Friday, March 1, 2013

A Few Homemade Cleaning Supplies

Have you ever looked at the ingredients on many of the store bought household cleaners in your home and wondered just what you were wiping all over your house?  Just breathe in when you're cleaning and decide whether the cleaner you're using is something you want in the lungs and on the hands of your family.  While many of the store bought products consider themselves 'green,' you can make truly green products with things you may already have around your home. 

Before you think about different cleaners, remember that warm water and a little elbow grease can go a long way!

Citrus/Vinegar Cleaner

One of my favorite cleaners is a citrus/vinegar cleaner that can be used around your home.  To make the cleaner, combine equal parts vinegar and water in a glass jar.  Add the peels of oranges, lemons, or other citrus product.  If you are making a quart, you will need about 5 oranges.  Allow the mixture to sit for around 10 days then strain the peels and put the cleaner in a spray bottle.

Laundry Detergent

Create Your Own Laundry Detergent using just 3 simple ingredients with this recipe from Killer Family Farm.  Laundry detergent is expensive, and if make a large batch of this recipe, it is sure to last you for months.

Using Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of my favorite houehold cleaning ingredients.  Baking Soda can be used to decrease smells, remove stains, cut grease, and even put out fires.  Sprinkle it where there are odors or leave an open container in the fridge.

Glass Cleaner

Glass cleaners can by made using a few tablespoons vinegar, 2 cups of water and a splash of detergent. Wash glass by putting the solution in a spray bottle and wiping with paper towels or newspaper.

Do you make your own household cleaners? 

To see more ideas, or add some a post of your own, check out the homemade cleaning supplies link up or visit the Homeskills page for more homesteading skills.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! I've really been wanting to make my own cleaners lately. I've read a lot about the citrus and vinegar cleaners and I think I'll start there. I love the scent of citrus.

  2. A couple years ago I bought Caldrea's Citron Ginger (with grapefruit, ginger and basil). I just love the smell, but it's expensive! I'd love to make my own. Thanks for sharing!

  3. You must need all the mentioned supplies, you just can't ignore any of them.

  4. These are really great ideas for home made cleaning supplies. I really hate using harsh chemicals around the house so these could really come in handy. Thanks!