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Homemade Cleaners

Commercial cleaning products can be full of nasty chemicals and are often costly. Though they can have flashy packaging and dynamic marketing, they are often no more effective than homemade cleaners made with natural, simple ingredients.

With a houseful of kids, pets, and DIRT, the following recipes will make your house shine and your bank balance leap for joy!

All Purpose Cleaner

Ingredients: Water, Ivory Liquid dish soap

Mix a 32 ounce squirt bottle full of warm water with a tablespoon of Ivory and shake gently until the soap is well distributed.

Simply spray onto surface and wipe clean with a damp cloth!

Ivory is a gentle soap, which does not leave behind a residue, and is safe for most kitchen surfaces, including wood, laminate, tile, granite, etc. It can be used on most appliance and faucets, as well.

***Please remember to label all homemade cleaners clearly and NEVER mix products!!

Window Cleaner

Ingredients: Water, Distilled White Vinegar, Ivory Liquid Dish Soap

Mix ½ cup of vinegar, 1 teaspoon of Ivory and tap water to fill a 32 ounce spray bottle. Shake gentle to combine.

Use on all window and glass surfaces. To avoid lint, use either scrunched up newspaper or a microfiber cloth.

***Please remember to label all homemade cleaners clearly and NEVER mix products!

Degreaser for Kitchen Cabinets

Ingredients: Salt

Thickly layer salt on the affected wood. After the salt is completely absorbed, polish the wood. Repeat if necessary.

Mopping Solution

Ingredients: Vinegar and lime

Mop with vinegar mixed with a little lime juice for a grime-busting clean.


Ingredients: Lemon and salt

Scrubbing with half a lemon dipped in salt is a wonderful degreaser/scrubber, plus, it leaves the kitchen smelling AMAZING. When you feel the effectiveness is wearing a bit thin, slice a bit more off of the lemon, re-dip in salt and keep going.

Garbage Disposal Cleaner/Freshener

Ingredients: leftover lemon and salt from the scrubber/degreaser above

When you are done with your lovely lemon and salt scrubber, throw the bits (roughly chopped up if you like) in your garbage disposal. Run with warm water and it will clean and freshen the disposal, too!

Kitchen Countertop Degreaser

Ingredients: Borax and Water

Borax is a natural mineral and not only is it great in the laundry room, it's useful when trying to degrease kitchen countertops and other accessories. Make a solution of a few tablespoons of Borax and two cups of water and wipe the grease stained parts.

Grease Stain Remover

Ingredients: Baking Soda and Water

Not only is baking soda great at absorbing odors in your fridge, garbage disposals or bins, baking soda also removes grease stains. Make a simple paste with water and scrub into stain. Let sit until dry and the wipe clean with a damp rag.

Oven Cleaning

Ingredients: Salt and patience :-).

It is best to clean ovens as the spills happen, rather than wait until they have had repeated baking sessions cementing them to the walls. If you catch a fresh spill, cover the entire mess with regular old table salt while still hot. When cool, use a damp cloth or scrubber to clean it all up. If the spill is baked on, you will have a much harder time getting it off, but you can try placing a very moist (though not dripping) rag on the gunk and letting it sit for an hour. Remove the rag, turn the oven on just enough to warm the spill and then follow the steps above.

If that doesn't work, you will need to go one step further:

Ingredients: baking soda and washing soda

  • Mix ¾ cup baking soda and ¼ cup of washing soda.
  • Add enough water to make a paste
  • Apply the paste to oven surfaces and let soak overnight.
  • The next morning, lift off soda mixture and grime.