You can have clean house

Even with homemade cleaners

It is not really necessary to bring lots of unknown harsh cleaning chemicals into your home to properly clean your home.  Many homes may already have some of the ingredients for several homemade cleaning recipes.  Some of these ingredients can also be harsh and should be handled with care.

Ingredient List:

If you are thinking of using some of these, you should research each of the ingredients so you are aware of any possible issues.  Borax, also called Boric acid, has several possible health risks involved in it's use.[1506]  Most substances used improperly run some sort of risk, even water has a Material Safety Data Sheet as it is a deadly compound.

These homemade cleaning products may not necessarily be considered green, but at least you'll know what's in your cleaning products.  These recipes are compiled from several different sources around the web, books and magazines.

Homemade Dishwashing Detergent

Liquid dishwashing detergent[1507]:
  • 1/4 cup of liquid castile soap
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of salt if using hard water

Combine in the above order and store in a handy container.  Use 1-2 tablespoons depending on dirt factor.

Powdered dishwashing detergent[1508]:

  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup baking soda

Compine all the ingredients and store in plastic container.  Use 2 tablespoons, reduce if residue builds up.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Powdered Homemade laundry detergent

  • 1 bar fels-naptha soap (or other bar soap)
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup washing soda

Grate the bar of soap as fine as possible, using a food processor is a quick easy way to do this.  Combine ingredients and mix well, store resulting powder in convenient container.  Use 1 to 2 tablespoons per load and vinegar as the fabric softener.  This homemade laundry detergent will also work in a high efficiency front loading washer because it is low suddings, which helps with the reduced water.

Homemade all purpose cleaner

All-purpose cleaner[1508]

  • 1 gallon hot water
  • 1/2 cup borax

Use from a spray bottle or bucket with rag and or mop on nonwood surfaces.  Then wipe clean.


Homemade Oven Cleaner

Fume Free[1508]!

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup washing soda
  • Hot water
  • 1 tbsp liquid soap
  • Few drops of white vinegar

Wipe off any loose dirt from the cool oven.  Combine baking soda and washing soda, increasing the washing soda to 3/4 cup if oven is greasy.  Gradually add the hot water to the dry ingredients to make a thick mixture that is still workable.  Then add the liquid soap and finally the vinegar.  The vinegar will cause it to fizz.  Apply to all the surfaces of the oven and let sit overnight.  In the morning, wipe out oven with warm water.

This sounds like a very appealing way to clean the oven, not having evacuate the house due to fumes.

Other ways to use these simple cleaning ingredients

Here are just a couple more ways to use some of these items:

  • Scrub the toilet bowl with 1/2 cup borax
  • For lighter duty toilet bowl cleaning use baking soda (add vinegar for more zing)
  • Use diluted vinegar to mop the floor
  • Use vinegar to combat hard water stains and buildup

Let me know in the comments of other ideas you may use for homemade cleaing products.