Homemade Household Cleaners


Necessity is the mother of invention they say! And the other day this proved true for me!  I was about out of my household cleaning products, and a trip to Sam’s was out of the question with the farmer full swing into the harvest.  I began my search on the web and these are a few of the recipe’s I found.  First, to better understand how to use these products to your benefit I have included how a few of these ingredients do their magic.

Baking Soda  is an abrasive. It is used to polish and whiten. It does a great job scrubbing. Baking soda has a high pH, and is a natural and effective deodorizer, that does not mask, but actually eliminates odors at the source, by changing the pH and neutralizing the odor in it’s tracks. Because baking soda is abrasive, it can be used straight out of the box as a scouring powder.

 White vinegar is an acid. It’s unique properties make it an effective grease cutter, and it will stop mold and mildew in it’s tracks. Vinegar is non-toxic and does not leave any residue. or smell. We go through gallons of it each week washing hardwood, vinyl or linoleum floors. Be careful to use only plain white vinegar, and not any flavored or apple cider variety. Since it is an acid, do not use it on any stone or marble surface as it will actually etch the surface.

Now for the recipe’s…

Window & Glass Cleaner

  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 cups water

Mix all ingredients in to a spray bottle. Use this product just as you would with a commercial glass cleaner. 

All Purpose Cleaner

  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • a dab of liquid soap
  • 2 cups hot tap water

Combine these ingredients in to a spray bottle and mix thoroughly.

I doubled these recipe’s for my 32oz bottles.  After a few days I have been pleased with them.  The Frugal Farmer likes the price too!  I went to the store and paid $1.25 for the bottles.  I could have saved a little by getting the $0.98 ones, but they looked cheaper and they weren’t pink! They had recipes on the side of them as well but it was slightly different.  I’ll try them later and let you know how they work out.

Reasons to Make and use Homemade Cleaners

  1. It only takes about 5 min.
  2. You probably have all the supplies you need to make.
  3. They have a clean, not clashy smell.
  4. Your kids can help you clean and you don’t have to worry about what they are spraying or smelling.
  5. They work just a well.
  6. It’s what your grandmothers used.
  7. You can put them in cute bottles.
  8. You don’t have to run to the store every time you run out.
  9. There’s no need for cupons…because it costs 1/10 of the cost of store brands.
  10. Your husband will thank you for saving money!!!





2 Responses to “Homemade Household Cleaners”

  • deborah says:

    How fun to make a cleaner that does a great job and is cheaper! I don’t make cleaners, but I have thought several times about trying it and I think that cleaning product companies are making good money off of us consumers! :)

    My mom read a tip once to dissolve cornstarch in water for washing windows. It is supposed to keep the windows from water spotting as easily. My mom used this when I was growing up and I use it sometimes too. I really don’t know about the whole water spotting thing, but it does do a good job. 1/4 cup cornstarch to 1 quart water.

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