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Seven DIY Budget Friendly Cleaners That Work

7 Homemade Budget-Friendly Cleaners for a Sparkling Home.

Maintaining a clean and tidy home is essential for our well-being, but purchasing commercial cleaning products can quickly add up on your monthly expenses. The good news is that you can easily create effective and budget-friendly cleaners using common household ingredients. In this blog post, we'll share six homemade cleaning solutions that will help you keep your home spotless without breaking the bank.

What are some of the ingredients I need to make homemade cleaning products?

You can create various homemade cleaning products with common household ingredients. Here are some essential ingredients you will need:

1. White Vinegar: Effective for cleaning surfaces, disinfecting, and removing stains.

2. Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate): A gentle abrasive and deodorizer.

3. Lemon Essential Oil: Contains natural acids that can help cut through grease and remove stains. It also has a pleasant scent.

4. Hydrogen Peroxide: A disinfectant and stain remover. It's useful for cleaning and sanitizing surfaces.

5. Essential Oils: These can be added for fragrance and additional cleaning properties. Common choices include tea tree oil (antibacterial), lavender oil (relaxing scent), and citrus oils (refreshing and cuts grease and grime).

6. Olive Oil: Great for making furniture polish and for stainless steel cleaning. Olive oil shines stainless steel better than any store-bought product.

7. Borax: Borax, also known as sodium borate, is useful for various purposes, including cleaning. Borax is a powerful cleaning agent. It can be used to remove stains, deodorize carpets, and clean sinks, toilets, and more. Laundry: Borax can boost the cleaning power of your laundry detergent, helping to remove stains and odors.

8. Rubbing Alcohol: A disinfectant that can be used for cleaning and sanitizing surfaces.

9. Salt: Acts as a mild abrasive and can help remove stains and grime.

10. Castile soap: An all-natural and mild soap used for cleaning and skin care products.

Remember that different recipes call for different combinations of these ingredients. Always follow specific recipes and proportions for the type of cleaning product you want to make. Additionally, label your homemade cleaning solutions clearly to avoid confusion, especially if you have multiple containers with different contents.

One common question is, "How does vinegar effectively clean?" Many of us tend to believe that store-bought products are necessary for cleaning, but I rely on and can't say enough about these DIY cleaning recipes, which not only work well but also outperform commercial cleaners while being chemical-free, ensuring a toxin-free environment in your home. It's important to read the product labels and safety information for specific cleaning products to understand their ingredients and proper usage. If you have concerns about the chemicals in your cleaning products or their potential health impacts, consider using these natural and eco-friendly DIY cleaning recipes.

How does vinegar work for cleaning?

Vinegar is an effective cleaner due to its acidic nature. Here's how it works for cleaning:

1. Acidic Properties: Vinegar is typically composed of acetic acid, which gives it its acidic properties. This acidity helps dissolve mineral deposits, grease, and grime.

2. Disinfection: Vinegar has some mild disinfectant properties. While it's not as potent as commercial disinfectants, it can help kill certain bacteria and viruses on surfaces.

3. Deodorizing: Vinegar can neutralize and remove odors, making it useful for eliminating unpleasant smells in various areas of your home.

4. Stain Removal: It can be effective at breaking down and removing stains, especially on fabrics and carpets.

5. Dissolving Minerals: Vinegar can dissolve mineral deposits like limescale, making it useful for cleaning faucets, showerheads, and other fixtures.

6. Natural and Eco-Friendly: Many people prefer using vinegar because it's a natural, eco-friendly alternative to harsh chemical cleaners.

However, it's important to note that vinegar should not be used on all surfaces. It can damage some materials, like natural stone (e.g., granite, marble) and certain metals (e.g., aluminum). Always check manufacturer guidelines and test in an inconspicuous area before using vinegar for cleaning, and consider diluting it with water for less acidic solutions when needed.

What is Castile Soap?

