DIY Household Cleaners

homemade household cleanersIncluded are:

  • Basic Cleaning Spray
  • Disinfectant Cleaning Spray
  • Floor Cleaner
  • All Purpose Scrub
  • Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Powdered Laundry Detergent
  • Fabric Softener

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Basic Cleaning Spray:

  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of water

Combine and use to clean counters, windows, microwaves, etc.

*Make it smell fantastic by adding lemons or orange peel to the spray.  Let it sit for a couple of days so the vinegar adapts the new scent before using.  If you don’t have days, try using lemon or orange essential oils. *

Vinegar is *super* versatile.  We use it in a number of household cleaners and recipes!

Disinfectant Cleaning Spray:

  • Hydrogen peroxide

Keep this in a dark bottle as the light will break down the solution.  It is great for cleaning toilets, cutting boards, glass, basically any surface you want to disinfect.  Great to use even on your toothbrushes!’

Floor Cleaner:

  • 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dish soap
  • 2 gallons of hot water

Add the dish soap last so your mop water is not too sudsy.  Add a 1/2 cup of borax if you want this to be disinfectant.  Mop away!  No need to rinse your floors afterwards.  Not to be used on natural stone.

Keep reading for more uses for Baking Soda – there are so many ways you can use it in your home!

All Purpose Scrub:

  • Baking Soda
  • Splash of vinegar

Scrub with a sponge or rag.  Great for showers, oven tops, sinks, counters, etc.

Liquid Laundry Detergent:

  • 1/6th of a Fels Naptha Bar
  • 1/4th cup of washing soda
  • 1/2 cup of Borax
  • Essential oils for scent (ex: Lavender, Cedarwood or Thieves)
  • large old laundry soap containers to store solution in

Grate the bar of soap and put it in a saucepan.  Add 3 cups of water and heat till the soap melts.  Add washing soda and borax, stir till dissolved.  Pour two cups of water to your container and add the soap mixture.  Stir or gently shake.  Let the soap sit for 24 hours before use.  It will be gel-like and will need to be shaken/stirred prior to use.  To wash: use 1/2 cup of detergent per load.  It works with cold or hot washes as well as in energy efficient machines.   It will not suds up like other detergents, but it cleans wonderfully!

laundry soap recipe

Powder Laundry Detergent:

  • 2/3 cup of Fels Naptha Bar grated finely.
  • 1/2 cup of washing soda
  • 1/2 cup of borax
  • Container.

Grate soap, mix with other ingredients.  mix well before each use.  Use one tablespoon per load

Fabric Softener:

add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle along with several drops of your favorite essential oil for fresh scent.

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