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10 Best Homemade Cleaners That Work Like A Charm

When you’re running low on your favorite cleaning products, the best thing you can do is to get in your kitchen and make your own!

You don’t need any fancy supplies or a ton of time to do this.

Many homemade cleaners use the same ingredients you probably use every day which will save a lot more money on cleaning supplies.

You can simply use what you have to get the SAME job done!

(And who knows: you may never go back to grabbing those store-bought cleaning products again!)

Nonetheless, just having this list handy is SUPER convenient when you’re feeling thrifty OR just need to supplement your stock (and you don’t have time to run to the store).

So make sure you bookmark this or pin it for later.

Related: 15 Ways To Use Dawn Detergent Around The House

Pet & Kid-Friendly

All 10 of these homemade cleaners are safe enough (if not safer) for your family and pets.

Below is a list of 10 ingredients you’ll need to make all 10 of these homemade cleaners.

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First, here’s the ingredients you’ll need for all 10 recipes:

  1. Original Blue Dawn dish detergent
  2. White Vinegar
  3. Baking Soda
  4. Distilled Water
  5. Essential Oils (I like lemon, orange, lavender & especially peppermint because it’s effective against bacteria!)
  6. Cornstarch
  7. Borax
  8. Salt
  9. Olive Oil
  10. 70% Isopropyl Alcohol
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And the supplies you need to get the job done:

Let’s get started.

1) All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

Clean every surface in your home from your kitchen to your bathroom.

  • 2 tbsp of Original Blue Dawn
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • water to fill

Add ingredients into a spray bottle. Shake well to mix ingredients together. Spray liberally on any surface, then wipe clean with a damp cloth.

2) All-Purpose Disinfectant Spray

Many store-bought disinfectant sprays have been linked to causing cancer and lung illnesses. This is a homemade “Lysol” recipe that uses essential oils disinfect, deodorize, and sanitize—and it’s non-toxic!

Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle. Shake well to combine. Spray on any surface you want to disinfect (be careful spraying anything alcohol could destroy) and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. Wipe away with a dry or slightly damp cloth.

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3) Glass Cleaner

You’ll be able to remove fingerprints, water spots, dirt & grime easily from windows, glass, or mirrors with a sparkly, spot-free finish. The secret ingredient that makes this homemade cleaner streak-free is the cornstarch!

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 10 drops essential oil

Pour ingredients into a glass spray bottle. Attach spray top and shake to mix well. Be sure to shake before each use and spray liberally on windows, mirrors, or glass. Wipe the glass with a microfiber cloth until the surface is clean and shiny.

4) Daily Shower Cleaner

This scrub-free natural cleaning product will easily get rid of hard water stains and soap scum with little-to-no effort.

  • 10 oz Original Blue Dawn
  • 18 oz white vinegar
  • 30 drops essential oil for fragrance (optional)

Add all ingredients into a 28 oz spray bottle. Shake to combine well. Spray on shower walls or tub to cover the area fully. Then allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Wipe clean with a damp sponge (or squeegee for shower doors) and rinse.

5) Toilet Bowl Cleaner

An easy homemade cleaning solution you can use to clean the inside of your toilet bowl.

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops essential oil (optional)

Pour baking soda, then slowly pour in vinegar covering as much of the bowl as possible. Then add essential oil. The baking soda will react with the vinegar which is normal. Use your toilet scrub brush to remove water stains and rings and flush.

6) Dust Spray

Shine and protect your surfaces (even wood!) with this easy DIY cleaning spray.

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1/4 white vinegar
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 10-15 drops Lemon essential oil (to smell fresh & clean!)

Add all ingredients into a glass spray bottle. Shake well to combine and use to shine wood furniture and table tops.

7) Stainless Steel Cleaner

Make your stainless steel appliances look like new again with this easy DIY cleaner.

  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1/2 white vinegar
  • 2 cups warm water

Mix ingredients well in a spray bottle. Once it stops bubbling, place spray cap on top and spray on a stainless steel surface. Wipe clean & dry with a microfiber cloth.

8) Dishwasher Detergent

This homemade dishwasher detergent will have you stop buying expensive pods at the store. And your dishes will come out squeaky clean!

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup borax
  • 1/2 salt
  • white vinegar (add to rinse compartment)

Add all three ingredients into a bowl. Mix well and store inside a glass container with an airtight lid. When your ready to use, add 1 tbsp to each of the 2 compartments in your dishwasher, then add 2 tbsp of white vinegar to your rinse compartment.

9) Carpet Freshener

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Deodorize your carpet while keeping your small children and pets safe.

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 30 drops lavender essential oil (safe for crawling babies)

Combine baking soda and essential oil in a mason jar. Secure lid and shake well. Apply liberally to carpet and wait at least 1-2 hours before vacuuming. Then vacuum thoroughly (making 1-2 passes).

10) Fabric Softener

Not only will this homemade cleaner leave your laundry & linens feeling soft, but it will also remove musty odors from your clothes.

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar for small & medium load
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar for large loads
  • 15-30 drops essential oil (optional)

Simply add the appropriate amount of white vinegar (based on the size of your load) and your favorite essential oil to the fabric softener compartment of your washer, then let it run.

Do you have any favorite homemade recipes you’d like to share? Drop them in the comments below.

So there you have it—all 10 BEST homemade cleaners you could ever make! AND do it in less than 5 minutes.

Happy Tidying!

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