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DIY Home Cleaners

Call us over zealous, but we believe that pretty much anything in life can be turned into either a crafting opportunity or a DIY project- even the stuff that isn’t very much fun to do. In fact, we’re so adamant that just about anything can be DIY that we recently even made the switch in our home to homemade cleaning products rather than store bought ones full of chemicals! Mixing your own cleaning products might not be the most exciting type of DIY you’ve done all month, but we find it helpful for keeping our home clean in a more natural, healthy, and environmentally friendly way. While some of these products do still contain things like Borax, we’ve done our best to find you “recipes” that are much lower in harsh ingredients than the average product you’d buy in the store.

If you’re curious to see what we use now or you agree that natural homemade cleaners are best but you’re not sure where to start in making your own, then this list is for you! Check out these 15 DIY cleaning solutions that will help you keep just about every area in your home spotless.

1. All-purpose bathroom cleaner

All purpose bathroom cleaner

Apartment Therapy understands that sometimes you just need to do a bit of tidying up in the bathroom that doesn’t require any special treatment or ingredients as long as it gets stuff shiny and clean. For this all-purpose cleaner, you’ll need:

  • Baking soda
  • Borax
  • Castile soap or vegetable oil-based liquid soap
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Essential oils (peppermint or lavender are great options; choose ones that have disinfectant properties and a smell that you enjoy)
  • Kosher salt
  • Water

2. Homemade soft scrub for tiles

Homemade soft scrub for tiles

Sometimes tiles around your bathroom and kitchen need a good scrubbing with something other than a cloth because materials and grime tend to stick to them, but you don’t want to scrub them with anything too hard or they’ll scratch. Instead, try making your own soft scrub like this one by Live Renewed! You’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup of baking soda (be generous)
  • 1/4 cup of castile soap
  • 1 tbsp of water

3. Natural clothing stain remover

Natural clothing stain remover

Discovering stains on your clothing is always discouraging, but using very harsh stain removers can actually ruin certain garments and materials even more! That’s why we started making our own effective stain remover with a different mixture of ingredients, just like Good Housekeeping. We still make sure to reserve this for durable materials, but we find it more helpful than most mass produced brands. You’ll need:
• 1 gallon of hot water
• 1 cup of powdered dishwasher detergent
• 1 cup of regular liquid chlorine bleach (don’t use ultra or concentrate)

4. Homemade dishwasher detergent

Homemade dishwasher detergent

Have you been finding that your store bought dishwasher detergent leaves residue on your dishes and also gets used up quickly enough to cost you more money than it’s worth? Then check out this DIY alternative from Bonzai Aphrodite instead! It’s easy to make and we got more mileage out of it. You’ll need: