What if you could clean your home without noxious fumes?  At a fraction of the price? In a more environmentally friendly way? Safe for your children and pets? Sound too good to be true? Well it isn’t!  It can be done!

You don’t need to break your budget on cleaning products.  There are lots of ways of creating homemade cleaning products.  Not only are they cheap, they also perform to high standards – with the added bonus of being able to be tailored to your needs.

Furniture polish

Simply mix together 3 parts vegetable oil to 1 part vinegar and you have perfect furniture polish!  Apply with a cloth to your piece of furniture and buff off with another clean cloth.  Look at the shine!

 Washing Liquid

Mix together 1.5 cups of Lux Soap Flakes, 1 cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup salt with two cups of boiling water (you may need to experiment with the amounts to gain the consistency you are looking for).  Allow to cool slightly and add a ½ scoop to your washing machine.

 Spray ‘n’ wipe

One word.  Vinegar.  Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and will remove stubborn stains.  Pour vinegar on a clean cloth and rub over the surface.  Instant clean!  You can also place the vinegar into a spray bottle to use and add an essential oil of your choice (lavender, peppermint etc.) to create your own cleaning fragrance.

 Hand Sanitiser

Mix together 1 part rubbing alcohol and 1 part baby lotion.  You may need to experiment a little with the quantities to get it to the consistency you require.  Put it into a little squeezable bottle and you are set to go!

Santising hand wipes/bench wipes

Get a packet of good quality paper towels. Place into a container.  Pour in 1 part rubbing alcohol and 1 part baby lotion over the top of the paper towels.  The paper towels should soak up the liquid – you may need to add more towels/liquid to get the consistency right.  Close the lid on the box and you can use them straight away!

Liquid hand soap

Bring 2 cups of water in a saucepan to the boil.  Add ½ cup of Lux Soap Flakes.  Stir until soap is melted. Remove from heat and stir after 10 minutes, and a couple more times before you go to bed.  Stir again once the next morning.  Pour into soap hand pump.  Really cheap and makes enough for 3 bottles.

Toilet & Bathroom cleaner

Baking Soda and Vinegar.  That’s it! Sprinkle the baking soda around your toilet bowl and spray on the vinegar. You can add some essential oil to the vinegar if you prefer for a cleaning fragrance.  Clean as usual.  Finished! Cheap!

Dishwashing liquid

Fill an old dishwashing liquid bottle ¾ full with vinegar.  Add ¼ of lemon juice.  Shake well.  Add your usual amount to the dishwater and wash as usual.  The detergent will not ‘foam’ as commercial detergent – but it does clean squeaky clean!

So with a little planning you can make some serious cleaners at home, all by yourself for a fraction of the price!

  • I love the list of home-made cleaning products,it will be very handy,thanks!


  • Great tips.


  • I found this great. I use bi carb and vinegar all the time but didn’t know the others.


  • Get rid of all those nasty cleaning products i say, you don’t need ‘em. The kiddies health will be better off without all the chemicals in their life.


  • I keep forgetting hoe simple these are


  • these are great products to try to make at home


  • These are fantastic. Will need to try a few


  • These ideas are overall effective to a certain degree. However their efficacy related to how quick they clean leaves a lot to be desired. I’m talking mostly about the use of baking soda and being time poor it doesn’t cut it. Two thumbs up for vinegar!


  • Thanks for sharing this article with a good list of home made cleaning products; very useful to have a list handy!


  • Vinegar is amazing. So many wonderful uses.
    I also use vinegar to clean mirrors with newspaper. Gives a fantastic crisp quality.


  • Such wonderful tips, have been using most, thanks for sharing.


  • Thanks for putting all the product hints as one article. Very helpful as a reference. I already use some of these but will try the ones that are new to me. Always worth a try to avoid chemicals when possible.


  • Great tips. Thanks for sharing


  • There is a lot you can do with bicarb soda around the house.


  • this is amazing! ive been looking for a post like this!! thank you


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