Monday, March 5, 2012

The Best Homemade Cleaning Products

Spring cleaning is well under way here!
How about you?
I thought I'd share some of my very best homemade cleaners.

The first one will make you wonder why you ever bought glass cleaner at the store.
This recipe is so amazing...I even cleaned the inside of my car window with it!
There are NO streaks!

*Below each recipe, I will leave you the option of adding essential oils. They just MAKE the product and are lovely additions with antibacterial properties as well.
 Your whole house will smell wonderful!

I use each of these recipes and have LOVED the results.
Even though I have never, ever had a problem....use at your own risk.
Even vinegar is dangerous to the eyes:).

Glass Cleaner
2 cups water
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
1 tsp lemon juice
1TBS. cornstarch {don't skip works!}
* 5 drops lemon essential oil {opt.}
Mix well and shake before each use.

Mrs. Meyers Copycat Countertop Spray
{Lemon Verbena}
2 cups water 
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tsp. lemon juice
*3 drops lemon essential oil
3 drops lemongrass essential oil
Mix well in a spray bottle.
Great for windows, too.
I also use this on my laminate flooring.
I usually use a wet cloth and spray the mix on, but you could multiply the recipe and use a mop and bucket:).

Glass Top Stove Cleaner
1/4 cup baking soda
1 TBS. lemon juice
Mix into a paste and rub gently with a washcloth to remove spots.
Follow up with counter top spray for a great shine!
For tough stains, mix paste and let it sit on the spot for a few minutes.

Dishwasher Soap
{courtesy of Homestead Revival}
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup washing soda {not baking soda}
1/4 cup food grade citric acid {in the canning section of the store}
Mix well in a small jar. Use about 1-2 tsp. per load.
The citric acid is what "makes" this detergent.

Wood Cleaner/Polish
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
*5 drops lemon essential oil
Mix well and use a soft cloth to polish.

Laundry Soap
Click HERE for the tutorial.
3 pints water
1 Bar Fels Naptha soap, grated
1 cup washing soda
1 cup Borax
3 gallon bucket
hot water
Essential Oil {lavender is wonderful}
*Optional* 1 cup of your favorite liquid fabric softener
1/4 cup stain remover

Grate the Fels Naptha soap.

Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of water, and heat on low until dissolved. 
Add Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened and remove from heat. 
Add 1 quart hot water to a bucket that holds at least 3 gallons. 
Add soap mixture and mix really well with a wooden spoon. 
At this point, you can also add the fabric softener and stain remover.
I like to add about 15 drops of essential oil. Yum!
Fill bucket to the top with hot water and mix again. 
 Put the lid on and set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. 
If you are in a will work right just won't be thick:).
It becomes a jelly- like substance. I just use a 1/2-1 cup of mixture per load. You can use a funnel and transfer the gel to a recycled pump detergent container. I  like a 3 gallon bucket with a lid. It fits nicely on my dryer. My washing machine is a top load, but this will work for front loaders as well. Just use about 1 TBS. per load.

This, by far, has been the BEST recipe! My kids are NOT easy on their clothing and I have found that this detergent is just as great as store bought. Sometimes, I have to increase the amount if I have an extra dirty load. I also use it as a pre-stain remover!

Bathtub/Toilet Cleaner
baking soda

I just sprinkle the baking soda in the toilet or tub and scrub.
Then follow up with about 1/2 cup white vinegar and scrub again.
Rinse and you have clean, shiny surfaces!


Carissa Anne said...

What a wonderful list!!!!

Thank you soo much, just in time for spring cleaning!!! :-)

Michele said...

Thanks for all of these...we have a few but are anxious to try some new ones! One more step to being bar code free in the pantry! ;)

Becky said...

Thanks for sharing these. I have some homemade cleaner recipes, but I can't wait to try the glass and countertop cleaners.

Maureen Wyatt said...

The best part is that these are all environmentally friendly! The savings are pretty nice, too. ~ Maureen

Anonymous said...

I love this! I am always trying to use non-toxic stuff to clean! this is great!

aimee said...

I am trying to use up my stock of regular household cleaners and then go to all homemade or more environmentally (and people) friendly ones. I will definitely keep these in mind:)Thank you!
Blessings, Aimee

~Kristin~ said...

Julia~ Love these recipes!
I too, use homemade cleaners. And I too, make my laundry soap and use the same dishwasher soap.
I have not tried my own glass cleaner. But will, now!

Thanks for sharing!

I don't know what I would do without baking soda, vinegar ans essential oils!


Bevy @ Treasured Up and Pondered said...

Just your photo alone makes me want to use more homemade cleaners like this.

Love it. I should implement this sort of thing more often. Never mind... clean a bit more often. :)

I was thinking about your post on the cloths the other day... it certianly would make it much more fun. ;)

Something about you Julia is such a blessing. Love it.

Gumbo Lily said...

