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Jan 4, 2017

DIY Homemade Cleaners

For those of us who make our own cleaners, we all probably have our preferences. I am posting this today because I get asked from time to time what kind of cleaners I use and how I make them. And I also need a place to store my recipes!



First of all, start saving your bottles, especially the cute ones. Also, save those sprayers, even if you throw the bottle away. If you have a cute bottle without a sprayer, just match up a sprayer with your bottle. It's really simple! Here is a list of basic, cheap ingredients to keep handy. I buy the cheapest possible supplies at the cheapest prices! 
  • 2 cups good smelling, cheap hair conditioner (Suave works great)
  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 6 cups HOT water (I use a little less water to thicken it a little)
Mix conditioner and hot water, then add vinegar. Mix it well, and store in a container that is easy to pour. I use about 1 Tablespoon per load. (I store mine in an empty Purex Crystals container. It has a pourable spout and I HATE Downy bottles.)


  • 1 part vinegar
  • 1 part water
  • 1/2 lemon (or substitute a few drops of essential oils; I use tea tree oil because of its antiseptic qualities)
Mix well and use on just about anything. I use it on all of my surfaces including the patio table and chairs! Use a dark, glass bottle if using essential oils. This one is $10 bucks (free shipping) at Walmart.
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•2 Tbl. Rubbing Alcohol
•2 Tbl. Vinegar
•1 Tbl. Cornstarch
•1 ½ cups hot water

I used hot water and a whisk to mix it all up good, then pour it into my chosen spray bottle.

Important: It does not take very much of this to get your surface clean and clear. Spray a little on your mirror (or whatever) and rub until its gone. If you have a trouble spot, just spray a little more on your rag and wipe. I was so impressed at how clean my windows and mirrors were!  The cornstarch is the key! I hope you love it as much as me.




  • 1 box Borax
  • 1 box Washing Soda
  • 1 box Baking Soda
  • 1 box Oxyclean or All-color Bleach
  • 1-2 Containers Purex Crystals
  • 2 bars Fels-Naptha or Zote Soap (optional)
Mix it well in a large paint bucket that has a tight lid. Mine lasts about 6 months, but that all depends on how much laundry you do! I do 20+ loads a week. I tweak this recipe from time to time depending on what I can find in the store. If you don't like a particular ingredient, substitute it for something else! This is really a versatile recipe & I only use about a tablespoon per load.




  • a few drops of Dawn dish soap (or use your favorite brand)
  • Water
  • Scrub brush with empty handle (similar to the one pictured)
Mix well and place in the shower. It makes it easy to just pick up the brush while you're showering and scrub things down.
My floors are a mixture of tile and wood laminate flooring. For several years, I bought swiffer refills until their prices kept going up, and I got tired of spending the money. I love my Cedar O mop because it is refillable with any thing you please, and the pads are washable. 
 Multi-purpose cleaner
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I just fill the container with water then add a few drops of my favorite all-purpose cleaner (Gain) or add some of my homemade stuff. Gain is my weakness; I love the smell. It lasts a long time because I literally only add a teaspoon of Gain per refill.


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