Castile soap is traditionally made from olive oil, though it can also be made from other vegetable oils such as coconut, hemp, or jojoba. It originated in the Castile region of Spain, hence the name. Castile soap is known for being a gentle and natural soap with a variety of uses. It is often used in personal care products like shampoo, body wash, and hand soap because it is mild on the skin and doesn't contain synthetic additives or harsh chemicals. It can also be used for cleaning around the house and is considered environmentally friendly due to its biodegradable nature. This soap is prized for its versatility and is a popular choice for those looking for a natural and eco-friendly alternative to conventional soaps and cleaning products.

How to make foaming hand soap

1. All -Purpose Cleaner with Vinegar


  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup white vinegar

  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil

  • 10 drops tea tree oil (optional)

  • A few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional, for a pleasant scent)


Combine the water, white vinegar, and essential oil in a spray bottle. Shake well to mix, and use it to clean countertops, sinks, and various surfaces.

2. Glass Cleaner:


  • ⅓ cup white vinegar

  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol

  • 3 ½ cups of water

  • 1 32-oz spray bottle

  • microfiber cloth (recommended)


Pour all ingredients into the spray bottle. Shake well before using.

3. All-purpose Cleaner with Castile Soap

To make a natural spray cleaner, start by pouring ¼ cup of Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap into a one-quart spray bottle, then fill it to the brim with water. If desired, you can add 6 drops of either lemon or lavender essential oil; however, this step is optional. For a smaller 16 oz spray bottle, use 2 tablespoons of Castile Soap and add 3 drops of essential oil if you prefer.

4. Baking Soda Scrub:


  • Baking soda

  • Water


Create a paste by mixing baking soda and water until you achieve a thick consistency. Apply it to stubborn stains or grime on sinks, tubs, or tile grout. Scrub with a sponge or brush, and watch the dirt disappear.

5. Shower cleaner:

  • Ingredients

  • 1 cup Dawn dish soap

  • 1 cup hot vinegar


1. Add one cup of Dawn dish soap to a spray bottle.

2. Heat one cup of white vinegar in the microwave until hot, then carefully add it to the spray bottle.

3. Shake well, spray on the shower and bath, and let the mixture set for 30-60 minutes then scrub.



6. Carpet Freshener:

  • 1 cup baking soda

  • A few drops of your favorite essential oil


Combine baking soda and essential oil in a container with a shaker lid. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over your carpets and rugs. Let it sit for about 15-20 minutes before vacuuming it up. Not only will it freshen your carpets, but it will also absorb odors.

7. Grout Cleaner

  • ½ cup of baking soda

  • ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide

  • 1 teaspoon of dish soap (optional)

  • A bowl and a spoon for mixing

  • An old toothbrush or grout brush

  • Clean, dry cloth or paper towels



1. Prepare the Mixture: In a bowl, combine the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to form a paste. If desired, add a teaspoon of dish soap to enhance the cleaning power of the mixture. Stir until you achieve a smooth consistency.

2. Prep the Area: Before applying the mixture, ensure the grout lines are free from loose dirt and debris. You can use a vacuum or a broom to clean the area.

3. Apply the Cleaner: Using an old toothbrush or a grout brush, apply the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mixture onto the grout lines. Work in small sections to prevent the mixture from drying out.

4. Scrub and Wait: Gently scrub the mixture into the grout lines using circular motions. Focus on areas with heavy staining or discoloration. Once applied, allow the mixture to sit for about 10-15 minutes. This gives the ingredients time to work their magic.

5. Scrub Again: After the waiting period, return to the first section and scrub the grout lines once more. You may notice that the mixture has become discolored as it lifts dirt and stains from the grout.

6. Rinse and Dry: Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe away the cleaning mixture. Rinse the area thoroughly to remove any residue. Finally, dry the tiles and grout lines with a clean cloth or paper towel.

Keeping your home clean and inviting doesn't have to strain your budget. By creating these homemade cleaners, you can maintain a sparkling home while saving money on expensive commercial products. Plus, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you're using natural and eco-friendly alternatives. Give these recipes a try, and your home will thank you for it!

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