So we’ve all had those times when we open our eyes and realise we need to have a good ol’ spring clean around the house. You work yourself up into the cleaning mood then realise you’ve run out of the exact cleaning product you need to get the job done! Tsk tsk.. But don’t panic! Because we have just the right homemade cleaning solutions for you, with products you may find laying around the house ..and with no harsh chemicals, even better! (Thanks to hgtv.com for their additional ideas for home made cleaners.)
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner;
You will need: ½ Cup of Baking Soda, ½ Cup of Distilled White Vinegar, 10 drops of Tea Tree Essential oil (or any Essential oil of your choice)
Instructions: In this order; Pour Baking Soda directly into toilet bowl, add your Oil and then Vinegar let the mixture do its magic for several minutes and then flush! A clean toilet, and lovely smelling bathroom! (this also works for drain cleaner)
- Glass Cleaner;
You will need: 32-oz Spray Bottle, Funnel, 3 Cups Water, 2 tbsp. Rubbing Alcohol, ¼ Cup Distilled White Vinegar, ½ tbsp Liquid Castile Soap, 5 Drops Lavender Oil (optional)
Instructions: Use your funnel to pour Water, Alcohol, Vinegar and Oil directly into your spray bottle, then shake up. Add the Soap and shake well before spraying directly onto Windows, Shower doors, Mirrors and more.. then just wipe clean with a newspaper or paper towel.
- Laundry Detergent;
You will need: Large plastic container, ½ Cup Washing Soda, ½ Cup Borax, 1 Bar Lavender Castile Soap (About 1 Cup), ¼ Cup Baking Soda, 15 Drops Lemon Essential Oil.
Instructions: Add all of your ingredients into the Plastic container, secure the lid tightly and shake well. Use 3 Tbsp. Detergent per wash or 1-2 Tbsp more if clothes are very soiled.
- Floor Cleaner;
You will need: 2 Gallon Bucket, Mop, 1 Cup Distilled White Vinegar, ½ Capful of Liquid Castile Soap, 2 Gallons Warm Water.
Instructions: Add Vinegar and Castile Soap to Bucket, then add Warm Water (about 7 inches from the top). Swish your Mop around the bucket to mix, then wring your mop well and wash floors. Let air dry, no rinsing necessary.
- Furniture Polish;
You will need: 8-oz Spray Bottle, Funnel, Microfiber Cloth (or clean rag), ¼ Cup Distilled White Vinegar, 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil, ¼ Tsp. Lemon Oil (or fresh Lemon Juice).
Instructions: Use your Funnel to pour all of your products directly into the Spray Bottle, and shake well. Spray cleaner onto cloth and wipe against the grain to remove any water rings and restore wood.
- All Purpose Cleaner;
You will need: 8-oz Spray Bottle, Funnel, 4-oz Distilled White Vinegar, Water, ½ – 1 Tsp. Dish Soap, 3 Drops of Tea Tree Oil (or any other oil of your choice).
Instructions: Use your Funnel to pour all of your products directly into the Spray Bottle, fill the rest of the way up with water and sake well. Use on any surface and wipe dry. (Try not to add too much dish soap, as it will make the cleaner too sudsy)
- Grease remover; (from surfaces)
You will need: 8-oz Spray Bottle, Funnel, Distilled White Vinegar. Alternative: Baking Soda.
Instructions: Use Funnel to pour Undiluted Vinegar into spray bottle then spray Vinegar liberally to grease splatters on stove top or splash backs and tiles, leave to sit for 5-10 minutes and wipe clean with a dish cloth.
Alternatively, sprinkle a decent amount of Baking Soda onto a damp sponge and wipe down all greasy surfaces. Follow with a clean, damp cloth to remove baking soda reside.
- Air freshener;
You will need: 8-oz Spray Bottle, Funnel, 1-oz Gin, Vodka or Rubbing Alcohol, 6-oz Water, 20-40 drops Essential Oil (Jasmine, Tea Tree, Citrus Oils, Lavender etc..)
Instructions: Use Funnel to pour all of your ingredients into spray bottle, add more or less oil depending on how strong you would like your Air Freshener. You can now use it to freshen rooms, upholstery, shoes and more!
- Rust remover;
You will need: ¼ Cup Salt, 1 Lime.
Instructions: Sprinkle Salt over rust then squeeze the lime over until soaked. Leave for 2-3 hours, then scrub the rust with the lime rind to remove. Wipe over or wash normally to remove residue.
- Grease Remover; (From Clothes and fabric)
You will need; White Chalk.
Instructions: Rub chalk liberally onto greasy stains, let sit for an hour or so then wash as normal. This works on anything from lipstick stains to bacon grease.
There you have it. 10 different recipes to make home made cleaners that work like magic and won’t break the bank.