Mean, Green, Clean…and SUPER CHEAP!

Homemade Household Cleaners that Work!

No thanks to me, I have some fabulous soap and cleaner recipes that you can make
yourself!  These cleaners are easy to make, work GREAT and are uber cheap!

All-Purpose Cleaner:  I still love my Fantastik for nastier jobs, but this cleaner works great for a general mess.  It is also an anti-bacterial and disinfectant!

You’ll need:

  • ½ Cup white distilled Vinegar
  • ¼ Cup baking soda
  • 2 liters of water
  • A little scented dish soap (for fragrance)

Mix all together in a large container.  (I use an old milk jug and then put it into a spray bottle as needed.)  Add to a spray bottle.  Shake well before use!

Glass Cleaner:  I love this!!!

You’ll need:

  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 Cup Isopropyl Alcohol (I like Wintergreen!)
  • 1 TBSP White distilled vinegar

Mix together in a spray bottle and shake a little before use!

Laundry Detergent:  Awesome recipe and the best money savings of all
of these recipes!

You’ll need:

  • 4 Cups hot tap water
  • 1 Fels-Naptha Soap Bar (found in the laundry aisle – try Walmart)
  • 1 Cup washing soda (also in the laundry aisle)
  • ½ Cup Borax

Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water.  Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap is melted.

Fill a 5 gallon bucket ½ full of hot tap water.  Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until powder is dissolved.  Fill bucket to top with more hot water.  Stir and cover. Let sit overnight to thicken (it will be like one solid jello block!)

Add half water and half of your new soap to a clean, used laundry soap dispenser.  You will have to kind of squish up the soap to get it in the container.  Shake well before each use.  It will gel.  Store the rest until you need it!

Note: Use about ¼ cup per load.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent:  This is a great recipe!

You’ll need:

  • 1 Cup Borax
  • 1 Cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
  • ½ Cup Kosher Salt
  • ½ Cup citric acid

Mix all ingredients together well and store in an airtight container.  Use 1 to 2 TBSP per load.  Note: Use white distilled vinegar as a rinse aid.  Works like a charm!


  1. Thanks so much for posting these Ashley! I already do the laudry soap, and my own glass cleaner, but the others are ones I am definately going to try!

  2. Patty,
    These are very helpful, thanks! I also like to mix equal parts Dawn dish soap and vinegar in a spray bottle. It cleans soap scum better than anything else I’ve tried.

    • We’ll definitely give that a try – we’re trying to get some soap scum off a shower door and nothing is working very well. Thanks for the tip.


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