Homemade House Cleaner Recipes to Save you Money

Homemade House Cleaner Recipes to Save you MoneySave money and keep your house clean at the same time, make your own house cleaning solutions. Check out my collection of  homemade house cleaning recipes, you may even have the ingredients in your kitchen cupboard. Baking soda and vinegar are both commonly used in DIY house cleaners and both work will work magic throughout your home.

First take a look at the common household ingredients that you can use and the benefits they offer .

Common ingredients

  • Baking Soda – AKA  Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Good for scouring surfaces because it is an abrasive but will not scratch hard surfaces.
  • Baking soda is a great deodorizer because it will eliminate odors rather than just masking them.
  • Be careful using on finished surfaces such as paint or varathane .
  • Do Not use on, aluminum cookware, gold-plated items, antique silverware or marble surfaces.
  • White Vinegar –
  • House hold white vinegar contains about 5% Acetic acid .
  • You can get what is called Cleaning Vinegar which contains 6% Acetic acid.
  • Use caution because the 1% difference,makes Cleaning Vinegar 20% stronger and is not to be used for cooking or eating.
  • White vinegar can be used to get rid of mold, bacteria, and germs.
  • Great in combination with baking soda.
  • Rubbing Alcohol – kills bacteria, germs and will evaporate quickly.
  • Lemon Juice – Used because it is acidic,it kills germs and bacteria, acts like natural bleach, masks odors.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide – kills bacteria and mold.
  • Tea Tree Oil- kills germs, hinders mold, and hides odors.
  • Mild Dish Washing Detergent – Cuts through grease and light dirt
  • Pure Castile Soap – this is soap is made with vegetable oil and is Eco friendly
  • Household ammonia – Is an all-purpose cleaner that doesn’t streak, works well for chrome, mirrors and windows
  • Sudsy ammonia- Contains soap, so it is a better cleaner for tough dirt

Cleaning supplies

You can either buy a spray bottle to put your cleaning solutions in or recycle spry bottles you already have. If you choose to use recycle spray bottles make sure to rinse them out. Sponges or rags and a scouring pad and scrub brush will be enough to get you started.

Homemade Cleaner Recipes

Homemade House Cleaner Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl. Add 1 cup vinegar.
  • Using a scrub brush give it a stir, it will begin to fizz, let it sit for a minute or 2 then scrub again and flush.
  • For heavy stains you can substitute ammonia in place of vinegar.
  • WARNING : Never mix ammonia with bleach

All purpose Cleaner

  • Fill a spray bottle half full with vinegar and fill the remainder with water.
  • Adding lemon juice will mask the vinegar smell. Shake it before using as an everyday household cleaner.
  • For a stronger all-purpose cleaner, you can use ammonia instead of vinegar.
  • Mix four parts water to one part ammonia.

Glass Cleaner

  • Fill a spray bottle a quarter full of vinegar and top it off with warm
  • For a faster-drying alternative, pour 1 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1 cup of water, and 1 tablespoon vinegar into a spray bottle.
  • The rubbing  alcohol will evaporate quickly and act as a great alternative for conventional glass cleaners.

Bathroom Cleaner

  • Make a paste from baking soda and Castile soap or mild dish soap.
  • You can add a few drops of tea tree oil for antiseptic properties and mold repellent.
  • Gently scrub the bathtub and sink surfaces using just the paste, next rinse using warm water.

Tip :

Keep a spray bottle filled with water and several drops of tea tree oil on hand. This will  help to prevent mold growth in your shower and bathtub. You can spray the surfaces after each bath or shower.

Floor Cleaner

  • Fill a bucket with one gallon of hot water
  • Add 1 cup of vinegar, and a few drops of tea tree oil.
  • For tougher jobs, add 1/4 cup  baking soda and 1/2 cup ammonia.
  • For marble or granite floors use rubbing alcohol in place of vinegar or ammonia.
  • This will help protect the porous surface from the harsh acidic nature of the vinegar and ammonia.

Remove Nicotine stains

  • In a 1 gallon pail mix, 1/2 cup of baking soda , 1/3 cup of ammonia, 1/4 cup of vinegar
  • Add 7 cups of warm water and stir mixture with a soon until the baking soda is dissolved.
  • Pour mixture into a spray bottle for application.
  • Spray the solution on the wall and wipe with a damp cloth, rinse cloth and wipe again. Repeat as needed until all the nicotine is removed .

You can find  DIY Moss killer recipes at this post.

You can find DIY Vinyl Siding cleaner recipes at this post .

These are just a few homemade house cleaner recipes that you can make to save you money. As you can see there are many common household items that you can use to keep your home looking fresh and sparkling clean. Check back to this post as it will be updated as new effective solutions are found.

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8 thoughts on “Homemade House Cleaner Recipes to Save you Money”

  1. Thank you for sharing with us this helpful article on Homemade House Cleaner Recipes.

    We all need to live in a good place with hygienical mood but many of us do not know the good way to do it without wasting much money.

    Your article is showing the best cleaning recipes we can use at home and for sure they are not expensive.

    Best regards

  2. Hi Rick,

    Thanks for this wonderful DIY tips especially the one for cleaning stubborn stains from the toilet I think I will give it a trial and the fact that you don’t have to spend a fortune makes it great.

    For DIY cleaning solutions can lemon be replaced with lime because lime is readily available in my part of the world but lemon is a bit scarce.

    • Thanks for your comment Kabirat , yes indeed you could use lime in place of lemon as is still has the acidic base which is the key property and would work wonderfully for any homemade cleaner recipe that called for lemons.

  3. I love this article. I have been interested in finding cleaning recipes that can be made economically. Many great ideas here I haven’t tried. Thanks for your sharing the homemade cleaner recipes.
    Please keep doing good work.

  4. These tips are absolutely amazing, and you’re right, it’s all ingredients I have right here in my home already.  I was trying to use “natural” cleaning products, but oh my were they expensive!  Who has money for that, but with small children in the house, I’m so nervous to use all these chemicals.  It just can’t be healthy.  I’m super excited I found your site, and I’m definitely going to bookmark it for reference.  Thanks so much!

    • You bet Babsie , thanks for the comment . I always get a kick when people appreciate and can use one of my  DIY tips for around the home .  

  5. I’m always looking to save money! Some of the cleaners in the stores are way too expensive for my taste. I never thought of making my own toilet bowl cleaner. That’s a great idea. Looks like you can use vinegar to clean just about anything. I need to pick up a few gallons and start making my own cleaners. Thanks for the ideas.

    • Thanks for your comments Cory , yes vinegar is a great base and is used for most homemade house cleaners. You can buy it when it comes on sale at the grocery store and save more money because it will last a long time .  

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