Homemade cleaner recipes help you make your own healthy, all natural homemade cleaners at home. These recipes have three great advantages over the commercial products you pick up at the local grocer.
First, homemade cleaners are economical - you're not paying for that extra packaging and advertising.
Second, they are safer to have around your family.
The ingredients for these cleaners mainly include soap, baking soda and other nontoxic substances.
And finally, there is tremendous satisfaction in making your own cleaning supplies, knowing you can rely on yourself rather than the store to keep your home clean.
The following homemade cleaning recipes come from the book, Home Made Best Made by Robert Dolezal.
Here's a list of some supplies you might need to make these homemade cleaners:
The next time you are tempted to use an abrasive cleaner, turn to
homemade cleaners and especially a batch of this cleaning paste instead.
It's good for most cleaning chores without scratching your surfaces.
Best of all, it's made of natural ingredients that are safe to have
That's the best part of these wonderful homemade recipes.
Put the flakes in a blender or your food processor to crush them. Add in the diatomaceous earth and the baking soda. Then add enough of the glycerine to make a thick paste. Spoon the mixture into a wide-mouthed jar or other container with a tight lid. Keep the paste covered so it does not dry out.
Lemon essential oil is valuable for many homemade cleaner recipes. Find it here.
I love this polish because it is so simple – olive or vegetable oil and
lemon essential oil. Homemade cleaners that clean and polish wood - who
would have thought?
Mix the oils together well and apply sparingly with a soft cloth. Then wipe it dry and buff your furniture to make it shine.
Some of the best homemade cleaner recipes are the ones that are simple. The secret to a window that doesn’t streak is to wipe it clean with crumpled newspaper, instead of cloth or paper towels. It’s a great use for those Sunday papers that are piling up in your garage.
Add the ingredients to a spray bottle and shake it until the cornstarch is dissolved. Spray liberally onto the glass and wipe with crumpled newspapers.
In a food processor or blender, crush the soap flakes and add the diatomaceous earth and the baking soda. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Sprinkle the essential oil over the mix and stir it in with a spoon. Continue stirring for several minutes and then spoon the mixture into a clean and empty spice container with a cap that also has a shaker top. Let the mixture sit for about a week until the oil is completely dispersed. Be sure to include this one with the rest of your homemade cleaner recipes.
Washing soda is a wonderful ingredient in homemade cleaner recipes. It cuts grease and removes stubborn stains. Mix it with soap and salt for a great cleanser for your hard floor surfaces.
Place the soap, washing soda, salt and water in a saucepan and heat gently, stirring until the soap, soda and salt have dissolved. Cool the mixture to lukewarm and then add the essential oil. Stir well and then pour into a container.
To use, add 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture to half a bucket of hot water, stirring well.
After you have cleaned the floor, rinse it with a bucket of clean water and one cup of vinegar.
Homemade cleaning recipes like this one are a great way to clean your toilet without using harsh chemicals. For stains, pour this in and leave it overnight.
To use: Flush the toilet to wet the sides of the bowl. Then sprinkle the borax around the toilet bowl. Drizzle the vinegar on top. Leave this for several hours before scrubbing with a toilet brush.
Homemade cleaner recipes like this one is good for getting rid of baked-on grease without all those harmful fumes, the best part of these wonderful homemade cleaners.
1 16-ounce box of baking soda
1/4 cup Washing Soda
Mix the ingredients well. Wet the floor and walls of your oven and then sprinkle this mixture on the surface. Repeat this process and let it sit overnight.
In the morning, wipe away the mixture and the grease. Rinse well to get rid of all the residue. To get rid of the burned-on stains, scour them with salt and an abrasive pad.
Use this on both kitchen and bathroom surfaces to cut grease and grime and kill germs.
In a pint spray bottle, combine the ingredients. Add one cup of very
hot water and shake well to mix and dissolve the dry ingredients.
Then use it like you would use any spray cleanser. This can be stored
indefinitely and is a must for your list of homemade cleaner recipes.
Is your septic system producing unpleasant odors? It means you don’t have enough sewage-digesting bacteria in your system. Make this mixture and flush it down your toilet:
Dissolve the brown sugar in the hot water and leave it until the mixture is lukewarm. Then add the yeast. Immediately flush the mixture down the toilet.
No list of homemade cleaners is complete without dishwashing soap. This is for washing dishes by hand. Don't use this in the dishwasher.
1/4 cup soap flakes
2 cups hot water
1/4 cup Glycerine (find it online here)
1/2 teaspoon lemon essential oil
In a bowl combine the soap flakes and the water and stir until the flakes have dissolved. Cool to lukewarm. Stir in the glycerin and the essential oil and leave to cool. As the mixture cools, it forms a loose gel. Stir with a fork to break up the gel and then pour this into one of your old dishwashing soap containers or an empty shampoo bottle. To use, squirt some into running water.
f you have hard water, you will need to use the dishwasher rinse (listed below) as well.
Mix the borax and washing soda and store in a closed plastic container. To use, add 2 tablespoons to the dishwasher soap compartment.
Vinegar…who would have thought it? Add this to the rinse compartment of your automatic dishwasher. Do not overfill. Run your dishwasher as usual.