Home Cleaners You Can Make Yourself

Lemon and soap cleaners

The next time your cleaning detergent runs out, look around for common ingredients that can make a cleaning agent that is just as powerful. Homemade cleaning products are friendlier to use and by using them, you do the environment a favor by avoiding the toxic chemicals that are in the commercial cleaning agents. Which home cleaners can you make yourself at low cost and with common ingredients?

Laundry soap
You will need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing (not baking) soda
  • 2 cups of soap flakes

Mix all the ingredients together in a container and shake thoroughly until well and evenly mixed. Place in a glass container.

Glass/mirror cleaner
You will need:

  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dish soap
  • 3 cups distilled water

Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Pour the cleaner in a spray bottle and use by spraying directly on glass or mirror surfaces.

Baking soda is great for natural cleaners

Bathroom powder scrub (like Comet)
You will need:

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 6 drops essential oil like lavender
  • ½ cup of sea salt

Mix all the dry ingredients before adding the essential oil. Place in an airtight container. Use by applying with a sponge.

Cloth stain remover
You will need:

  • 1 cup powdered dishwasher cleaner
  • 1 cup of regular bleach
  • 1 gallon of hot water

Mix all the ingredients in a plastic, steel or ceramic container. Soak the stained clothes for 15-20 minutes, or longer if the stain does not come off.

Heavy duty scrub
This cleaner is good for removing stains off enamel, ceramics and porcelain. You will need:

  • ½ cup of borax
  • Half a standard size lemon

Dip the lemon in the borax and use the cut side to scrub the stain. Let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing. Make sure not to use on marble or granite which can become discolored.

All-purpose cleaner and deodorizer
This cleaner can be used on kitchen countertops and appliances, including the oven and fridge. You will need:

  • 1 quart of warm water
  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda

Mix the ingredients in a container, pour on a cloth, and use it to wipe surfaces.

Grease cleaner
You can use this cleaner on grills, oven hoods, kitchen sink ,and oily pans. You will need:

  • ½ cup of sudsy ammonia
  • 1 gallon of water

Mix the ingredients in a container. Dip a sponge in the mixture and use it to clean off the grease before rinsing with water.

Dishwasher stain remover
You simply need to pour a ¼ cup of powdered lemon drink on the inside walls of the dishwasher. The citric acid in the powder clears the stains.

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