8 Best Homemade Cleaners – How to Make DIY All Purpose Cleaners

Some items in your pantry (like baking soda and vinegar) work as effective all-purpose cleaners and, even better, cost almost nothing. So the next time you fix a big mess but run out of your favorite cleaning product, don’t run to the store – try mixing one of these DIY home cleaners instead. These natural products will give dirt to the curb and keep your wallet happy.

Important security advice: Never combine ammonia-based cleaners with bleach or products containing bleach, such as powdered dishwasher detergent. The fumes they will create are extremely dangerous. Before mixing, read the product labels first. Always label all bottles of DIY cleaners with all the ingredients inside. If a child or animal enters it, it is important to know what is in the mixture.

1. All purpose scented cleaner

What you will need:

  • White vinegar in part
  • A part of water
  • Lemon zest
  • sprigs of rosemary

    Mix the above ingredients, pour into a spray bottle, shake, then let steep for a week before use. Once done, you can use the natural solution to remove hard water stains, clean out trash cans, wipe stains off walls and much more. In addition to a fresh scent, lemon peel can help increase cleaning power. Caution: Do not use acidic cleaners on granite, as they will etch the stone.


    2. Kitchen cleaner and deodorant

    What you will need:

    • 4 tablespoons of baking soda
    • 1 liter of warm water

      To clean kitchen counters, appliances, and the interior of your refrigerator, all you need is baking soda. “It makes an excellent air freshener and can be used to shine sinks and stainless steel appliances,” said Carolyn Forte, director of the cleaning laboratory at the Good Housekeeping Institute. To deodorize surfaces, use the above solution or pour baking soda directly into the box and into your sewer or bin to remove odors. To shine and remove stains from stainless steel, make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply it with a damp cloth and rub gently in the direction of the grain of the metal. Rinse and dry polish.


      3. DIY window cleaner

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      What you will need:

        The next time you need to wash your windows and mirrors, combine these ingredients and pour them into a spray bottle. Tip: do not clean windows on a hot, sunny day as the solution dries too quickly and leaves a lot of streaks. For mirrors, spray the solution on a paper towel or soft cloth before wiping.


        4. Homemade brass cleaner

        What you will need:

        • White vinegar or lemon juice
        • Table salt

          To clean uncoated cabinet handles, bathroom fixtures, etc., moisten a sponge with vinegar or lemon juice, then sprinkle with salt. Rub lightly on the surface. Rinse thoroughly with water, then dry immediately with a soft, clean cloth.


          5. Ultra-resistant natural scrub

          What you will need:

          • 1/2 lemon
          • 1/2 cup borax powder

            Rust stains on sinks and porcelain or enamel bathtubs are no big deal for this cleaner. Dip the lemon in the borax and rub the surface, then rinse. (It’s not safe for marble or granite.) Tip: You can find borax, a laundry booster, in the detergent aisle or order it from Amazon.


            6. DIY grease cleaner

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            What you will need:

              Sudsy ammonia contains a detergent that helps remove stubborn dirt. Mix 1/2 cup with enough water to fill a one-gallon container. Then clean your oven racks, range hood and grill by dipping a sponge in the solution and wiping on the surface before rinsing with clean water. You can also soak the oven racks and grill racks directly in the mixture, with a little extra ammonia if they are particularly dirty.


              7. Stain remover for clothing of last resort

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              What you will need:

              • 1 gallon of hot water
              • 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent
              • 1 cup regular, non-ultra or concentrated liquid bleach

                Treat poorly stained but washable white clothing by mixing the above ingredients in a stainless steel, plastic or enamel (not aluminum) bowl. Soak the garment for 15 to 20 minutes. If the stain is still there, let it soak a little longer, then wash the item as usual.


                8. Natural marble cleaner

                What you will need:

                • 2 drops of mild dishwashing liquid
                • 2 cups warm water

                  Mix dishwashing detergent and water the next time you want to clean natural stone countertops. Sponge on marble and rinse thoroughly to remove any soap residue. Buff with a soft cloth; do not allow the marble to air dry. Caution: Never use vinegar, lemon or any other acidic cleaner on marble or granite surfaces; it will eat away at the stone.


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