Homemade Cleaning Products for a Cleaner Home

Homemade Cleaning Products for a Cleaner Home

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how we can lower our bills (as you all may know). While there are many things we can cut out, we always knew that cleaning products were something that we absolutely couldn’t. When we got to thinking about it though, it only made sense to try and make our own homemade cleaning products – because, well, why not? So, today we are sharing some recipes that we have tried and some recipes that we have yet to try to save you money on cleaning products!

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As some of you may know, we are in the midst of our first ever No Spend Challenge (NSC) which started January 1.

The short story is that my wife and I racked up a ton of debt (read how HERE) and want to pay it off as quickly as possible so that we can live our dream lives (read about our goals HERE). This challenge will help us learn about living frugal, saving money, and paying off our debt faster.

Visit our post, Frugal Living at its Finest: the No Spend Challenge, to view why we are doing the challenge, what the challenge entails, and the rules.

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We’ll be taking the challenge right alongside you – with daily blog posts, encouragements, and exclusive email information and communication: this will be the single, greatest choice you make to jump start the New Year.




Homemade Cleaning Products

First off, I want to let you all know that my wife and I do receive many of our cleaning products for free. The greatest part? You can too! You see, we work with a company called ePantry which helps both our budget and the environment. In fact, if you’re interested, I wrote a whole post about how you can get involved with them and start saving the rainforrest today! You can read it by clicking HERE.

So, because we get some of our cleaning products for free, there are some homemade cleaning products that we have yet to try. We will be trying them, but I won’t vouch for them 100% until we do. Either way, I will give you the recipes and let you experiment to you heart’s content: knowing that you will save hundreds each year by making your own!

Not only will you save money, but your house will be cleaner and filled with less chemicals. You’ll know exactly what is in each product and therefore, you will have more control over the cleanliness of your home.

Remember to test each of these products on a small surface before utilizing them full to ensure that they do not hurt your surfaces! Also, do not use vinegar based cleaners on granite or marble surfaces!

Homemade Cleaning Products for the Kitchen

Surface Cleaner

I’ve got to be honest from the get-go here: most of our cleaning products utilize vinegar, baking soda, and water. That’s it. No, really, that’s all you need to get a clean home (okay, some take a little bit more, but that’s basically it). So, for your surface cleaner, I recommend using a combination of equal parts vinegar and water. Shake together, spray, and wipe down most surfaces!

  • 1 Part Vinegar
  • 1 Part Water

Wood and Other Hard Flooring

For wood floors, a combination of equal parts vinegar and vegetable oil will do the trick! But for other hard floors, utilize the surface cleaner mentioned above!

  • 1 Part Vinegar
  • 1 Part Vegetable Oil

Stainless Steel Cleaner

Cleaning your stainless steal appliances can sometimes be trick. While I can’t say that I have any, I do know some friends who utilize their homemade cleaning products to clean and shine their steel appliances! I’ve heard of using straight vinegar to shine stainless steel, but I think it works best if you add baking soda and water. Try this recipe for your appliances!

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda

Homemade Cleaning Products for the Bathroom

Toilet Cleaner

My wife has been cleaning our toilets with vinegar and baking soda for as long as I’ve known her and our toilets are always sparkling. (I sure do appreciate her doing it, too). She pours a little vinegar in, pours some baking soda in, let’s it sit for a little bit, scrubs it, and flushes – no nasty blue chemicals for us!

  • 1 Cup Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Baking Soda

Drain Cleaner

To clean out a clogged drain, use equal parts baking soda and vinegar, followed by hot water. I recommend 1/4 cup each and a LOT of hot water. Let it sit for a bit before you add the hot water though – it’ll fizz and eat away at the clog!

  • 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Vinegar
  • 10 Cups Hot Water

Disinfectant Wipes

My wife and I adore Clorox wipes. We use one every single night to clean off our stove, counter tops, fridge, etc. They also come in handy when spills occur or when deep cleaning. We love them. However, we do not love the price tag. They are so expensive. SO, here’s a recipe to make your own disinfectant wipes that are reusable! I’m so excited to use these.

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Dawn Dish Soap
  • Water

Get the full recipe by visiting Living on a Dime – Click HERE!

Homemade Cleaning Products for the Home

Glass Cleaner

For a glass cleaner that makes your windows and mirrors shine, mix one part rubbing alcohol to one part water! You can add vinegar for more difficult scrubbing needs, but it is not necessary.

  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Rubbing Alcohol

Furniture Polish

A good furniture polish is one of the easiest homemade cleaning products to make. All it takes is one part olive oil to one part vinegar. Mix and use!

  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Vinegar

Laundry Softener

I haven’t tried this recipe, but Aura Cacia offers an awesome-sounding homemade fabric softener for use during the rinse cycle! Since my wife and I hang-dry our clothes, it would be great to have a fabric softener to use during the washing process.

  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda

For full recipe and directions, visit Aura Cacia – click HERE.

Additions to Homemade Cleaning Products

Homemade Cleaning Products

Essential Oils

Essential oils can be added to any of the above homemade cleaning products for better scent and for a better cleaning quality. What? I know! It’s hard to imagine that the hype over essential oils can be legitimate, but after trying more and more of them – I’m realizing how great they truly are. So, here’s what you can do with some of them (but trust me, there’s plenty more you can do too).

Peppermint Oil – can be used to disinfect and to help keep away pests (mice, spiders, roaches, etc.) I wrote a whole post on how this is the best way to get rid of mice – view it by clicking HERE. It has very power antibacterial properties and therefore, should be used more often during cold and flu season.

Lavender Oil – has been proven to be a calming scent. Add it to your carpet cleaners and laundry detergents for a calmer home. It also has antiseptic and disinfectant properties, so it can be added to many more homemade cleaning products as well.

Tea Tree Oil – use this to add extra disinfectant qualities to your homemade cleaning products (such as sprays, polishes, and wipes). Tea Tree is also great for getting rid of mold or mildew – try it in your bathroom next time you are cleaning.

Citrus Scents (lemon, orange, grapefruit) – these oils can be used as natural degreasers – add them to disinfectant cloths, cleaning sprays, or dish soap for a cleaner and fresher-smelling home! Lemon can also be used to help get stains out of clothing and carpets.

Eucalyptus – can also be a great scent to utilize during cold and flu season for it’s antibacterial properties.

Getting Started with Essential Oils

These are only a few of the many different essential oils that can aid in your cleaning. Now, you make look at these oils and notice that they aren’t exactly the cheapest purchase to make, but remember – only a couple drops is needed in each homemade cleaning products recipe for the properties to take effect.

That being said, if you are unsure of where to start, why not get a starter kit! My wife and I bought one for our stocking for Christmas and have loved experimenting with different scent combinations and how they make us feel.

We are personally fond of the one we purchased on Amazon because we got a lot of oil samples for a low, low cost. Check it out: Essential Oil Variety Set – Set of 14

Day 6 of the No Spend Challenge

There’s your post for the day – all about making your own homemade cleaning products to create a cleaner home on a frugal budget. Now, your quote of the day is one of my absolute favorites by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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“For what it’s worth…it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’ve heard that there is a possibility that F. Scott Fitzgerald didn’t write this line and someone else did – if so, it’s misquoted a lot on the internet (is anyone surprised?). In either case, I love this quote and as I move forward to make changes in my life, I know I need to build my courage to start all over again. I’m certainly working on it – are you?

So, tell me, are you proud of the life you are living
OR
are you working on starting all over again?

Let us know in the comments below!


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20 Replies to “Homemade Cleaning Products for a Cleaner Home”

  1. because of my allergies I reduced step by step the chemicals in the house. There are many things I am washing only with water ( yep, it is enough). I use 1l vinegar monthly and baking soda.
    For a easy budget, the best is to use only water, and to not keep too many items in house – these are source of clean and place for dust.

    1. Yes, even just washing with water can help to clean things – and having some vinegar and baking soda on hand helps. You’re right, de-cluttering takes away a lot of the need to clean so that’s especially helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love these! I use vinegar to clean a TON of stuff, and there were some uses on here I had never heard of! Saving this to peek later in the month when we prep for our move!

    1. Great question! I’ve never tried, but I did some research. It looks like vinegar can be made from any fermenting alcohol, but you need Mother of Vinegar to start – you can buy that or make it (here’s a website: http://makezine.com/2010/03/12/in_the_kitchen_with_jarod_make/ ). For the actual vinegar, it looks like you add that M.O.V. to alcohol and let it ferment longer (here’s a website for that: http://naturemoms.com/homemade-vinegar.html ). It looks like it’s definitely possible and probably a cheaper way to get vinegar, but very time consuming – with most recipes needed to sit for around 2 months or so. If you start now, you could be using them around March! 🙂

  3. Great post! Essential oils are one of our favorite ways to add wonderful, fresh, and natural scents to our home. We love putting them in our water-based steamer for cleaning our floors. Thanks for sharing your recipes for home made cleaners. I’ve experimented with a few unsuccessfully before but I’ll give yours a shot!

    1. Aren’t essential oils just amazing? I wish I had known to use them earlier. Yesterday we threw some lemon in with our laundry – not only does our whole house smell fresh, but our clothes are brighter! Go figure! 🙂 Thanks for the comment, Mortimer. I hope you enjoy experimenting with some of these recipes

  4. I love making homemade cleaners! I like the cost effectiveness and the green-ness about it. Not to mention it’s much more difficult to run out of cleaner when you make it with ingredients right in your home!

    And I love the F Scott Fitzgerald quote. I’m a big fan. I’m also not sure if he wrote the last part, but I have also seen it attributed to him frequently. Either way, I love it!

    1. Exactly, Cat! I completely agree. It’s so much easier to get more cleaner when you have the ingredients at home. And it’s rare that you run out of baking soda and vinegar – for real! 🙂 I’m so glad that you enjoy it!

      I’ve seen it both ways – for the quote – not sure which way is right, but I love the whole quote so I included it! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Cat!

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