Many of you know I like a clean house. I have also been working hard doing research on eliminating toxic chemicals in my home. I have made some DIY household cleaners and DIY natural cleaning products that I would like to share with you. I have used simple ingredients to make household cleaners to replace store-bought cleaners that often contain harsh chemicals. I hope this inspires you to make your own homemade cleaners and come up with unique cleaning solutions using natural ingredients. Enjoy the following recipes!
DIY Household Cleaners
Multi Purpose Cleaner –
Put 3 Tablespoons of Castile Soap and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake well.
*Castile soap is a natural, non-toxic, multi-purpose vegetable-based soap. It’s biodegradable, you can get it scented or unscented, and categorized as a disinfectant that will kill 99% of germs. You could alternatively use liquid dish soap.
This is safe for marble, granite, will remove grease and grime, and has a pleasant scent.
You can use this to clean your kitchen, bathrooms, and just about anywhere in your home. The good news is this cleaner is safe for granite counters and natural stone or any hard surfaces!
Dishwasher Detergent –
Use 1 tablespoon in your dishwasher. By using these basic ingredients you’ll save a ton of money.
*Need a rinse agent too? – just use straight vinegar in that dispenser.
Tile & Grout Cleaner –
You’ll make a ratio of 1:10 of vinegar and water. (1 being the vinegar)
Squirt this on the tile in your kitchen backsplash, your showers, tubs, etc, and wipe up with a scrub pad or clean cloth.
*Have tile floors? Mix the same ratio of 1:10 in a bucket of water. Use a deck brush to clean your floors with this mixture. After, use a clean mop with a warm water rinse to mop it up.
Cleaning & Hand Wipes –
Mix 1 Tablespoon of Castile soap and 1 cup of water together. Cut a roll of paper towels in half and place it in a container of your choice. Pour the soap and water mixture over the paper towels. After a couple of minutes, pull out the paper towel tube in the middle, It’ll come right out. Pull the paper towels out of the middle for ease of use.
*You can use reusable clothes instead. Place your clothes inside, pour the mixture over, use the cloth and then launder it. You can place the clean clothes back into the container.
Wipe off any surface to clean it. It’s safe to use on granite, and you can also use this as hand wipe.
Wood Cleaner Furniture Polish –
Mix 1/4 cup olive oil and 2 Tablespoons vinegar together in a small bowl.
Use this to clean and moisturize your wood furniture with a microfiber cloth or soft cloth.
Soft Scrub –
Mix together 1/3 cup Castile soap, 2/3 cup baking soda, and 1 Tablespoon water.
Scoop some in your sinks, bathtubs, shower basins, etc. Scrub with a scrub pad and then rinse with tap water.
Air Freshener/Room Spray –
Mix 1 cup water, 1 Tablespoon baking soda, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle. You can also leave it unscented as the baking soda is a natural deodorizer.
Spray in a room you wish to deodorize.
DIY Household Cleaners
I have several DIY cleaners and cleaning tutorials you can check out to learn more.
- Check out my post using hydrogen peroxide to clean your toilet from top to bottom and toilet bowls.
- You can see my DIY laundry detergent and other tips in this tutorial. Get those fabrics clean, fight stains, and get rid of that mildew smell.
- Check out my vinegar hacks to see how I clean a garbage disposal with just a cup of vinegar. (Guess what it’s a great fabric softener too!)
- Get rid of soap scum by using Castile soap.
- I use lemon juice and a cup of white vinegar to clean my microwave.
- I have a whole post dedicated to tough stains.
- I don’t use glass cleaner, I use water and a couple of clothes and you can find that tutorial here for a streak-free shine.
- Rubbing Alcohol is a great cleaner, and you can find my full tutorial at 15 Ways To Use Rubbing Alcohol
- I love natural products and try to stay away from bathroom cleaner that has chemicals, as well as commercial toilet bowl cleaners.
- You can purchase cleaning vinegar and this only means the concentration is stronger.
- I don’t use newspaper when cleaning windows and mirrors because the ink leaves a big mess behind
- I have a whole post dedicated to cleaning stainless steel.
- Use vinegar and citrus cleaners to keep your home smelling fresh.
- Use my chlorine bleach alternative if you don’t like the smell of bleach.
