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Buying various cleaning products to clean your house can quickly become cost prohibitive.
You need a cleaner for the kitchen, then another for the bathroom, then yet another for the living room.
And then there are the ingredients.
Half I can’t pronounce and almost all of the labels have warnings on them.
If they aren’t dangerous, why do we have to lock them up so our kids can’t get to them?
Why spend money on countless household cleaning products and risk your health when all you need are 6 basic ingredients?
Mix them up the right way and you have instant low cost homemade cleaning products.
Too good to be true? I don’t think so.
In this post, I am going to show you homemade cleaning product recipes to clean your entire house!
Here you will find:
- Homemade all purpose cleaner
- Homemade counter cleaner
- Homemade bathroom cleaner
- Homemade floor cleaning solutions
- Homemade cleaners with vinegar
- And more!
All of these home cleaning remedies are simple to make and safe to use!
There are no warning labels that need to be added.
Let’s get started learning how to make your own cleaning products and save money at the same time!
12 Homemade Cleaning Products You Need To Make
Home Cleaning Remedy Ingredient Checklist
All of the cleaning products that you will make yourself will use some combination of 6 ingredients.
Here are the 6 ingredients you will need:
- Vinegar: It may smell a little weird, but vinegar can handle everything from dishes to laundry and even weeds.
- Baking Soda: Eliminates odors and helps with stains. It also works as a natural method for pest control. Ants hate it.
- Rubbing Alcohol: Works as a disinfectant and is also a great glass cleaner. It also gets grime off plastic and metal surfaces like patio furniture or bathroom fixtures.
- Lemon Juice: This cuts through dish grease and is an ingredient for homemade furniture polish. But it’s not the easiest thing to preserve long-term.
- Borax: This mineral salt beats bleach as a toilet cleaner and is also useful for scrubbing walls. Works great with laundry, too.
- Fels-Naptha soap: This one’s actually made by one of those big cleaning companies out to pinch our wallets. They recommend it for pre-treating stains. In other words, “use this in addition to a bunch of our other expensive products”. But you can turn the tables by using it as part of a recipe for your own laundry detergent among other things. As a bonus side note, you can use Fels-Naptha to treat poison ivy. Simply lather it over the poison on your skin and let it dry. It will dry out the poison!
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Now that you have the ingredients, let’s look at the homemade cleaning products can you make!
12 Homemade Cleaning Products You Can Make
#1. Homemade Floor Cleaning Solution
To make your own homemade floor cleaning solution that will clean your tile or linoleum floors, all you need are 2 ingredients.
Mix them together and start mopping.
- ½ cup Vinegar
- 1 gallon of Water
You might be hesitant to use this since the smell of vinegar can be unpleasant to many.
But by mixing it with water, you reduce the smell greatly.
#2. Homemade Window Cleaner
Making a window cleaning solution is just as easy as the homemade floor cleaner above.
You can mix together the same ingredients for your floor above or go with an alternative option.
- 2 teaspoon Vinegar
- 1 quart of Warm Water
- 2 tablespoons Borax
- 3 cups of Water
Either way, your eyes and nose won’t burn because there is no ammonia like in commercial window cleaners.
As a bonus tip, rub dry with newspaper to avoid those annoying streaks.
#3. Homemade Disinfectant
Someone sick at home?
You can wipe down door knobs, phones, faucets or anything really with this homemade disinfectant.
- ¼ cup Borax
- ½ gallon of Hot Water
You can use an old rag or paper towels to soak and then wipe down everything you want.
#4. Homemade All Purpose Cleaner
This is a great recipe for a homemade all purpose cleaner to use to clean up most areas of your house.
You can even use it as a homemade counter cleaner too!
The best part is you can really use this anywhere since there are no harsh chemicals.
I like to mix this one in a spray bottle so I have it on hand at all times.
- ¼ cup Baking Soda
- ½ cup Borax
- ½ cup Vinegar
- 1 gallon of Water
From there, just spray the areas you want to clean and wipe dry.
#5. Homemade Oven Cleaner
Most of us have self cleaning ovens but sadly they don’t get the oven as clean as possible.
At least mine doesn’t.