I have a similar window cleaner recipe, but it does not include the cornstarch. I wonder why cornstarch? Non-streaking sounds perfect enough for me!

Great list of cleaners. You can never have enough gallons of vinegar in stock.

Heidi said...

Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes. I just LOVE your blog and look forward to reading it weekly.

Heidi :)

Donna OShaughnessy said...

THANK YOU! what a great list. I have some of these recipes but not all. When I started making my own bar soap last year it just led to more natural cleaning. My hands and lungs have thanked me for going natural in the house.

Gina said...

I have been switching to homemade cleaning recipes recently so thanks for putting all these in one post. :) I just need to get some essential oils now. ;)

Kimberlee said...

I have been on the lookout for a great window cleaner! Thank you for doing all the work Julia, well almost all the work:}

Ngo Family Farm said...

I love spring cleaning time! What great recipes - thank you for sharing. I use baking soda and vinegar to clean just about everything :)

Collette said...

Hi! I just found your blog recently & want to tell you I've been very blessed by your words & perspectives. Lovely, lovely blog!

Your recipes look wonderful! I've been thinking about making the switch to homemade cleaners for a long time; I think you've given me the final nudge to make it happen. This is so helpful, thanks for sharing :)

Magickwyrds said...

Lovely blog- beautiful colours!

Amanda said...

I can see a mama now.
standing in her kitchen...
apron on...
sun is shining...
windows open...
mixing and concocting these fine, sweet homemade cleaners. to better her clean her home...

swoons me away.

I just jotted down each of these.
I already use baking soda on my stove and now I'm heading to the kitchen to find some spray bottles and a mason jar for my furniture poslish:)

thank you for sharing this my friend;-)

Unknown said...

Thank you so much Julia for sharing these wonderful "not so secret anymore" recipe's to great healthy spring cleaning agents.
I can't wait to start printing them and especially clean my oh so messy minivan.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Unknown said...

Oh, and mrs. Meyers Lemon Verbena is one of my faves! It smells so fresh!

Sarah K. (The Mama Pirate) said...

Thanks for posting all these recipes! I've pinned this post to my Pinterest. :)

Joy said...

Thanks for sharing these, Julia!

I've been using vinegar and baking soda for years (since my early married days, when my mother-in-law passed down such wisdom), and I also have a general-purpose cleaning recipe I've been making (and I use lemongrass essential oil!). But mine is more complicated, so I think I'll try yours...and the glass top stove cleaner is a great idea, too! :)

Only in Louisiana ~ documenting the adventures we call Life! said...

This post is worth its weight in gold! I just gave you a tip about Biz in my last comment, but now I am being repayed big time!

Sandi Hammock said...

What a great list to share. My neighbor and I are going to have a "Homemade Cleaner" Party. We are going to get together one of these days (hopefully soon) and make these wonderful cleaners for our house. We each have 4 kids, a husband and a dog, so saving $$ is what we are looking for.
Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Kristy Rowe said...

I have made several of the cleaners with great results. Thanks! I love love love the glass cleaner! I've had a problem with the dishwasher recipe. I've attempted it twice now. The first batch got hard as a rock...appeared it got some moisture. I tried using a different container that was airtight. Unfortunately it too is starting to clump. If anyone has any ideas to help prevent it I would love to hear from you.
Happy Easter!

WHarrison said...

I have made this laundry detergent before and found that it made my whites dingy. I even used a cup of vinegar in each load. Was I using too little or perhaps too much? Have you had any trouble with dinginess in your whites? Would love to hear from you! Thanks.

Christine@ Projects Around the House said...

What a great list of cleaning recipes! I want to try some but I don't know where to get essential oils. Do you have any suggestions?

Ginny YOrk said...

Where do you get your essential oils? I'm excited to try these out. I've already been using vinegar and water in the bathroom. Thanks for all the recipes!

Bonnie said...

Hi Julia, I've been wondering...when you make your glass cleaner, do you use fresh lemon juice or do you use the bottle (reconstituted)? Thanks.

Love these cleaning supplies. I'm going to try each one.

Hannah said...

I just moved into my new place and have resolved to make my own cleaning products. Thanks for putting everything in one place!

Gluten Free Mom said...

I am so glad I found your blog. I have started making my own green cleaners as well and use a recipe much like yours for liquid laundry soap and dishwasher detergent. I think I'll give some of your others a try as well. I'm pretty sure I'll be trying few things from your site actually. Thanks!

DIY Cleaning Products said...

I really like the list you've compiled, awesome job! I thought I'd share with you this natural recipe for removing stains from coffee mugs. It works really well.

Mikayla Kingsbury said...

Thank you for these great recipes! I love essential oils and recently started trying to include them in my cleaning solutions. I prefer cleaning with homemade natural mixtures and adding essential oil drops seems to work good. Your recipes are really very easy and useful, and I'm trying some this weekend. Thank you for sharing!

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