Frugal Homemade Cleaning Solution Recipes

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It’s no secret that creating your own household cleaning solutions can save you lots of money, but how do you make them? Do-it-yourself cleaners are also great because they don’t have the harmful chemicals that store-bought cleaners tend to. As an added bonus, if you make your own cleaning solutions with things you already have on hand, you’re not going to have to worry about running out!

All Purpose Cleaner

  • 2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Borax
  • Hot water
  • a few drops of a mild dish detergent
  • about 10 drops of essential oils
  • Mix ingredients together in a spray bottle and use to clean any hard surface.

    Floor Cleaner

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 gallon warm water
  • Mix together in your cleaning bucket and use this to clean floors.

    Wood Floor Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 gallon water
  • Dip your mop into the mixture and squeeze until it is almost dry, then mop.

    Oven Rack Cleaner

  • hot water
  • 1/2 cup Dawn dish soap
  • 8 dryer sheets
  • Soak oven racks in bath tub with hot water, 8 dryer sheets and 1/2 cup Dawn dish soap overnight. You can use the dryer sheets to scrub off any remaining gunk.

    Furniture Polish

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • Shake well and apply a small amount to a cleaning cloth. Spread over surface and then dry with a separate cloth.

Window Cleaner

  • 1/2 teaspoon mild dish detergent,
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • Combine ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. Use just like you would use Windex.

    Tub Cleaner

  • baking soda
  • water
  • Combine ingredients to make a paste, apply to the tub, and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Wipe off with a wet cloth.

    Glass Shower Cleaner

  • 1/2 of a lemon
  • kosher salt
  • Dip the lemon into a bowl of kosher salt and scrub the glass shower walls. Watch the magic!

    Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • 2 cups of vinegar
  • Pour the vinegar in your toilet and let it sit overnight. Clean with toilet bowl brush and flush.

    Carpet Deodorizer

  • baking soda
  • Just sprinkle it on your carpet and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then, vacuum it up.

    What’s your best DIY cleaning solution recipe?


  1. Whitney Baze says

    Making a paste from baking soda and peroxide. Apply paste liberally to surface, wait a few mins, and wash away. Really tough items (like baking pans) need a little scrubbing.
    My favorite uses (so far):
    – I have black plastic kitchen utensils, the dishwasher leaves a white residue on them after time. Its gone now.
    – I never lined my baking sheets, now, after years even the baked on oil is gone and my pans look almost brand new.

  2. I use vinegegar instead of jet dry in my dishwasher.

  3. Ammonia used with old newspapers works well to clean windows too, though it’s a little more caustic than vinegar. Also making a paste of kosher or any other large grain salt and water or vinegar is great for getting into little grooves and shining your sink’s hardware.

  4. shannon sharp says

    so cool, thank you so much!

  5. I really do love this list. I use baking soda so much, it really works wonders.

  6. Tiffany Yrigolla says

    I make my own laundry detergent and have been using it for almost a year now. If it doesn’t smell good enough for you, you can use a scent booster like Downy Unstopables or Gain Fireworks or just use a smell good dryer sheet (Though the recipe kind of is a detergent and a softener):
    1 Bar of Soap (I use whatever I have but for sensitive skin, try Ivory) grated with a cheese grater
    1 C. Borax
    1-1 1/2 C. Color Safe Bleach Powder
    1 C. Washing Soda
    Mix it all up and you’ve got a detergent that costs about $0.20/load!

  7. Spot on with this write-up, I seriously think this site needs much more attention.
    I’ll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the advice!

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