Easy DIY All Purpose Cleaners

I had an urge to clean my house the other day.  I went to grab the Lysol all purpose cleaner like I normally would, but realized I was fresh out.  I have always been drawn to the DIY kind of thing and would rather use something where I actually knew what the ingredients were, so I set out to make my own cleaner at home.  There are A TON of ideas online so I began to test them and see which ones worked and which ones didn't.  So for your enjoyment and DIY cleaning education here is what I found.

What comes up when I search Google?

DIY all purpose google results

Funny thing is this is entirely ineffective as a cleaner.  You see when mixing baking soda with vinegar, the two react.  The result of this reaction is sodium acetate and water, not a good cleaner.  but you can make "hot ice" or even DIY hand warmers with it.  more on that later.

Super Effective DIY All Purpose Cleaner From Wellness mama

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Things you'll need:

  • Castile soap
  • Borax
  • Washing soda (I found baking soda works just fine)
  • Essential oils (I'd actually leave these out if you're using a plastic bottle, essential oils eat plastic)

Directions:

Place all ingredients in an empty spray bottle, then add 2 cups warm water (preferably distilled or filtered with a zero water filter to remove minerals) and shake well.   This is a great all purpose cleaner.  If you haven't used it all within 2 months dump it out and make more to keep it as effective as possible.

The One Ingredient Disinfectant

Easy one ingredient cleaner

This one is incredibly easy and cheap.  The EPA has listed hydrogen peroxide as a sterilizer.  This can be used as needed to disinfect counter tops, bathrooms, toys or anything else.  This is great to use in humid areas where you may be battling mold.  

For best results pour only the amount of hydrogen peroxide you think you will use ​into a spray bottle and use immediately.  If you'd like to keep the peroxide in the spray bottle make sure it's a non-transparent bottle that will protect the liquid from light, as light exposure will decrease its effectiveness over time.

All Natural Cleaner + Glass Spray Bottle Tutorial from Mommypotamus

Did you know that you can take the top off of most plastic spray bottles and put them on glass bottles of your favorite products?  This is what Mommypotamus (click the headline to see the original article)  

This is super useful when using  essential oils in products, or other ingredients that are known to deteriorate plastics.

Thing You'll Need For This Recipe:

  • 2 teaspoons of castile soap
  • 20 drops of your favorite essential oil (there are recommendations in the original article)
  • 1 cup warm water

This recipe works because the soap will emulsify the essential oils.  The soap will remove dirt and other contaninants while the essential oils are a potent antimicrobial.  

Best DIY Glass Cleaner 

DIY Glass Cleaner

photo from http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Glass-Cleaner-Recipe/

This glass cleaner is well hyped and from many reviews a well respected recipe.

You'll Need:

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar.
  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch (What?? yeah it works though)
  • 4 cups warm water

Mix well in a spray bottle and use for crystal clear windows and mirrors.  For best results I would recommend a sponge and squeegee for streak free glass.

This article was originally posted on instructables​

Try a few or all of these and let us know what you think in the comments!  Let us know if you have any recipes you think should be added to this article! 

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