Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Homemade cleaning products - easier than you may think

About the beginning of the year I started to make my own cleaning products.  I'm not really sure why although I'm sure Pinterest had something to do with it.  I've found that they are pretty simple to make, cheap, and for the most part work well, if not better.  Everyone I've made has been with ingredients easily found at Target or Wal-Mart.  Here's my current master list of homemade cleaning supplies:

Laundry (I've blogged about these before)
powder detergent (the hardest of all these to make)
fabric softener
dryer sheets

shower cleaner
Fill a dish washing wand with 50% vinegar and 50% liquid dish soap.  I keep it in the shower and usually use either right before or during a shower.  Quick and easy way to keep it clean.

goo gone (this stuff is AMAZING)
window/glass cleaner
I got this recipe from my Dad; he's been using it forever.  The smell still makes me think of family car trips because he would usually be cleaning car windows while all us ladies ran around finishing getting ready. =)
It's just 50% rubbing alcohol and 50% white vinegar.  That's it.  This is the bottle my Dad gave me with a car cleaning kit but I have refilled it a few times,

general cleaner
I've seen this one all over Pinterest so I can't really source it from any one place.  I started it here and have been using it for months.  I put the peel of one orange in a Mason jar and then filled it with vinegar.  Let is sit for a few weeks and put in a spray bottle.  This is what we use on all non-floor surfaces - counters, coffee tables, etc. 

I have homemade dishwasher detergent, toilet bowl cleaner, and a floor cleaner that I've tried but I'm not super thrilled with any of them.  If you have something that's worked send it my way! 


Ann Gibson said...

So happy to see this post! I am making the orange peel/ vinegar recipe right now. I will be trying your window cleaner and goo gone recipes!! Thanks for posting :)

diana said...

So glad to be helpful!! =) Hope they work as well for you!