When it comes to saving money and reducing chemicals in your home with homemade cleaners makes a huge impact. You can make almost any cleaner imaginable with only a handful of ingredients. A once or twice yearly trip to your bulk club store and your favorite essential oils for extra power and fragrance will supply your family with a clean, fresh smelling home for next to nothing.
These easy homemade cleaners are great options to have on hand for saving money on your household budget. Not only are they cost effective, but they also remove some harsh chemicals from your home. An excellent budget-friendly choice!
Easy Homemade Cleaners
Dishwasher detergent can get very expensive over time but, you can make it from home a lot cheaper. 1 cup borax, 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup citric acid powder, 1/4 cup course salt. This recipe will get your dishes clean. You can replace the drying agent with vinegar.
DIY Laundry Soap
When it comes to cutting costs many people look to make their own laundry detergent. This is a popular DIY cleaner. Put one bar of Ivory soap on a plate in the microwave until you have a big puffy cloud 60-90 seconds, crush down. Add in 1 cup borax and 1 cup washing soda.
DIY All-purpose cleaner
A great DIY all-purpose cleaner for your home is simply 1/3 cup vinegar and fill your spray bottle to the top. You can opt to mix 1/3 cup alcohol with 10-15 drops of orange oil then fill the bottle to the top and shake well for a great grease fighting DIY all-purpose cleaner perfect for killing germs and cleaning up messes in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Popular scrubbing/scoring powders are bad for your lungs as the chemicals in the powder are pulling into your lungs with each breath as you clean. You can replace the chemicals with a safe alternative of baking soda with a few drops of your favorite essential oil. A lemon is a great option as the oil also helps disinfect and pull out stains.
DIY Fabric and Air Refresher
When it comes to chemicals products made to make your home smell good are the biggest culprit of cancer-causing chemicals. You can save the chemicals and your cash by using an easy to make DIY version. Mix 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil into 1/4 cup witch hazel, Add 1/4 cup vinegar to kill odor causing bacteria and fill the remainder of the bottle with water. Spray into the air and fabrics to get rid of odors.
DIY Carpet Deodorizer
Carpet powders are great for keeping odors at bay. With feet and pets tracking across carpet all day it can take on all kinds of weird smells. Powders made to sit then vacuum up can get expensive and are full of harmful chemicals but, you can make your own in a matter of minutes. Just fill an old spice bottle with baking soda and a few drops of your favorite essential oil and SHAKE. Use just like the stuff you pick up at the store.
DIY Glass Cleaner
Want shiny glass without streaks? Get a microfiber cloth, spray a bit of vinegar onto the glass (You can dilute up to 50%) and wipe clean. Do not clean glass while the sun is shining on it or it will dry too fast leaving streaks with even the best cleaners.
DIY Toilet Cleaner
Icky toilets are a thing of the past when you keep a cleaner handy and use it once a day. Mix 2/3 baking soda with 1/3 citric acid (powdered form) and a few drops of essential oil to make it smell pretty. Just pour some into the toilet and let it fizz while you wipe down counters and dry up wet floors, then give a quick swish and flush for an always clean, stink-free toilet.
These homemade cleaners are great for saving money and for keeping your home clean and healthy. Without harsh chemicals, you don’t have to worry about your kids being around these cleaning agents.