7 Squeaky Clean Recipes to Create Your Own Household Cleaners

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Dawn, Febreeze, and Mr. Clean will soon be a thing of the past. You don’t need to spend your money on harsh and chemical-packed cleaning supplies. Instead, you can make your own cleaning supplies by using basic ingredients that will leave your house smelling fresh and looking great. It’s inexpensive, easy, and better for you and the environment. Ready to DIY your way to a squeaky clean house? You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make these seven cleaning supplies.

1. Dish Soap

Creating your own dish soap only requires four fairly cheap ingredients, and it eliminates the chemicals and toxins you regularly run into when washing your dishes with store-bought soap. Essential oils also allow you to create your very own soap scent, so have fun playing around with different aromas. This DIY Natural recipe will make your dishes sparkle.


  • 1 ¾ cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon borax
  • 1 tablesoon grated bar soap (use homemade soap, castile bar soap, Ivory, or whichever natural bar you prefer)
  • 15-20 drops essential oils, optional

Directions: Heat water to boiling. Combine borax and grated bar soap in a medium bowl. Pour hot water over the mixture. Whisk until the grated soap is completely melted. Allow mixture to cool on the countertop for 6 to 8 hours, stirring occasionally. The dish soap will gel upon standing. Transfer to a squirt bottle, and add essential oils (if using.) Shake well to combine.