DIY Spring Cleaning Products

March 31, 2014 | Posted By: Marian Whitaker | Categorized in: Finance, Home & Auto



Spring has sprung and it's time to air out your house and clean up everything that may have been neglected in the harsh, awful face of winter. But if you're looking to save some money and be environmentally friendly, we've collected the best recipes from across the internet so you can make your OWN cleaning supplies!

Most of these recipes use some combination for the same 5 products, so once you buy those, you'll be able to make detergent and cleaner galore.


-Marian!

1. All-Purpose Cleaner

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For all of your purposes, of course. This recipe comes from Pink Pistachio. Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dish Soap
  • 2 Tablespoons Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon

Combine and shake in spray bottle. Fill the rest of the way with warm water.

2. Dish Detergent

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This recipe comes from Frugally Green:

  • 2 cups Borax
  • 2 cups Baking Soda
  • 4 small packets of sugar-free lemonade Kool-Aid
  • White Vinegar

Mix well. 2 tablespoons per dish load. Depending on if your dishwasher uses hard water, you may need to change the amount of Borax used!

3. Liquid Laundry Detergent

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Laundry Soap is possible as well. Find full instructions from Jenae, as there is some melting and mixing involved here! Here's the basics of what you'll need:

  • Borax (so popular for cleaning!)
  • Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
  • Fels-Naptha Soap Bar
  • Essential Oil Drops for fragrance

4. Tub and Faucet Cleaners

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Cut a lemon in half and use it to get rid of hard water stains on your faucets. Just rub the open half on the area and rinse. And as for sinks, tubs sprinkle baking soda on the area, then spray it with vinegar, and scrub. BroccoliCupcake.com has excellent step by step instructions.

5. Fabric Softening Sheets

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Apartment Therapy has a way to reuse old towels or washcloths you don't want anymore: make them into fabric softener sheets. Soak old bits of towel in your favorite liquid fabric softener. Wring it out and dry, then pop it into the dryer with a load. Can be used for up to 40 loads!

6. Grease Cutter

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If you've got grease, this can help eliminate it. This recipe comes from Macheesmo:

  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1/4 Cup Castile Soap
  • 10 Drops Lavender Oil

7. Mattress Deodorizer

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Make it Do suggests baking soda mixed with a few drops of lavender essential oil. Then use a strainer to sprinkle it on the bare mattress and let it sit! Vacuum it up and get rid of the dirt, leaving a wonderful lavender smell.

8. Micofiber Couch Cleaner

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Okay so this one's a little specific. If you have nasty stains or pen or really anything on your MicoFiber couch, get it out with a spray bottle of rubbing alochol, a sponge to scrub with, and a bristle brush to use when it's all dry. Full instructions on 551 East.

9. Shower Cleaner

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Full recipe on Daily Savings. You'll need:

  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • 1/2 Cup Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1/2 Cup Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 20 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Liquid Castile Soap


10. 3-Ingredient Lotion Bars

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So it's not a cleaning product. But if your winter has been anything like the one we've had in Wisconsin, you'll need something good for your hands. This is a super easy recipe from Frugal by Choice. You'll need:

  • 1 part Beeswax
  • 1 part Almond Oil
  • 1 part Coconut Oil

Melt them all together, poor them into some type of mold, and let them solidify at room temperature. It's gotta be good thanks to the benefits of coconut oil.




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