Homemade Cleaning Products {Non-Toxic, safe cleaning formulas to easily make yourself}

It has been beautiful these past couple of days which makes me want to get a jump on spring cleaning so I can devote all my time to playing outside once the warm weather is here is stay. In preparation, I thought it would be fun to share some homemade cleaning formulas for this week’s Saturday Inspiration that are super easy to put together and budget friendly too!

Although non-toxic, ‘safe’ household cleaners are becoming more and more readily available and easy to find; there are several good old homemade substitutions you can easily make yourself. These natural alternatives are not only healthier but environmentally friendly as well…not to mention extremely inexpensive compared to commercial cleaners.

{All Purpose Cleaners}


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Formula No 1
1/2 Cup of Vinegar
1/4 Cup of Baking Soda {or 2 teaspoons of Borax}
1/2 Gallon of Water

Formula No 2
1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
2 teaspoons of Borax
1/2 Teaspoon of Liquid Soap or Detergent
2 Cups of Hot Water

Formula No 3
Fill Spray Bottle half way with White Vinegar
Fill the rest with Water
Optional – Add 10-20 Drops of Essential Oils

Tip: Microfiber Cloths
lift dirt, dust and grease without the need of cleaners. They are naturally formulated to penetrate and trap dirt.

{Disinfectants}


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Formula No 1
2 Cups of Water
1/4 Cup of Lemon Juice
2 Teaspoons of Borax

Formula No 2
2 Teaspoons of Borax
4 Tablespoons of Vinegar
3 Cups of Hot Water

Formula No 3
1/4 Cup Vinegar
1 Teaspoon of Scent Free Plain Liquid Dish Detergent
20 Drops of Tea Tree Oil

Formula No 4
2 Teaspoons of Borax4 Teaspoons of Vinegar
3 Cups of Hot Water
1/4 Teaspoon of Castile Soap

{Window Cleaner}

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Formula No 1
2 Teaspoons of White Vinegar
1 Quart of Warm Water

Formula No 2
1 Cup of Rubbing Alcohol
1 Cup of Water
1 Teaspoon of Vinegar

Tips:
Wash one side of the window with horizontal strokes and the other with vertical so you can pinpoint which side may have streaks.

Don’t clean windows when the sun is shining directly on them or if they are warm – the heat dries the cleaning solution prior to having time to polish the windows correctly.

Eliminate tiny scratches in glass by polishing them with toothpaste

To give an extra shine to windows polish with newspapers or a clean cotton cloth. Rub a blackboard eraser over cleaned windows for a diamond bright shine.

{Kitchen Cleaners}


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Garbage Disposal
Grind the skins of lemons, oranges and limes in the disposal along with ice cubes.

{The ice will sharpen the blades}

Dishwasher Soap
1 Cup of Borax
1 Cup of Washing Soda1/2 Cup Citric Acid Powder
1/2 Cup Kosher Salt

Dishwasher Rinsing Agent
Fill with Plain White Vinegar

Scouring Powder
Baking Soda or Table Salt can be used as an alternative to chlorine scouring powders. Sprinkle on sponge or surface and scour.

{Bathroom Cleaners}

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Bath Mold or Mildew
Mix One Part Hydrogen Peroxide with Two Parts Water
Spray on – Wait one hour before rinsing

Tub and Tile Cleaner
Make a paste of baking soda and water
Allow to stand for 10-15 minutes

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Mix 1/4 Cup of Baking Soda and 1 Cup of Vinegar
Pour into basin and let sit – scrub with a brush and rinse

Showerheads
Please 1/2 cup of undiluted vinegar into a food storage bag and secure to the showerhead with a rubber band – let sit over night, rinse.