So while I still use the self cleaner to get the majority of the over clean, I finish up with this great homemade oven cleaner.
- ¼ cup Baking Soda
- 2 tablespoons Salt
- Hot water, as needed to make a paste
Apply the paste to the oven and let the paste sit for 5 minutes before cleaning it up.
One word of caution here, keep the past off wires and heating elements since these items are fragile to begin with.
#6. Homemade Drain Cleaner
With multiple females in the house, I felt like I was buying drain cleaner on a weekly basis to unclog the drains from hair clogs.
But no longer.
Now I use this homemade drain cleaner and save a ton of money.
- ½ cup Borax in drain, followed by
- 2 cups Boiling Water
- ¼ cup Baking Soda down the drain, followed by
- ½ cup Vinegar
Cover drain and let sit for 15 minutes, then follow with 2 quarts boiling water.
For really tough clogs, I sometimes have to repeat the boiling water step a couple times.
#7. Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner
There are things you just don’t want to clean.
A toilet bowl is one of them.
Unfortunately it has to be done.
Here is a great homemade cleaning product to what you currently use.
- ¼ cup Baking Soda into bowl and drizzle with Vinegar
Let sit for ½ hour, then scrub and flush.
If you have stains in your bowl, add borax to remove them.
This will work for new and mild stains.
- Related: Click here to learn 10 simple tricks to clean any toilet bowl stain
For tougher stains, I recommend you read the post above for some clever tricks to clean the toughest toilet bowl stains.
#8. Homemade Ceramic Tile Cleaner
If you have ceramic tile in your house, you know that you have to be careful with what you use to clean it.
The solution below will clean your ceramic tile fast and is safe to use.
- ¼ cup Vinegar
- 1 gallon Warm Water
Use an old rag to wipe down the tiles and let air dry.
#9. Homemade Bathroom Cleaner
Cleaning the bath tub takes a lot of scrubbing.
But I’ve found this homemade bathroom cleaner to be very effective in reducing my time spent on my hands and knees scrubbing.
- ½ cup Baking Soda
- 2-3 tablespoons Liquid Soap (Castile, Peppermint)
I like to use a sponge to scrub the tub clean and then I run the water to rinse it out and air dry.
#10. Homemade Garbage Disposal Freshener
Ever stand in the kitchen and wonder were that awful odor is coming from?
You search the trash can and the refrigerator but still can’t find it.
Then you realize it’s the garbage disposal.
Well I have a solution for you. It’s simple to do and it makes your kitchen smell like great.
- Grind ice and lemon or orange juice in the disposal
You will instantly have a nice citrus smell throughout your kitchen.
#11. Homemade Mildew Remover
While the homemade bathroom cleaner I mentioned earlier is a great cleaner, it doesn’t work great when it comes to mildew.
And like most people, you probably have some mildew in your bathroom.
So how do you clean it safely and effectively?
I’ve spent countless hours trying various products that don’t work or require me to clean for a long time.
Luckily I stumbled across this homemade cleaning product. It gets the job done and I don’t have to scrub for hours.
- ½ cup Vinegar
- ½ cup Borax in Warm Water
Apply with sponge or spray bottle and watch the mildew disappear.
#12. Homemade Furniture Polish (Wood Surfaces)
If you want to your furniture to look shiny and new, this homemade cleaning product for wood surfaces is here to help.
While it does take a little more work on your end, it does an amazing job.
- Rub toothpaste on wood furniture to remove water marks
- Polish wood with 2 teaspoons Lemon Oil and 1 pint Mineral Oil in spray bottle, spray, rub in and wipe clean
- Mix 2 parts Olive Oil to 1 part Lemon Juice
After rubbing the olive oil and lemon juice mixture in, let stand for several hours and then polish with a soft, dry cloth using the following.
- Melt 1 tablespoon Carnauba Wax into 2 pints Mineral Oil
The key here is to use the cleaner sparingly and rub hard. With a little work, you will have sparkling furniture that looks better than new!
There you have 10 great low cost homemade cleaning products to clean your entire house.
Plus, there aren’t any unknown chemicals in these.
Try them out for yourself. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by their effectiveness.