Household cleaning is definitely not a luxury, so why is it that commercially available household cleaning products can be priced like luxury items? Luckily it turns out that with just a few basic ingredients (think vinegar, baking soda, lemons, rubbing alcohol, and dish detergent, among others), you can make homemade cleaners to tackle every room in your house.
Plus, as an added bonus, not one of these recipes for homemade cleaners uses bleach, which can be an effective cleaner and disinfectant but can also cause some scary chemical reactions when mixed with other household cleaning products, including ammonia.
Also for safety’s sake, please have a waterproof marker ready for labelling your homemade cleaners and the ingredients they contain as soon as you mix them up.
Multipurpose cleaning solution
From Carlos Garcia, managing director at the UK-based Total Clean cleaning service, comes this DIY multipurpose cleaning solution that can be used for an array of cleaning tasks all around the house. It has three ingredients and is incredibly quick and easy to prepare. Here’s what you’ll need:
120ml of rubbing alcohol
180ml of distilled white vinegar
400ml of water
Simply pour all three ingredients into a clean, empty spray bottle, and shake well. For a luxurious, personalised touch, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. You can use this homemade cleaner for just about any surface, though, of course, it’s always a good idea to test it out in a small, hard-to-notice spot, just to make sure. However, we also have a homemade multipurpose cleaning solution that is designed specifically for bathrooms (see “Multipurpose bathroom cleaner” below) as well as one for glass and mirrored surfaces (see “Glass and mirror cleaner” below).
Single-ingredient multipurpose cleaner
Even if you only have alcohol or vinegar on hand, you can still whip up an effective multipurpose cleaning solution. Here’s how:
If all you have is alcohol, use a 70/30 mixture of alcohol and water mix, according to Abe Navas, general manager of Emily’s Maids.
If all you have is vinegar, use a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water, suggests Diana Rodriguez-Zaba, president of ServiceMaster by Zaba, a cleaning and restoration company. “[This] all-purpose spray is very effective at cleaning and sanitising most surfaces,” Rodriguez-Zaba says. One exception? It should not be used on marble, as it may cause dulling.