I mentioned earlier that organizing and cleaning has become one of my favorite things to do at home. I credit all the dedicated ladies of Pinterest and YouTube for increasing my interest in all natural and eco-friendly cleaning solutions that are homemade.
Making your own household cleaners is easy and sometimes way cheaper than paying for the more chemical filled, perfumed cleaning products that can damage your home surfaces, damage your health and damage the environment. I have been using some of these household cleansers for a long time and some are relatively new to me.
So what’s in my homemade cleaning kit? The following four items and water – that’s it.
Ingredients required to make the cleaners:
[I actually have a cost breakdown for this 🙂 But it is in dollars so you might want to think about it in your own currency 😉 ]
- Baking soda is a natural, mild abrasive with mild alkaline properties. It is a good deodorizer and stain remover, not to mention that it is non-toxic and extremely cheap. I got a huge box of Arm and Hammer brand baking soda at Target for $1.97.
- White distilled vinegar is an all natural and mild acid, a disinfectant, a stain remover and it is completely non-toxic. However, do NOT use vinegar on stone surfaces and acetate fabrics. As our new apartment has laminate countertops in the kitchen, I can use vinegar to clean them. I bought a big jug of distilled white vinegar for $1.44 from Target.
- Dawn dish soap or any other dish soap is a pH neutral cleaning product. I prefer the blue color Dawn soap because it has a clean smell and doesn’t create any weird odors when mixed with other cleaners. I bought a small bottle of Dawn soap for $0.97 from Target.
- Rubbing alcohol (use a 70% or 91% one for more power) is a disinfectant and sanitizing agent that can be used to clean surfaces that can harbor considerable amounts of germs like toilet seats, taps, door knobs and so on. Do NOT use it near flames, open wiring or heaters. I got a big bottle of 91% rubbing alcohol for $2.84 from Target.
- Spray bottles – I got some small spray bottles for $0.97 each from the travel toiletries section at Target.
DIY Household Cleaner Recipes
Just a note of caution – I personally use these cleaners in my apartment and have never had any issues with them damaging any surfaces. Please try a little of each cleaner in a hidden area of the surface that you want to clean and ensure that it does not damage anything before you use it on the entire surface.
Mix 1 part rubbing alcohol + 1 part water in a small spray bottle and spray it on the desired area. Wipe it off with a dry paper towel or re-usable cleaning wipe.
Tub and Tile Cleaner
Mix 1 tablespoon dish soap + 1 tablespoon vinegar + 1 cup water in a small spray bottle and spray it in the shower or bathtub (if it is a marble or stone bathtub or tile, do NOT add the vinegar in this mix. Scrub it with a small brush and rinse it off. Sprinkle baking soda on tough stains and make a paste with a few drops of water. Scrub it with a mildly abrasive sponge and wash it off.
Kitchen, Fridge and Glass Cleaner
Mix 1 part distilled white vinegar + 1 part water in a small spray bottle and spray it on kitchen countertops (only laminate), stovetops, cutting boards, refrigerator shelves and trays, bathroom mirrors, glass table tops etc. Wipe it off with a dry paper towel or re-usable cleaning wipe.
Kitchen Countertop Spice Stain Remover
Make a paste of baking soda and water and spread it onto stained laminate countertops. Leave it for a few minutes and gently scrub the stain with a mildly abrasive scouring pad. Wipe it off with a wet cloth or paper towel. Repeat if required.
Do you use natural and eco-friendly cleaners too? Do share them in the comments.