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208 Responses to BIG List of DIY Homemade Cleaners!

  1. Colleen says:

    Love the site and already made my batch of 409, it works great. I received a refillable mop for Christmas and was looking for homemade floor cleaning recipes to fill the bottle. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks for the help.

    • Kit says:

      We have a small cleaning business and the best product for cleaning floors is, white vinegar and water. Vinegar is a natural rinse agent. It will not streak your floors or cause build up. Not to mention, that you are not breathing in harsh chemicals. This is a great window/glass cleaner also!

      • Laura says:

        Can you use the vinegar/water solution on laminate wood floors?

        • Kit says:

          Yes, you can use it on anything. Just make sure your rag is rung out well, just damp. Laminate floors should not have a lot of water on them. Hope that helps!

          • Amy Sue says:

            anyone know what the ratio on the water and vinegar for the floors is?

          • meredith says:

            With vinegar, a little bit goes a long way. I usually add about 1/4 cup or slightly less to my mop bucket if it’s a regular sized bucket. If you have a large or extra large bucket, you could use 1/2 a cup probably.

          • Amy Sue says:

            Ok, Thank you! And does the vinegar sanitize in all these cleaning solutions?

          • Kit says:

            This is a great website I found on vinegar. I cannot say enough good about it. Go to the dollar store get a spray bottle, dilute vinegar in water and you have a fantastic spray cleaner!!!! Quit giving those chemical companies money and keep your health too!


          • Ang says:

            I found this http://www.household-management-101.com/uses-for-vinegar.html that defines sanitizing & disenfecting the same (basically they kill close to 100% of germs)-they say it doesn’t do that, but it gets a lot of them.

          • meredith says:

            Not totally sure what you mean, but I only use vinegar and warm water for mopping (linoleum floors, tile,and hardwoods).

          • Holly says:

            Just DO NOT use Vinegar on Granite surfaces!! It eats away the granite and will cause holes.
            You want to avoid any type of acidic cleaner on a granite surface; that’s because acids will cause etching in the surface, which are tiny lines and fissures. Etching mars the surface of granite. Since vinegar is a strong acid, you want to leave it on the shelf when choosing a cleaner for your granite. It will clean and disinfect the surface, but it can also mar the finish permanentl

        • Jessica says:

          Yes! It works great on tile, laminate, and most all harder surfaces.

          • Andrea Sayers says:

            I add just a DROP of Dawn to my spray bottle of vinegar too. It cleans almost anything including windows. Stainless steel sinks with lime/water spots too. The Dawn helps break up gunk stuck to floors and counters as well.

        • Tracy says:

          We have laminate floors and were instructed specifically to not use vinegar or water……..only LAMINATE cleaner or swifter cleaner. If you use the least bit too much water, within a year or two, your floor will become dull and start to bubble. That is what they told us. i have a friend that used vinegar and water, and 2 years later, her floors look terrible

          • Tracy says:

            I have laminate floors, and we too were instructed not to use vinegar and water because it would dull and bubble your floors within 2 years which happened to our cousins. However, if I use laminate floor cleaner, it acts like a polish, causing every single footprint, etc to show up right after I clean it. I found a site that recommends using 1/3 water, 1/3 vinegar and 1/3 alcohol. BUT, the catch is to do a small area, then go right behind yourself and wipe it with a paper towel until dry. My floors looked claen for several days, unlike when I use laminate floor cleaner.

        • Julie says:

          do not use vinegar on tile floors whatever you do…it ruined mine

    • Laci says:

      Does anyone know how to get pee stains that are bright yellow from the carpet?

      • Jenn says:

        My husband is the manager of a carpet cleaning company and he always tells me if I have to clean up pee use 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Spray it on but don’t saturate it you don’t want to wash it into the pad. Then lay a towel over it and stand on it till it feels dry to the touch. You can place something heavy on it and let it sit. If that doesn’t work you will have to call a prfessional to clean it up. If you do call someone make sure to ask what they clean with. You want someone that uses an enzyme. It breaks down the dirt & oils in the carpet unlike soaps that attract dirt & make your carpet look dirty faster. I use the enzyme my husbands company uses to wash my laundry. Some companies use soaps so they get repeat business. Also don’t get suckered into protector. Most carpet now comes with it on it and if yours didn’t then it is old carpet and the protector won’t do you any good. Hope this helps.

