Mixing up homemade cleaners is a quick and easy way to save some major buckaroos when it comes to keeping your house clean! We've got 10 recipes for different types of cleaners that will be simple to make, yet powerful to use.
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We've rounded up just about the easiest-to-make homemade cleaners out there that are easy on the wallet and tough on dirt and grime. (Ohhh, that sounds like it could have a catchy jingle!) So even if you're not a DIYer, stick around because you're going to like what you read. 😉
THE BEST HOMEMADE CLEANERS
Whether you're wanting to get away from the harsh chemicals or you're just plain tired of paying so much for your cleaning products, we've got you covered! We've compiled a great list of the best homemade cleaners that you can easily make. Bonus? Most of the recipes call for ingredients that you likely already have in your house!
Here are a few of the most common things that you'll need to be able to make your own homemade cleaners:
As with all cleaners, you always want to make sure you test any new-to-you cleaners out in an inconspicuous spot. They should all work perfectly and shouldn't leave any stains or discolorations, but it's always best to try them out in a small spot before going to town cleaning!
SAFE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
The best thing about these non-toxic, homemade cleaners? The whole family can use them! We are all about our kids helping out around the house, starting at a young age. Most kids want to help, so put them to work and let them enjoy the fruits of their labor when they see how something was able to go from gross to shiny because of their hard work.
HOMEMADE CLEANERS FOR YOUR FLOORS
The floors are one of the most-used surfaces in your house. Keep them clean so you can keep them in tip-top shape! Use these homemade cleaners on them know that you've got the cleanest floors in the neighborhood. 😉
HOMEMADE CARPET CLEANER
We've got two great homemade cleaners for you, one to be used in machines and one to use for spot treatment. Both are super easy to make and work really well!
This recipe is great to use on carpet, upholstery, car interiors and more!
- 2 tbsp Liquid Laundry Detergent
- 1/4 cup La's Totally Awesome Cleaner (can use off brand)
- 1 scoop Oxiclean (can use off brand)
- 1 tsp Fabric Softener (optional)
- 1 gallon Hot Water
In a large bowl or pitcher, combine everything but the water and stir until combined. Slowly pour the hot water in and stir carefully, trying not to make any bubbles. Stir slowly until everything is completely dissolved and combined. Store in a gallon-sized container (a milk jug works great!) and label as “Concentrated Carpet Cleaner.”
This works like a champ! Use however much your carpet shampooing machine calls for and be amazed at the results.
SPRAY CARPET CLEANER
For those times that you don't want to pull out the whole machine to get a small spot on the carpet or couch, no worries! We've got yo back, Freebs. You can make your own using ingredients that you are almost guaranteed to always have at your house.
Holding the spray bottle over the sink, add the liquid dish soap, vinegar and water. Add the baking soda and get the lid on the bottle as fast as you can! Vinegar and baking soda will react and cause lots of bubbles (remember those volcanoes you made for science class back in middle school?). If you can get your lid screwed on quickly enough, you won't have to worry about the mess. You can thank us later. 😉
When you need to use it, vacuum over the spot and use the scrubber side of a sponge to loosen any particles. Spray the area generously with your homemade carpet cleaner and watch it do it's magic! Dab and wipe with a towel to help remove the stain and dry the area. Be amazed at the carpet cleaning power that you've made!
HOMEMADE HARD FLOOR CLEANER
Are you ready for a homemade hard floor cleaner that works on all surfaces?! You can make this cleaner in a snap and have floors that would make Snow White and Cinderella proud.
- 8 cups Warm Water
- 2 cups Distilled White Vinegar
- 1 cup 70% Rubbing Alcohol
- 1/2 tsp Liquid Dish Soap
A note about the dish soap: Don't use any that contain anti-bacterial, moisturizing, or oxygenated bleach ingredients, as they will leave streaks. Castile soap will also leave streaks, so we don't suggest using that, either!
Add all ingredients to a gallon-sized bucket, mix, and get to town on those floors with your favorite mop! Allow the floors to dry completely before walking on them. Be proud of just how amazing your homemade floor cleaner works!
HOMEMADE GROUT CLEANER
Oh grout, you can be the bane of our existence! It looks so nice when it's clean, and so gross when it's not. Use this easy peasy recipe and method and be amazed at how clean your grout is about to be!
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- 1/4 cup Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1 tsp Liquid Dish Soap
Mix ingredients together in a small bowl. Spoon onto the grout and allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Scrub with an old toothpaste, then clean up with a damp rag. Feel free to mop your floor with your homemade floor cleaner above when it's all said and done.
