Monday, July 23, 2012

DIY: Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

Now that we are a one income family, I feel that it is my responsibility to find ways to cut costs and lighten the burden that my husband carries when it comes to providing for our family. One of the areas that I have taken a particular interest in as of late, is making my own household cleaning products. 

I've perused the internet and Pinterest in search for recipes with ingredients I currently had around the house. I did not necessarily want to go out and buy a bunch of stuff at the grocery store, make the product, test it out, and then hate it, because then I would have felt like I wasted money. And we are on such a tight budget that I cannot afford to waste a single penny. I finally stumbled across this recipe  and gave it a try over the weekend. 

Wow! This stuff is incredible!

Here is all you need:

1 spray bottle (I used a Shout Stain Remover bottle that I had recently finished off)
1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap (I used Dawn in the original scent)
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
2 tablespoons of vinegar
2 cups of water

Mix the dish soap, baking soda, and water in your spray bottle. Let the baking soda dissolve fully before adding in the vinegar (You want to avoid a reaction with the baking soda and vinegar. Otherwise you will have a nice science project for your kids to observe on your hands!) Once you have added the vinegar, screw on the lid to the spray bottle (be sure the nozzle is in the OFF position) and shake lightly. 

*Tip- If you notice that your spray bottle has pressure building inside it, unscrew the nozzle slightly to allow some of the pressure to release and then screw it back on.

I thought I would test my new cleaning product on the shower in the master bathroom because it is my most troublesome spot in the entire house to clean. I have used every product under the sun to get rid of the soap scum build up to no avail. I figured that if this homemade cleaner passed the test in the master bathroom, it can clean just about anything. 

I sprayed a generous amount of cleaner in the shower and on the shower door, then waited an hour for it to do it's thing. 

Here is a picture of the shower before I sprayed on the homemade cleaner:

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Embarrassing... I know. I promise, I DO clean our shower regularly. Twice a week in fact. It's just that the soap scum would NOT come off no matter how hard I scrubbed.

And here is a picture of the shower after I used the homemade cleaner:

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HUGE difference! And this was after only one application. I'm sure I can get my shower completely soap scum free now. I could not be happier with the results. In my opinion, this stuff works better than a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I am never buying brand name again.

My next project will be to attempt homemade laundry detergent. But that will have to wait until pay day because I will have to go and purchase a few items from the store. So stayed tuned everyone!

Bye Bye expensive brand name cleaners. I'll miss you. 


  1. Replies
    1. Girl, I am using it on literally everything I can! It's amazing! This stuff provides a squeaky clean finish with no harsh chemical smell. I'm hooked :)

      It does leave a slight vinegar smell afterwards. But you can easily spray some homemade febreze and fix that in a snap.

  2. Wow! That is amazing!!!! I think I'll be making some when my brand name stuff run out.

    1. It's SO much cheaper! I cannot believe I have been paying as much as I have for name brand products. Homemade works just as well at a fraction of the cost.

  3. That is amazing! I will have to try it. I am a single mom of three teenagers and have them 100% in every way so I am on a tight budget too! Times are so hard. I don't know how people who don't have faith in the Lord or have a relationship with Him get through it.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, April! I hope you enjoyed it :)

      I will be making some more homemade household products and posting them here on the blog in the coming weeks. I hope you are able to find them useful! I know how hard it is being on such a tight budget.

  4. I make homemade cleaners also, they are a great way to save money! Great blog! New follower from bloggy moms, I look forward to your future posts :) You can find me at

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm on my way to check out your blog :)

  5. How did this work out for you? I need a cleaning solution I can use in my refillable mop! Gotta be puppy safe! :-)

    1. It works really well! I use it almost daily. I haven't tried it as a solution on my refillable mop but I'm sure it would work just fine :) I just ran out of solution for my mop this weekend, so I may give it a try myself this afternoon.

  6. Although the vinegar scent can initially be offensive, it seems to disappear quickly and completely. I like the idea of using essential oils to give it a nice scent, but many bloggers have commented that the oils leave a residue.


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