Friday, March 12, 2010

Homemade Cleaners

They say the air in your house is more poluted than the air outside. Thats because of all the cleaning supplies, hair sprays, air fresheners etc. After I had my son, I decided I didnt want him around all those crazy chemicals. So Ive been making my own, and its a whole lot cheaper than buying the "green" cleaning supplies they have out now. The three cheapest ingredients you probably already have:

Baking Soda - cleans, deodorizes, scours (think comet or ajax)
White Vinegar - cleans pretty much everything from kitchen counters to floors
Isopropyl (rubbing) Alcohol - disinfectant everything and anything

Get some spray bottles from the dollar store or reuse one you already have (wash it out first).

In one spray bottle put alcohol (one part alcohol to five parts water). Disinfects everything. Really good for bathrooms, doorknobs, telephones. Ive even used it for the floors.

In another spray bottle put one part vinegar to four parts water. This will clean floors, appliances, counters. Pretty much anything.

As an all purpose cleaner mix half cup vinegar and a one-forth cup baking soda into half gallon of water. Cleans chrome fixtures, water stains, showers, toilet bowl.

Use baking soda alone to scour stovetops, fridge, sinks.

Adjust the formulas or experiment with them yourself because you cant do much damage with these cleaning supplies. Test in a small area first if you're unsure. Anything you use alcohol and vinegar on will smell like alcohol and vinegar but only for a short time. The smell will go away, and I dont think its nearly as bad as some of the stuff I was using before. I guarantee your grandma cleaned with these!


  1. you can put some essential oils in with the vinegar to soften the smell, too. don't forget the last ingredient, my mom's favorite thing! ELBOW GREASE! also, you can cut up an old t-shirt and make reusable cleaning cloths rather than using paper towels.
    i have tons of recipes for stuff like this, including some homemade "butt wash" for the babies if you are using cloth wipes rather than disposable wipes. let me know if you ever want it.

  2. thank you for this post, I've just started looking up home made cleaning recipes, not only is it greener, but it saves green too, which is a big bonus for us stay at home mommas! great post!

  3. Brittany it does save so much! I cant tell you the last time I bought a "normal" cleaning product. Ive bought white vinegar but that lasts forever and its usually less than $3 for a gallon. Oh! And you can also use white vinegar as fabric softener. When I stopped using Downy and started using vinegar for our clothes, my husband never noticed a difference.

  4. bellisimama exactly! i use old socks, cut up shirts, wash cloths that have seen better days, cut up towels etc. I still buy paper towels because with two kids messes are unpredictable but I dont buy them very often anymore. You can post your butt wash recipe! Im sure lots of mamas would appreciate it!

  5. I am obsessed with white vinegar and water to clean everything. It does a better job on windows and mirrors than anything else I have ever tried. Plus I always feel like when I use chemicals the kids are breathing it into their lungs. My mom has suggested dry white wine but there is absolutly no way I am wasting my happy hour.

  6. Beth, I know! Plus its crazy cheap and a gallon lasts forever when you are diluting it with water. Alcohol and water does a good job too. I mop my floors with it sometimes.

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