        • Rhonda says:

          Another item for helping to wick up liquid is a disposable diaper. Open flat and lay it on the wet area. As you walk on it wicks up the liquid without reintroducing the liquid into the floor/rug. I kept these in my van when I had small children as it was a quick pick up for any liquid spill!

      • Brooke says:

        hydrogen peroxide diluted w/ water has always worked for me. My carpets range from blue to dark grey and beige. You’ll want to test for colorfastness prior to putting it on, I just use a spray bottle with the mix *you need to use it as soon as you mix it, it won’t ‘keep’* My mom swears by oxyclean for her dog messes, she also mixes it in a spray bottle and saturates the area, lets it sit, pats it up w/ a towel. Hope this helps ;)

      • Heather Mitchell says:

        Old school shaving cream the white kind not the new stuff..You just spray it on and rub it in and then use a damp rag and get it up very simple and it really works…

      • Lucy says:

        Oxiclean worked for me, but test a small spot to make sure it doesn’t lighten more than the carpet. I have also saturated area in vinegar, then spinkled baking soda, generously. let dry (do not blot) then vacuum.

    • Andrea Sayers says:

      I have a steamer and looked up cleaners. I found I can use regular peroxide in it. Steams and sanitzes as well. I would think mop can do the same. Good luck


  2. MLH says:

    To clean rings out of the toilet, this works great. First, flush the toilet and when the water is all flushed out turn it off back behind the toilet. Then spray the entire ring with warm vinegar. Sprinkle that with Borax and let sit for 1/2 hour. Then scrub the ring with drywall sandpaper. You can get this at any building supply store. With a very little elbow grease, the ring will come right off!

    • Jenni says:

      Wow! Thanks! Will have to try that! Is it hard to turn off the toilet?

      • MLH says:

        Not at all. The turnoff valve should sit on a water hose or pipe just behind the toilet. When all the water is flushed out, just turn the knob the only way it will go. This turns off the water to the toilet. Good luck!

    • kathy says:

      If you use a johnny mop, you can easily push the water down the toilet. Then use a pumice stone to rub the ring out. It really works and doesn’t scratch the bowl. p.s. never use a razor blade, the cold water can shatter the blade putting your eyes in danger.

    • Donna says:

      try the works toilet bowl cleaner takes all rings out
      with a little soaking then brush it and gone. has worked
      in apt complexes on move out.

    • Anne Bratcher says:

      Use water. Pour a big container of water into the toilet – pour it ‘hard’. It will ‘flush’ the water level down for you.
      What water do I use?
      Sometimes I will use a large container or tub to do the dishes in. Then I use this water to dump in the toilet.

      When I empty the small plastic trash can in the bathroom, sometimes I want to wash it out. So I fill it 2/3 full from the tub, wash/swish, and dump this water into the toilet.

      Also, I frequently soak my feet in Epsom salts or just plain warm water. Then, you guessed it, I use THAT water to pour in the tub.

      Many times we have a bucket of water that can be used double duty. Just keep that trick in mind. There’s nothing to dumping the water, sprinkling on your comet or baking soda mixed with lemon juice, and walking away. Scrub brush it just before you want to sit down … easy peasy :)

  3. Sandy says:

    If you use lemon juice in your dishwasher along with your dishwasher soap your glasses come out sparkling.

    • Karen says:

      thanks for the tip! Do you just mix the lemon juice right in with the detergent when you put it in?

    • Connie says:

      Just be carefull if your dishes have paint on them. Mom has glasses with paint on them that have been washed in the dishwaser for years, but the paint started to wash off when she started adding lemon juice to her load.

