Frugal Homemade Cleaning Products that are Safe for you

By | November 3, 2019

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You just want something to clean your bathroom sink right? Walk down the supermarket aisle and you get bombarded by hundreds of commercial cleaning products.

At the back of our minds, we know these products are not 100% safe for our family. Yet we forget that we have a choice – we can choose to make our own cleaning products.

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Making our own natural cleaning products may seem like a lot of hard work. In reality, they’re easy and cheap to make as the ingredients used are widely available and you can buy them easily.

Why would you want to make your own cleaning products?

Simple. You save:


Time spent scrutinizing the chemical list on cleaning products. All I know is they sound dangerous and are dangerously long to spell.

You also save time spent in trying to decide which product works best and is the safest.


These ingredients are cheap and come in big quantities so you can use them for many months.


They are natural and safer for your loved ones.

Peace of Mind

You know your children and spouse are safe from harmful chemicals.

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What are the cons?

You do need an initial outlay for the equipment like spray bottles – plastic ones are fine if you haven’t any glass ones.

Plus a little effort on your part.

These 15 natural homemade cleaning recipes are suitable for the most common areas of your house.

Note: To save costs ,essential oils are optional.

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#1 General Bathroom Cleaner

What to use?

One tablespoon hydrogen peroxide

One tablespoon Castile liquid soap

4-5 drops of eucalyptus oil

Mix the first two ingredients with three tablespoons of water. Pour into a spray bottle. Add oil. Mix well before use.

#2 Toilet Cleaner, Sink and Bathroom Surface Cleaner

You can use this every day.

What to use?

One cup of vinegar

2-3 drops tea tree oil

Add vinegar to the spray bottle. Then add tea tree oil.

Shake the bottle and spray on the dirty areas. After a few minutes, wipe with damp cloth.

#3 Grout Cleaner

What to use?

8 oz baking soda ( bicarbonate of soda)

10 drops lemon essential oil

Half cup lemon juice

Half cup of white vinegar

Fill a pail with 12 cups of water. Mix thoroughly.

Apply to the grout. Use a brush to scrub clean.

#4 Bath and Shower Cleaner

What to use?

Two cups white vinegar

8 drops tea tree oil

Add vinegar to two cups of water. Add tea tree oil. Spray dirty surfaces. After 5 minutes, wipe with a cloth.

( I always keep a bottle of tea tree oil handy in my bathroom.)

#5 Mirror and Glass Cleaner

What to use?

4 fl oz surgical alcohol

4 fl oz white vinegar

4 tablespoons cornflour

Mix well with 4 cups warm water. Pour it into a spray bottle. Spray on surface and clean with cloth.

#6 Toilet Clog Prevention

Once a week, pour one cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl and flush.

#7 General Work Surface Spray

What to use?

Two tablespoons Castile liquid soap

10 drops tea tree essential oil

Add soap and oil to the spray bottle and fill it up with water. Shake well.

#8 Refrigerator and Freezer Cleaner

What to use?

50 oz of baking soda ( bicarbonate of soda)


Gradually add water to baking soda and mix into a paste.

Use a damp cloth to apply the paste.

Wipe with a clean damp cloth.

You now have a clean fridge/freezer!

#9 Oven Cleaner

What to use?

15 oz of baking soda ( bicarbonate of soda)

Some water

Make a paste by combining the above.

Use a damp cloth to spread the paste on the oven.

After 30 minutes, wipe clean with a damp cloth, rinsing the cloth clean regularly.

#10 Chopping Board Cleaner

What to use?

One Lemon


Cut lemon in half.

Place salt on the chopping board. Rub lemon and its juice all over the board.

After 30 minutes, rinse off with water.

#11 Kettle Cleaner

What to use?

Two Lemons

Squeeze the lemon juice into the kettle.

Fill up the kettle with water.

Boil and discard the contents.

Wash the kettle thoroughly.

#12 Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink Cleaner

What to use?

8 tablespoons of baking soda.

2 quarts water

Mix the above well. Wipe with a cloth. Rinse and dry.

#13 Vegetable and Fruit Wash

What to use?



Add one part salt to 9 parts water. Wash fruits and vegetables in this solution. Rinse off all salt before eating or cooking. Source: How not to die (2015) by Michael Greger, MD.

#14 Pot Stain Remover

What to use?

Hot water

Baking soda

Pour hot water into the pot. Let it sit and discard after 30 minutes. Scrub stains with a paste of baking soda and water.

#15 Dishwasher Cleaner

What to use?

White vinegar

Pour white vinegar into the detergent box.

Run dishwasher in an empty cycle to get rid of stains and deposits.

Wrap Up

Use these eco-friendly easy-to-make products and you’ll do your part to help the environment. Also these homemade eco-friendly items are safer for your family’s health, unlike store-bought chemical products that can be rather nasty and costly.

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