20 Homemade Cleaning Products

I’ve become a little obsessed with searching for DIY cleaning products.  I love the idea of using less chemicals when cleaning and I especially like that it is so much cheaper.  I can’t believe how much I’ve spent in the past on cleaning products when I could have been making them myself.

In my own quest to find simple recipes for homemade cleaning products,  I’ve decided to compile a list here to share with you.

#1: General Surface Cleaner

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

#2: General Surface Cleaner

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 3/4 cups Castile soap
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar

#3:  DIY Clorox Cleaner by Lady with the Red Rocker

  • 1/4 Cup Bleach
  • 1 Teaspoon Laundry Detergent

#4:  Cleaning Wipes
Use your favorite DIY cleaning solution to make your own cleaning wipes.  Lil Daisies has a fabulous tutorial on how to do it.

#5:  Glass and Window Cleaner:

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

#6:  Glass and Window Cleaner:

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

#7:  Homemade Carpet Spot Cleaner from Lost Button Studio:

  • 4 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons baking soda

#8:  Tile and Grout Cleaner:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/3 cup ammonia
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 6 cups warm water

#9:   Natural Nesters shares how to make homemade Swiffer Sweepers.  How fabulous is this?

#10:  Cutting Boards: 

  • Spray separately:  vinegar then 3% hydrogen peroxide.

#11:  Laundry Stain Remover:

  •  1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide

#12:  Powdered Laundry Detergent:

  • I cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda (found in the laundry detergent aisle)
  • 1 cup shaved bar soap – Ivory, ZOTE or Fels-Naptha

#13:  Fabric Softener:

  • 4 cups hot water
  • 2 cups white distilled vinegar
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 10 drops essential oil of your choice

#14:  Fabric Softener:

  • 4 cups warm water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup hair conditioner
  • 1/4 cup baking soda

#15: Furniture Polish:

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

#16:  Dish Soap:

  • 2 cups soap shavings
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar or lemon juice

#17:  Dish Soap:

  • 3 cups Castile soap
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • Few drops essential oil (optional)

#18:  Homemade Soft Scrub Cleaner:

  •   3/4 cup baking soda
  •   Start by adding 1/4 cup liquid dish soap – keep adding until you get the right consistency

#19:  Febreeze / Deodorizer:

  • 1 cup fabric softener
  • 1 cup white vinegar or baking soda
  • 2 cups water

#20:  Deodorizer:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vodka

I’m so excited to make and use these cleaning products around my house!!  I’ll let you know how they turn out.  In the mean time, I want to see your homemade cleaning products.  I’d love for you to share below.

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  1. Wow Kara, this is a fantastic resource you have put together for us! Thank you so much, I cant wait to try some of these :)

  2. Wow! What a great list! I’ve been pinning eco solutions madly too!
    I’ve linked up with my homemade laundry liquid recipe! :) Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Awesome!!! Thanks so much!

  4. I have an HE washer that needs to be cleaned with Affresh, do you have another solution that I could make?

  5. Love these ideas! Thanks for linking up to Check ME Out Saturday! I just pinned your blog :)

  6. Totally bookmarking this. I’m always on the lookout for cheaper ways to clean around the house. Thanks! -Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom

  7. Merhabalarrrr….

  8. What a great list. I added my tub & shower cleaner to the fun. Would be delighted for you to join my brand new party as well: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2012/01/mop-it-up-mondays-party-1.html

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  9. I have just started making my own cleaning products and I am impressed with how well they work. I am pinning your post so I can try some of these! Please come share at my party!


  10. What a great list,thank you for joining us at Creative Mondays :0)

  11. I add tea tree essential oil to the all-purpose cleaner recipe. Gives it a nice smell. I also use goat milk laundry bar for my laundry soap. Great for people with sensitive skin. Fels Naptha has chemicals in it. I use it for spot cleaning but would not use it in my DIY laundry soap.

  12. Can’t wait to try these. Thanks for the list! I am a new Twitter follower visiting from Reasons to Skip the Housework. Vicky from Mess For Less

  13. Great info! Thanks for sharing! I shared it on my FB page this morning! :)

  14. Ok, cool gift idea! Make up a bunch of these, put them, the ingredients and instructions in a laundry basket. Great for a new bride or a new house or a new baby.

  15. This is awesome! Feature worthy!

  16. Thank you so much for being a part of “A Little Birdie Told Me…” at Rook No. 17!

    Even as the party continues to grow, I’m glad I still have the opportunity to visit all the amazing projects and soak up the inspiration that is shared each week!

    Hope you’ll join the fun this week too– the party is in full swing!

    Best, Jenn

    P.S. Spotlighting your post on my FB page today!

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  18. Where do you buy the essential oils?

  19. Anonymous says:

    I just made solution #1 and read it wrong and put in a tablespoon of baking soda. Can you say volcano!! LOL I dumped it out and put the baking soda in first, then water, then vinegar and had a small volcano that I controlled, but once I turned it upside down to mix in the baking soda…BOOM! Next time I’ll pay close attention to the small measurements. I remade it with just vinegar/water and now that I know what I did wrong, I’ll add the TEASPOON of baking soda. Hahaha!

  20. Anonymous says:

    I made the dish soap with the soap shavings and the next day it was hard in the bottle. Has anyne else made it and had this happen? Not sure what I did wrong. Im going to keep trying though because I am hooked on making my own cleaning products and saving $.

    Marie Stratton

  21. Anonymous says:

    these are all fabulous, I plan on trying them out and saving my family money. Ive just one question. Can I use the General Purpose cleaner on my marble top counters and table?

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  29. Thanks for sharing your list of cleaning product recipes. The DIY laundry soap is probably the my familys favorite homemade cleaning recipe. Our recipe is similar to yours but we used castile soap instead of regular bar soap.

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  40. Thank you Kara, It’s a great list you’ve made! I’m trying to clean my home from all chemicals and love making my own natural cleaning products.I found very good ideas in these recipes and I’m trying as soon as possible. Greets!
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