DIY Frugal, Non-Toxic Household Cleaners

Making your own concoctions when it comes to cleaning your home has it’s perks.

  • It costs pennies in comparison to buying the chemically-based bottled stuff
  • It’s far less toxic-a great, frugal investment especially for a family like ours with asthma/allergy issues already
  • It’s an easy source of entertainment and education for the kiddos to partake in the cleaning process with no fear and fosters independence as a result

Recipes vary and people come up with different versions of essentially the same thing while playing around with ratios to fit their own needs for their own mess. Here are just a couple of handmade household cleaners we have loved using and always have on hand to get the dirty job done:

All-Purpose Cleaner:

  • Vinegar
  • Filtered water
  • Spray bottle
  • Essential oil (lemon, orange)

I have used a 50/50 ratio for a couple of years now and have been more than happy with the performance.

Window Cleaner:

  • same recipe as All-Purpose Cleaner above

Spray windows and clean with crumpled newspaper for no streaks.

Cutting Board Cleaner:

  • Lemon, halved

Scrub lemon with its juices on board and let stand for 10 minutes and rinse.

Floor Cleaner:

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup alcohol
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 3 drops blue liquid Dawn
  • Spray bottle

Shower Cleaners:

For weekly upkeep-

  • One grapefruit, halved
  • Kosher salt

Sprinkle kosher salt on top of halved grapefruit and scrub down the walls and/or tub then rinse off with water. This works well for weekly maintenance, Sadie loves hopping in the tub for this one, and it smells downright amazing.

For tougher jobs-

  • 2 drops liquid Dawn
  • 1/4 c. vinegar
  • 1/4 c. filtered water

I like to put this mixture in a dish washing wand that has a sponge on the end and a soap dispenser on the handle so we can keep it in the shower and do a fast scrub down whenever we see it needs cleaning.

Clogged Drain:

  • 1/4 c. baking soda
  • 1/2 c. vinegar

Pour baking soda down drain. Follow with vinegar. Let it sit and get foamy. Pour hot water over drain for a couple minutes. Repeat if necessary.

Color Safe Bleach:

  • 1 1/2 c. of 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/2 c. lemon, juiced
  • Gallon jug

Wash clothes in warm or hot water. To get even brighter results, dry clothes in the sun.

What are your household favorites?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “DIY Frugal, Non-Toxic Household Cleaners

  1. I love these ideas! What in the grapefruit cleans the shower? Does the acid kill bacteria? I usually use vinegar, but am always looking for new ideas.

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