I have no objections to buying cleaning products. But, I’m also growing to love making my own. I think both have their place and benefits in their own areas. Also, many of us are on the lookout for cleaning solutions that are frugal, simple, and as close to natural as possible. Today, I’m sharing how I have created my own home cleaning kit, and I hope to inspire you all to create yours too!
How To Make Your Own Cleaning Kit
Your cleaning kit will consist of
- Cleaning tools (what you use to scrub brush or scrape)
- Cleaning solutions (what you need to lift the dirt)
- And best of all, you only need 5 cheap ingredients to make your own cleaning solutions!
Cleaning Solution Ingredients
- Baking Soda – Baking Soda is a natural and mild abrasive, a deodorizer, and it makes perfect addition to ANY cleaning solution to help scrub out grease, soap scum, or even scuff marks!!
- White Vinegar – this is a wonderful degreaser, streak free cleaning agent, a milled disinfectant, a descaling agent, and a deodorizer!
- Dish soap – PH neutral cleaner
- Rubbing Alcohol – Rubbing Alcohol is disinfectant and can be used to clean and sanitize surfaces. You’ll want to look for 65% or above for it to be used as a disinfectant.
- Hydrogen peroxide – I recently discovered how wonderful Hydrogen Peroxide breaks the bond between dirt in surface, it’s also a natural whitener and brightener.
- Essential Oil Scent – okay, this is technically #6, but if you want to add a scent this is something you should pick up. Add about 10 drops of essential oils.
- Double sided sponges (the kind that have the scrubby on one side and the sponge on the other)
- Gloves (totally optional, but I like to use them so my hands don’t get over dried)
- Microfiber cloths (great to use for dusting and to polish)
- Optical cloth (great to clean electronics)
- Cleaning tooth brush (for those small, pesky, and hard to reach places)
- Paper towel for toilets or highly bacterial areas, so you can just toss them in the garbage
- Wash towels – I use these for the most part, when it’s not for areas mentioned above
- Mop and bucket
- Toilet bowl cleaning brush
Spray bottles (you can get these for cheap at the Dollar Store)
How to make your cleaning products
- All-purpose cleaner – mix about two tablespoons of dish soap and fill up the bottle with water
- Disinfectant – mix equal parts of alcohol and water
- Tub and toilet cleaner (tile too) – mix one part vinegar, one part dish soap, and sprinkle baking soda over the area
- Glass cleaner – combine equal parts vinegar and water
- Stain remover – mix two parts Hydrogen peroxide and one part dish-washing liquid
- Degreaser and soap scum remover – mix equal parts dish soap and vinegar
These don’t have the same shelf life as store bought products, a bottle of these will last you about two months each.
Label your bottles so when you run out, you can add the same mixture to the bottle.