Save Money By Making Your Own Household Cleaners

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It’s no surprise that people want to keep their homes disinfected these days. But keeping your house squeaky clean can cost lots of money. All those disinfectants and surface sprays start to add up, plus, they often coat your home in chemicals. But there’s a better way — make your own household cleaners.

Don’t get anxious. Whipping up a counter cleaner or a shower spray couldn’t be easier, and you probably have the requisite ingredients in your pantry already. Keep reading for some cheap and easy household cleaning products that you can make yourself.

All-Purpose Cleaner

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Consider this a homemade take on the Mrs. Meyer’s countertop spray. This fragrant solution will help scrub away grease stains, hard water stains, crusty buildup, and much more.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 part water
  • 1 part white vinegar
  • Lemon rind
  • Rosemary sprigs

After combining the above ingredients into a spray bottle, shake and let it infuse for about a week. You’ll love the fresh scent, and be surprised by how tough the lemon rind is on greasy messes.

Amazing Baking Soda Deodorizer

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It’s an open secret that baking soda neutralizes odors, whether in your fridge or inside a garbage can. This DIY deodorizing spray will keep your kitchen appliances clean and stink-free. All you’ll need is:

  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 quart of water

Additionally, to kill stench from a drain or garbage disposal, just pour baking soda directly down the well, and turn on the water to rinse.

Daily Shower Spray

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Your shower could end up a moldy, mildewy mess if you don’t take proper precautions. But never fear. This daily spray, which you should apply just after you finish showering, will annihilate soap scum before it turns into something more dangerous. To make the daily spray, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • ½ cup of water
  • 20 drops tea tree essential oil (optional, though it adds nice fragrance).

And don’t forget to turn on your ventilation fan or open a window for about a half hour after showering. Ridding your bathroom of moisture is key to keeping mold at bay.

Vinegar & Alcohol Glass Cleaner

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Good glass cleaner evaporates quickly, leaving the surface of your mirror or window shiny and streak-free. Combine the following in a spray bottle for your own DIY Windex:

  • 1 cup of rubbing alcohol
  • 1 cup of water
  • A tablespoon of white vinegar

If you’d prefer not to use alcohol, use 1 cup of white vinegar instead.

Make Your Own Household Cleaners — Sources

Good Housekeeping
Clean My Space
The Spruce