Making your own DIY cleaning products is easy with items in your pantry. You can save a lot of money by making your own DIY cleaning products instead of buying them at the store. Make your own homemade cleaners the next time you’re out of your favorite cleaning product instead of going to the store. It’s a great way to keep your budget in check.
1. DIY All-Purpose Cleaner
To make homemade all-purpose cleaner you will need:
- 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
- One teaspoon liquid Castile soap
- 2 cups of water
- 20 – 30 drops essential oil (Feel free to add various scents of oil)
How to use all-purpose cleaner:
This DIY homemade all-purpose cleaner can be used to sanitize trash cans, clean bathroom, and shower surfaces, and wipe various types of surfaces. Combine the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well.
Note: DO NOT use this on marble, granite, and other porous surfaces because it may cause mild erosion since acid should never be used on these types of surfaces.
2. DIY Glass Cleaner
My go-to glass cleaner is Sprayway Streak Free Glass Cleaner. There are, however, natural methods to clean glass.
You will need:
How to clean glass windows and mirrors:
- Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle
- Spray the mixture onto a microfiber cloth
- Wipe the mirrors or windows with it.
- Use dry microfiber glass cleaning cloths to buff any streaks out of the glass
Tip: Clean windows on days with cooler temperatures
Alternative method: I also enjoy cleaning mirrors and glass with plain 3% peroxide. Learn more about this method here: Hydrogen Peroxide – What You Need To Know Now
3. DIY Brass Cleaner
To clean brass objects you will need:
How to clean brass objects:
- Dip a damp cloth or sponge into the lemon juice or vinegar
- Add the salt and rub the surface with light friction.
- Buff with a dry microfiber cloth.
Use this brass cleaning method to clean:
4. DIY Heavy Duty Scrub
Homemade heavy duty scrub is great for rust stains on porcelain and enamel sinks and bathtubs.
You will need:
How to clean with lemon and borax:
Tip: NOT FOR MARBLE OR GRANITE
Alternative: Mixing Dawn dish soap with warm white vinegar in a spray bottle is another heavy-duty cleaning option. Scrub tough dirt and soap scum with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
5. DIY Marble Cleaner
Many people use any random type of cleaner to clean their marble countertops without realizing that this may damage them over time. Cleaning marble is very simple.
All you need to clean marble is:
- 2 drops of dish soap
- 2 cups of warm water
How to clean marble countertops:
Natural stone countertops should be cleaned with dishwashing detergent and water. Wet a sponge with the solution and rinse thoroughly to remove the soapy residue. Use a microfiber cloth to buff the marble, and don’t let it air-dry.
Tip: NEVER use anything acidic on marble or stone unless you intend to damage it
6. DIY Oven Cleaner
So the inside of your oven has been collecting charred bits for a while, and it needs to be cleaned. Using oven cleaners containing harsh chemicals would be highly unappealing since the oven is intimately involved in cooking food. But what do you use to clean the oven?
We have the perfect way to solve this dilemma using a super easy DIY natural and homemade oven cleaning method. Your grimy oven will sparkle like new in no time at all.
You will need:
Hot to clean your oven:
- Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with a few tablespoons of water to make a paste.
- Apply the paste to the walls of your oven, lightly scrub it and let it rest for a couple of hours.
- Pour some vinegar into a spray bottle and spray it over the paste. It should foam up.
- Use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe it clean.
Note: If you are dealing with some severe stuck-on gunk, you can repeat these steps a couple of times until the oven is spotless.
As an alternative, you can spray the oven with vinegar first, sprinkle baking soda directly onto the sponge, scrub, and then let it soak overnight.
7. DIY Drain Cleaner
There is nothing worse than taking a shower with a dirty, clogged drain. Get rid of blocked and smelly drains with this simple solution.
You will need:
How to clean your drains:
- Pour about 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/4 cup white vinegar. The mixture will bubble up.
- Allow it to sit for about an hour.
- Rinse it with boiling water.
- Repeat this process until the drain is clear.
8. DIY Quartz Countertop Cleaner
Granite countertops are popular, but have you heard of quartz countertops? Quartz is actually harder than granite, making it more durable. You can keep your countertops relatively bacteria-free since quartz is nearly indestructible and not porous like granite.
