DIY Household Cleaners

Why buy what you can make at home? Substitute expensive products for DIY cleaners ones to save money and avoid harsh chemicals in the process.


Make your own cleaning products with ingredients straight from your pantry. You'll be shocked at the savings:

Instead of: Powdered laundry detergent

Finely grate one 14-ounce bar of Zote soap and one 5-ounce bar of Fels-Naptha laundry soap; mix well with 4 cups borax and 4 cups washing soda. Store in a lidded plastic container.

Instead of: Toilet bowl cleaner 

Fill a small empty dish-soap bottle with half water and half bulk dish soap and use it to squirt around the bowl. Scrub and you're done.

Instead of: Hand soap

Wash out an old hand-soap bottle and add about 1 tablespoon of Dr. Bronner's castile soap. Fill the rest of the container with water.

Instead of: Disinfecting surface spray

Mix 1½ teaspoons bleach and 22 ounces water in an empty spray bottle.

Instead of: Microfiber cloths on glass surfaces 

Try coffee filters. They’re lint-free.

Instead of: Eraser pads

Try whitening toothpaste on a toothbrush to scrub away crayon and scuff marks.

Instead of: Glass cleaner

Try a mixture of equal parts rubbing alcohol and water to clean mirrors. Spray the homemade solution onto a cloth and wipe.

Instead of: Silver cleaner

Try filling a spray bottle with inexpensive vodka. Spritz, let sit for 15 minutes, then rub with a cotton cloth. Buff to a shine.