Make Your Own Cleaners at Home & Save Money

Last Updated on August 17, 2020

Making things for yourself can help save you money and lets you personalize the products used your home.

Making your own cleaning solution is no different. It will save you money over buying more expensive cleaning supplies in the store.

It also lets you control what goes into the cleaning solutions. You can decide what chemicals are used and how safe your final solution will be. This is especially important if you have children, pets, allergies or any health concerns at all.

You can also decide what scent your cleaning supplies will be by adding essential oils or citrus juice, if you so choose.

Make Your Own All Purpose Cleaner

For an all-purpose cleaner, simply use a combination of baking soda and water. You can use about four tablespoons of baking soda to one quart of water (warm water works best).

This recipe gives you enough to fill a spray bottle, and you can a use this spray on just about any hard surface. It cleans through grime and grease pretty well and makes your home smell better too. The baking soda does a great job of cutting through accumulated stuff on your countertops and floors, and it doesn’t leave behind a sticky residue or create unpleasant fumes like many other cleaners would.

Make Your Own Tough Scrub

To make a tough scrub, use a mixture of borax and lemon. Take half a lemon and dip it in about half a cup of borax and then use that as your scrubbing pad. It will eat through grease, grime and other stuff that is stuck to hard surfaces, and it does it incredibly well. Of course, you can only use this a few times before the lemon is unusable, but it’s a simple and practical scrubber that uses natural components to clean your house perfectly and safely.

Make Your Own Brass Cleaner

You can easily make your own brass cleaner as well. To create this kind of cleaning solution, mix a bit of lemon juice and table salt. You can use white vinegar in place of the lemon juice, if you want.

To use it, just take a cloth and dip in in lemon juice and then sprinkle some salt on it. This cleans brass to a beautiful shine and gives it a fresh, new look that you are going to love.

Make Your Own De-Greaser

Some of these cleanser recipes will do okay with fighting grease, but you can also make an actual de-greaser for those tough grease stains, such as your stove-top and microwave. For this, baking soda and gel toothpaste is all you need. This creates a paste that cuts through grease easily and makes it so much easier to clean places in your home that would be tough to clean with other methods.

Make Money

As an added bonus, there is a market for homemade, all natural cleaners. So if you make your own cleaners, there is the possibility of turning this into a way to make extra money, in addition to making your home fresh and clean. Be sure to do your homework and look into any relevant laws and regulations that might apply.

These are just a few of the cleaners you can make on your own.

Do you make your own cleaners? Which cleaner do you find works the best? Please let us know in the comments!

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Amanda Kay

Amanda Kay, an Employment Specialist and founder of My Life, I Guess, strives to keep the "person" in personal finance by writing about money, mistakes, and making a living. She focuses on what it’s like being in debt, living paycheck to paycheck, and surviving unemployment while also offering advice and support for others in similar situations - including a FREE library of career & job search resources.

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