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Have you ever wondered how housewives were ever able to get anything clean before the inventions of chemical household cleaning products?

Are Homemade Cleaners Really Better?

They used what was available to them and they made due and miraculously things were clean. 

Many people don’t know that there are very simple ways to make your own household cleaners that are less toxic and even less expensive.  Simple ingredients that when you put them together work perfectly; sometimes better than the name brand products you purchase at the store. 

I will say they work just as well as the name brand cleaners and are better because they are less toxic and less expensive.  Many of the homemade cleaners are everyday items you use already; you just haven’t used them in a combination to work their magic on scrubbing tubs or toilets or kitchen floors; you usually leave that up to the name brand products that you pay a pretty penny for. 

No matter what type of cleaner you use, be it a homemade cleaner or a store bought cleaner, you are still going to have to put some elbow grease into it; there are no magic cleaners that you spray on and just rinse off and whatever it is you are cleaning comes perfectly clean like it was brand new.  Cleaning is work; no matter what product you use.

What Products You Need to make Homemade Cleaners

  • Dish detergent
  • Borax
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Washing soda (in the laundry department)
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Ammonia

That’s it.  Seven items that can save you a great deal of time and money but you have to know how to use them, so I will give you a few recipes to help you get started.

  • To clean your floors:

One cup of vinegar to a gallon of warm water.  Works great on no wax floors such as vinyl floors.

  • To clean wood floors:

One half cup of vinegar to one gallon of warm water.  When cleaning wood floors you should never put the cleaner directly on the floor; the mop should be dipped in the bucket and squeezed until almost dry.  Clean the floors and then dry any wet areas or streaks with a dry towel. 

  • All purpose household cleaners:

*You should make this in a gallon batch using a clean gallon milk jug.
*Mix two tablespoons of ammonia, one teaspoon dishwashing detergent, two cups rubbing alcohol; add essential oils if you wish for a specific scent, such as orange or pine, or lemon.  Add the rest of the jug with hot water. 
*Pour contents into spray bottles and label as needed. 

  • Single 16 ounce spray bottle cleaner:

Mix together two tablespoons vinegar, one teaspoon borax, add hot water, a few drops of dishwashing detergent, and add essential oil for desired scent. 

  • Big jobs; All purpose cleaner

In a bucket add one half cup ammonia, one fourth cup vinegar, and one fourth cup baking soda.  Add hot water to the bucket.  If you have really tough jobs such as cleaning soap scum from the shower doors, or really ground in dirt, you can double the ingredients above for a stronger solution.

  • Soft scrub cleaner:

In a mixing bowl add a small amount of baking soda to a small amount of dishwashing detergent; this works great to clean the bathtub or sinks without scratching the surface.

  • Window cleaner:

In a 16 ounce spray bottle add one half teaspoon dish detergent, three tablespoons vinegar, and two cups of water.  Shake well and use to clean windows.

  • For tough scrubbing type cleaners:

Sprinkle baking soda onto the areas you want to clean.  Scrub well with a cloth.

These are but a few homemade cleaners you can easily make for yourself.  Most of the ingredients you need are already things you have in your home.  What you don’t have you can easily find at any department or grocery store.  You can make as little or as much as you like and pour into spray bottles or gallon jugs to use as you need them. 

Consider how much money you will save by making your own cleaners, not to mention how much safer they are for you, your children, and your pets.   

Is it Worth the Trouble?

You can buy individual cleaners to do the same jobs your homemade cleaners will do but you should consider the toxins that go into making those cleaners.  Many are not biodegradable meaning they can be harmful to the grass or plants you have outside if you are cleaning your outside patio furniture.  They can be harmful to pets.  They can also be toxic and harmful to you if you are not careful and read the directions on how to use them.  Many products you buy cannot be combined with other products as they will cause a toxic reaction and possibly make you very ill.  You have to be very careful when using certain cleansers along with other cleansers. 

When you have homemade household cleansers they are quite safe and very seldom cause any type of toxic reaction.  What you want to be sure of is that the homemade cleansers don’t irritate your skin and cause you to have a rash.  The same applies to name brand cleaners as well; it is always a good idea to wear rubber gloves when doing household cleaning jobs just to be sure you are protecting your skin.

When you look at all the advantages of homemade cleaners compared to name brand, store bought cleaners, you will see that they are, by far, well worth the trouble; especially if you are on a tight budget and can’t afford all those different cleaners.  Women have been utilizing what they have on hand to do their cleaning jobs for many years; there is no reason why you can’t or shouldn’t try it for yourself.