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.
I started making natural laundry detergent in my home, but when I put it in the gallons it separated. What is the cause?
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.
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?
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?
How can I make a nice aroma conditioner for a dark clothes?
I need to know how to make jar air fresheners using baking soda.
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.
Do you know if I can use your homemade laundry soap recipe instead of HE/high efficiency laundry detergent required for my new machine?
How does cornstarch help make the glass cleaner streak free?
I need the recipe posted awhile ago using vinegar and Dawn to spray in shower to clean.
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.
Does anyone know a good DIY cleaner for a great chair, but needs cleaning badly? The upholstery is a brushed fabric. Thanks.
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.
Please let me know a recipe of homemade dishwasher detergent. Regards.
I saw a recipe using eggs and either soda or beer, don't remember which, to remove stains. Anyone ever used this cleaner?
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.
Is there a cheap homemade recipe to neutralise the urine odour on a largish scale and not indoors?
A wonderful window cleaner can be made out of the following:
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.
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.
Does anyone have a receipe for a wrinkle release spray like Downey? I'm having trouble finding it and also it's very expensive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can I use vegetable oil instead of olive oil for the recipe that calls for lemon juice and olive oil?
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.
Does anyone have a formula that would substitute for the jet cleaning solution, called HQ200, used with the Norelco electric shavers?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
After carving your pumpkins, sprinkle some cinnamon inside the pumpkin then light your candle. Your house will smell like you're baking!
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.
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!
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.
I would appreciate it if someone can suggest homemade products for carpet cleaning, especially for ones with wool, as well.
Do not use citrus based cleaners, you can damage granite counter tops. Do not use Windex it will strip the seal off the stone.
I have trouble with dry skin. What can I use in my dishwashing soap to make my hands softer?
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.
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.
This is a guide about cleaning with alcohol. Alcohol is an inexpensive alternative to commercial cleaners for many household cleaning jobs.
How do I make a degreaser with common household items, for the stove?
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.
Mix with enough hot water to fill spray bottle. Shake bottle well and wait till crystals dissolve. This makes your home smell wonderful.
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.
What home products can I use for cleaning leather in the car?
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.
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.
I want to polish a brass teakettle and don't want to use commercial polish. Does anyone have a brass polish recipe?
How do I make a disinfectant cleaner with tea tree oil and water?
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.
I would like to make my own laundry soap. It calls for Fels-Naptha laundry soap, borax, and Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda. I cannot get the soap and washing soda in my area. Would it be okay to use Sunlight pure soap and just regular Arm and Hammer soda instead?
I am looking for a cleaner recipe for my cappuccino machine.
The best cleaning solutions for wooden floors I've ever used is white vinegar and a warm water. The floors will shine!
I have a beige rug that has some stains. Does anyone know the best homemade cleaning product for this, if anything?
I'm searching for a safe and effective shower cleaner that will remove pink and black mold from my shower. The only commercial one I have found to be effective is Tilex, but the fumes from the chemicals are very strong. I've used a basic vinegar solution, but no luck.
I have liquid laundry soap. It is very smooth, but I want to make it viscous. So, how can I make a viscous liquid?