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How to Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

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This past year I started making my own cleaning supplies. I started out by using a mixture of vinegar and water to clean the mirrors and windows in our home. Slowly, I have added several DIY cleaning supplies to my list.

One way to save money is by making your own cleaning supplies. Check out these recipes!

Laundry Soap
I love this no-grate soap by Budget 101. If you have ever tried to make laundry soap before, you have probably had to grate the Fels-Naptha bar. That was so annoying to me. This recipe is super easy and requires no grating! It also lasts forever.Win! Win!


Dish-washing Detergent
1 cup Borax
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup Kosher salt
5 packets of unsweetened lemonade
Mix all ingredients together and store in an air tight container. Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load.

We go through dish-washing detergent like there is no tomorrow! I love this inexpensive recipe which lasts awhile. Because we have hard water, our dishes were coming out filmy. You can read how I get rid of the film on dishes.


Bathtub Cleaner
Add 1/2 cup of vinegar and a squirt of dish soap to the bottom of a bucket.
Fill bucket up with hot water.
Use a scrub brush to scrub mixture onto walls of shower and sides and floor of the tub. 


All purpose Cleaner
Add one part vinegar and one part water to a squirt bottle.

I use this mixture to wipe down the kitchen counter tops, kitchen sink, inside the refrigerator and microwave, bathroom counter tops and sinks, outside of the toilet, windows, and mirrors. My husband even used it on the grill grate and it took the food gunk right off!


Laminate Floor Mopping
Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to a bucket. Fill the rest of the bucket up with hot water.
Wet mop and wring out.
Mop small section.
Use a towel to dry that section. I like to attach a small towel to my Swiffer mop to dry the floors. 
Continue with the rest of the floor.


Tile Floor Mopping
Add 1/2 cup of vinegar and a squirt of dish soap to the bottom of a bucket.
Fill bucket up with hot water.
Wet mop and wring out.
Mop small sections of the floor at a time.

Bonus Ideas To Save Even More Money:

Use reusable rags instead of disposable sponges and cloths.
I used to go through sponges and Lysol wipes all the time, but it got expensive having to buy them so often. Now, I use inexpensive white dish rags. The white rags are used solely for cleaning the bathrooms. They go in the wash and are reused next time.

Use Microfiber cloths to dust.
These cloths pick up everything! Simply throw in the wash and reuse them. Courtney at Creek line House shared a great tip for getting your microfiber cloths to work the way they are suppose to.

Use your own cloths instead of Swiffer disposable cloths.
After I sweep the floor, I use my Swiffer Sweeper Mop to run over the floor one more time. This also allows me to get under the furniture easier than I can with a broom. I love to use the micro fiber cloths because they pick up so much dust that my broom misses. Again, just throw them in the wash and reuse them.

Note: I buy vinegar in gallon bottles. Sam’s has a pretty good price on a box of 2, and every once in awhile the local grocery store will have them on sale for BOGO. It lasts forever, and is so inexpensive.

How about trying one of the cleaning solutions above? Start with one, see if you like it. Then add another to your list. It’s amazing how much money you will save!


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2 thoughts on “How to Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

  1. I also make my own fabric softner. I found the stuff they have in the stores is so expensive and I wanted to cut down on costs. So now all I do is find a big gallon jug, add 6 cups of water and 1 cup of vinegar, along with a bottle of cheap dollar store hair conditioner. Works great!

    Bo Tolbert @ HJS Supply Co.

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