Homemade Cleaners

I was watching Wa$ted on Planet Green and they showed a family how to make their own household cleaners. Here are some of the recipes for them, I’ve taken them from the Planet Green website.
Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for a spot of aromatic grime fighting. Bonus: Lavender and tea-tree oils are also natural antiseptics.

All-Purpose Cleaner
1/2 tsp washing soda
A dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot tap water
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.
Tip: If you’re out of washing soda, use 2 1/2 tsp of borax, instead.

Window Cleaner1/4-1/2 tsp liquid detergent
3 tbs vinegar
2 cups water
spray bottle
Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up a bit, and use as you would a commercial brand. The soap in this recipe is important. It cuts the wax residue from the commercial brands you might have used in the past.

Creamy Soft ScrubberSimply pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, and wash the surface. This is the perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit.
Tip: Add 1 tsp of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store in a sealed glass jar, to keep the product moist. Otherwise, just make as much as you need at a time.

I’m going to try these, however I’ll probably use what I have first 🙂
Let me know if you’ve tried these.


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  1. Penelope says:

    I love baking soda and vinegar for cleaning (but I don't use them together…I use baking soda with lemon juice to scrub, it's abrasive and natural and acidic, and vinegar diluted with water to clean mirrors and windows. It's great!

  2. Greenmom500 says:

    I am a "greenmom" too but I must say that I just buy the Method products that Target sells. They work wonderfully and are not too expensive. I would love an alternative to Chlorox though. I've tried baking soda for whitening and "de-stinking" clothes and it doesn't do the trick. My Method laundry detergent is great for everything but I still have to pair it with Chlorox on the whites. Anyone have suggestions?

  3. Stuff could always be worse says:

    I love ways to clean the old fashioned and cheap way. I do not plan to go back to the way I spent money on cleaning supplies

  4. I love the suggestions. I am always looking to save money and the earth.