DIY Recipes for Home Cleaning Agents & Laundry

~~@@  Did you know that White vinegar disinfects and deodorizes, killing 99 percent of bacteria, 80 percent of viruses and 82 percent of mold.?? Learn all about vinegar here.


BEST Glass Cleaner Ever! My biggest frustration, during my 23 year career as a professional cleaner, is streaks on windows! I discovered that the REAL answer to streak free windows is the use of ZERO chemicals. Here is the PERFECT glass and window cleaner. Club Soda – buy a 16 oz. bottle, take off the cap- Screw on the sprayer from a windex or other spray bottle. Spray on and wipe completely dry with cotton towel or paper towel. Ta da! I am not kidding, you will like this. Cost is about 50 cents a bottle. 😉

You will LOVE this great smelling CITRUS FOOD SAFE Kitchen Disinfectant

In a quart jar, collect

lemon peels, orange peels and lime peels

Cover peelings with WHITE distilled vinegar, cover and let stand for a minimum of 3 weeks, one month is better. When ready, strain and mix 2 parts citrus solution with 1 part.

The enzymes and citris oils will leech into the vinegar over time. It will smell wonderful and you know it is working because vinegar disinfects safely.


Homemade Glass Cleaner – I have used this one too, it is good but I still prefer Club Soda! Cleaning windows is always an important task on my spring cleaning list. I usually neglect my windows all winter, and it’s nice to see the sun shining through my sparkling windows again in spring. My favorite glass cleaner includes alcohol, a trick professional window washers use to eliminate streaking and residue. Ingredients:

  • 1 cup high proof alcohol (Everclear, vodka, etc.)
  • ¼ cup white vinegar (Find white vinegar here.)
  • ½ teaspoon liquid soap, optional for really dirty surfaces (Do not use castile soap.)
  • water

Directions: Combine alcohol and vinegar in a bucket. Add enough water to make ½ gallon. Add optional liquid soap and stir gently to combine. Pour into spray bottle and store the rest in a clean, well-labeled container with a tight-fitting lid. Use to clean windows, mirrors, glass tables, or even countertops. Spray on surface and wipe clean with a soft, dry cloth. Read article and more here

Best Ever 1-2-3 Scouring Powder – (I made this, it WORKS!)

Mix 1 C Baking Soda with 1/2 C Epsom salt or Sea Salt – Sprinkle and scrub! Sinks shimmer and NON TOXIC- I used Dr. Teals Epsom Bath Soak as it is Lavender scented and got it cheap. You can add essential oil to plain epsom salt if you want sweet just cleaned smell after you clean.

DIY Antibacterial Bathroom Spray Cleaner Mix in 1 Quart Sprayer bottle – (a foaming spray bottle preferred but hard to find) Fill sprayer one third full with distilled water (if you have soft water, tap water works fine) add 1 teaspoon Tea Tree Oil Fill bottle but leave at least one inch on top for mixing. add large squirt dish soap – (soap is needed to keep oil and water mixed)- Non toxic dish detergent is available

Spray and Wipe Floor Cleaner All Purpose

  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1 cup vinegar
  3. 1 cup alcohol
  4. 2-3 drops dish soap (Castile, Dawn, etc.)
  5. 5 drops lavender essential oil
  6. 5 drops orange essential oil
  7. 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  8. Fine-mist spray bottle – 24oz
  1. Add all ingredients to spray bottle and shake to combine.
  2. Sweep/vacuum the floor.
  3. Spray cleaner on the floor (or other surface).
  4. Wipe up with a microfiber cloth.
  1. As with all cleaners, please do a spot test to make sure this will work on your floors!
  2. For a mop and bucket version, try this: For a gallon of water, you could try 1/2 cup of vinegar, and 1/3 cup of alcohol, plus a few drops of dish soap.
By Sarah UmmYusuf

Multi Purpose Disinfecting Spray

Spray bottle
1 1/4 cup White Vinegar
2 1/2 cups distilled Water
1 TBS dish soap (optional) this is an emulsifier as otherwise oil and water will not mix
30 drops Essential Oil

Combine everything in a spray bottle.

