We made a video a couple of years ago about 5 homemade cleaners, and, well, it alllllllmost broke the internet. Almost.
I know that DIY cleaners are a big hit – they work so well and save money (and are secretly fun to make!). So, I’ve come up with 5 more amazing Homemade Cleaners that you can make for pennies. Here we go!
Natural Stone Cleaner
We will start in the kitchen and kick things off with a natural stone cleaner and this is great those of you who have quartz, granite or marble countertops. There are major precautions you need to take when cleaning these in order not to ruin the finish nor the stone.
So, rather than purchasing specialty natural stone cleaners, which can get right up there price-wise, all you need to do is mix:
- 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
- 3/4 cup water,
- a couple squirts of dish soap and
- 10 drops of essential oils if you please.
Always remember to label your bottles!
The rubbing alcohol dries quickly which helps with shine and offers you some disinfecting properties. It won’t harm the stone, and the essential oils help make the mixture smell lovely and can also offer other antibacterial properties. Simply mix and shake, spray on, wait a moment and wipe off with a microfiber cloth to reveal a beautiful shine.
I have used this on my quartz counters since getting them, and have been sharing this recipe for years. Keep a bottle handy at all times in the kitchen and watch the savings roll in!
Produce wash can be expensive, but the concept of washing away most pesticides and bacteria is an attractive one. What’s even cooler is that your produce actually tastes better when it’s cleaned thoroughly and that waxy residue is removed!
So to create your own dirt cheap produce wash, add:
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1/2 cup of white vinegar (pour in super slow to avoid eruption)
to a spray bottle or mason jar. It’ll fizz up, so let it settle down.
When you’re ready to wash, place produce into a bowl. Remember, shake the bottle before use! Now, spray or pour it all over your produce and leave it for about 5-10 minutes. Then, depending on the produce, massage it in or scrub with your hands or a small palm brush, and rinse to remove those vinegary, baking-soda-ey flavours. Voila, clean, flavourful produce!
This is great because vinegar and baking soda are safe to consume on their own, so we’re using super safe ingredients to clean our greens…and yellows, reds, whatever you’re eating. I love this stuff and have a bottle handy in the kitchen.
Linen spray helps freshen linens by offering up a gentle scent which can be calming and help you sleep, and also provide the room with a pleasant ambient scent. You can purchase linen spray from specialty home stores and of course, they’ll come bottled and labelled and cost a fortune. This stuff is so cheap and easy to make it’s laughable, and I really want you to have some of your own! A quick note to pet owners, if your four pawed baby sleeps on your bed, ensure you research proper and safe essential oils for your pet first, since some can be harmful to pets.
So get out a spray bottle and add:
- 1 part distilled water,
- 1 part cheap, flavourless and colourless vodka, and
- 30-40 drops of your favourite colourless essential oils.
Look for essential oils which have calming properties though, you don’t want to be spraying energizing EOs all over your bed and give yourself a case of the toss and turns!
Shake well, remove your blanket and lightly spray onto your linens. Allow this to dry before getting into bed. Have yourself one peaceful sleep, enjoy!
Electronics and Touch Screen Cleaner
If you really want to save money, you have to make this recipe. Rather than buying fancy screen and electronic cleaners, heck even glasses cleaners, make your own! Use distilled water and at least 70% rubbing alcohol. Distilled water has no minerals that could leave residue behind and you can usually get it at a big box store or drug store. The recipe is simple! Mix:
- one part rubbing alcohol
- to one part distilled water,
keep it in a bottle and start cleaning your electronics and glass! The rubbing alcohol serves double duty of removing grease AND bacteria, and will dry super quick to avoid residue or streaks.
To use this, lightly spray a corner of an optical microfiber cloth and wipe the surface once with the wet corner, and then quickly buff dry. Gorgeous, right? You MUST use this with a microfiber cloth, paper towel or cotton cloths can scratch the surface.
You might even want to find mini spray bottles at the dollar store and mix some up to keep at your office.
Bathroom Scrub (soap scum, hard water stains, etc.)
I know that most of the people really lament cleaning the bathroom – I know, because I’m one of them. I recently I came across this great homemade recipe for a bathroom scrub that I must admit – makes cleaning the bathroom a lot easier! In fact, it’s quickly become my go-to for the bathroom and I think you should try it.
In a container, I add:
- One part dish soap to
- one part baking soda
- add a few drops of water until the mixture forms a paste
- and sprinkle in a few drops of essential oils to make your cleaning experience more enjoyable.
Add the product to a sponge, pre-treat the dirty area, be it soap scummy tile walls, crusty bathtubs or a sad looking sink, wait a minute or two and then scrub, rinse and buff dry. Soap scum and grime literally melts away – this product cuts through the nastiest of bathroom challenges. I think you’ll love it! Now, it can’t be stored, so only make as much as you need for each cleaning task. This is the perfect product to replace a cream cleanser in the bathroom.
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I’d love to know, what’s your favourite homemade cleaner recipe! Share it with me, or any cleaning questions you have in the comments down below.