What is the best way to clean quartz countertops?
You will need:
- Half a cup of 70% rubbing alcohol
- 20 – 30 drops of essential oil
- 16 oz spray bottle
- Half a tsp castile soap
How to clean quartz countertops:
- Combine all of the ingredients in the spray bottle.
- Shake well and spray onto the countertops.
- Clean them using a microfiber cloth.
9. Powerful DIY Shower Cleaner
Bathroom showers can be tedious and challenging to clean. In bathrooms, shower tracks accumulate mold and mildew, soap scum is hard to remove, and shower glass stains easily due to hard water. As a result, many people avoid it.
If you’re asking yourself what’s the best homemade shower cleaner, I had the same question until I came across this article: This Is The Most Effective Homemade Cleaner In My Arsenal. This is where I discovered the effortless yet effective shower cleaning method described below.
You will need:
How to clean your shower:
- Measures equal parts Dawn dish soap and white vinegar
- Heat vinegar in the microwave before pouring it into a spray bottle.
- Add the Dawn dish soap and shake gently to mix it.
- Next, spray liberally around your shower and tub and let the mixture sit for 30 minutes. Scrub and rinse well.
- Dry and buff the shower and tub with a dry microfiber cloth.
Note: You should use this cleaner in a well-ventilated bathroom, as it is very potent. Before performing this cleaning method, open windows and turn on the fan.
10. DIY Leather Conditioner
Keep leather upholstery flexible and supple by conditioning it. Although leather conditioning isn’t the last step of leather care, it can help protect your leather from damage. Interested in learning how to condition leather naturally? Read on to learn more:
You will need:
How to condition your leather:
- Clean any dirty spots on the sofa with a damp cloth and a drop of Castile soap.
- Try conditioning a small, discrete area of the couch before conditioning the entire couch.
- Dip the microfiber cloth into the beeswax and massage the beeswax into the leather.
- Working in small sections, massage the leather in a circular motion.
Note: When using the beeswax, remember that less is more. You only need a tiny bit of beeswax at a time to avoid leaving residue all over the leather.
11. How To Clean Baseboards Naturally
Dirty baseboards stand out like a sore thumb, no matter how spotless your house may be. Dust and dirt can accumulate quickly on those little ledges. Below are steps from HGTV.com for cleaning them efficiently.
You will need:
- Swiffer Duster
- Vacuum with vacuum attachments
- 8 cups of water
- 2 TBs Dawn Dish Soap
- 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
How to clean baseboards:
- With a Swiffer Duster, dust the baseboards.
- Using the vacuum’s attachment tools, vacuum the crevices and corners.
- Combine warm water, liquid dish soap, and vinegar in a bucket.
- Dip your magic eraser into your solution, wring it out, and scrub your baseboards gently.
- Use a toothbrush to clean the grooves in the trim.
- You should dry the baseboards with a microfiber cloth, as leaving water on them may damage the wood.
Note: If you don’t have a vacuum, you can use a broom instead.
How to protect baseboards from dust
You can prevent dust from collecting on your baseboards by rubbing them with a dryer sheet attached to a Swiffer mop after cleaning them. Dust is prevented from building up on baseboards by coating them with a dirt-repellent sheen that keeps them clean. It will keep dust at bay for weeks! When your baseboards are sparkling clean, you can be assured that your whole house is clean from top to bottom!
12. DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polisher
The Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner kit is one of the best commercial stainless steel cleaners for shining kitchen appliances. However, specialty cleaning products like this are pretty expensive. The average cost of this kit on Walmart.com is $25.
Many people are searching for the best homemade stainless steel cleaner. The options for cleaning stainless steel are honestly endless because other stainless steel cleaning methods include baby oil, water, WD-40, club soda, olive oil, or even white vinegar. You can use Sprayway Glass Cleaner or lemon oil furniture polish as alternatives to clean stainless steel.
