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Recipes for Making Household Products


Homemade Cleaning Products: Recipes from the Pantry

by Cynthia Townley Ewer, Editor

Have you taken a trip down the cleaning aisle at the supermarket lately? If you believe the ad hype, you can't keep a clean house without loading your shopping cart with multiple specialty cleaners: a different bottle for each surface, floor and sink in the house.
Hogwash! Simple recipes using products from your pantry make effective household cleaning solutions that are inexpensive and easy to make. An added plus: these natural products are more environmentally friendly than detergent and fragrance-laden commercial alternatives. Stock your cleaning tool tote with these homemade cleaning sprays and solutions to make short work of household grime--without harsh chemicals or irritating fumes.


In a recent appearance on daytime television's ABC's The View, I used these homemade cleaning recipes to clean a dirty bathroom on live television. Try these easy recipes to clean your organized home faster, better and cheaper:

white vinegar:

Mildly acidic white vinegar dissolves dirt, soap scum, and hard water deposits from smooth surfaces, yet is gentle enough to use in solution to clean hardwood flooring. White vinegar is a natural deodorizer, absorbing odors instead of covering them up. (And no, your bathroom won't smell like a salad! Any vinegar aroma disappears when dry.) With no coloring agents, white vinegar won't stain grout on tiled surfaces. Because it cuts detergent residue, white vinegar makes a great fabric softener substitute for families with sensitive skin.


Try these recipes to harness the cleaning power of white vinegar:

Homemade Spray Cleaner Recipe
Mix in a sprayer bottle:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water

In the kitchen, use vinegar and water spray to clean countertops, lightly soiled range surfaces, and backsplash areas.
In the bathroom, use vinegar spray cleaner to clean countertops, floors, and exterior surfaces of the toilet.
For really tough bathroom surfaces such as shower walls, pump up the cleaning power by removing the sprayer element and heating the solution in the microwave until barely hot. Spray shower walls with the warmed solution, generously, allow to stand for 10 to 15 minutes, then scrub and rinse. The heat helps soften stubborn soap scum and loosens hard water deposits.

undiluted white vinegar:

Undiluted white vinegar straight from the jug makes quick work of tougher cleaning problems involving hard water deposits or soap scum. Use undiluted white vinegar to scrub the inside of the toilet bowl. Before you begin, dump a bucket of water into the toilet to force water out of the bowl and allow access to the sides. Pour undiluted white vinegar around the bowl and scrub with a toilet brush to remove stains and odor. Use a pumice stone to remove any remaining hard water rings.


Clean shower heads that have been clogged with mineral deposits with undiluted white vinegar. Place 1/4 to 1/2 cup vinegar in a plastic food storage bag, and secure the bag to the shower head with a rubber band. Let stand for 2 hours to overnight, then rinse and buff the fixture to a shiny finish.

Add one cup of undiluted white vinegar to the laundry rinse cycle instead of commercial fabric softener. White vinegar softens clothes and cuts detergent residue, a plus for family members with sensitive skin.

baking soda:

Baking soda's mild abrasive action and natural deodorizing properties make it a powerful replacement for harsh commercial scouring powders. Put baking soda to work in your organized home.
Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge to tackle grimy bathtub rings, scour vanities, or remove food deposits from the kitchen sink. For tougher grime, make a paste of baking soda and water, apply to the tub or sink, and allow to stand for 10 to 20 minutes. Dirt, soap scum, and deposits soften and are easier to remove.


Slow-running drains? Keep bathroom drains running freely by pouring 1/2 to 3/4 cup baking soda into the drain, and dribbling just enough hot water to wash the solution down. Let stand for 2 hours to overnight, then flush thoroughly with hot water. The deodorizing effect is an added bonus! (Do not use this method on blocked drains.)

rubbing alcohol:

Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol provides the base for an evaporating cleaner to rival commercial window and glass cleaning solutions. Use this glass cleaning spray recipe for windows, mirrors, chrome fixtures, and for a shiny finish on hard-surface ceramic tiles.

Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe
Mix in a sprayer bottle:

  • 1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar


A strong alkaline solution, clear, non-sudsing ammonia creates stronger window and all-purpose cleaning recipes than acidic vinegar. Choose non-sudsing varieties of household ammonia for these cleaning recipes. Suds may look like they're working, but they're tough to rinse and remove.


Try these formulations for spring cleaning or tough chores:

Strong Glass Cleaner Recipe

Mix in a sprayer bottle:

  • 1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon clear, non-sudsing ammonia
Strong All-Purpose Recipe

Mix in a sprayer bottle:

  • 1 T clear, non-sudsing ammonia
  • 1 T clear laundry detergent
  • 2 cups water

furniture polish:

Most of us no longer use hard-to-apply furniture wax, but rely on oil-based polish to keep furniture protected and shiny. Our "salad dressing" version avoids the danger of silicone oil, found in most commercial polishes and sprays. Silicone oil can penetrate tiny cracks in furniture finish and enter the wood, causing problems in the event refinishing is needed. Lemon juice dissolves dirt and smudges, while olive oil shines and protects the wood:

Furniture Polish Recipe

Mix in a sprayer bottle:

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

Shake well and apply a small amount to a flannel cleaning rag or cleaning cloth. Spread evenly over furniture surface. Turn cloth to a dry side and polish dry.

By Irish

Recipes for Making Household Products

I have replaced all my store bought cleaning products with homemade. I gathered the recipes from ThriftyFun and They work better and are unbelievably inexpensive.

So far, I have made: all purpose spray cleaner, all purpose abrasive scrub, disinfectant, dish detergent, laundry detergent, fabric softener, shower gel, glass cleaner, Febreze, and furniture cleaner/polish.


By Terry Lynn

Recipes for Making Household Products

The best 2 cleaners are vinegar and baking soda. These are used all of the time. For disinfecting, use bleach diluted in water. (03/28/2009)

By Debbie-Jenn

Recipes for Making Household Products

I have 3 recipes on my blog just look on the side bar for the titles. (03/28/2009)

By momma2many

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