We have all been told a million times about the harsh chemicals in store bought cleaners or how cheap it is to make your own cleaners.

For years I told myself that I never had enough time to make my own cleaners and that it was a waste of time.

The truth is that since I started making my own cleaners, I’ve not only saved money but time as well!

There are a bunch of common ingredients to use when you make your cleaners. Most of which are probably already in your own pantry.

The DIY recipes I make take less than 10 minutes to make, which means you can make it faster than running up to the store!

Here’s a list of the savings you’ll get immediately when you start making your own cleaners (CLICK HERE to get my recipe sheet to make 12 cleaners using only 10 common ingredients):

  • Making your own Laundry Detergent (either liquid or dry powder) will save you up to 80% which will save the average family of four, $300 a year!
  • Fabric Softener is expensive! With this Ammonia-Free Fabric Softener Recipe you’ll save $3 with each bottle you don’t have to buy.
  • Nothing cleans glass (and doesn’t leave streaks) better than this Glass, Mirror & Window Cleaner Recipe which will save you over $1 each bottle.
  • Disinfecting surfaces like the kitchen counter or every surface in your bathroom, makes you want to spend big bucks to make sure it’s clean. But this recipe for Disinfecting All Purpose Spray will rest your mind at ease as it saves you almost $2 per bottle when you make it.
  • Your kitchen sink harbors a lot of bacteria. It might just be dirtier than your bathroom because of the raw meat you cook with. Disinfect it while you save over $1 using this disinfecting sink cleaner recipe instead of purchasing it at the store.
  • No one wants to clean the toilet. With this Toilet Bowl Cleaner recipe you’ll never have to worry about getting bleach on your clothes. It works good and it’ll save you over about 50¢ with EVERY USE.
  • I never have time to clean my shower. Actually, I never remember to clean it until I get in it to use it. This Shower Cleaner Recipe is not only fun (which sounds impossible), but it is also super simple to make and keep inside your shower so that you can do it while your waiting for your conditioner to work it’s magic. Oh, and it’ll save you over $2 for each bottle you don’t have to purchase.
  • While you won’t save a large amount of money on this Floor Cleaner recipe, it is super simple to make so that you never worry about forgetting to buy it when you’re at the store.
  • If you have any rugs or carpets at your house, then this Carpet & Rug Deodorizer recipe will save you over $1 each bottle and make your whole house smell divine.
  • Leather sofas, purses and shoes need to be cleaned so they stay soft and subtle. But the leather cleaner you’ll find at the store is expensive. And it doesn’t have to be. Using this Leather Cleaner will save you 50% each time you use it.

Here’s the list of secret common ingredients that will save you money on your household cleaners. That way you can decide if you should be buying or DIYing your own cleaners.

White Vinegar

The same Vinegar you use in your coleslaw recipe, to make the perfect Dutch Apple Pie, or as a secret ingredient to make your boiled eggs peel easier, can be used as a disinfectant for cleaning.

It’s time to pull out that big jug of white vinegar and start using it all over you home!

I don’t really like the smell of vinegar in my cleansers, so I make this citrus vinegar to use in my cleaners (or you could also add a few drops of essential oil to your cleaning solution to make it smell better).

Lemon Juice/Lemons

We use lemons and lemon juice in our home to cook all the time, instead of letting them go to waste or go bad, we put them to use in cleaning.

Since lemons can be bought for $0.50 or less at the store, they are a cheap alternative to other store bought cleaners. Plus, they have bleaching properties as well as adding a pleasant scent to anything you use them in.

Make lemonade for the family and then use the rinds to disinfect your garbage disposal or to make your vinegar have a citrus scent.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a miracle worker for covering up scents around your home.

It is also a great scratch-free scrubbing product to help clean the yuck out of your kitchen sink without scratching the surface.

Sprinkle some right into your litter box to combat the smell or keep in in a little bowl inside your refrigerator to help with any odors in there as well.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is always associated with first aid, but it actually works great as a part of your DIY cleaner.

You can create your own “toilet time spray”, stainless steel cleaner, and even deep clean your dry erase board.

If you have a kitchen, or kids, then you need to always have a bottle of rubbing alcohol on hand for getting rid of germs to keep your kids safe.

Castile Soap

Castile soap is one of the most versatile of all cleaners. Its name came from where the soap originated from the Castile region in Spain.

The soap naturally possesses antibacterial properties that help kill bacteria, yet it is gentle enough to use on your face or even on babies.

In fact, you can use it for everything from your own all-purpose spray all the way to body wash, and even a shower scrub.

I keep a gallon size jug around at all times, or I buy bars of Castile soap at Walmart and melt it into a liquid.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a great alternative for toxic cleaners and is even safe for cleaning areas where food or dishes live.

It’s the best bleach replacement you’ll ever use because it’s safe to use on colors.

Plus, it’s super inexpensive because a little bit goes a long way.

Coconut Oil

I used to think that coconut oil was only used for deep conditioning your hair and making delicious popcorn.

However, coconut oil works great for cleaning makeup brushes, makes your hand soap have a creamy foam and even works well as an adhesive remover.

Olive Oil

There are very few households who don’t have olive oil laying around the house somewhere.

Were you aware that it can also be used as a successful cleaner?

Olive oil is great for cleaning cast iron pans, repairing scratches on leather, and works as a great shine or polish for stainless steel.

Dish Soap

Dish Soap is probably the most hidden ingredient used to make homemade cleaners.

Especially if you use the Dawn brand, then ounce for ounce you’ll save money immediately.

Each drop packs quite a punch in order to help cut through grease and deep clean everything from your leather sofa to your steamy shower.

Distilled Water

Did you realize that not all water is the same? Many homemade cleaners require you to use distilled water so that the cleaner doesn’t get slimy.

Distilled water is different from the water you get when you turn on the tap.

It is the steam that has been collected when water is boiled to remove all minerals and any impurities.

So it’s a type of purified water. Just the cleanest, most pure water you can get. You can get it from Walmart or your local grocery store right near the other types of waters.

Essential Oils

Essential oils have so many different types of compounds and uses depending on which ones you use!

You can add them to the cleaners with vinegar to make it smell nice, but they also have disinfecting properties that take your homemade cleaners to the next level.

The most effective cleaning Essential Oils are Tea Tree Oil (also known as Melaleuca) as well as Lavender. I use the Young Living brand of essential oils because of their Non-GMO Seed-To-Seal Promise.

Buy or DIY?

As you can see, making your own cleaners is kind of a no-brainer.

You’ll save so much money and it’s quicker to make them rather than running up to the store.

With this list of 10 ingredients you probably already have on hand in your pantry, you can make an almost endless number of cleaners. Especially when there are so many great recipes that can help you clean nearly everything in your home for a fraction of the cost.


Your Turn: Do you make any homemade cleaners? Share with me in the comments below!

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