How To Make Your Own Household Cleaners

If you read my last post you would see just how dangerous some of the store bought household cleaners are.  I have been seeing a lot of different recipes online and in magazines for household cleaners from laundry detergent to glass cleaner.  We know it is much more economical to make your own but we also want cleaners that work.  I have compiled some that have good reviews and are easy to make.  There are a few staples that you should keep around to continue making them that are also very inexpensive like baking soda, white distilled vinegar, tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract (I recommend a high quality tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract to avoid added chemicals) Borax and Super Washing Soda.  You can pretty much make any of the cleaners with these items.

If you have your own recipe that you use and love and want to share it, just comment and I will put it up.

The first one I have been using for years and has always worked.

DRAIN CLEANER

  • 1/2 Cup of Baking Soda
  •  1/2 Cup of White Vinegar      
  •  Small Pot of boiling water ( about 6 cups)

Pour the baking soda down the drain and then pour the vinegar, it will foam up.  Let it sit for about 5 minutes and then pour the boiling water down the drain and turn the disposal on.  It should flush out any buildup in the drain

GERM RIDDEN SURFACES (Kitchen counters, toilet seats, door knobs, etc..)

  • 2 Cups of Water    
  • 2 Tbsp of liquid soap  
  •  15 drops of Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree oil has antiseptic and anti bacterial properties that is great for germ fighting. (This is another oil that has many uses.) Spray this mixture on the surface and let sit for a minute and then wipe down

DISHWASHING DETERGENT (powder)

  • 1 Cup of Borax      
  •  1 Cup of Super Washing Soda or 2 cups of Baking Soda
  •  1/2 Cup Citric Acid
  • 1/2 Cup of Salt

Put all the ingredients in a large wide-mouth glass jar with a tight lid, screw on the lid and shake until everything is well combined.  Store with the lid on and don’t worry if the powder gets lumpy.  It will still work.  Use a heaping tablespoon per load (1 1/2 tablespoons if you used baking soda) and keep your rinse aid dispenser filled with white vinegar.  If your glassware is cloudy after using your homemade detergent, make sure the water in your dishwasher is very hot ( you can run the sink faucet until the water is very hot just before you run the dishwasher) and try increasing the amount of citric acid in the recipe until the problem disappears.

Source: http://www.rodale.com/homemade-dish-detergent?page+0.1

CUTTING BOARD DISINFECTANT

Use a scrub brush to clean with soap and water.  Then sprinkle with baking soda, then spray the board with white vinegar.  It will foam up, let sit for about 5 minutes and rinse with cold water.

ALL PURPOSE CLEANER

  • 3 Cups of water
  • 1 1/2 Cups of White Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp of Dish Soap
  •   5 drops of Tea Tree Oil

Combine in a spray bottle and shake before using.

FABRIC SOFTENER 

Vinegar can completely replace store bought fabric softener.  I have been using it for years and its better for your skin compared to the store bought brands (especially better for people with eczema)

FRUIT AND VEGETABLE WASH

We know that plain old water doesn’t cut it for cleaning the dirt and sprays off fruit and vegetables.  Buying the fruit wash they sell at the dote can become costly.  To effectively clean your fruit and vegetable  just combine

  • 2 Cups Of Water      
  • 1 Cup of Vinegar    

 4 Drops of  GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT ( you can get this through Amazon or a vitamin shop) There are many uses and benefits for grapefruit seed extract so it’s a good thing to keep around.  CLICK FOR USES AND BENEFITS

Combine everything in a bowl and let the fruit or vegetable soak for about 5 minutes.  Rinse well.  When you use this recipe on berries you will notice that the berries last much longer than they would of without it.

SPOT CLEANER ON CARPET (Great for pet urine)

  • 1/2 Cup of Vinegar  
  • 1/2 Cup of Boiling Hot Water

As soon as the water is boiled pour the vinegar into the water.  Pour the water directly over the carpet stain.  It will bubble and you will notice all the urine or whatever s in the carpet will rise to the top.   Pound down on the stain with your fists with a clean dry towel.  It may need to be repeated but it works.  The vinegar helps get rid of the urine smell also.

LIQUID LAUNDRY SOAP – SMALL BATCH

  • 3 Pints Water
  • 1/3 BAR FELS NAPTHA SOAP (grated)  
  •  1/2 Cup Washing Soda (ARM and HAMMER, NOT BAKING SODA)
  •  1/2 Cup of 20 Mule Team BORAX  
  •  2 Gallon Bucket to mix it in
  •  1 Quart of Hot Water

Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of hot water and heat one low until dissolved.  Stir in Washing Soda and Boran. Stir until thickened and remove from heat.  Add 1 quart hot water to 2 gallon bucket.  Add soap mixture and mix well.  Fill bucket completely with additional hot water and mix well  Set aside for 24 hours or until mixture become thickened.  You may add additional HOT water if the mixture becomes too thick.  Mix well before each use.  Use 1/2 Cup of mixture per load.  Makes 64 loads. Costs per load .03

POWDERED LAUNDRY DETERGENT

  • 1 Cup grated FELS NAPTHA SOAP
  • 1/2 Cup Super Washing Soda
  • 1/2 Cup 20 Mule Team BORAX

Mic and store in an air tight container or bag.  For LIGHT OR SMALL LOADS use 1 Tablespoon.  For NORMAL LOADS, use 2 Tablespoons.  For HEAVY LOADS use 3 Tablespoons  Cost per load .15

To Make Large Batch           Grate 6 bars of FELS NAPTHA SOAP and then add 3 cups of Super Washing Soda and 3 cups of 20 Mule Team BORAX.  Mix Well and store in covered container.

TIP: The above recipes will NOT make suds in your washer so don’t be alarmed.  Fels Naptha Soap is a pure soap and tyically makes little or no suds in the water.  This makes it perfect for use in the new HE washers as well as the traditional washers.  You will also notice the need to either reduce your laundry softener or in most cases you can even eliminate the use of softener completely, depending on your preference.

Laundry detergent source: therachelberryblog.com

For high quality essential oils that can be used in cleaning products or medicinally try YOUNG LIVING OILS.  They carry an antibacterial blend called THIEVES that can be used many ways that can replace tee tree oil for cleaning and also good in air vaporizers to rid the air of germs and bad smells.

Grapefruit Seed Extract is also available through Amazon.com

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2 Comments

  1. Posted June 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Vinegar and water mixed together are an excellent disinfectant, deodorizer, and anti-fungal agent. This is your general household cleaner… and yep very inexpensive! When dishwashing, sprinkle baking soda on dishes before washing replaces the first cycle detergent, it will cut the second cycle amount in half. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the load to cut greasy loads. I once read Karen Logan’s book about house cleaning.

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