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5 Easy Homemade Cleaners

Store-bought cleaning products might offer amazing results, but sometimes you have all you need in front of you. Check out these homemade cleaners.

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Homemade All-Purpose CleanerM. Show/shutterstock

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

Try using this homemade all-purpose cleaner on counter tops and surfaces to disinfect and freshen your home. This recipe includes vinegar, which removes stains and odors, and anti-microbial essential oils to keep your home germ free.

Ingredients:

  • Spray bottle
  • Small funnel
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • Tea tree essential oil
  • Eucalyptus essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Take the top off of an empty spray bottle, place a small funnel into the opening and pour in 1/2 cup of white vinegar.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda, and wait for the foaming to subside.
  3. Add in 10 drops each of tea tree and eucalyptus essential oil.
  4. Fill the rest of the bottle with water.
  5. Screw the spray top onto the bottle, and shake well before use.
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Simple Soft ScrubPaul Biryukov/Shutterstock

Simple Soft Scrub

Industrial soft scrub cleaners can contain strong chemical ingredients, but you can get your tub and shower just as clean with homemade cleaner. This simple soft scrub recipe will clean a bathroom faster and better, and uses a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, which will dissolve hard mineral deposits and easily cut through soap scum.

Ingredients:

  • Empty dish soap bottle
  • Small funnel
  • 1 1/2 cups baking soda
  • 1/2 cup liquid Castile soap
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Tea tree essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Take the cap off of an empty dish soap bottle. Make sure that you wash out the empty dish soap bottle well before using it to make soft scrub cleaner.
  2. Place a small funnel into the opening of the bottle, and pour 1 and 1/2 cups of baking soda, 1/2 cup of liquid castile soap, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of water into the bottle. Wait for the foaming to subside.
  3. Screw the cap onto the bottle, and shake it vigorously for around 2 minutes.
  4. To use, squeeze the simple soft scrub cleaner onto the surface, and scrub using a wet washcloth or cleaning brush.

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Natural Toilet Bowl CleanerDmitry Kalinovsky/Shutterstock

Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Many commercial toilet bowl cleaners use chlorine bleach, but not this natural toilet bowl cleaner. Instead, castile soap and baking soda get the job done. Plus, you won't have to worry about accidentally exposing your pets or children to toxic toilet water.

Ingredients:

  • Large squirt bottle
  • Small funnel
  • 1/3 cup liquid Castile soap
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Eucalyptus essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Take the top off of a large squirt bottle, which you can find at most home improvement stores.
  2. Place a funnel into the opening of the bottle, and pour in 1/3 cup of liquid castile soap, 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Wait for the foaming to subside.
  3. Add in 5 drops each of lemon, eucalyptus and lavender essential oils, which both freshen and disinfect.
  4. Screw the cap into the squirt bottle, shake well and squirt into the toilet bowl.
  5. Allow the homemade cleaner to sit for a few minutes, then use a toilet brush to scrub the bowl clean.
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Homemade Window CleanerAfrica Studio/shutterstock

Homemade Window Cleaner

Forget using chemical cleaners to wash windows. They'll look clean as a whistle with this all-natural homemade window cleaner, which uses vinegar and cornstarch to buff those fingerprints away.

Ingredients:

  • Empty spray bottle
  • Small funnel
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups water
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Grapefruit essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Take the top off of an empty spray bottle, place a small funnel into the opening and pour in 1/2 cup of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 2 cups of water.
  2. Add in 5 drops each of lemon and grapefruit essential oils.
  3. Screw the spray top back onto the bottle, and shake well before use.

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An Old-School Remedy

Just a little bit of research will show you that cleaning wood floors with white vinegar and water is highly contested, but its definitely worth a try if youre looking to avoid harmful chemicals. Depending on the strength of acetic acid (the chemical component in vinegar that breaks down oils and sugars) you are looking to apply to your floors, go for anywhere from a half cup to a full cup of vinegar per gallon of water. Another plus side? If youre into natural remedies, you likely already have a variety of vinegars in your cabinet or refrigerator (but probably avoid the red wine variety).Learn how to clean floors of all kinds.