Category Archives: Homemade Cleaners

Making your own household cleaners will give you the peace of mind in knowing that you are not polluting your home with toxic chemicals. These recipes will help you save money and live healthier. These recipes are safe, effective and cost just pennies to make. I have tested and adapted each of these recipes to prove their effectiveness and usefulness. After using these homemade cleaners you will never want to use a bottle of toxic chemicals again!

Happy Cleaning!

Cleaning Your Microwave

Clean out your microwave without the use of cleaners. This requires very little scrubbing even if your microwave has stuck on food. Try it yourself and you will see that this really works!

What you need:

  • Glass Bowl 
  • Water
  • Cleaning Rag with a little dish soap on it

Fill the bowl 3/4 of the way to the top with water. Put it in the microwave on high for 3 minutes. It will boil and steam the inside of your microwave. After the three minutes carefully remove the bowl from the microwave- IT WILL BE HOT. Wet the cleaning rag and use it to wipe out the inside the microwave. The stuck on food will come off very easily leaving you with a clean microwave.

 

 

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Glass and Window Cleaner

This glass cleaner puts Windex to shame! No more streaks or residue. Just a streak-free shine!

Helpful Hint: I use old black and white newspaper instead of paper towels to clean  my windows and mirrors. I just take one large sheet and use it like I would use a paper towel. It works great and saves me tons of money!

Glass Cleaner:

  • 32 oz spray bottle  
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • 4 tbsp. of rubbing alcohol (prevents streaks)

Fill bottle with the vinegar and rubbing alcohol then fill it up the rest of the way with water.

All Purpose Floor Cleaner

I created this recipe for my vinyl floors. It works very well, makes my room smell fresh and clean, and leaves a streak free shine!

  All Purpose Floor Cleaner:

  • 1 large bucket filled with very hot waterIMG_0957
  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 6-8 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 3-4 drops of tea tree or lavendar oil
  • 3 tsp. baking soda

Add all the ingredients to the water and mix well. Works really well with a microfiber cloth wrapped around your mop. No rinsing necessary.

For tougher messes you may need to add a little more baking soda. Don’t add more than 1 or 2 tbsp. to a FULL bucket of water or you will have a film left on your floor. 

Homemade Laundry Soap

IMG_0955After trying multiple laundry soap recipes I finally found one on this website that I love. It is so easy to make and it lasts forever! I have been using this recipe for about three weeks now and I love how it makes my clothes clean without irritating my baby’s skin. I always seem to make a mess with the liquid laundry soap so this powder form is perfect! You won’t be disappointed with this recipe.

Powdered Laundry Soap:

  • 1 cup of Washing Soda
  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1/2 cup OxiClean Free
  • 1 bar of grated soap (I use Zote Laundry bar soap)

Mix all ingredients together and use about 1 – 2 tbsp. per load.

Helpful Tips:

-This laundry soap will not create suds. Suds are created by unnecessary chemicals in soap products. Keep in mind that it is not the suds that actually clean the clothes. Your clothes will still come out clean and fresh every time.

-Your clothes will not have a strong scent like you  might notice with traditional laundry detergents that contain added fragrances. Your clothes will just smell clean. 🙂

-If you cut the bar of soap into small cubes and place in the microwave for about 20-30 secs (it will expand) you will be able to grate it into a very fine powder easily. The microwave dehydrates the water out of the soap making it dry and brittle. Note: your microwave will smell like soap for a few days.

This recipe came from the eco-friendly family. You can find the recipe for a larger batch on their website.