    • kathy says:

      Fill you rinse agent dispencer with white vinegar. Really works and so cheap. Also works great as fabric softener. NO your clothes don’t smell like pickles :)

  4. amy says:

    I was told years ago, to clean your dishwasher use TANG. I have not tried it yet! To clean a coffee pot use white vinegar and water.

    • Lara says:

      Can also get powdered citric acid at the pharmacy…it tends to work faster without the extra colors…it is natural white colored….

    • meredith says:

      Another great restaurant tip for cleaning coffee pots is to fill with ice, salt, and lemon juice and swirl periodically until ice melts a bit and then let it sit over night and rinse in morning!

      • LIsa Lam says:

        When I worked at a restaraunt, this is the formula we used. It always amazed me at how well it got the stains ou.

    • Joleen says:

      My mom told me to help clean out your dishwasher and make it smell better and give your dishes a pretty shine to get one packet of lemon flavored Kool Aide and put it in the part that has the lid and run the washer for a whole cycle. It starts to smell lemony fresh and looks great and the dishes and glasses don’t spot anymore. Lots cheaper than other dishwasher agents!!

      • Gretchen Barendse says:

        You can use lemonade flavored Koolade to clean your toilets. First, add the packet of drink mix to the bowl, brush as you normally would to clean it, then let sit for 4 hours or overnight. The citric acid in the drink mix is what actually does the work….Just be sure to close the lid if you have animals….

    • SHEILA says:

      the best way I have found to clean a coffee pot is to put about 1-2 tablespoons dry dishwashing powder in pot and fill with hot water. the pot comes clean in a matter of minutes.

    • To clean coffee pots or anything that is heavy spoiled by coffee stains. Crushed ice, Comet (yes Comet) and water. Swish, swish and swish and clean with sponge/scrubber
      This is how resturatants clean their coffee pots. They will sparkle afterwards.

  5. Jeanette says:

    What is your most cost effective stain remover/pretreater? I have been buying Clorox 2 free and clear. Any alternative suggestions? Thank you!!

    • kathy says:

      I use 2 parts peroxide to 1 part Dawn in a spray bottle. It’s good on carpet stains too.

      • Jennifer says:

        I tried this recently and I was amazed at how well it worked on stains. This will definitely be the first thing I go to for future stains.

    • Erineyes51 says:

      Years ago my sister told me about this great stain removing trick, it works especially good for removing baby food stains from clothing as well as yellow underarm stains and makes sport socks sparkle. The recipe is:
      1 cup of liquid bleach
      1 cup of cascade powder dishwashing liquid
      1 cup of powder laundry detergent
      Fill washing machine with the hottest water you can. Place the above ingredients in and allow to agitate for about 2 minutes. Place clothing in machine and let it run through 1 wash cycle. Turn machine off and allow articles to soak over night or at least 8 hours. Put the machine through the entire cycle again. When you remove the clothes you will be shocked how clean they are and stain free.

      • Anne Bratcher says:

        THANK YOU!!!
        My girlfriend used this recipe YEARS ago (we’re Grannies now). She bought almost ALL of her kid’s clothing from garage sales (her husband was a cheap scape). This got out the stains on the clothing so they looked NEW!
        27 years later:
        I have a friend who now buys and sells antique linens and I have been trying to find this recipe!!! XO

      • Amanda says:

        Does this only work for whites sinve there is bleach?

  6. L.Ann says:

    I’ve tried almost every deep conditioning treatment out there. After getting tired of spending anywhere from $15-$40 for so-so products, I did some research and now make my own.

    Mix the following together:
    2 Egg Yolks
    2 Tbsp Mayonnaise (optional since mayo contains egg and olive oil, but it helps the treatment to not be as runny)
    1 Tbsp Olive Oil
    2 Tbsp Honey

    Apply mixture to hair and cover with a plastic cap (I recycle a plastic grocery bag, twist to fit my head, and tape in place).

    Wrap a towel around plastic covered head and hang out for 15-30 minutes (the towel and plastic combo helps the treatment penetrate better using your own body heat, no need for a dryer).

