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DIY Homemade Cleaning Supplies

Written by: Famous Foods | 2018-03-01 | no comments

As we Spring forward to longer daylight and warmer days, it also means it’s time to clean and unclutter our homes and invite friends over for barbeque parties.

Cleaning could be more enjoyable with homemade cleaning supplies. With homemade cleaning solutions, you save money, avoid exposure to harmful chemicals and create an eco-friendly environment.

Commercial cleaning solutions can cause irritation in your eyes and inflammation in your respiratory system due to inhalation of fumes. Chemical cleaners could also trigger headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. So, skip the toxic chemicals and make your cleaners with simple ingredients that work just as well and smell better.

Homemade Cleaning Supply Ingredients

To spare yourself exposure to irritating chemical cleaners, work with these easy-to-find ingredients.

  • Baking Soda – Works as an abrasive and reacts with vinegar to break up organic matter
  • White Vinegar – Disinfects and breaks up hard water minerals
  • Hydrogen Peroxide – Disinfects
  • Essential Oils – Tea tree oil disinfects and other oils offer pleasing scents
  • Castile Soap –Multi-functional and extra concentrated, so only a small amount is required
  • Washing Soda – Sodium Carbonate that serves as natural cleaner
  • Citric Acid – Treats hard water and boosts detergent

Toilet Cleaner

Pour into the toilet bowl:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar

The ingredients will fizz immediately. Scrub until the reaction has ceased.

Bathroom Sink and Tub Cleaner

For a basic daily cleaning spray, add to a spray bottle:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • A few drops of your preferred essential oil

Spray and wipe away after 10 minutes.

For tougher tub grime, mix:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • Add enough drops of liquid castile soap to make a paste

Scrub and rinse surfaces. Spray areas of hard water mineral buildup with pure vinegar. Allow vinegar to set for 30 or more minutes before wiping.

Kitchen Counter Cleaner

For non-stone counters, fill a spray bottle with equal parts:

  • Vinegar
  • Water

Spray and wipe. For stone counters, replace vinegar with rubbing alcohol.

Natural Disinfectant

Disinfect surfaces with a blend of:

  • 2 cups water
  • 3 Tablespoons liquid castile soap
  • 20 to 30 drops tea tree oil

Laundry Detergent

Mix together:

  • 1 bar glycerin soap, grated
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/4 cup coarse salt

Store in an airtight container. Use 2 Tablespoons detergent per laundry load.

Bleach Alternative


  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon castile soap
  • 1/2 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide

Apply with a wet cloth and scrub and rinse.

Making your own natural cleaning supplies will reduce your physical contact with harmful chemicals. Visit Famous Foods in Vancouver to find a great selection of natural ingredients and toxic-free products.


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