April 24, 2013

DIY Household Cleaners



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Saving money and finding ways to save money, is my new goal. I'm moving out on my own here in a few months with my son and want to make sure I have enough to make it. So I have been coming up with plans and different ways to save some extra cash and its has been amazing seeing the money add up so soon.
 
So far I have made my own laundry soap, body soap and now all my household cleaners! That's money in the bank.
 
I found the bathroom cleaner, windex cleaner and the tub cleaner here on busy-at-home.
The all purpose cleaner I found here on onceamomalwaysacook
 
here is how:
 

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Window & Glass Cleaner
Ingredients
2 c. water
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
 
Instructions
Mix all ingredients by pouring them into a spray bottle, replacing the lid and then shaking. You definitely need to shake this, again, before each use, because the cornstarch will settle to the bottom,
 
*I tried this and LOVE it, works perfectly and no streaks!


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Bathroom Spray Cleaner
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon Borax
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated Fels Naptha
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon castile soap
  • 18 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil

Instructions
Boil the water and vinegar, together.
Dissolve Borax and Fels Naptha in boiled vinegar water.
Cool to room temperature and add castile soap and essential oils.
Mix thoroughly and pour in a spray bottle.
Label bottle clearly and use this cleaner to clean the vanity, toilet and tub surfaces in your bathroom.
 
*I tried this one as well, another AWESOME one! Works great
 

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Tub and Shower Scrub
Ingredients
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Castile soap
  • 1/4 cup washing soda
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil


Instructions
Mix baking soda, salt and washing soda.
Stir in the vinegar and allow it to foam up and then settle back down.
Add coconut oil, castile soap and essential oils. Mix until all ingredients are combined. The mixture will be moist, but crumbly. Pack into a container with a tight-fitting lid.
To use, spritz the affected area with the spray bathroom cleaner, from the recipe above, or with water. Let it set for a couple of minutes and then sprinkle a small amount of this scrub on a damp cloth to clean built-up soap scum, hard water or lime deposits and other tough stains.
 
I have yet to try this one* Its waiting for me!
 
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All purpose cleaner
Ingredients
2 cups of warm water
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tsp vegetable based dish liquid
(I use 7th generation)
juice of 1/2 lemon
 
Instructions
Add all ingredients to a spray bottle and gentle shake.
Do not use vinegar on stone surfaces such as granite or marble floors.
 
*Tried it and love it!
 

So Im now almost fully converted over to homemade, I do have a few more things on my list like: toilet bowl cleaner, dishwasher soap and some other things - will post those once done! ENJOY


23 comments :

  1. These look like great cleaners! Thanks for rounding up so many good ideas.

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    1. they work like a charm! ty :)

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  2. Wonderful ideas!Not only cheaper, but a greener way to clean as well. Thank you so much for the ideas, I am definitely going to try these!

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    1. Thank you, you'll love them!

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  3. All right...I've got to go and get me some empty spray bottles so I can try all these out now. AWESOME!!!
    ~Kim

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    1. haha do it! You'll love it :)

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  4. I'm so excited to try out the window cleaner. I was thinking of something like this and I'm glad it works for you.

    Angela

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    1. thank you! It worked fantastic!

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  5. I love Fels Naptha, but I didn't know you could use it to make your own bathroom cleaner.

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    1. I didn't either! I use it in my homemade detergent and now my household cleaner

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  6. Hi! I'm stopping by from the Etsy blog team and I love this! Been wanting/needing to do this for some time now. Thanks for all the recipes in the same place!

    -Brittany
    www.displayyourheart.com

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    1. Hi there and welcome! :) Please do try it you will love them, Ill never buy store cleaners again

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  7. Those all look like great cleaners - I am going to have to try some of those!

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    1. thanks! you totally should they work fantastic

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  8. I have wanted to try making my own cleaners..thanks for the list of what you have found that works. I love the labels you put on them. KC

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    1. you should totally try! :)

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  9. I've also been using diy cleaners and just love them! I have to say, you have some recipes I've never read about and am excited to try!! Thank you!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

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    1. awesome!! come back and post to let me know how you like them!

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  10. Thanks so much for sharing these! I've always made my own all purpose cleaner, but the bathroom and shower cleaner has had me stumped. I'll definitely give these a shot!

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    1. your welcome :) yes do try them I love them and now its all I use~

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