{Floor Cleaners}


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Vinyl and Linoleum
1 Cup of Vinegar
Few Drops of Baby Oil
1 Gallon of Warm Water

Brick and Stone Tiles
1 Cup of White Vinegar
1 Gallon of Water
Rinse with clear water

Carpet Stain Cleaner
Mix 1/4 Cup of Salt, 1/4 Cup of Borax, 1/4 Cup of Vinegar
Rub into carpet – leave for a few hours – vacuum

Carpet Deodorizer
Sprinkle Baking Soda on carpets and let sit one hour prior to vacuuming

{Metal Cleaners Polishes}

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Silver
Line a pan with aluminum foil and fill with water. Add a teaspoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil. Immerse silver and poilsh with a soft cloth.

Stainless Steel
Clean with a cloth dampened with undiluted white vinegar

Chrome
Polish with baby oil or vinegar

Aluminum
Clean with a solution of Cream of Tarter and Water using a soft cloth

Copper
Apply a dab of ketchup on a soft cloth and rub over tarnished spots

Gold
Clean with Toothpaste or a paste mix of salt, vinegar and flour

Brass or Bronze
Polish with a soft cloth dipped in equal parts of lemon juice and baking soda or Apply a dab of ketchup on a soft cloth and rub over tarnished spots

{Laundry}


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Powder Laundry Detergent
1 Cup of Ivory Soap or Fels-Naptha Soap, Grated
1/2 Cup of Washing Soda1/2 Cup of Borax
Liquid Laundry Detergent
10 Homemade Laundry Soap Recipes {here} at TipNut

Stain Remover
1 Cup of Water
1/2 Cup of Baking Soda
1/2 Cup of Hydrogen Peroxide
Mix and store in spray bottle. Spray on stain and let sit overnight.

Grass Stain Remover
Wet the Stain with water and cover with salt. Let sit one hour and wash as usual.

Mothballs
Cedar Chips in a cheesecloth square or Cedar oil in an absorbent cloth.

Homemade Moth repelling sachets can be made from Lavender, Rosemary, Vetiver, and Rose Petals.

Dried Lemon Peels are also a moth deterrent.

{Miscellaneous}


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Furniture Polish
Mix 2 Teaspoons of Olive Oil and 2 Teaspoons of Lemon Juice -Apply with a soft cloth

Varnished Wood Polish
Add a few drops of Lemon Oil to 1/2 Cup of Warm Water. Spray onto soft cloth – wipe and finish by wiping with a soft dry cotton cloth.

Water Rings on Wood
Apply toothpaste or mayonnaise with a soft damp cloth and rub into ring.

Rust Remover
Sprinkle rust spot with salt and squeeze a lime on top until salt is well soaked. Leave mixture sit for 2-3 hours then scrub residue with the lime rind.

Oil and Grease Spots in Garage
For small spots on garage floor, sprinkle with baking soda and scrub with a wet brush.


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I am one that is pretty much stuck on certain brands that I have come to love when it comes to cleaning products – but I honestly wouldn’t mind trying a few of these concoctions out to see if they really work.

Have you made any of your own household cleaners? I’d love to know if you have found any that work for you {please feel free to share links in the comments}

The Sunday Showcase Party will begin tonight. I can’t wait to see what everyone has been up to this week! I have had my hands in a quite a few different projects these past couple days that have kept me extremely busy – I’ll be sharing next week.

Hope you have a wonderful Saturday!

                  

Comments

  1. Yes, I have made a liquid laundry soap that doesn’t use a bar of grated soap so it doesn’t become gloppy like they do. It uses liquid castile soap. Recipe here-
    http://householdways.blogspot.com/2010/04/homemade-laundry-detergent.html

  2. yes, I use several of these recipes. I haven’t bought window cleaner in about 15 years. I use basically the vinegar recipe you listed except I add about a 1/2 teaspoon of dish detergent to it. I found that it realy help break down any crud. And for air freshner, tuck a few small dishes of baking soda around your house. It helps absorb odors.

  3. Thanks for posting all of these!!

  4. I make my own laundry detergent (equal parts borax and washing soda and a bar of soap– you may have to play with the amounts so it works with your kind of water) and general cleaner– google “Alice’s wonder spray recipe.” It saves me money, takes very little time, is kinder to the environment and makes cleaning around my children guilt free…. all wins!

  5. This is so great. I have been slowly changing the way i clean the house and this will lead me in the right direction. Thank you so much! Blessings, Joanne

  6. Thanks for posting! I see some new recipes here and some tested and true favorites!

  7. Thanks Stephanie Lynn. I have asthma and so many of the commercial cleaners are not my friend so always on the lookout for ideas like this. Better for the environment, cheaper, better for me. You’re the best!

  8. Yes! I’ve had a horrible time finding something that cleans windows well. I have double windows, so every little streak shows. Now I use 2 cups of water with 1 Tbsp vinegar and 2 Tbsp. Ammonia and I get streak free, clean, shiny windows!! Thanks for posting these! I think I’ll save them and try some. =D

  9. Thank you for such a complete list!

  10. Wow! what a GREAT post — you put a lot of work into it, and its so useful! I admit, I’m addicted to the fragrance of Caldrea and Mrs. Meyers, but I also want to reduce the environmental impact of my cleaning activities… so thank you!

  11. Love this post!! I have been making my own multi-purpose cleaner for a few years now. I go my recipe from Gorgeously Green. I love all of these new recipes! Thanks so much for sharing :)
    ~Mary

  12. A very comprehensive round-up of environmentally-friendly products – thanks for sharing. These won’t just save money, they’ll also save the planet :)

  13. It is a great and very detailed post. Thanks. I also wrote a post about homemade cleaning product in my blog. I use vinegar and washing soda.

  14. What a great post! It’s so great to have these all listed in one place. I have been switching away from my traditional cleaners as well. I use a Norwex cloth on my windows and mirrors. They just require water and get them absolutely streakless. Have a great weekend!

  15. Awesome! Thank you for sharing all of these!

  16. Oh my I’m so happy to read this coz it’s what I need so badly. I’m really stupid and stubborn when it comes to cleaning (lol) but will take note of these cleaning recipes and will try to do it then let you know. Thanks once again =)

  17. Thanks for all of the recipes!

    I just found your blog through one of the weekend blog hops! Have a great day.

    Amanda @ http://www.nutritionistreviews.com

  18. I am totally bookmarking this post! What great cleaning tips!

  19. Great recipes! I’m going to have to bookmark these for later!

  20. I use peroxide (1/2 cup), mixed with 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol, 6 drops of liquid dish soap, a cap-ful of jet dry & enough water to make a total of 24 oz, to make my own daily shower spray. If you don’t have the Scrubbing Bubbles automatic shower cleaner, just put it in a spray bottle and have the last person showering, spray down the shower.

  21. Wow, what a wealth of information. I have actually been looking for homemade cleaning products.

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  22. Great post with all these natural cleaning recipes… I will try some!!! This post was definitly at the right time!!! Last week I decided to start a more healthier life!!! Thank you!!!

  23. I use newspapers to clean my windows and mirrors. Has anyone tried this? It leaves them so clear and kind of shiny.
    All i do is wipe off any dirt with a damp cloth (preferably microfiber). And before it dries I crumble together a newspaper page and rub until dry. This will leave your windows streak free and the newspaper ink makes them really shiny.

  24. I have a friends who swears that vinegar is does not disinfect. Opinions?

    Anyway, I have been looking for a comprehensive list of non-toxic cleaners forever! Thank you for this one!

  25. These are great! I use baking soda and vinegar a lot to clean, but I’ll be trying out some of these recipes!

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    Gina

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  28. It is so kind of you for sharing! Now I have all the info I need saved in one file, thanks to you!!

  29. Such a complete list! Many Thanks & Happy Trails!

  30. We are living in a time where saving Money is very important to just about anyone. Since it is important to keep our homes and the wider environment clean. This article makes us motivated to keep our environment clean.
    Happy Cleaning :)

  31. Another recipe I found on Pinterest is mixing baking soda, blue dawn dish detergent and peroxide into a paste. You can use it on pitt stains, baby poo, blueberries, etc. and it works everytime.

        

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