homemade cleaners

I switched to homemade cleaners a few weeks ago. All the recipes I have tried include vinegar so, my home smells of vinegar for a bit while cleaning but, the smell dissipates once it dries. You could probably add some essential oils to your cleaner to help with the smell if it bothers you.

Benefits of Cleaning with Vinegar
  • inexpensive
  • no harsh chemicals
  • effective sanitizer (kills viruses, germs, bacteria and mold)
  • effective stain remover
  • safe for most surfaces
Here are the recipes I've started using:

All Purpose Cleaner

Use to clean
countertops, oven range and bathroom surfaces

Mix in a spray bottle:
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
a few drops of mild dishwashing soap

Glass Cleaner
Using rubbing alcohol and white vinegar together makes a quickly evaporating spray glass and mirror cleaner that competes with store brands.

Mix in a spray bottle:
1 cup water
1 cup rubbing alcohol (not non-toxic)
1 tbsp white vinegar

Alternatively mix equal parts:
white vinegar
1/2 tbsp mild dishwashing liquid

Furniture Polish
Dab a rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces. Cover the glass jar and store.

Mix in a glass jar:
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice

Laminate Floor Cleaner

Mix in a spray bottle equal parts:
white vinegar
rubbing alcohol (optional-not non-toxic)
a few drops of mild dishwashing soap

Note: Use the same precautions as with store-bought cleaners - keep them out of reach of children and pets. Make sure to label your cleaners. Rubbing alcohol is toxic in large quantities when inhaled or ingested.

Do you have any homemade cleaner recipes you love?

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