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▲︎ Cleaning Supply Recipes


Cleaning

Cleaning Supply Recipes

Making your own cleaners can save you money and control what chemicals you use around the house. This page contains recipes for soap, stain removal, laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, shampoo, conditioner, carpet cleaner, and more.

Generic Fabric Softener Bottles Laundry Recipes 
Someone cleaning a kitchen counter with cleaner. General Purpose 
A dishwasher running with wine glasses in the top. Dishes 
Spraying shower spray on tile. Bathroom Cleaners 
A package of cornmeal. Carpet Recipes 
Glass of Red Wine Spilled on Carpet Stain Removers 
Reed diffuser and violets. Air Fresheners 
Hand holding a squeegee swiping soap off a window. Window Cleaners 
Gloved hand scrubbing a tile floor with a brush. Floor Cleaners 
Homemade Kitchen Cabinet Degreaser Recipe, Rag in hand cleaning dark kitchen cabinet Kitchen Cleaners 
Picture of a man holding up stinky shoes. Deodorizers 
Woman wearing rubber gloves polishing silver.  Metal Cleaners 
Man's hands cleaning a leather couch. Furniture Cleaners 
Woman dusting a table. Furniture Polish 
Man cleaning the oven. Oven Cleaners 
Auto Cleaning Recipes Automotive Recipes 

Removing a Stain from a Jacket

I need a homemade spot remover to get a red stain out of a white jacket.

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Cleaning with Denatured Alcohol
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Sterilize With Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide
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Homemade Laminate Floor Cleaner Recipe

I'd like to know how to make a good homemade laminate floor cleaner. Maybe something like Bona.

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Homemade Cleaning Wipes

Rather than making a big mess trying to cut a roll of paper towels in half as most instructions suggest, I took a tall container such as the "Club Mix" container from Costco. A regular-size roll of paper towels fits in this perfectly.

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Cleaning With Lemon Oil
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Homemade Glass Cleaner

Fill up bottle sprayer almost two inches to the rim. Add 1 Tbsp dish detergent and 1 tsp. of any dishwasher rinse aid. Add blue food color, if desired.

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Baking Soda and Citrus Foaming Cleaner
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Homemade Laundry Soap Separates

I started making natural laundry detergent in my home, but when I put it in the gallons it separated. What is the cause?

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Making Liquid Laundry Detergent

I want to make liquid laundry soap with Fels Naptha, borax, Arm & Hammer baking soda, etc. I am not sure what the measure of each is and if there is something else that I missed.

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Do Wrinkle Release Sprays Leave Stains?

I have had fabric softener stains on some clothes before, usually if it spilled directly on the fabric. Has anyone found that these wrinkle-release spray recipes leave spots or anything?

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Cleaning With Baking Soda and Vinegar Mixture

I was wondering if anyone has used this mix of baking soda and vinegar for surfaces other than floors? For example, has anyone cleaned walls (painted drywall), wood, appliances?

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Homemade Laundry Softener Recipes

How can I make a nice aroma conditioner for a dark clothes?

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Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner Recipes
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Making Dishwasher Detergent

What are some homemade dishwasher detergents?

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Making Homemade Laundry Powder

What bars of soap can I use to make laundry powder?

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Homemade Jar Air Fresheners

I need to know how to make jar air fresheners using baking soda.

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Natural Oven Cleaner

I had been using conventional oven cleaner for years and then discovered the way my granny probably cleaned hers. It's a tip for young people and some old like myself who got stuck into the habit of thinking you have to buy everything. It's the best way to clean out the oven.

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Using Homemade Laundry Soap in HE Washer

Do you know if I can use your homemade laundry soap recipe instead of HE/high efficiency laundry detergent required for my new machine?

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Homemade Oil Soap Recipes
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Using Cornstarch in Glass Cleaner

How does cornstarch help make the glass cleaner streak free?

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Recipe for Saddle Soap

What are the ingredients and how are they put together?

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Homemade Shower Cleaner

I need the recipe posted awhile ago using vinegar and Dawn to spray in shower to clean.

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Homemade Saddle Soap
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Removing Odor Buildup from Air Fresheners

I have used so many different carpet/room deodorizers in canisters, shake ons, etc. to rid carpets, furniture, and floors, that the smell. It is just about overwhelming and I can't figure out how to get back to basic clean smell.

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Homemade Upholstry Cleaner

Does anyone know a good DIY cleaner for a great chair, but needs cleaning badly? The upholstery is a brushed fabric. Thanks.

