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.
2. Laundry Detergent
Not only is laundry detergent expensive, but it’s also packed with chemicals, including sulfate, harsh fragrances, and phenols. While your store-bought detergent may smell nice and keep your clothes clean, it’s relying on oodles of chemicals to get the job done. Instead, give this Wellness Mama detergent a shot. It’s so easy and cheap that you’ll be shocked you didn’t start concocting your own detergent sooner!
- Washing soda (Arm & Hammer brands are typically available at most stores)
- Bar soap (Try Dr. Bronner’s, Ivory, or another natural, unscented soap)
Directions: Using the soap of your choice, grate the bar soap or mix in a food processor until it’s finely ground. In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax, and 1 part grated soap. (Add a few teaspoons of baking soda if desired.) Store in a closed container (mason jars work well.) Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.
3. Glass Cleaner
Bid farewell to your Windex, and instead create your very own glass cleaner, perfect for windows and mirrors. This Good Housekeeping recipe won’t disappoint; you’ll be able to admire your reflection in each of your squeaky clean mirrors.
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration)
- 1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil (optional)
Directions: Combine the ingredients and store in a spray bottle. Spray on a paper towel or a soft cloth first, and then on the glass. Hint: Don’t clean windows on a hot, sunny day. The solution will dry too quickly and leave lots of streaks.
4. Bathroom Cleaner
You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the ingredients used to make this Living Well Spending Less bathroom cleaner. There’s a good chance you probably already have most of the ingredients on hand, making this an even cheaper endeavor. Plus, this fresh smelling cleaner will make your bathroom glisten.
- 3/4 cup baking soda
- Juice from 1/2 a lemon (about 1/4 cup)
- 3 tablespoons salt
- 3 tablespoons liquid dishwashing soap
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 10 drops essential oil (optional)
Directions: Mix all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl to make a paste. You can then use a scrub brush or sponge to apply to your tub, shower walls, and sinks. (Be sure to test a small area to make sure the paste does not scuff the tub surface. If it does, eliminate the salt from the mixture.) Rinse well with water and a wet rag, and then dry with a clean rag or old towel.
5. All-Purpose Cleaner
Everyone needs an all-purpose cleaner. Whether you’re trying to freshen things up or need to clean up a spill, Fabulessly Frugal has you covered. This all-purpose cleaner can be used in your bathroom, kitchen, and even on the walls.
- 2 teaspoons borax
- 1 teaspoon washing soda
- ½ cup white vinegar
- 2 cups hot water
- ½ teaspoon dish soap
- Empty spray bottle
Directions: First add the borax and washing soda (preferably down a funnel so you don’t make a mess.) Then add ½ cup of white vinegar, followed by ½ teaspoon of dish soap, and 2 cups of hot water. Shake gently to mix it up. It’s normal for it to appear a bit sudsy.
6. Air Freshener
There is nothing better than a nice smelling home. Unfortunately, Febreeze can be really expensive, which is why My Crazy Blessed Life’s creative concoction is such a great alternative. It’s cheap, easy, and a little spray goes a long way.
- Spray bottle
- 1/4 cup scent booster beads
- 1 cup hot water
- Enough water to fill your spray bottle to the top
Directions: Put ¼ cup of the scent booster into the cup of hot water, stirring until it’s melted. Pour the mixture into your spray bottle (ideally using a funnel) and then fill the rest of the bottle with water. Ta-da! Just like that you’re done.
7. Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Say sayonara to stained toilet bowls. This Growing Up Herbal naturally disinfecting toilet bowl cleaner only requires three simple ingredients, saving you money and ensuring your toilet stays squeaky clean.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- Disinfecting essential oil blend
Directions: Take 1 cup of baking soda and place it in a glass bowl. Put 50 drops of your essential oil blend into the baking soda. Remember, this will be used to disinfect your toilet bowl, so it needs to be strong. Use a wooden spoon or pestle to blend the oils into the baking soda. When all the clumps are broken up, put your blend in a glass jar to store.
To use it, put 2 tablespoons of your mix into your toilet bowl water and pour in 2 tablespoons of white vinegar on top of it. It will fizz and foam as the baking soda and vinegar react. Grab your toilet bowl cleaning wand and scrub away the gross germs lurking in your toilet.