If you want a different way to clean your home and save money, it’s time to search your pantry. You probably already own the items needed to make these four DIY cleaning solutions to use all over your home. Add some dollar store spray bottles and our free printable labels, and you’ll never run out of your favorite cleaners again.
First, gather your ingredients:
- White Vinegar is a natural deodorizer. It also dissolves dirt, soap scum, and hard water deposits from smooth surfaces.
- Rubbing alcohol helps leave a sparkling shine on glass and windows.
- Dawn dish-soap. This stuff is a miracle worker. It helps scrub surfaces and picks up dirt and grease.
- Castille soap and cornstarch to pick up dust and help keep it away.
- Lemon juice, sprig of rosemary, or your favorite essential oils. These are completely optional but give a little fragrance to your homemade cleaner . They also help cut the harsh scent of the vinegar. Also, the lemon is a mild disinfectant which is always beneficial when cleaning.
All of these can be stored and used with spray bottles, just like the store bought versions.
This bathroom cleaner is perfect for scrubbing bathroom counters, toilets, and tubs. It helps remove soap scum and leaves chrome fixtures extra shiny. For tough jobs, spray it on, leave for a few minutes or more, then rinse down or wipe away with a wet cloth. Tougher concentrations of this mixture can be useful outside of the bathroom, like cleaning stains from carpet. Always test on a small spot first. Personally, I have found so many uses for this cleaner. It cleaned the front of my front loading washing machine, like a dream.
- 1 part Dawn dish soap to 2-4 parts White Vinegar
- 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil
Glass and Mirror Cleaner
Only 3 ingredients in this recipe to get sparkling windows and mirrors. Gentle enough that you don’t have to worry about using it everywhere. Take it from the counters to appliances. Also, an added bonusammonia has no amonia!
- 1/2 cup of Vinegar
- 1/2 cup Rubbing Alcohol
- 2 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
- 2 Cups of Water
- Optional Lemon Juice
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk.
- Empty into spray bottle with a funnel.
- Shake before each use.
Granite Counter Cleaner
Once you’re finished cleaning with this homemade spray, you will be able to see yourself in your granite. First, clean the surface area with mild soap and water, then spritz and buff with a microfiber cloth.
- 1/4 cup Rubbing Alcohol
- 3 Drops Dawn dish soap or castille soap
- 5-10 drops Essential Oil
- 1 cups water
Dusting Spray Cleaner
The combination in this spray helps clean wood then restores its shine. The castille soap collects the dust, while the olive oil helps moisturize the wood. Adding lemon oil or a rosemary sprig will add an antibacterial element for keeping wood kitchen and dining tables ready for meals. This made a lot of solution. I would half it or make two to store in different parts of your home.
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon Dr. Bronner’s Soap (Castille soap. This is optional. It is found with the natural soaps and is available at most grocery stores.)
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- 5-10 drops Essential oil, lemon juice or rosmary sprig (optional)
Oil and vinegar will not mix, so you will have to shake the mixture before use. Spray on dust cloth and get to work.
Free Printable DIY Cleaning Solution Labels
Now that all the solutions are made, how about some official labels so you can keep the new mixtures straight? You can download and print these cleaner labels for free. Apply them with storage tape or make clear sticky labels with the tutorial below.
Step 1: Print the labels on regular paper. They must be printed in black and white to create these sticky labels.
Step 2: Cover the image with heavy duty packing tape, then rub the image with a craft stick.
Step 3: Cut the image out
Step 4: Soak the label in warm water. Peel the paper away from the packing tape. Set aside and allow to dry. When completely dry, the tape will become sticking again.
Step 5: Apply and admire your handy work.
No need to ever buy cleaning supplies from the store again. Yours will look better, cost less, and you probably don’t even have to leave the house.