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How to Make Your Own Cleaning Products

Thu 23 October 2014

How to Make Your Own Cleaning Products

Keeping our homes clean and tidy is something we all have to do. Many of us would also like to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and minimise the amount of chemicals we use, so shopping for cleaning products can become a real chore – and get very expensive.

However, you can keep your home clean and help the environment by making your own products from these simple recipes. They work just as well, and you'll be saving money too.

All-purpose cleaner

  • � cup of white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
  • Juice of �lemon
  • Hot water

Mix all the ingredients together into a clean, unused spray bottle and use as normal on kitchen surfaces, furniture, and appliances. It’s always a good idea to test on a small area of surface first.

Glass cleaner

  • � cup of white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of cornstarch
  • Warm water

Use in a spray bottle on windows and mirrors, and wipe with an absorbent cloth for a streak-free shine.

Drain cleaner

  • ��cup of salt.
  • Hot water

Mix the salt into the water and pour directly down the drain. For more intense cleaning, you could pour baking soda down the drain followed by vinegar to produce a foaming action that will break down the grease. Leave to work for around an hour then rinse with warm water.

Air freshener

There are several ways you can get rid of unpleasant odours around the home, such as placing small bowls of baking soda, or vinegar with lemon juice, or simmering water with cinnamon or other spices on the stove. You can also just spray white vinegar wherever you want to freshen. Once the vinegar dries, any odours will be gone.


White vinegar can also be used in the washing machine to soften clothes and improve cleaning, as well as save you money. With any clothing cycle, you only need to use a small amount of laundry detergent, and even less when washing towels. And if you add around a cup of white vinegar instead of fabric softener, your clothes will come out perfectly clean and soft, and your towels will be softer and fluffier. Using less detergent and eliminating the need for fabric conditioner can certainly save you a few pounds too.