6 DIY Household Cleaners


March 03, 2017 | By:
Zero comments, go to comments section to submit a comment
0 comments, go to comments section to read or to submit a comment.

Tired of spending money on expensive, and sometimes toxic, cleaners? Learn how to make them yourself and cut your cleaning costs.

If you are looking to knock out chemicals and other toxins from your home, making your own cleaners is a good place to start. Most homemade cleaners are made from items you already have in your pantry, such as baking soda and vinegar, which can tackle stains, clogged drains and more.

These are our favorite go-to homemade cleaners that actually work.

Basic Drain Cleaner

What you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

What you'll do:

Simply sprinkle the baking soda on the drain or in the sink then pour on the white vinegar. Let sit 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

What you'll need:

  • 1 bar shaved soap
  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

What you'll do:

Use a cheese grater to shave the soap and place in a large bowl. Mix in the Borax and Arm & Hammer Washing Soda. Add essential oils if you would like to add a scent. Store the mixture in mason jars or a sealed container and add 2 tablespoons per load of laundry.

If you have trouble with the soap dissolving, simply add water to the washer first then pour in your detergent.

All Purpose Cleaner

What you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 3 baking soda
  • 10 drops tea tree oil

What you'll do:

Place mixture in a spray bottle and fill with water, gently shaking while filling.

Shower Cleaner

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

What you'll do:

Mix ingredients together in a bowl and microwave for about one minute. Pour mixture into a spray bottle and spray onto shower. Let sit about five minutes, scrub with a sponge or washcloth and rinse with water.

Glass Cleaner

What you'll need:

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 2 cups water

What you'll do:

Mix together in a spray bottle and simply spray and wipe.

Carpet Refresher

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 15 drops essential oil

What you'll do:

Simply mix ingredients into a shaker, shake over carpet and let sit 15 to 30 minutes, then vacuum.

Pro tip:

Most homemade cleaners can last about one month in a spray bottle while others (such as the drain cleaner) are made as needed. Making your cleaners at home will cut costs and let you control what (if any) chemicals you allow in your home.