Make Your Own Cleaning Products to Save Money

Make Your Own Cleaning Products to Save Money

Save money by making your own cleaning products!

More and more women are leaving corporate America these days in order to home school their children.  While I have several years before I have to make a decision regarding my child’s education, it’s never too early to start saving money!  Since I am a new mom and staying home with my daughter, one of the ways I have started saving money is by making some of my own cleaning products!  All of a sudden I love cleaning!  Well, kind of 😉  Below are some recipes for laundry and dish detergent as well as glass cleaner, all purpose cleaner, and a degreaser.

1. LAUNDRY DETERGENT

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INGREDIENTS:

Borax (in detergent aisle at Walmart) for around $3.00

Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (in detergent aisle at Walmart) for $3.24

1 bar of Fels Naptha (in detergent aisle at Walmart) for $0.97 or Zote (at Lowe’s by the cleaning supplies)

To make yourself a 1-2 month supply (depending upon how much you wash clothes), mix 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of Super Washing Soda, and 1 bar of shredded Fels Naptha.  You can shred it with a cheese grater or put it on wax paper in the microwave for 90 seconds and crumble with your hands after it has cooled.  You can add 5 to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil for a sweet smelling scent if you like!  Shake the mixture up and use 1 tablespoon each time you wash.  If you have a really grimy load, use 2 tablespoons.  I double this recipe and it lasts about 2-3 months.  The finished result should look something like this:

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2. DISH WASHING DETERGENT

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INGREDIENTS:

Borax (in detergent aisle at Walmart) for around $3.00

Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (in detergent aisle at Walmart) for $3.24

Lemi Shine (on dish soap aisle at Walmart) for $3.47

Kosher Salt (by the salt at Walmart) for around $3.00

To make a 1-2 month supply, mix 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of Super Washing Soda, 1 cup of Lemi Shine and 1/2 cup of Kosher salt.  For a 3-4 month supply, I double this recipe.  Make sure you keep the mixture container open for about 3 days and separate with a fork several times a day.  After about 3 days, the mixture will no longer crystallize (due to the Lemi Shine) when you close the container.  The finished result should look something like this:

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3. SURFACE CLEANING SOLUTIONS

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INGREDIENTS:

Vinegar for $1.82 at Walmart

Dawn (14 oz) for $1.77 at Walmart

Water

To make Glass Cleaner, mix half water and half vinegar.  To make an All Purpose Cleaner, mix 1-2 tablespoons of Dawn and water.  To make a De-Greaser, mix half vinegar and half Dawn; sprinkle baking soda on top to get rid of extra grime before scouring.  These 3 cleaning solutions are only good for 2 months, so you may not want to fill the spray bottles completely to the top.  The finished results should look something like these:

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I hope you enjoyed this article on DIY cleaning products for the home.  Do you have any homemade cleaning recipes to share?  HAPPY CLEANING!

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Lauren is a wife to an awesome man of God and a new mommy to a fearfully and wonderfully made princess! She also has two fur children, Hank and Lola. Lauren graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She has been a writer as long as she can remember and wants to use her gift to glorify God. Lauren believes in the power of the Word and wants to encourage all believers with practical and biblical wisdom. Lauren is blessed to be able to stay home with her daughter full time! She loves to attend church, write, read, and sleep in her spare time.

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Comments

  1. Amy says

    These are great, thanks. I have been making this laundry soap for over a year. I now look forward to trying the glass cleaner and other non-toxic recipes and save $$$, too! 🙂

  2. says

    Baking soda paste (baking soda and a smidgen of water + a touch of vinegar if you need odor killer) works wonders for scrubbing floors. You won’t believe what it does for tile or linoleum! 😀

  3. Kimberlee says

    Thanks for sharing these. I have been making my own cleaning products for a long time but just started doing the laundry detergent last year after seeing one on pinterest. I need to try the one you posted for the dishwasher detergent.

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