    Shampoo and condition as normal.

    This treatment makes my hair feel like heaven and really brings out the shine. The egg yolk adds protein, the olive oil adds moisture, the mayo adds both protein and moisture, and the honey gives incredible shine.

    • Trudy says:

      I’ve been using apple cider vinegar to rinse/condition my hair for a while now and I love it. I wash my hair, rinse it, spray ACV on, work in with fingertips, put a shower cap on, finish showering and when done, take off cap, rinse hair and it shines like the sun and is soft as can be. All with no vinegar scent. I love it.

      • Gretchen Barendse says:

        i use strictly baking soda and water to wash my hair and water and apple cider vinegar and water to condition it. I have VERY longhair and don’t have any issues with needing to use any other type of deep conditioner or other additive in my hair.

        • Brenda says:

          Does the baking soda and water not leave your hair dry? Do you ever use shampoo and conditioner of any type?
          And last but not least, is your hair type oily or dry?

    • C.K. says:

      Hi L.Ann………I would like to post this on my web site do you have it posted anywhere so I can also give you credit…………Thank you, CK

  7. Monica says:

    Recipe for Homemade Stain remover for clothing:
    In a large spray bottle add 1/2 cup of laundry detergent, 1/2 cup of ammonia and then fill the rest of the way to the top with water. Shake well. I spray this on stains and then use an old toothbrush to rub it in well so it penatrates the stain. I have 4 & 5 year old boys and this stuff has saved me a lot of money on stain removers.

    • Barbara L. Robinson says:

      Wondering if anyone has tried this stain remover and if you had good luck with it? Does it work for all stains? Would appreciate any comments on this one. I use the former Spray and Wash Spray Can which has worked best for me! Thx

      • Christina says:

        Peroxide, Dawn detergent and a little baking soda rubbed into the stain will remove most anything. I will never buy a store bought stain remover again!

  8. Val says:

    I am wondering what can get hairspray build up off of standard Apt style bathroom floor(linoleum)? I’ve tried the basic “store” product & lots of scrubbing, but not much luck…any ideas?

    • Jen says:

      I have sprayed the floor with 409 and let it sit for like 5 minutes then scrubbed whith a bristle scrub brush and then mop the floor. A friend of mine and I have a cleaning business and this gets pretty much anything off of the linoleum. Hope it works for you!

    • rita says:

      Cheap .97 shaving foam from Wal-Mart works GREAT!!!

    • Christy says:

      I love my hairspray but my tile floors hate it!! I bought a HAAN floor steamer (I’m sure any would do) and VIOLA!! No build up and no sticky floor either!! Easy Peasy!!

    • Charlotte says:

      shampoo will do the trick, works removing form your hair & entire bath too ! in a spray bottle combine by filling bottle 1/3 shampoo of choice and 2/3 water, spray onto area & let sit a minute and wipe off with a clean sponge, if major build up like on floor allow to sit longer and use clean mop to wipe up

      • M.Ellison says:

        When my husband (who is a diesel Mechanic) runs out of “his” hand soap, he uses cheapo (suave) shampoo, preferably one that is good for greasy hair, and it works great! Good for those once in a while at home car maintenance jobs

    • Donna says:

      try automobile degreaser. you can buy walmart or auto
      zone will even take black tar off. i use to clean sinks
      etc. but wear gloves.

    • Anne Bratcher says:

      Cotton ball of alcohol.
      Spray a little more neatly.

  9. Lupe says:

    I have a large mirror in my living room that seems to streak no matter what glass cleaner I have tried. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    • Andrea says:

      Have you tried newspaper instead of paper towels and vinegar to clean it?

    • Ang says:

      To clear military housing our windows had to be perfectly streak-free. I poured full strength vinegar onto a rag, wiped it all wet & then used another rag to dry. My rags are just old dishtowels or washcloths, nothing fancy. I have gotten a few microfiber ones from the dollar store I like & they don’t seem to streak my bathroom mirrors.

