Making Your Own Household Cleaners

Store bought household cleaners can contain unhealthy chemicals that are not safe for ourselves, our children, and the environment.  The big cleaning supply companies want you to think you need them, or you will never get rid of germs and bacteria.  You can make all your own cleaners from easy to find ingredients that are healthier for you and for a fraction of the price.  My main four ingredients are vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and Borax.  In various combinations you can clean most things around the home.  I clean toilets with baking soda and vinegar, clean the bathtub with vinegar and Borax, I use a ¼ cup of Borax in the wash to boost the cleaning power of the detergent, and use vinegar instead of fabric softener in the wash.  There are so many products you do not need to buy.  I use this link ecocycle.org (http://www.ecocycle.org/hazwaste/recipes.cfm) for a comprehensive list of some great products you can make at home.

These are the products I prefer to use with some of their uses.

Baking soda:

  • Deodorizes
  • Puts out grease fires
  • Cleans and polishes aluminum, chrome, jewelry, plastic, porcelain, silver, stainless steel, and tin
  • Fabric softener
  • Remove acidic stains
  • Underarm deodorant
  • Toothpaste

Lemon juice:

  • Cleans glass
  • Removes stains from aluminum, clothing, and porcelain
  • Lightens and bleaches if used in the sunlight

Vinegar:

  • Dissolves mineral deposits
  • Removes grease, traces of soap, or wax buildup
  • Polishes some metals
  • Deodorizes
  • Removes mold
  • Helps remove musty smell in clothes
  • Helps remove acidic stains

Borax:

  • Deodorizes
  • Inhibits mold growth
  • Boosts the cleaning power of soap or detergent
  • Removes stains
  • Kills cockroaches when used with an attractant such as sugar

I have decided to slowly start changing the cleaning and personal products we use in our home.  I’m not throwing everything away that I have now, that would be a waste, but when I run out I will not be buying more.  I will be using a healthier alternative, homemade.

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Making your own Household Cleaners


Store bought household cleaners have unhealthy chemicals in them that are not safe for ourselves, our children and the environment. The big companies want you to think you need them, or you will never get rid of germs and bacteria, but you don’t. You can make all your own cleaners from easy to find ingredients and for a fraction of the price. My main four ingredients are vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and Borax. In combinations you can clean most things around the home. I use baking soda and vinegar in the toilets and vinegar and Borax in the bathtubs, ¼ cup on Borax in the wash and vinegar instead of fabric softener. There are so many products that you don’t need to buy, have a look at this link at ecocycle.org (http://www.ecocycle.org/hazwaste/recipes.cfm) for a comprehensive list of some great products you can make at home.

My products and what they can do for you:

1. Baking soda:

  • Deodorizes
  • Puts out grease fires
  • Cleans and polishes aluminum, chrome, jewelry, plastic, porcelain, silver, stainless steel and tin
  • A fabric softener
  • Helps remove acidic stains
  • Can be used as underarm deodorant and toothpaste

2. Lemon juice:

  • Cleans glass
  • Removes stains from aluminum, clothing and porcelain
  • Lightens and bleaches if used in the sunlight

3. Vinegar:

  • Dissolves mineral deposits
  • Removes grease, traces of soap or wax buildup
  • Polishes some metals
  • Deodorizes
  • Removes mold
  • Helps remove musty smell in clothes
  • Helps remove acidic stains

4. Borax:

  • Deodorizes
  • Inhibits mold growth
  • Boosts the cleaning power of soap or detergent
  • Removes stains
  • Kills cockroaches when used with an attractant such as sugar

I have decided to slowly start changing the cleaning produces and personal products that we use in our home. I’m not throwing everything away that I have now, that would be a waste, but when I run out I will not be buying new ones, I’ll be using a healthier alternative, homemade.

  1 comment for “Making Your Own Household Cleaners

  1. September 8, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I have a friend who has started a blog called “Trying to be green…a mom’s journey”
    http://trying2bgreen.wordpress.com/
    She writes posts on a weekly basis which include: eco-tips, product reviews, product suggestions, website references plus lots more.
    Drop by and take a look.

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