DIY Cleaning Supplies

If there’s anything I’ve learned from February’s affirmation, it’s that cleaning supplies don’t have to be purchased at the store and you can save money by making them yourself. I haven’t been using my cleaning supplies for very long, but I am pleased to report success so far. Finding some of the ingredients was tricky, but I’ve found items like essential oils can be found on sale at department stores and items like spray bottles, vinegar, and baking soda are at the dollar store. What I’ve been even more delighted by are the smells of tea tree oil and orange oil in my bathroom instead of manufactured cleaning supplies. If you’re convinced you need to give it a shot, here are a few recipes I used to master this affirmation.

  1. Toilet Cleaner (from The Penny Hoarder)

Ingredients: ½ cup baking soda, 1 cup white vinegar, ½ tsp. tea tree oil

Instructions: Combine vinegar and oil in a spray bottle. Spray in the toilet bowl, add baking soda, and scrub with a toilet brush.

  1. Glass Cleaner (from Real Simple via Tip Hero)

Ingredients: 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol, 5 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions: Pour ingredients into a spray bottle and shake to combine. Spray onto surface and clean with a cloth or sponge.

  1. Shower Spray (from A Typical English Home)

Ingredients: 1 cup water, 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup natural dish soap

Instructions: Pour ingredients into a spray bottle and shake to combine. Spray onto surface and clean with a cloth or sponge.

  1. Chrome Cleaner (from Real Simple via Tip Hero)

Ingredients: 2 cups water, ½ tsp. Dr. Bronner’s castille soap, 3 tbsp. white vinegar

Instructions: Pour ingredients into a spray bottle and shake to combine. Spray onto surface and clean with a cloth or sponge.

  1. All Purpose Cleaner (from Real Simple via Tip Hero)

Ingredients: ¾ cup water, ¼ cup rubbing alcohol, 5-10 drops peppermint or lemon essential oil, 1 squirt natural dish soap

Instructions: Pour ingredients into a spray bottle and shake to combine. Spray onto surface and clean with a cloth or sponge.

So far my homemade cleaning supplies have served me well, but I’m open to new mixtures and ideas. If you’ve made your own cleaning supplies, share your suggestions with me in the comments.

Have you made your own cleaning supplies? What mixtures do you recommend?

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