8 Homemade Cleaner Recipes

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These 8 homemade cleaner recipes are easy to make using items at home. Make these 8 homemade cleaner recipes and save money, time and cut out toxins.

The cost of groceries is rising and so is the amount of junk being added to everything we buy including cleaners. If you are sick of dealing with chemicals when you clean and having to wear a mask just to disguise the smell, then this list is for you. Here are homemade recipes for cleaning supplies.

8 Homemade Cleaner Recipes

1) All Purpose Cleaner

This All Purpose Cleaner is thrifty and better for you than others out there. Plus it’s easy to make, simply mix in a spray bottle:

2) Tile Cleaner.

My husband is a tile guy and gets fed up with people ruining their tile and getting too much dirt in the grout by doing what I used to do: Using a regular cleaner on it. When he tiled our kitchen and bathroom last year I thought they looked so awesome that I wanted to keep it looking new so I asked him what I could use to clean it. His response: “water.” “Water? In the two dirtiest rooms of the house?!! Yak Honey!

If you’re thinking the same as me then wait for the good news: Ammonia. Unfortunately it is a little smelly but here’s a recipe for Tile and Grout Cleaner that my friend swears by:

  • 1 TBSP ammonia
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 TSP water softener
  • 1 TBSP white vinegar
Mix together in a spray bottle and clean those floors.
{Personally, I just use straight ammonia mixed with water on them and feel it works great.}

3) Window Cleaner.

Here’s a great recipe for window cleaner. Simply mix this in a bottle:

  • 12 or 16 oz water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 or 2 drops of food coloring for color
  • 1 empty squirt bottle

4) Daily Shower Cleaner.


* 3 cups rubbing alcohol
* 1 tablespoon dish soap
* 4 tablespoons rinse detergent
* 3 quarts water
* scented oil {your favorite scent, as much as is needed}
* 1/2 cup – 2/3 cup peroxide {depending on bottle size}


  • Mix all ingredients except peroxide in a large container, with a lid. This makes a lot, and be saved for future use.
  • For a 24 oz bottle, add 1/2 cup peroxide. Fill the rest of the bottle with the pre-mixed solution.
  • For a 32 oz bottle, add 2/3 cup peroxide. Fill the rest of the bottle with the pre-mixed solution.

5) Fabric Softener


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 6 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 8 cups water
  • 10 -15 drops orange essential oils or 10 -15 drops lemon essential oils or 10 -15 drops essential oils, of choice


  1. You will need a one gallon container.
  2. First add the baking soda to the plastic container.
  3. Next add 1 cup of water to start with.
  4. Slowly add the vinegar to the bottle as the vinegar and baking soda will start to fizz.
  5. Then add the rest of the water swirling around & cover venting the top a few times.
  6. Last add the essential oil.
  7. Add 1 cup in your final rinse cycle for each load but give the bottle a good shake to stir up the essential oil if using.

6) Furniture Polish

I love microfiber cloths to clean our furniture but needed something other than furniture polish to make them shine. Enter a homemade recipe for the polish.

1/4 cup vinegar
A few drops of oil

  • Mix together in a spray bottle and clean away. If you want it to smell lemony fresh (who doesn’t?!) simply replace the vinegar for lemon juice.
  • If you have wood that may stain use white distilled vinegar.
  • The oil can just be plain ole cooking oil but olive oil works well and lasts longer without getting rancid.

7) Dishwasher Detergent.

If you’ve never made dishwasher detergent, it’s super easy and super frugal and this recipe even got featured in All You Magazine! I’ve researched this a lot online and it does seem like some things work for some people, some for others. But, here’s a basic recipe that worked for me that I liked:


  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Kosher salt
  • Vinegar for the rinse cycle

Cost Breakdown

Borax: $2.50 for 76 oz. Cost per batch: $.26 for 8oz
Baking Soda: $.50 for 16oz. Cost per batch: $.25 for 8 oz
Kosher salt: $1.20 for 16oz. Cost per batch $.30 for 4oz
Vinegar: $.99 for gallon. Need tablespoon. Cost approx $.05
Final Cost to make: $.86
Yield: 20oz
Cost per oz. = $.04

This one is as easy as 1-2-3-shake!

8)  Homemade Stain Remover.

Thanks to Connie!


2 T. Household ammonia
1 tsp. liquid soap or detergent
1 pint warm water


Mix well and store in a spray bottle. Spray on tough stains, let set about 15 minutes and was as usual.

For more homemade recipes, check out The Natural Home section or see 7 Homemade Cleaners.


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