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8 Assorted Homemade Household Cleaners To Make

Here’s an assortment of recipes for homemade cleaners, degreasers and disinfectants you can make that I’ve pulled from my notes.

SuppliesYou’ll find a few that are environmentally friendly using gentle ingredients (such as essential oils, herbs and baking soda) while others take advantage of the power of liquid bleach, TSP and household ammonia.

Thyme Disinfectant

2 1/2 cups water
1 handful thyme (fresh or dried)
Vinegar
Liquid castille soap (squirt)

Herbal Disinfectant

This spray disinfects surfaces, kills mold, and discourages its return. Eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree are all known for their antimicrobial properties.

1 tsp. sodium lauryl sulfate
1 tsp. borax
2 Tbs. white vinegar
2 cups hot water
1/4 tsp. eucalyptus essential oil
1/4 tsp. lavender essential oil
3 drops tea tree essential oil

*Source: The Herb Companion, September 1999

Herbal All Purpose

1 cup water
1 cup vinegar
2 tsp liquid castille soap
25 drops essential oil of thyme, eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender, sandalwood, lemon, orange

*Source: The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier

Mold & Mildew

Test area first to ensure paint, aluminum, vinyl or material isn’t damaged by solution.

3 cups water
1 cup bleach
2/3 cups TSP (Trisodium Phosphate)
1/3 cup Tide (or other laundry detergent–nothing with ammonia)

Directions:

Can be used to scrub exterior siding (test first), but be careful of shrubbery.

You can also apply this with a hose sprayer attachment.

Tip: For a job that requires something safer around plants and shrubbery, look for a commercial product to use like Jomax.

For Walls

2 ounces borax
I tsp ammonia
2 quarts water

Simply mix and dissolve the ammonia and borax with the water in a bucket.

Tips:

Multi-Purpose

Careful when using ammonia and wear rubber gloves.

First recipe:

1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
1 cup ammonia
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water

#2

1/2 cup ammonia
1 gallon warm water

#3

2 TBSP liquid bleach
1 quart cold water

Degreaser

Here’s a kickin mix, wear rubber gloves when using this and don’t inhale this stuff since the ammonia is pretty strong.

Lemon scented ammonia
Hot water
Dawn dishwashing liquid

This works great for washing the ornaments and dishes on display in the kitchen (the grease collectors ;)).

Kitchen Cabinet Degreaser

1 gallon hot water
1 cup ammonia
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda

Directions: