Friday, October 5, 2012

Homemade Cleaners: Cheap, Natural, and Really Work

This summer I started using homemade cleaners. It all started when I saw these two pictures on Pinterest:

Both of the captions explained how you can use vinegar to clean up your subborn bathroom buildup. My bathroom sure was in need of a major cleaning, so I gave it a try. I couldn't believe how well it worked. I could actually see fizzing bubbles coming off our showerhead immediately after I attached the baggie of straight vinegar. Letting the tub soak in water, vinegar, and some dish soap helped stains come off with just a little bit of scrubbing.

Later on in the summer, my husband and I took a weekend roadtrip. When we got back, I discovered a little trail of tiny ants going across our countertop, into our sink, and down the disposal. Knowing that ants leave little oily scent trails for other ants, I made sure to wash everything down carefully with a sponge and dishsoap. But hour after hour, the ants kept returning. A friend suggested washing my countertop with vinegar instead of soap. After one wipe-down, no more ants! And I was happy that the vinegar didn't leave any smell after it dries.

Since I was pregnant this summer, I was more than happy to use these natural cleaning methods. I started looking up other homemade cleaning solutions online. I bought some cheap-o spray bottles from Walmart, and came up with my own little stash:

I decided to write the recipes for each solution on the bottles to make refilling easier. Here's the recipes I decided to try (and am really happy with so far):

Furnitiure Polish: Two parts olive oil, one part lemon juice (goes on a little greasy, but wipe down with a cloth, and it's all good)
Power Cleaner: Undiluted white vinegar (for really tough stuff)
Glass Cleaner: Equal parts water and rubbing alcohol, plus a little white vinegar (looks a little streaky at first, but dries awesome)
General Cleaner: Equal parts water and white vinegar

Does anyone else out there use homemade cleaning supplies? Even scrubbers, etc? I'm always looking for ideas, and I bet there's some good ones out there.


  1. Homemade Laundry Detergent:
    1 bar soap (I use Dr. Bronner's Almond), grated or ground up
    1 cup borax
    1 cup washing soda
    1/4 cup oxygen cleaner

    Mix, use 1 Tbsp per load (2 if heavily soiled). Vinegar in the rinse cycle (1/4-1/2 cup, mix in a few drops of essential oil if you want).

    Works really well, and cleans your washer while you use it.

  2. thanks for posting these recipes! definitely want to give the bathtub cleaning a try with them.