DIY Dryer Sheets Mix- 3/4 C distilled or filtered water with 1/3 C Non Toxic Liquid Fabric Softener Cut up old t-shirts or use old wash clothes. Anything that will not ravel or fall apart in the dryer. Place rags in large jar or old baby wipes container and add liquid. The scent will not be as prominent if you use NON TOXIC fabric softener but you will not have static cling. OR you can do it the lazy way and keep the solution in a squirt bottle and use the same wash cloth for several loads.

DIY Liquid Laundry Soap-Inexpensive answer to costly laundry products In 1 Gallon Jug mix as instructed Heat 1 quart water to boiling and remove from stove- Mix in the following until dissolved 3/4 C Borax 3/4 C Super Washing Soda (or Soda Ash may be used) 1/2 C Oxy Clean Powder Make sure all powders are thoroughly dissolved and put in 1 Gal. jug To this add 3/4 C Oxy Dish soap or other dish soap of your choice. It should be one with degreaser properties. Then gently fill with hot water. If you have hard water it is best to use filtered or distilled water for this recipe. This is a low suds recipe. I have an extra large capacity washer and use 1/3 C for medium loads and 1/2 for large loads. Works Great  

This Recipe is my personal version of a recipe by Mary Hunt at

DIY Fabric Softener Scented Crystals- Very Simple! Things you will need: A box of coarse Sea Salt ($1.09) at Wal-mart 20-30 drops Essential Oil(about $2.00) A container with lid for storage Bowl or container to mix- a zip lock bag works well-Add appx. 1/4 C  to wash wash load, not the RINSE Article and instructions at link

DIY Non Toxic Baby Laundry Soap- Appx. 5 cents per load Each batch yields approximately 32 ounces (between 32-64 loads based on how many Tbsp used per load).

  • 1 bar (4.5oz) of shaved bar soap
  • 1 cup of borax
  • 1 cup of washing soda

Simply stir the ingredients together and enjoy! Link to article and instructions here

Laundry Softener for Final Rinse White vinegar, added to final rinse is effective for removing odors and soap residue and Mother Earth will thank you for skipping the chemicals. 3/4 C for Med load and 1 C for large

Add Scent to clothes in Dryer Non toxic and inexpensive- Put  5-10 drops essential oil, on a wash cloth and throw in your dryer.  Lavender and tea tree are pleasant than have antibacterial! properties.

NON – TOXIC Whitener for Laudry

8 C Water

1/2 C Lemon Juice

2 C Peroxide

Mix in large jug and use 2 cups solution with white clothing with a low water level. Soak until desired results. I have done this over night. DO NOT add laundry soap until you have filled the washer to desired level with additional water.

~~7 ways to Clean a Toilet~~

Cleaning toilets method 1: Sprinkle baking soda around the bowl. Drip a few drops of liquid soap onto the toilet brush and scrub out the bowl. To clean the outside of the bowl sprinkle some baking soda onto a damp rag. Wipe over, rinse cloth and wipe off any residue. Cleaning toilets method 2: Sprinkle a cup of borax around the toilet bowl and leave over night. In the morning scrub the bowl and flush. For extra cleaning power sprinkle the bowl with a 1/4 cup of white vinegar before sprinkling on the borax. Cleaning toilets method 3: Pour 1 litre of coke around the toilet bowl, scrub the toilet well and leave over night. In the morning scrub the bowl again and flush. Cleaning toilets method 4: This hint is for stains in the toilet. Combine the juice of a lemon mixed with enough borax to give a thick paste. Smear onto the stain. Leave on for about 15 minutes and then brush off. Borax is a very strong powder so wear gloves and be careful. Cleaning toilets method 5: Pour 1 cup white vinegar around the inside of the toilet bowl. Scrub well and leave for an hour. Scrub again and then flush. Cleaning toilets method 6: Drop 3 Vitamin C tablets into the toilet bowl. Let them dissolve for an hour. Scrub this mixture around the bowl and flush. Cleaning toilets method 7: Drop 2 Alka Seltzer tablets into the toilet bowl. Let them dissolve for 20 minutes. Scrub this mixture around the bowl and flush.

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