Homemade Household Cleaners

Along with getting the toxins out of the food that our family eats we are also working on getting the toxins out of our home.  I used to think that the smell of bleach and air fresheners was the smell of ‘clean’, I now realize that was the smell of toxic chemicals!  I know that we have saved a ton of money by making these simple household cleaners and I am positive that it has improved the air quality in our home.

You only need a few simple ingredients to make the cleaners!


White Vinegar, Borax, Baking Soda, Washing Soda, Lemon Juice, and Water

Counter Top Cleaner:  Mix 1 part white vinegar 3 parts water in a spray bottle  *I see many people use borax in this but it seems to leave a film on our dark granite countertops

All Purpose Cleaner:  Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda into 1/2 gallon water.  This is great for water deposit stains in bathrooms!

Air Freshener:   I have a little boy so the bathroom can get stale/stinky from time to time I have been placing a small dish of baking soda with lemon juice and it has worked wonders!  I also  recommend having houseplants to reduce odors and clean your indoor air.

Dishwasher Soap:  Mix equal parts of borax and washing soda (located near laundry detergent in the store), increase the washing soda if your water is hard.  I am still battling the spots and resort to using a rinse aid (Jet Dry) occasionally.

Disinfectant:  Mix 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar and 3 cups hot water.  For stronger cleaning power add 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap.

Marks on walls:  I have lots of these and am scared of the good ‘ol magic eraser.  I put some baking soda on a damp sponge.  Rub the stain off and rinse.

Window Cleaner:  Mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with 1 quart of warm water.  I now use crumpled newspaper to clean.  Works well but clean windows don’t last in my house!

Tub Cleaner:  I wipe the tub with vinegar first then follow with baking soda and a damp sponge.

Toilet Cleaner:  Mix 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar, pour into toilet and let it set a few minutes (this is when I clean the rest of the bathroom).  Scrub with a brush and flush!

Laundry Detergent:  I wrote a detailed account of this and you can find it here.

This is a super easy and cost saving change to make.  I am sure that you will enjoy your clean home as much as we do!!


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4 thoughts on “Homemade Household Cleaners

  1. Sunshine says:

    These are so great! I will definitely use some of these. I love the way you keep things simple. You should write a book about transitioning to a more natural lifestyle.

  2. I was cleaning with all-natural cleaners for a few months, and it was really tiresome ( dirty toilets after two days. . . and . . . well, stinky (the vinegar smell. . . )

    Maybe I was doing something wrong? I was using baking soda and vinegar.

    I think I’ll try out the orange-infused cleaner that you wrote about and see if that cuts down on the less-than-fresh smell of natural cleaners in our house. Because I really do want to go natural!
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    • Angela says:

      It took me some time to get used to the vinegar smell too. Maybe cut back on the vinegar? Infusing it with citrus really helps…I use lemons & limes as well. Good luck & thank you for stopping by 🙂

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