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Homemade "Clorox Cleanup" Recipes
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Homemade Cleaning Wipes
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DIY Gel Laundry Detergent

Many years ago when I was a student, I first found a homemade laundry detergent recipe on ThirftyFun (so long ago it wasn't even called TF yet!) and have used a variant of it for years and years.

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Removing Any Stain from a Mattress

Ten minutes is all it takes!

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Homemade Fireplace Cleaner Recipes
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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

Please let me know a recipe of homemade dishwasher detergent. Regards.

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Recipe for Stain Removal

I saw a recipe using eggs and either soda or beer, don't remember which, to remove stains. Anyone ever used this cleaner?

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Making Scented Laundry Crystals
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Making Your Own Scented Laundry Crystals

I buy the Purex laundry crystals, does anyone know how I could make my own? I love the scents they have and make the clean laundry even nicer.

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Homemade Laundry Soap for an HE Washer
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Homemade Norelco Razor Cleaning Solution
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Carpet Stain Remover Recipes
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Urine Odours Outside on Small Garden Stones and Gravel

Is there a cheap homemade recipe to neutralise the urine odour on a largish scale and not indoors?

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Homemade OxiClean Recipes
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Cornstarch, Vinegar and Water for Window Cleaning

A wonderful window cleaner can be made out of the following:

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Toilet Bowl Deodorizer

We've just had a water meter put in and have decided not to flush the toilet every time it's used (just for the fluids not the solids). Is there anything that we can make to put down the toilet to stop any smells that may occur? Thanks.

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Household Uses for Vodka
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Fabric Softener from Conditioner and Vinegar

You can make your own fabric softener out of your favorite conditioner for your hair. Put all this together in a container you can easily stir, but do not shake.

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Homemade Wrinkle Release Spray

Does anyone have a receipe for a wrinkle release spray like Downey? I'm having trouble finding it and also it's very expensive.

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Glass Cleaner From Leftover Drinks

Pour all your leftover alcoholic drinks that your guests did not finish into one big spray can. Add water and use it instead of Windex.

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Removing Stains From Countertops

For wine stains, I just mix a molding plaster and then bleach it to form paste. Apply the paste on the stain and leave for 30 minutes then rinse with water. For organic stains like juice, tea and coffee, I use 3 drops of ammonia and 12 percent of hydrogen peroxide.

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Homemade Stain Remover Pen
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Homemade Tide Pen

I saw a recipe for making a DIY bleach gel pen, anybody got the recipe for making a Tide pen? The easiest way to make it and use it the better, thanks folks.

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DIY Bleach Gel Pen

In a saucepan, add 2 Tbsp. of cornstarch to 1 cup of water. Stir until dissolved. Place mixture on the stove and stir until it comes to a boil. Turn off stove. The mix will become really thick.

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Homemade Furniture Cleaner and Polish

Can I use vegetable oil instead of olive oil for the recipe that calls for lemon juice and olive oil?

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Make Your Own Washing Soda

Using a large cookie sheet and spread a box of baking soda on it. Put it in the oven at 400 degrees F for 1 hour. Let it cool and you have your own washing soda for much cheaper.

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Norelco Razor Cleaning Fluid

Does anyone have a formula that would substitute for the jet cleaning solution, called HQ200, used with the Norelco electric shavers?

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Homemade Febreze

I have a sample of Febreze; how can I make it myself?

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Natural Recipe for a Daily Shower Cleaner

Does anyone have or know of a natural recipe for a daily shower cleaner that you can spray on? I have been using one from Walmart, but it's not natural and I don't want the chemicals.

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Homemade Stove Degreaser Recipes
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Homemade Citrus Cleaners
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Homemade Kitchen Cleaner Recipes
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Make Your Own Cleaning Products
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Fresh Mint Smell in Garments

I would like to know what is the process to get a fresh mint smell in after wash garments? Can we achieve this by doing garment wash? If possible how many washes it will stay in garment?

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Unclumping Washing Soda

I recently bought a box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda so I can make a new batch of laundry soap. When I opened the box, the whole thing was a solid chunk! Does anyone know a solution to this problem? Thank you for any help.

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Homemade Carpet Freshener Recipes
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Homemade Drano

Clean out clogged pipes with three kitchen ingredients.

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Homemade Carpet Freshener

So what should one use for carpet freshener? If we shouldn't use the baking soda and soap, can we use corn starch instead of the laundry soap?

