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Homemade Cleaner Recipes

Updated on July 3, 2012

Keeping a house clean usually requires a large number of cleaning products, which can be quite expensive. Learn how to make your own household cleaners, help the environment, and save a ton of money!

Making your own homemade tub and tile cleaner, all purpose cleaner, window cleaner, and linen spray is quite easy and inexpensive with just a few essentials. The initial investment is more expensive that buying the cleaners themselves, but the homemade cleaner ingredients last for a really long time. It’s also very quick and easy to mix up the cleaners- they do not take much time at all!

Some of the essentials to have on hand to make your own homemade household cleaners:

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Liquid castile soap
  • Tea tree essential oil
  • Other essential oils of your choice
  • Dawn detergent
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Water
  • Your favorite tshirt rag, microfiber cloths, etc.

These diy household cleaners are fantastic for families with small children that are crawling and walking. You don’t have to worry about your toddler getting sick from these cleaners after you’ve cleaned your house! (Drinking them straight out of the bottle is another story.) There are also no dangerous fumes to inhale like with bleach. The vinegar smell can be strong, but is safe and dissipates after a few minutes.

These homemade home cleaning recipes can also be environmentally friendly (depending on which ingredients are used). You can reuse old cleaner bottles to be even greener- just make sure it didn’t hold anything dangerous or toxic.

Homemade Tub & Tile Cleaner


  • Vinegar
  • Dawn dish detergent (the blue bottle)
  1. Microwave 8 ounces of vinegar until it is hot.
  2. Combine with 8 ounces of regular Dawn detergent.
  3. Mix well and pour into a spray bottle; shake well.
  4. To use, spray on your tub, tile, toilet, and sinks. Let sit a few minutes and then wipe away. It works fantastically!

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner


  1. Add the castile soap to your favorite spray bottle (at least 15 oz), fill the bottle most of the way with water and swirl around to combine. (Don't mix too harshly or you will make a lot of bubbles)
  2. Add the tea tree oil to the bottle until you reach the scent you like. Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant but also smells amazing when combined with peppermint castille soap.
  3. Mix well and use anywhere!

Homemade Air Freshener


  • Baking soda
  • Your favorite essential oil
  1. Add 1/2 - 1 cup of baking soda to a small jar.
  2. Add your favorite essential oil- start with 10 drops and keep adding until you reach your desired scent.
  3. Mix the oil and baking soda well with a fork.
  4. Leave the jar opened on a shelf or poke many holes in a lid and cover.
  5. You will have to change this out every month or so, depending on how much essential oil you added and how big the room is.

Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner


  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  1. Add around 1/2 - 1 cup baking soda to the toilet bowl.
  2. Add the equivalent amount of vinegar to the toilet bowl.
  3. Let sit for a few minutes.
  4. Swish with a toilet brush!

Homemade Drain Cleaner


  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  1. Add 1 cup of baking soda to your drain.
  2. Add 1 cup of vinegar to your drain.
  3. Let both the baking soda and vinegar sit in the drain for around 30 minutes. (there will be bubbles!)
  4. Pour a pot of boiling water into the drain to flush out the drain.

Homemade Window cleaner


  • Vinegar
  • Water
  1. Combine equal parts vinegar and water.
  2. Pour into a spray bottle and mix well.
  3. Spray on your windows and use a rag, a microfiber cloth, or old newspaper to clean!

Homemade Linen Spray


  • 1 part water
  • 2 parts rubbing alcohol
  • Your favorite essential oil (I use lavender)
  1. Add the essential oil to the alcohol and water mixture (start with 5-10 drops and keep adding until you get the smell you want)
  2. Shake well

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    • mjboomer profile image

      Mike Elzner 5 years ago from Oregon

      I have never tried to make or use these kinds of home made items. Thanks for the info, I'll have to try them.

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      AC Parker 5 years ago from TN

      Thanks! My favorite is definitely the all purpose cleaner; the peppermint smell is amazing!