D.I.Y Household Cleaners

I have obtained these recipes from Cleanmyspace.com. Melissa Maker is one of my favorite YouTube cleaners. I use these almost everyday to clean. Now you want to continue to use some of your normal household cleaners as well because each type of cleaner has it’s own job.

The 4 key ingredients you’ll require are:

Vinegar – mild disinfectant, grease cutter, de-scaler, glass cleaner

Dish soap – neutral pH – gentle and safe on essentially every surface and a mild soap that can lifts off dirt and grime

Rubbing alcohol – at least 65% USP in order for it to qualify as a disinfectant, can be mixed with water

Hydrogen peroxide – naturally occurring bleach, used in Oxy powders. Uses oxygen to break bonds between dirt and bacteria and the surface they are on. A great disinfectant, stain remover and natural whitener.

Each one of these cleaners cost about $4 to make and using the ingredients listed above you can make multiple bottles of each.

Here are the recipes:

Glass Cleaner

1 part water, 1 part vinegar.   Use to clean windows and mirrors with a glass cleaning cloth or newsprint.  The smell dissipates quickly.


1 part water, 1 part rubbing alcohol.  Use to spray and leave after you’ve cleaned a surface, only use where required i.e. points of contact, cutting boards, bathrooms etc. Note that a disinfectant does not necessarily clean (i.e. lift dirt off) so this is the second part of a two-step cleaning process (first part is the actual cleaning with a cleaner).

All-Purpose Cleaner

1 tablespoon of dish soap per bottle of water. Great to use for cleaning kitchen, bathroom surfaces, hallways, most furniture. If you are finding residue, reduce the amount of dish liquid being used (they vary in recipes).

Tub and tile Cleaner / Degreaser

1 part vinegar, 1 part dish liquid. Use for soap scum on tiles and glass, greasy kitchens etc. Spray, let it sit for 5 minutes and start to clean.

Stain Remover

2 parts hydrogen peroxide, 1 part dish liquid.  Amazing, simply spray on a stain, rub it in, rinse it out. It can also be used as a pre-treatment for stains. Test in an inconspicuous area first as the hydrogen peroxide may discolor.

Fabric Refresher

2 parts warm water, 1 cup of your choice of fabric beads and 2TBSP of alcohol.

Smells amazing and has lasting scent. Simply spray on your fabrics and let dry.

You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to help make them smell better. Some of my favorite scents are lavender, lemon grass, rosemary mint and clean cotton.

Be sure to use labels and write on each bottle what the recipe is and what is inside.


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