HOMEMADE ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER
Three cheers for a homemade cleaner that can be used on all surfaces! Piece of cake. Piece of crumb cake.
- 2 tsp Liquid Dish Soap
Mix the dish soap and water in a spray bottle and get to cleaning! Just spray it on whatever you need to clean and wipe it off with a towel or rag. Keep in mind that this isn't a disinfectant, just a way to keep your surfaces clean.
HOMEMADE OVEN CLEANER
Grimey oven doors are the worst, right? Use this mixture and be amazed at how easily and effortless it is to get your oven spick and span.
- 3 tbsp Baking Soda
- 1.5 tbsp Water
Mix the baking soda and water into a thick paste. Apply it to the oven door and allow it to sit for at least 20 minutes. Wipe away with a cloth. Spray with vinegar (or pour some on a rag) and wipe the rest of the grit away with circular motions.
Feel free to double this recipe if you need to clean the bottom of your oven as well. Wipe out any loose debris before adding the paste. Get excited about the sparkling, just-like-new oven that you're about to have!
HOMEMADE DRAIN CLEANER
A clogged pipe is nothing to mess around with, but those store-bought cleaners smell so strongly, you know that can't be good to be around! Start making your own and never worry about those fumes again. Plus, it's much cheaper to make.
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- 1/4 cup Salt
- 1 cup Vinegar (heated)
Mix the baking soda and salt and pour down the drain. Pour the heated vinegar down the drain and immediately cover with a plug. The baking soda and vinegar will foam and bubble, so covering it will keep it contained to do it's work in the drain. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes, then flush with hot tap water or boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds.
HOMEMADE WINDOW AND GLASS CLEANER
Between shower doors, mirrors, glass doors and outside windows, we can have a lot of surfaces that need our love on a regular basis. Start making your own homemade cleaner for them and be amazed at how clear, shiny and streak-free they are!
- Empty Spray Bottle
- 1 cup 70% Rubbing Alcohol
- 1 cup Distilled White Vinegar
- 3 drops Liquid Dish Soap
Combine everything in a spray bottle and gently shake to combine. Be amazed at how this homemade window and glass cleaner works!
Note: The dish soap is to help remove any grime, but a little goes a loooong way! Be very careful and only use 3 drops, max. If you're pre-scrubbing your shower doors or outside windows, feel free to leave the dish soap out.
HOMEMADE BATHROOM/SHOWER CLEANER
Oh man, Freebs, talk about one of the grodiest (yes, we just used that word) places in the house. Luckily, these homemade cleaners will do the trick in a snap!
- 2 cups Warm Water
- 1 tbsp Baking Soda
- 2 tbsp Liquid Dish Soap
Combine water and baking soda in a spray bottle and shake. Add in dish soap and swirl to combine. Use on toilets, bath tubs, bath tile, and sinks. Allow the cleaner to sit for a minute, then wipe clean with a damp cloth.
HOMEMADE TOILET BOWL CLEANER BOMBS
If we could never clean one thing again, it would definitely be the toilet bowl! Luckily, these toilet bowl cleaner bombs make it fun and easy to do. Plus, the kids find it so fun when you plop one in that they happily do it for you! #Winning
- 2 cups Baking Soda
- 1/3 cup Citric Acid
- 2 tbsp Hydrogen Peroxide
- Silicone Ice Cube Tray
Stir baking soda and citric acid in a bowl. Slowly add in hydrogen peroxide and enjoy the fizzing sounds it makes. Mix until it's a thick and crumbly paste. Add the mixture to the ice cube tray and push down with the back of a spoon to make sure it's compacted. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours or until they're fully dry and hard. Putting them outside in the sun helps the process to go quicker! Store the bombs in a glass jar with a lid.
Use one per toilet for a quick clean. Allow it to fizz and do it's thang for a few minutes, then give ‘er a good scrub with a brush.
TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HOUSE CLEAN WITH THE HOMEMADE CLEANERS
Alright, you've made your homemade cleaners, now how are you going to fit all of this cleaning into one day? Luckily, you don't have to! We've got some great tips for you to stay on top of it all without feeling like all you've done in your life is clean your house.
- Deep clean your house with one task per day! It won't take you that long and you'll be able to easily keep your house clean. Use our free printable to stay on track.
- Keep your home clean all year long by using our 4 simple tips.
Whew, well there you have it! 10 easy homemade cleaners that will help you keep your house spick and span, all while saving some money. What's your favorite homemade cleaner recipe? Let us know in the comments!
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