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Homemade Air Freshener

I used to buy Nilodor to eliminate many smells. It worked on cigarette smoke. It is hard to find now, and I wonder if there are any recipes to make a like product by hand.

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Pumpkin Air Freshener

After carving your pumpkins, sprinkle some cinnamon inside the pumpkin then light your candle. Your house will smell like you're baking!

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Carpet Shampoo Recipe

I just bought a new carpet shampooer and need some recipes for good carpet cleaner. I have multiple pets and stains. It is old carpet, very used, when we bought our double wide.

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Homemade Natural Cleaning Ideas
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Homemade Foaming Carpet Cleaner

I am so done spending $15 for a tiny bottle that doesn't even work very long for my Kirby vacuum. Does anyone know how to make the foaming cleaner, that I could pretreat with and put in the machine? Thanks!

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Homemade Floor Cleaner Recipes
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Looking for Homemade Bluing Recipe

I would like to make my own blueing, if possible. Anybody know how? All the websites talk about where to buy it.I already make my own washing detergent, Windex, and floor cleaner. This would be ever so helpful.

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Dry Laundry Soap for Twenty Dollars a Year
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Homemade Carpet Cleaner

I would appreciate it if someone can suggest homemade products for carpet cleaning, especially for ones with wool, as well.

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Homemade Fragrance Cleaners

What can I use for homemade fragrance cleaners?

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Homemade Rug Freshener
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Homemade Granite Counter Top Cleaner

Do not use citrus based cleaners, you can damage granite counter tops. Do not use Windex it will strip the seal off the stone.

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Homemade Dish Soap Recipe for Softer Hands

I have trouble with dry skin. What can I use in my dishwashing soap to make my hands softer?

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Homemade Clorox Cleaner

How do you make your own cleaner with Clorox cleaner?

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Using Soap Nuts for Household Cleaning

I have become a recent convert to soap nuts. These are dried berries which many countries use for cleaning. They clean your clothes just as well as washing powder, but the clothes are so soft, and residue free.

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Liquid Laundry Detergent Separates

I made my own laundry detergent, but it separates leaving a white gel at the top. I have to stir it all the time before I use it. It is made with bar soap, washing soda, borax, and water.

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Cleaning With Alcohol

This is a guide about cleaning with alcohol. Alcohol is an inexpensive alternative to commercial cleaners for many household cleaning jobs.

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Homemade Stove Degreaser Recipe

How do I make a degreaser with common household items, for the stove?

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Cleaning Gift Basket

Be careful giving these as gifts as the recipient may be offended. They may think that you are hinting that they are dirty! I prefer to show up when someone is ill and clean something with the materials I bring, then leave them behind.

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New Homemade Febreze

Mix with enough hot water to fill spray bottle. Shake bottle well and wait till crystals dissolve. This makes your home smell wonderful.

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Ammonia To Whiten Clothes

I found a way to whiten and brighten my clothes without bleach or Oxyclean, which I am allergic to. I take a bucket of approximately 1/2 gallon of very warm to hot water and 1 cup of lemon ammonia.

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Homemade Oven Cleaner

Do you have a recipe for homemade oven cleaner?

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Cleaning Leather in the Car

What home products can I use for cleaning leather in the car?

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Polishing Silver With Baking Soda

To polish silverware and remove tarnish, use your Arm and Hammer baking soda, a bowl or pan to fit your silverware, and aluminum foil to line the bowl.

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Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipes
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Homemade Liquid Detergent

I need a recipe for liquid laundry detergent.

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Homemade Laundry Soap Additions

Can you add Oxiclean to homemade laundry soap?

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Add Citrus Peels To Vinegar
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Adding Scented Oil to Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

I made the homemade laundry detergent last week and was wanting to add the scented oil to have it smell good. I am not sure which scented oil to add and am worried it may get oil on my clothes.

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Homemade Disinfectant Cleaners
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Sterilize With Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide
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Homemade Brass Polish Recipe

I want to polish a brass teakettle and don't want to use commercial polish. Does anyone have a brass polish recipe?

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Homemade Disinfectant Cleaners

How do I make a disinfectant cleaner with tea tree oil and water?

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Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap Didn't Gel

This is the recipe I used: 1 bar of grated fels naptha soap in 4 cups of water in a medium size pan, over medium heat until all soap dissolves. I also added grapefruit scent from Hobby Lobby made for making soap.

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Dry Carpet Cleaner Recipes
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