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13 Homemade Cleaner Recipes

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What’s better than going green? Going green and saving money! At Timothy Off, we’re always looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly and we stumbled upon a long list of DIY household cleaners that eliminate the toxins found in many store-bought ones. Each one is very simple to make and will cost you less than $10.

Glass Cleaner

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1-2 drops of essential oil (for scent)

Mix all ingredients together and store in a spray bottle. When ready to use, spray the solution on a cloth or paper towel, then wipe glass.

Clothing Stain Remover

  • 1 gallon hot water
  • 1 cup regular bleach
  • 1 cup dishwasher detergent (powdered)

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a plastic bowl. Soak the clothing in the solution for 15-20 minutes (or longer if stains are bad). Then, wash as usual.

Stone Counter Cleaner

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 drops mild dishwasher detergent

Mix the water and detergent together and sponge over your marble or granite counter top. Dry with a soft cloth.

Burnt Pan Cleaner

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda

Pour water into the bottom of the pan (use more if your pan is large). Add vinegar to the pan and bring to a boil. Remove pan from heat and add baking soda. Wash as usual.

Spray Air Freshener

  • 1/8 cup gin, vodka, or rubbing alcohol
  • 3/4 cup filtered water
  • 20-40 drops of essential oil (for scent)

Mix all ingredients together and store in a spray bottle. Spritz on fabric, carpet, air, etc.

Bathtub Scrub

  • 3 dozen egg shells, rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 15 drops of essential oil (for scent)

Place the egg shells in the oven and bake at 200 degrees for about 10 minutes. Then, pulverize them in a coffee grinder until you make a powder. Mix egg shell powder with baking soda and essential oil until clump-free. Store in an air-tight Mason jar.

Laundry Detergent

  • 3 tablespoons Borax
  • 2 tablespoons liquid dish soap
  • 3 tablespoons washing soap
  • 4 cups boiling water

Place Borax, dish soap, and washing soap in a one-gallon jug. Pour boiling water on top of the ingredients, then mix until all are dissolved. Let cool, then fill to the top with cold water.

Drain Cleaner

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar

Pour the baking soda down the drain, then follow with white vinegar. After 10-15 minutes, rinse with hot water.

All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
  • 20 drops of essential oil (for scent)

Mix all ingredients and store in a spray bottle. Shake before using.

Wood Polish

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons vodka
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 30 drops of essential oil (for scent)
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon emulsifying wax, melted

Blend water, olive oil, vodka, white vinegar, and essential oil in a blender. While blender is on, add xanthan gum and emulsifying wax. Blend for 10-15 seconds or until slightly thick. Store in a spray bottle and spray onto a soft cloth. Then, wipe down wood.

Carpet Cleaner

  • 2 cups Borax
  • 2 cup baking soda
  • 10 drops of essential oil (for scent)

Mix all ingredients together until large clumps are broken up. Then, store in a container and sprinkle onto carpet.

Oven Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup liquid dish soap
  • 1-1/2 cups baking soda
  • 5 drops of essential oil (for scent)
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • water, as needed

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, adding water to make a paste. Spread paste all over oven surface and wait 6-8 hours (or overnight). Wipe off with water and a scrubber until clean.

Toilet Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 2 cup white vinegar
  • 20 drops of essential oil (for scent)

Mix all ingredients and store in a spray bottle. Spray all over toilet and let sit for a few minutes. Then, wipe with clean cloth.

Have your own homemade cleaner recipe? We’d love to hear it!

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