    • Briton says:

      I have the same problem with a large mirror in my living room. I have tried EVERYTHING- vinegar, newspapers, etc…still streaky. I recently bought a microfiber cleaning cloth for my new t.v. and I tried it on my mirror. It works like a champ! Just spray the cloth with a little water and rub the mirror in small sections :)

    • Amanda says:

      I once worked at a hotel. The cleaning lady there used nothing but a hot wet rag and a dry rag. No cleaner at all. She would wipe the entry door (all glass) with the wet rag, then dry it with the dry rag. Never a streak! I now do this on all my mirrors and windows. Works great and is free.

  10. PATRICIA BELL says:

    I recently saw a general cleaning recipe using alcohol, water and I think vinegar. I cannot find it on the web site anymore. Can you please send it to me?

    Thank you
    Patti Bell

  11. PATRICIA BELL says:

    Thanks but I do not see it here. I am almost positive that it was water, vinegar and alcohol general cleaner. Do you remember it? Is it in your archives?

    • KC says:

      The window cleaner recipe I have used for years is equal parts of water, rubbing alcohol and ammonia. Best window cleaner I’ve ever used!

  12. Marcia says:

    Just another tip for windows: Use newspaper instead of paper towels. It leaves NO streaks! And it makes you glass so clear, that it looks like its not there at all!! :D

  13. Dawn says:

    How do you clean water marks from glass shower? I feel like I’ve tried everything, the previous owners evidently didn’t!
    Thanks in advance!!!

    • Ashley says:

      the homemade 409 on this website works wonders… i would try that… it takes the rust stains off too…

      • Dawn says:

        Thanks Ashley ! I will give it a try !!

        • nickie says:

          I have really hard water and it leaves the water marks and spots behind on my glass shower doors. I have found that to get them really clean with very little effort use Lysol toilet bowl cleaner and one of the green scrubby pads it will take off all of the water marks and make the glass look new just be sure to wear rubber gloves so the Lysol does not get on your hands. It is not too expensive and what ever is left you have to clean your toilets with.

          • Mamajana says:

            Magic Erasers!! My new house had HORRIBLE hard water stains, couldn’t see out of the shower! Wiped it with the magic Erasers and they are crystal clear! I keep one in there and periodically wipe to keep them clear

          • Donna says:

            be careful if acid in cleaner will turn your chrome black. so protect your chrome or metal.

    • Tammy says:

      I seen an article that dryer sheets work on shower doors but haven’t tried it yet

    • Tommy says:

      Hey Dawn,
      Use baby oil on a rag and wipe away all the soap scum and white streaks/spots from the doors and all the chrome trim on the door frames. I have been doing it here for years. Leave some of the baby oil on the chrome and doors too, it almost acts as a wax and the water will bead off. I usually do this once a month, that’s it and it takes me 15 minutes or less.

    • Cindy says:

      1-1 ratio of dishwashing liquid & vinegar. I personally used my homemade dishwasher liquid, & it worked better than the 1st batch I made with commercial dishwashing liquid. Heat the vinegar in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Pour it into a spray bottle & mix it with an equal amount of dishwashing liquid. Spray it on the shower door & chill for about 2 hours (I didn’t wait, & it still worked, but I didn’t have a really disgusting mess). Rinse it off well & enjoy the clarity!!! I also saw that if you want to KEEP the ick off your shower once it’s gone, use RainX. Sounds logical!

  14. Ang says:

    Thanks so much for all of these tips! I had a new Army wife email me once she checked their LES (the shutdown week) & I was able to remember most of these & pass them on. I’m almost out of laundry detergent & since the possible shutdown scared the bejeebers out of me too, I’ll be making my own this week.

  15. Christie says:

    Does anyone have any recipes for homemade “shower clean”? I’m talking about the stuff you spray on the shower after you get out. As it is, I am using scrubbing bubbles automatic cleaner in a spray bottle since the little sprayer machine stopped working despite fresh batteries. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated!

    • Alaina says:

      I keep a spray bottle with a mixture of bleach and water in the shower. My family uses this each time we take a shower and just spray all the surfaces. I even spray the back of the shower curtain liner. This really keeps it clean and sanitized. Just be careful not to spray any fabric (curtains, towels, etc.)

      • Angela says:

        Also if you use bleach/water mixture. Be very careful about using too much bleach per water and then breathing the fumes. That will burn your nose hair off! LOL (I learned from experience, I’m said to say!)

  16. Lynda says:

    HELP!!!! Can anyone tell me (at this point it doesn’t matter cost/chemical embedded,etc.) if you know of anything that will take permanent parker off of a leather seat and cloth top in a vehicle. My 2 year old found one that his brother accidently dropped and now….you know the rest of the story. I would be grateful for any suggestions. I know it says “permanent” for a reason but I am hoping all is not lost. Thank you to all my frugal friends!

    • Tracy says:

      I can say about a car but I got permanet marker on my suede comforter,I removed it with hairspray and alcohol.I worked really well and then rinsed it really well because the material was stiff.Hope this helps.

    • Anne says:

      Fingernail polish remover works GREAT on permant marker just dab it on with a paper towel until the mark is gone IT HAS NOT DISCOLORED ANYTHING FOR ME SO FAR *GOOD LUCK*

    • Tammy Burgess says:

      Mr. Clean eraser got permanent marker off of a door and a wall for us…two year old artist…:)

    • Holly says:

      Go Gone, works for everything!

    • kris says:

      Mr. clean eraser will clean anything, I had permanent marker on a white shelf (actual pictures) from a house I moved into, took it off like it was nothing.

      • Diane says:

        I agree… Mr. Clean Eraser WILL clean anything. Use it inside your glass coffee pot, one whoosh and the stains are gone. Use it on glass cassarole dishes to get off those black/brown burnt-on, left-over food particals. I have used them on cookie sheets. Removes soap scum inside the tub/shower walls. Great for leather shoes….

    • Jenn says:

      On any polished surface, you can use a dry-erase marker. Just go over the mark and wipe with a dry cloth, its like wiping off a white board.

    • Ginger says:

      Tea tree oil works great on permanant marker. My grandson got marker on my wood table and tea tree oil worked wonders.

  17. Love, love, love my homemade furniture polish! (Similar to Pledge Dusting Spray)

  18. Sherri says:

    The washing detergent does it work in the HE washing machines?

    • Julie says:

      It works wonderful in HE machines. I made two batches this weekend and am sharing it with family and friends. Clothes are very soft and the scent is wonderful.

      • Onie V. Coleman says:

        I really like the Home-made Laundry Detergent, it cleans and it smells so refreshing, but I don’t get any suds at all, I realize it’s a low-sudsing mixture, but nine

  19. Aileen horch says:

    I started making homemade laundry soap about 6-7 months ago and I LOVE it! With 8 kids and 3 grandkids laundry is an every day chore. The money I have saved on laundry soap has been amazing. I have told a number of friends about it and several have tried it and liked it.

  20. Tonya says:

    Gorgeously Green All Purpose Spray-I make up a spray bottle for the Kitchen & Bathroom. Cuts Grease, germs & grime and it smells good. You can use it on just about everything:Fridge, counter tops, walls, doorknobs, toilet seats, sinks & so on.

    32 oz plastic spray bottle
    2 cups water
    1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
    1 teaspoon pure castile soap
    3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
    20 drops tea tree oil
    20 drops of lavender or lemongrass essential oil

    Fill plastic bottle w/ water, add vinegar, castile soap, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil, and lavender or lemongrass essential oil. In Hot Summer Months, add about 10 drops of citronella essential oil to spray bottles, as it is an excellent insect repellent.

    This spray is suitable for acrylic, ceramic tile, wood, marble & granite. For other Great Money Saving & Green Products you might want to get this book…Gorgeously Green 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life. Love, Love, Love this book. Lots and lots of Information and some really Good Green Recipes for use indoors, outdoors and some cooking recipes. Enjoy!!

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