- Keep your refrigerator clean along with more spring cleaning tips.
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DIY Household Cleaners Q & A
Yes, a mixture of Dawn dish soap and vinegar can be an effective cleaner for certain purposes. Both Dawn dish soap and vinegar have cleaning properties and can be used in various cleaning tasks around the house.
When combined, Dawn dish soap and vinegar can create a powerful cleaning solution that can help remove dirt, grease, and grime. The soap helps to break down and lift away the dirt, while vinegar acts as a natural disinfectant and helps to cut through grease.
Here’s a simple recipe for a Dawn and vinegar cleaner:
1 cup of white vinegar
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon of Dawn dish soap
Mix the white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
Add the Dawn dish soap to the mixture and gently swirl to combine.
Spray the mixture onto the surface you want to clean.
Allow the solution to sit for a few minutes to help loosen any dirt or grime.
Use a sponge, cloth, or scrub brush to scrub the surface.
Rinse the area with clean water and wipe it dry.
This mixture can be effective for cleaning various surfaces such as countertops, stovetops, bathroom fixtures, and more. However, it’s important to note that vinegar is acidic and should not be used on certain surfaces like marble or natural stone, as it can cause etching or damage. Additionally, it’s always a good idea to test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area before using it on a larger surface to ensure it doesn’t cause any adverse reactions.
While vinegar is a versatile and effective cleaner for many surfaces, there are some materials and items that should not be cleaned with vinegar. Here are a few examples:
Natural stone surfaces: Vinegar can etch and dull the surface of natural stones like marble, granite, limestone, and travertine. It’s best to use a cleaner specifically designed for these types of surfaces.
Egg spills or stains: Vinegar can actually cause egg stains to coagulate and become more difficult to clean. Instead, it’s better to clean up egg spills with a mild detergent or soap and water.
Hardwood floors: Vinegar’s acidity can damage the finish and potentially strip the protective coating on hardwood floors. It’s safer to use cleaners recommended specifically for hardwood floors.
Irons and steamers: Vinegar can corrode the internal components of irons and steamers, so it’s best to avoid using it in these appliances. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for proper cleaning methods.
Electronics and screens: Vinegar is not suitable for cleaning electronic devices, including computer screens, TVs, smartphones, and tablets. It can damage the delicate coatings and screens. Use specialized screen cleaners or microfiber cloths instead.
Some kitchen appliances: Avoid using vinegar to clean appliances with rubber seals or gaskets, such as coffee makers and dishwashers. The acidity can deteriorate the rubber components over time. Refer to the appliance’s manual for recommended cleaning methods.
Cast iron cookware: Cleaning cast iron with vinegar can strip away the seasoning and damage the pan. Instead, use a mild dish soap and water, or follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning cast iron.
It’s always a good idea to read the care instructions for specific items or surfaces before using vinegar or any cleaning product to ensure you’re using the appropriate method for cleaning and protecting them.
Yes, baking soda and vinegar can be mixed together to create a cleaning solution. When combined, they can create a foaming reaction that can help remove dirt, grime, and certain stains. Here’s how you can use them together:
Surface cleaning: Sprinkle baking soda on the surface you want to clean, such as a sink, bathtub, or stove. Then, spray or pour vinegar over the baking soda. The mixture will begin to foam and fizz. Allow it to sit for a few minutes to let the reaction work and loosen dirt and grime. Then, scrub the surface with a sponge or brush and rinse with water.
Drain cleaning: Pour about half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. The mixture will foam and fizz, which can help remove buildup and odor. Let it sit for a few minutes, then flush the drain with hot water.
Stain removal: For certain types of stains, you can create a paste by mixing baking soda and vinegar. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for a while. Then, scrub the area gently with a brush or cloth and rinse thoroughly.
It’s important to note that while baking soda and vinegar can be effective for certain cleaning tasks, they may not be suitable for all surfaces. For example, the foaming reaction can be too abrasive for delicate materials or finishes. Always test a small, inconspicuous area first and follow any specific instructions or warnings provided by the manufacturer of the surface you are cleaning.
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I hope you find these cleaning recipes easy to follow and that it will motivate you to use natural cleaners in your home for your daily cleaning chores.
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