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Home-Made Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaner Recipe

Updated on January 11, 2015

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5 stars from 2 ratings of Home-Made Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaner

Why You Should Make This Cleaner

This is one of those things you wish your mother had told you about years ago: a cheap and effective cleaner for most hard surfaces in your house, such as the kitchen and bathroom. Save money and time with this easy recipe for cleanliness and sanitation for your home! Once you've tried it, you'll never be far from a squirt bottle labeled "soapy vinegar water" again. Power through those kitchen and bathroom cleaning chores in a jiffy, and you don't need to worry about pets or kids getting poisoned by the cheap, common household ingredients, either.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: One squirt bottle, any size


  • 1 part White vinegar, Cheap/generic brand is fine
  • 3 parts Water, Preferably hot, though cold still works well
  • 1-2 drops Concentrated hand-dishwashing liquid, Enzyme-acting is best--I use Dawn brand
  • 1 Squirt/spray bottle, I prefer large plant squirt bottles with adjustable-spray nozzles
  1. Drop 1-2 drops of concentrated dishwashing liquid (for hand-washing dishes, not dishwasher liquid) into a large spray bottle.
  2. Pour in the vinegar. (You may need a funnel to make this process easier.)
  3. Pour in the water--hot is preferable, but the solution works wonders at room temperature, also.
  4. Shake gently to mix the ingredients and distribute the soap throughout the liquid without forming too many bubbles.

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Go Forth and Clean Better, Faster, and Safer!

Now that you have your spray bottle of cleaning liquid, take it for a test drive on that tub scum, kitchen sink lime deposits and countertops, your desk that your kids scribbled on, and even on scrubbable paint and wallpaper that is dirty. Note that with mirrors and walls you will want to rinse off this solution to prevent the dish soap from attracting dust and dirt. This solution even works great on stove-top messes--just spray, let it sit for 15 minutes or so, then wipe clean.

Tip: Make sure that, for tough messes, you allow the solution to sit awhile but make sure that it doesn't dry on. If it dried, spritz it again with a little more solution, then wipe clean immediately.

You'll be amazed at how well this works on tub scum--and just about everything else!

Important: Not for use on wood surfaces!

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      Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      I'm still amazed at just how well it works on just about everything. I hope you find similar results! Thanks for commenting, Victoria Lynn! :-) Happy and healthier cleaning to you!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Love this! I'm working on getting rid of a lot of my cleaners--using them up and moving on to natural, cheaper homemade stuff. I'm pinning this to my board of natural products for reference!

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      Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      You're very welcome! I hope that you like the results of this recipe as much as I do! Cheers!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      These are very useful suggestions and worth trying. And home made things are economical too.

      Thanks for sharing the recipes!

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      Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      You're welcome, everyone! I only hope you find it as useful as I do for getting everything shiny-new-clean-looking in almost no-time (and for almost no money). Plus, you don't have to worry about the dog licking the store-brand cleaner used to get guck off the fridge door or kitchen floor--a little dish soap in the mouth is all your pet will suffer. :-)

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Worked like a charm. The only comment was the bathroom smelled like salad. I let the solution sit on a stain. Smell went away as soon as solution was rinsed off.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome suggestions on this topic. You shared an informative and useful hub.

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      Word 4 years ago from Chicago

      Great ideas for cleaning kitchens and bathrooms Laura, thanks for sharing!

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Tomorrow is house cleaning day. I having had a cold it is vital I clean, but it's two days till payday and I am out of cleaner. You have saved my day. Thank you.