The key to keeping stainless steel “stainless” involves proper maintenance and care, according to the article: 10 Surprising Ways to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances. Using a product specially designed to clean stainless steel is the best method. Unfortunately, this is often the most expensive method. We found a DIY approach in the article if you are looking for a more economical option for cleaning and shining your kitchen appliances.
To clean stainless steel, you will need:
How to clean stainless steel:
- Pour vinegar on one of your microfiber cloths and wipe the grime off of the appliance.
- Use a dry cloth to remove any excess moisture from the appliance.
- On a clean, dry microfiber cloth, pour a little olive oil and rub it into the stainless steel.
- Continue to add shine by buffing with the dry cloth.
13. DIY Hardwood Floor Cleaner
Bobvila.com states that not all natural cleaning products are suitable for hardwood floors. When using vinegar or lemon, you can remove your floors’ finish, making them appear dull and cloudy. Scrubbing too vigorously with a cleaning tool or adding baking soda to a cleaning solution can damage the finish.
Believe it or not, dirt can be removed from hardwood floors without damaging the finish. Using castile soap and a microfiber pad, this recipe can gently clean.
You will need the following items to clean hardwood floors:
- 1 tsp of castile soap
- 4 cups of water
- 10 drops of essential oil
- Spray bottle
- Microfiber mop pad
- Extra water for rinsing
How to clean hardwood floors:
- Mix the castile soap, essential oil, and water in a spray bottle.
- Test the solution on a discrete area of the floor before cleaning the entire floor
- Spray the solution onto the floor and then use the dry microfiber mop to clean one small section at a time.
- Cleaning the floors requires rinsing and wringing out the mop pad as it becomes soiled from picking up dirt from the floor.
14. DIY Laminate Floor Cleaner
Keeping laminate floors clean is just as important as cleaning any other type of flooring, but mopping laminate flooring with too much water is not recommended. To control the amount of moisture that comes into contact with the flooring, create a solution in a spray bottle instead.
On CleanMama.com, I found a homemade laminate floor cleaner recipe, which claims the combination of ingredients is excellent for getting the floors perfectly clean. The vinegar does most of the cleaning in the recipe, while the alcohol speeds up the drying process and sanitizes the laminate floors.
To Make Laminate Floor Cleaner You Will Need:
- 1/2 cup of white vinegar
- 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol
- 1/2 cup of filtered or distilled water
- 5 drops of essential oil
- Glass spray bottle
How To Clean Laminate Floors:
- Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle and shake gently.
- Spray the solution on a small area of laminate flooring
- Mop the floor with a microfiber mop pad or a Swiffer mop, focusing on one section at a time.
- Repeat until the entire floor has been cleaned.
Note: I personally love using my O-Cedar spin mop with this recipe, any microfiber mop should work just fine.
15. DIY Carpet Cleaner
The task of cleaning carpets can be challenging. A carpet holds more dirt, dust, bacteria, and other soil than a hard floor. Dirt, oils, and residue accumulate on carpet faster than on hard surfaces, making it more difficult to clean. Dirt and grit can also penetrate deep into carpets, especially those with a high pile.
To clean carpet, you will need:
Hot to spot clean carpet:
- Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet
- In a bucket, combine one part vinegar with 3 parts of warm water
- Dip a scrub brush into your solution and then scrub the carpet
- Repeat these steps until the dirt is removed
Note: For tough stains, use more vinegar and less water when making your solution. Keep in mind that vinegar is acidic and should be used with caution.
16. DIY Upholstery Cleaner
If you have ever wondered how you can clean your own upholstery, then you’re in luck! Cleaning your upholstery is beneficial because it helps maintain its appearance, eliminates stains and odors, and prevents dirt and grime from building up. Keeping your furniture clean can be challenging if you have children or pets.
For upholstery cleaning, you will need:
How to clean upholstery:
- Mix baking soda and water to make a paste
- Gently scrub the paste into the stains
- Combine 2 cups of warm water with 2 tablespoons of laundry detergent
- Then add 2 cups of vinegar
- Scrub the upholstery with this solution
- Using a damp microfiber cloth, wipe everything down
- Let the furniture air dry or use a fan to speed up the drying process
17. DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Borax is a multipurpose household cleaning product that can remove hard water stains from toilets.