Make Your Own Household Cleaners — Part II

Use these tips and recipes to make your own household cleaners

In Make Your Own Household Cleaners — Part I, we covered how to transition into using only homemade household cleaners. In Part II, we look at some tried and true recipes that you can quickly make yourself, are easy, inexpensive, and less toxic than commercial cleaners.

Homemade laundry detergent

You can make either powder or gel laundry detergent, wash loads of clothes and save loads of money. Below is the recipe for powder detergent. The gel recipe can be found here.

— 5 cups of soap flakes
— 7 cups of borax

That is it. Mix up and store in a container with a lid. Use 1/2 cup per load.

Laundry fabric softener

— 6 cups of vinegar
— 1 cup of water
— 1 cup of baking soda

Mix this together in a container. Be very careful when mixing soda and vinegar. They have a foaming reaction when combined.

Microwave cleaner

I have found this to be the absolute best and quickest way to clean a really dirty microwave. All you have to do is pour 1 cup of vinegar in a microwavable bowl and heat it for one to two minutes. When the vinegar heats up, it creates steam and it works to loosen all the dried-on splatters. Now, just wipe clean — no scrubbing or spraying toxic household cleaners.

Linoleum floor cleaner

Yep…good old vinegar again (I buy it in the one gallon size). To clean greasy floors after frying foods, use one cup of white vinegar in two gallons of water, mop clean.

Sink cleaner

Mix salt and baking soda in equals parts and scrub.

Window cleaner

Combine one gallon of water with 1/2 cup of white vinegar. If you want to wash all your windows at one time, mix this up in a bucket and start washing. If you want to keep some on hand to clean your mirrors, mix one ounce of vinegar to 32 ounces of water in a spray bottle.

Dishwasher detergent

Use 1 tablespoon of Borax and one tablespoon of Baking Soda per load. I mix this up and keep it in a plastic container so it is always ready — just use equal parts borax and baking soda.

To make your dishes sparkle and have no water spots, put vinegar in the rinse cycle instead of those expensive jet dry liquids.

Toilet bowl cleaner

Combine 1 cup of borax with one cup of vinegar in a container, pour all at once into the toilet. Let this sit overnight and in the morning, you have the cleanest toilet bowl ever. This household cleaner even works on stubborn rings.

Are you counting up how much money you can save? Do you see how you can help the environment by using these natural ingredients? Use these recipes for household cleaners and save trips to the store, money and the environment.