6 Homemade DIY Cleaners the Pros Swear By


Taking care of your home is an important part of being a good person. It’s also the best way to save money and time, and make sure that you have a safe place to live. And yet, most people are busy enough with their jobs and families that they end up paying for expensive cleaning products at the store or using homemade recipes that don’t work as well as store-bought alternatives. Luckily for you, we’ve got some great news: You can do better! Here are six simple ingredients that will help you DIY all your own cleaners—and they’ll actually work better than anything you could buy at Target.



Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and deodorizer, so it makes sense that it’s one of the most popular natural cleaners out there. It can be used to clean windows, kitchen appliances, floors, bathrooms—you name it! Vinegar’s mild acidity means that it can help remove stains (like those stubborn coffee or ink stains on your white shirts), too. If you’re looking for something that goes beyond traditional vinegar cleaning techniques and into the realm of DIY magic powers (and who isn’t?), why not try adding a few drops of essential oil to your mix? Lemon oil can give your home an uplifting aroma; lavender will help calm your nerves after a long day at work; orange results in freshness and happiness for all!

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a cleaning staple that can be used in many different ways. It’s safe, effective and environmentally-friendly—what more could you ask for?

This versatile ingredient is perfect for making your own DIY all-purpose cleaner. Mix baking soda with water to make a paste that can be used to clean your bathroom, kitchen, counters and even toilets. You might have heard of this cleaning method before but did you know that it also makes an excellent natural deodorizer? Simply sprinkle some baking soda on whatever you want to deodorize (such as shoes) and let it sit overnight before vacuuming off the powder in the morning!

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a natural antiseptic, which means it’s great for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Hydrogen peroxide is also a mild bleach and can be used to whiten whites.

If you have a cut or wound, apply hydrogen peroxide directly to the affected area with a cotton ball. It will help clean out any dirt or bacteria in the skin.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is an excellent natural disinfectant and deodorizer. It works well on many surfaces, including your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry.

To use lemon juice to clean your kitchen:

  • Squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lemon into a bowl of warm water (about 80 degrees). Note that you can use fresh lemons or bottled lemon juice for this method.

  • Dip a sponge into the solution and wipe down any surface in need of cleaning. You can also scrub surfaces with the sponges if they have hard-to-remove stains or buildup on them. For example, spraying vinegar onto a glass baking dish then wiping it down with wet sponges will help remove baked-on food residue more effectively than using just water would do on its own!


  • Borax

This is a natural mineral that you can find in your local grocery store or online. It’s also one of the most versatile natural cleaning products out there, with uses from laundry booster to household cleaner and beyond! For example:

  • As a laundry booster, borax acts as an enzyme cleaner for your washing machine. It will make your whites whiter and help remove stains from clothes. It’s also great at removing body oils and odors from towels and linens so they smell fresh again after use.

  • As a household cleaner, borax is great for cleaning sinks and bathtubs since it removes soap scum easily without needing any elbow grease—just sprinkle on the surface while wet, let sit overnight if needed (the longer it sits on the surface before rinsing off next day), then wipe away with warm water once dry.*

  • To disinfect surfaces like countertops in kitchens/bathrooms/garages etc., mix 1 part vinegar with 2 parts warm water into spray bottle; add 20 drops tea tree oil if desired; shake well before use then spray onto surface; allow 10 minutes dwell time – rinse well afterward! This mixture does not contain bleach which means no harsh fumes but still cleans effectively enough to disinfect surfaces safely.*

  • To deodorize stinky shoes or gym bags just put some baking soda inside first then add some lavender oil on top – works wonders!

Dish Soap

  • Use dish soap to clean your dishes. The same detergent you use to wash the messes you make with your own hands is also a great tool for cleaning other things.

  • Use dish soap to wash your hands. You know what’s good at removing dirt and grime? Dish soap! And it can be used in place of over-the-counter hand sanitizers or soaps, too—and it won’t irritate sensitive skin like many of those products do.

  • Use dish soap in the bathroom as well. It’s a multi-purpose cleaner that can take care of mildew stains on bathroom tile grout, remove hard water deposits from shower heads and tubs, cut through grease on stove tops—even get rid of tough spots on stainless steel pots and pans! Just spray it directly onto any surface you want cleaned, let sit for several minutes (depending on how dirty it is), then wipe away with a damp cloth or sponge until clean again!

With these basic ingredients, you could make all your own cleaners.

Vinegar is an excellent natural cleaner. It’s biodegradable, non-toxic and doesn’t leave any residue behind.

Baking soda is also great because it absorbs moisture and can be used to clean your fridge—or anything else that smells a bit funky (like shoes).

Hydrogen peroxide is great for disinfecting surfaces in the bathroom or kitchen, since it kills bacteria without causing harm to you or your pets. You could use lemon juice instead if you prefer that scent or have allergies to vinegar; either one will work just as well!

Dish soap is a multipurpose cleaner that can be used on dishes, laundry and even as an all purpose cleaner for floors and walls (if diluted enough).


I hope you enjoyed learning how to make your own cleaners. Now, it’s up to you to decide what your favorite DIY cleaner is. Let me know in the comments below!

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