Whether you are getting ready to clean and realize you are running low on supplies or you would just rather save a little coin — there is a good chance you have the key ingredients to make effective cleaners in your pantry.
The following homemade cleaners cost next to nothing to make. They allow you to really understand what is in your cleaners. And, they let you mix up some extra at a moment’s notice.
But before you get going, it is important to address an essential safety tip — NEVER combine ammonia-based cleaners with a chlorine bleach product containing bleach. The fumes created by such a combination is extremely dangerous. To avoid this life-threatening mistake, make sure to always read labels before using and mixing any product. Additionally, always label the bottles of all the DIY cleaners you make. This is particularly important if you have small children of animals at home. In the unfortunate event they get into a cleaning product, this will ensure you know what you are dealing with.
6 DIY Effective Home Cleaners
To save time when you’re ready to clean, make the following DIY home cleaners in advance and store until needed.
½ cup borax powder
It is easy for porcelain and enamel sinks and tubs to develop hard-to-remove rust stains. This effective scrubber is a heavy-duty solution that uses just two ingredients! You simply dip the cut lemon half into the borax and then scrub the surface and rinse. But, don’t use it on marble or granite, as it will damage these materials.
Happy-Smelling All-Purpose Cleaner
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
1 lemon rind
3 rosemary sprigs
Combine all four ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake the ingredients to thoroughly combine and set aside for at least one week to allow the lemon and rosemary to infuse the vinegar-water mixture. The solution can then be used for everything from removing hard water stains and clean trash cans to wiping smudges from the wall and wiping down tabletops.
Water Ring Remover
4 TBS white non-gel toothpaste
4 TBS baking soda
Water rings happen to the best of us. You accidentally leave a glass with a little moisture on the bottom and suddenly there is a ring. Does that pesky mark seem nearly impossible to remove? It is not. Combine toothpaste and baking soda. Dampen a washcloth with water. Add the toothpaste and baking soda mixture. Rub with the grain on the spot. Wipe the spot clean with a dry cloth. Then buff the spot clean with a separate, microfiber cloth and polish surface as you normally would.
Cleaner and Deodorizer
4 TBS Baking Soda
1 Quart warm water
Kitchen counters. Appliances. The inside of your fridge. Bathroom vanities. All of these home features and fixtures are heavily used on a daily basis. Which means, they also get quite dirty. Luckily, baking soda is here to the rescue. It not only works to deodorize your kitchen and bathroom, it can clean them too! Pour the above mixture on a clean sponge and wipe the surfaces clean.
1 cup water
¼ cup cider vinegar
¼ cup rubbing alcohol
1 drop lemon essential oil
Do your windows and mirrors need some TLC? Combine all four ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake to combine. To use, spray your mirrors with your DIY glass cleaner and then wipe clean with an old newspaper. You can also use a paper towel or soft cloth, but old newspaper is incredibly effective and allows you to get a second use out of a product. Talk about a win-win! One other tip — don’t clean your windows on a hot, sunny day when the solution is prone to quickly try. This can lead to lots of streaks and spots.
3 drops mild dishwashing liquid
2 cups warm water
Mix dishwashing liquid and warm water in a small bowl. Use the to scrub your marble counters, thoroughly removing any food and/or smudge spots. Then with a clean sponge, thoroughly rinse marble to remove any soap residue. Finally, buff surface with a clean, soft cloth. You don’t want to let moisture sit on the surface as that can damage and stain the marble’s finish.