Cleaning products can be a costly expense on a family’s grocery list. Depending on the brand of cleaner or detergent, those bottles and jugs can eat up the weekly budget. Plus, the ingredient list on the back of those products could be an entire paragraph of chemicals, dyes, and other additives.
Opting for simpler cleaning products can help eliminate extra chemicals from the cabinets and, if you make those products at home, you could save money, too. Mixing up homemade laundry soap and homemade floor cleaner is so easy.
Here are five recipes for DIY soaps and cleaners to keep your home clean…without the high cost and added ingredients.
Homemade Laundry Soap
Depending on the size of your family, you may need to purchase a massive jug of detergent each month. Or maybe you go through several jugs each month! Typically, the largest jugs of detergent run upwards of $10, and, while the per laundry cost isn’t too crazy, the upfront cost of the soap can leave a dent.
Duggar Family Laundry Detergent
The Duggar family is notorious for making their own laundry soap, and with 19 kids, the family likely went through many jugs of detergent! The Duggar recipe calls for borax, Fels-Naptha soap, Arm & Hammer super washing soda and tap water. You can find the recipe with instructions on the Duggar’s website.
Powdered Laundry Soap
Some families prefer powdered detergent over liquid. Yes, you can make homemade powdered laundry detergent at home. According to Wellness Mama, you’ll need just three simple ingredients: washing soda, borax and…bar soap!
To chop the bar soap up into fine particles for this recipe, Wellness Mama suggests using a food processor. Her recipe calls for the mix to be “two parts washing soda, two parts borax and one part grated soap.”
Another Powder Recipe
Want to save lots of money on soap? Try the mix over at Happy Money Saver. According to the site, the recipe yields more than 500 loads for about $20…not too shabby! There are a few more ingredients to this soap recipe; you’ll need Super Washing Soda, Borax, Pure Baking Soda, Fels-Naptha, and Oxi-Clean (do you see a pattern in these recipes?). Again, you’ll have to grate these ingredients to make the fine powder, but, when it’s finished, you’ll be left with a huge vat of soap!
Homemade Floor Cleaners
Floor cleaners run the gamut on price; there are pre-soaked cleaning pads that simplify the mopping experience, classic spray cleaners, green products with fewer chemicals (and/or natural ingredients) and cheaper products that focus on savings. Again, families may have a product or brand preference that they buy each week.
However, homemade floor cleaners are simple solution for families who want to fully understand the list of ingredients and save money, too.
Floor Cleaner with Essential Oils
Housewife How-To’s offers an easy recipe for floor cleaner that’s also safe to use on a variety of flooring types. You’ll need water, white vinegar, Isopropyl alcohol (70 percent), liquid dish soap, and your favorite essential oil. However, the site recommends researching oils to ensure that they are safe to use around kids and pets (some can be harmful).
Specialized Floor Cleaner
A recipe over at Dengarden specifies that it’s for Pergo and laminate flooring. The recipe is very similar to the one found over at Housewife How-Tos. The ingredients you’ll need include water, Isopropyl alcohol (70 percent), white vinegar and liquid dish soap.
Can You DIY Other Cleaners?
While homemade laundry soap and homemade floor cleaners are the easiest recipes for cleaners, you also could DIY your own glass cleaner and furniture polish, too. Again, DIY recipes are the best way to ensure that you know everything that’s in those bottles!
DIY Furniture Polish
When life gives you lemons, Kitchn says you should make furniture polish; the site’s recipe is comprised of just three ingredients: white vinegar, olive oil, and lemons! However, Kitchn states you should NOT use this polish on wood flooring; so stick to tables, please!
DIY Glass Cleaner
Look to Wellness Mama for easy and green recipes for cleaning products. The site has a simple recipe for a glass cleaner that calls for just water, vinegar, and essential oil. Store this in a spray bottle for quick mirror or window touch-ups!
If you’re really feeling inspired, you also could find recipes for other household cleaners, too. There are numerous resources for easy recipes to create your own cleaners at home; and, for many families, DIY cleaners can help save money at the store. The best part of DIY cleaners, though, is that you know all the ingredients because you’re the creator! Just be sure to research essential oil ingredients to avoid any safety issues for pets and children.