottle to identify the ingredients and use
- permanent marker
Using Essential Oils in Your Homemade Cleaners
Many homemade cleaners include a few drops of essential oil to make them smell better. Some of the essential oils actually have a purpose, like tea tree oil for example.
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Homemade Cleaner Recipes For Your Home
Are you ready to make your own DIY cleaners? Below are some basic homemade cleaner recipes for you to get started with. I know you will love being able to stop using all those toxic chemicals after using the following household cleaners.
Bathroom Cleaner Recipes
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 10 to 12 drops of tea tree oil or lemon oil
- Pour the baking soda into the toilet bowl.
- Add the tea tree or lemon essential oil
- Add the vinegar and scrub while the mixture is bubbling.
Note: This is a heavy-duty type toilet cleaner that I use once per week. When I do daily cleaning I spray a mixture of 1 cup of white vinegar with few drops of lemon oil directly on and around the toilet and wipe.
- baking soda
- Castile soap
- Place some baking soda in a small container
- Mix in some Castille soap until a thick paste forms
- Using a sponge, dab the cleaner on any spots that are covered in mildew
- Scrub and rinse
Note: You can also spray pure white vinegar on tough mildew stains, let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes then wipe with a sponge. Repeat as necessary. Use the same daily cleaner for toilets above on your shower in between heavy cleanings.
Fizzing Cleaning Pods for the Toilet
- 1/4 cup citric acid
- 1 cup baking soda
- lemon essential oil
- Dawn dish soap
- In a bowl, combine the citric acid and baking soda and mix well
- Add a few drops of lemon oil
- Add a bit of Dawn dish soap
- When mixture clumps together, places small clumps on parchment paper
- Allow drying overnight
- To use, drop a pod into the toilet bowl, when the fizzing slows down, scrub with a toilet brush and flush.
Note: You can place the mixture into molds also. Keep these sealed in an airtight jar when finished. Make sure to label the jar so no one mistakes it with bath bombs.
All Purpose Cleaner
- white vinegar
- essential oil of your choice
- Combine equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
- Add 10 to 12 drops of an essential oil.
- Spray on surfaces and wipe clean
Note: Do NOT use this on granite, marble, or stone.
- white vinegar
- essential oil (optional)
- Combine 1 part white vinegar and 4 parts water
- Add a few drops of an essential oil if desired
- Spray directly on glass and wipe clean
Note: Do not clean windows in direct sunlight because they will streak. If windows have a film, such as from cigarette smoke you can wipe them with straight rubbing alcohol first.
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup of olive oil
- Combine the olive oil and lemon juice and pour into a glass jar or spray bottle
- Spray on a soft cloth and spread it over your wood furniture
Note: If the furniture is not wood you can exchange the lemon juice with 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Increase the olive oil to 3/4 cup. Wipe as stated above.
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