Frugal Tip: Make Your Own Household Cleaners & Deodorizers – 8 Easy Recipes!


Making your own household cleaners and deodorizers can save you $100 or more each year. DIY cleaners are also great because they don’t have the harmful chemicals that store-bought cleaners do. Plus, if you make your own cleaners with things you probably have around the house already, you’re not going to have to worry about running out!

Most of these recipes are created using supplies most of us already have at home, but even if you have to go out and buy some of the supplies, paying $1 for a bottle of vinegar that will last months is much cheaper than the alternative.

All Purpose Cleaner

Combine 2T vinegar, 1 t Borax, Hot water, a few drops of a mild dish detergent, and about 10 drops of essential oils: in a spray bottle and use to clean any hard surface.

Window Cleaner

Combine ½ t mild dish detergent, 3T vinegar and 2 cups water into a spray bottle and use just like you would use Windex.

Tub Cleaner

Combine baking soda and water to make a paste, apply to the tub (or sink), and let sit for about 10 minutes. Wipe off with a wet cloth.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Just use 2 cups of vinegar: Pour it in your toilet and let it sit overnight. Clean with toilet bowl brush and flush.

Carpet Deodorizer

Use regular baking soda. Just sprinkle it on your carpet, let it sit for about 10 minutes, then vacuum up.

Floor Cleaner

Combine 1 cup white vinegar and 1 gallon warm water. Mix together in your cleaning bucket and use this to clean vinyl type floors.

Wood Floor Cleaner

Combine ½ cup vinegar and 1 gallon water. Dip your mop into the mixture and squeeze until it is almost dry, then mop. Do not put this cleaner directly on the floor.

Furniture Polish

Combine 1 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup lemon juice. Shake well and apply a small amount to a cleaning cloth. Spread over surface and then dry with a separate cloth.


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