When I was working on greening my household cleaners, I came across quite a few recipes for making your own cleaners and I wanted to share those with you.

Some of these came from fans of my Facebook page, some from the web (and I’ll try to give credit where possible!), and some from a great book I book at Walmart in their discount bin a few years ago.

The book is called Homemade: How to make everyday products fast, fresh, and more naturally. (A Reader’s Digest book).  If you’re interested in finding this book, check your local library first – the greenest option! If you want to own it, I found it on Amazon for $6.38 – much less than I paid for it! It includes a lot more than cleaning recipes, so it’s worth the $6.38. 🙂

Now, on to the recipes! I’m calling this Part One, because today I’m just focusing on General household cleaners & specific Kitchen cleaners. Obviously, you can buy eco-friendly brands, but this is to cut costs even further, and to guarantee you know what is in your products!

General Cleaners

  • Glass Cleaner #1 (Homemade… book)
    • Ingredients: 1/2 c. White Vinegar; 2/3 gallon water; 1 clean gallon container, 1 clean 32oz. spray bottle.
    • Directions: Mix ingredients in the gallon container. Fill the spray bottle & spray on windows & glass items as needed. Dry glass with crumpled newspaper.
  • Glass Cleaner #2 (Homemade… book)
    • Ingredients: 1/3 c. White Vinegar; 1/4 c. Rubbing Alcohol; 3 1/2 c. water; 1 clean 32oz. spray bottle
    • Directions: Mix all ingredients in the spray bottle. Shake well. Spray on windows & glass items. Dry with crumpled newspaper.
  • Multipurpose Cleaner (Homemade… book)
    • Ingredients: 3 1/2 c. Hot Water; 1/2 c. White or Apple Cider Winegar; 1 t. Borax; 1 t. Washing Soda; 1 t. Liquid Castile Soap; 1 clean 32oz. spray bottle
    • Directions: Fill spray bottle first with hot water; then add vinegar, borax, washing soda, and liquid castile soap. Shake well. Spray on surfaces. Wipe down with a clean cloth or damp sponge.
  • Carpet Freshener (various websites)
    • Ingredients: Baking Soda
    • Directions: Sprinkle on carpet. Let set (time recommended varied. 1-3 hours). Vacuum up.
    • Caution: Some commenters warned about clogging vacuums. So, use with caution, or just be aware this may happen.
  • Fake Febreze (The Grocery Cart Challenge – great blog! She feeds a family of 6 on $60/wk!)
    • Ingredients: 2-3 T liquid fabric softener; 25 oz. Water; spray bottle.
    • Directions: Mix ingredients in spray bottle. Spray.
  • Air Freshener (Facebook fan)
    • Ingredients: 1 c. Activated Charcoal (about $10/bottle at Walgreens, but also available online)
    • Directions: Use 1 c. of charcoal in each room. Change every 6 months.
  • Floor Cleaner (Facebook fan)
    • Ingredients: White Distilled Vinegar, Water
    • Directions: Mix together. Mop.

Kitchen Cleaners

  • Automatic Dishwasher detergent (Facebook fan)
    • Ingredients: 1 c. Borax; 1 c. Washing Soda; 1 bottle of CitriShine (found in the dish aisle. Any citric acid could be used)
    • Directions: Mix together in a container and seal tightly. Use 2 T mixture for each load.
  • Fake Jet-Dry (Facebook fan)
    • Ingredients: White Vinegar
    • Directions: Use in jet-dry hole in your dishwasher.
  • Oven Cleaner (Homemade… book)
    • Ingredients: 2 T liquid soap; 2 t. Borax; 2 c. Warm Water; 1 clean 16oz spray bottle; 1/2 c. Baking Soda in an open bowl
    • Directions: Pour the soap & borax into a spray bottle. Add warm water. Shake well to dissolve. Spray solution on oven surfaces. Let mixture set for 30 min.-1hour. Scrub with a damp scrub pad dipped in baking soda. Rinse with clean water.
  • Garbage Disposal Cleaner (Homemade… book)
    • Ingredients: 1 qt. White Vinegar; ice-cube tray
    • Directions: Fill an ice-cube tray with white vinegar and freeze it. Remove cubes, place in a sealed plastic bag and return to the freezer. Once a week, run 2-3 vinegar cubes through garbage disposer.
  • Garbage Disposal Freshener (Homemade… book)
    • Ingredients: Orange, Lemon or Grapefruit peels
    • Directions: Store in a sealed plastic bag in refrigerator. Once or twice a week run a few peels through the disposal.
  • Scouring Powder (Homemade… book)
    • Ingredients: 1 c. Baking Soda; 1 c. Borax; 1 c. Salt; 1 clean 32oz plastic container with cover.
    • Directions: Combine ingredients in container & mix well. Close tightly to store. Sprinkle some on a damp sponge or directly on surface. Scour, rinse, dry.
  • Dishwasher Cleaner (Shopping Thrifty)
    • Ingredients: 1/2 c. White Vinegar; 2 T Baking Soda
    • Directions: “Simply pour the white vinegar and baking soda into your empty dishwasher. Next, start the dishwasher and allow it to run through a complete cycle. Repeat this process once a month to remove hard water buildup, stains, grime, and odor.”

Have you tried any of these? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think! I haven’t tried some of these yet.

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