If you are a regular visitor to our site then I know a few things about you. One, you love saving money and two, you love making your own stuff. So, I’m going to tell you how to replace 7 store-bought products with your own DIY cleaners for pennies on the dollar!
Room Refresher Spray
Whether you have a smelly pet, a gassy partner or you cooked something that is just lingering, there’s always a use for a room refreshing spray. There are lots of products out there for all types of surfaces and in all types of scents. So, you could buy it in store or you can easily make your own. You will need:
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of cheap plain vodka
- 20 drops of your favorite essential oil
Put it in a clean spray bottle, give it a good old shake and then just use your nose. Spray accordingly. Definitely don’t be shy.
Soap Scum Remover
Soap scum is that sticky kind of tacky grayish brownish build-up that you get on your shower walls and in your tub. It basically comes from dead skin cells, body oils, any soap remnants that are left behind and hard water deposits. It all just mixes up together and forms this not so nice scum that you then need to deal with. Typically, the way that it’s dealt with is a tub and tile cleaner or a general bathroom cleaner. In store, you can get it either as a spray, a cream cleanser or even a powdered cleanser. Now, if you like the store-bought stuff, great, but if you want to make your own, here’s a simple recipe:
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup dish soap
- 5-10 drops citrus-based essential oil
In a little bowl add the ingredients together and stir it up with a sponge. Then get your sponge a little bit wet and just apply it to the soap scummy surface with the soft side of the sponge. Then using the scrubby side to work it around using the S pattern. Give it a really good rinse.
DIY Glass Cleaner
Everyone knows what the blue stuff in the spray bottle is and whether you buy it in store or you make your own and put blue food coloring in it, it’s going to clean your glass essentially the same way. The difference is one uses ammonia, one doesn’t. So, you decide and get what’s best for you. To make your own you’ll need:
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of vinegar
You can dial it up or dial it down given the size of your spray bottle, but mix equal parts together. Then give it a good shake, add that blue food coloring if it makes you feel better and then get to cleaning.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
A toilet bowl cleaner is something that obviously you can buy in a store. It’s effective but if you want to save money, make your own and use something that’s a little bit more health and environmentally conscious. I like to put mine in a little squeeze condiment bottle, as it makes the application much easier. Just fill it with the following recipe:
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- 1/2 cup of dish soap
- 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide
Give it a good shake. You can throw some essential oils in too if you like. And then, apply it to the toilet as you would with any old toilet bowl cleaner, give it a good scrub. You know the deal, flushy flushy, drip dry. Life is good.
Mold and Mildew Cleaner
Where there is moisture in dark damp areas there is inevitably going to be mold and mildew. And that’s when a mold and mildew cleaner comes in handy. Now, they are typically quite effective but also quite strong. If you want to make your own product instead of buying one in the store, here’s that recipe:
- 1/2 cup of borax
- 1/2 cup of vinegar
Mix this all together and apply to the area that has the mold or mildew. Give it a good scrub, then rinse your sponge. Give it a nice wipe and of course, you want to polish it up with a good old microfiber cloth.
Foaming Hand Soap
If I ever need to use the bathroom, whether it’s at someone’s house or in a public restroom situation, I always judge that place and frankly those people on the quality of their hand soap. I am quite particular when it comes to what I like to wash my hands with and I love foaming hand soap. However, it’s expensive and you need to have the right pump in order to get that foam. Rather than going out and continuing to buy foaming hand soap all the time, we have really nice glass pumps at home and just make our own foaming hand soap. If you want to do the same, here’s the recipe that we use:
This is so great because you can be really creative here and make it smell any way you like. Add everything to the pump and give it a good shake. There is your foaming hand soap.
Dry Mop Sweeper
For anyone who dubs themselves cleaning royalty, a dry mop would likely be your scepter. But you probably have to go and purchase replacement cloths for these all the time. So instead of going out and buying those replacements, why don’t you use a good quality microfiber cloth instead? Any flat head mop that has the mechanism where you can lock a cloth into it, rather than using the disposable one, you can just use a reusable cloth. And the cool thing about this is that you can use it wet to mop up. Just take a spray bottle along with you and spray and mop as you go. Or you can use it dry just to do some quick dusting, pick up pet hair or anything else that’s on the floor. You can even use this to clean your walls, your ceilings, or any nooks and crannies around your house that needs cleaning. It’s an easy switch and one that’s good for both your wallet and the environment.
You know I love making my own cleaning products and I hope some of these will become a staple in your cleaning kit, too!