Let’s face it – cleaning supplies add up. The average renter spends $374 a year on cleaning products alone!
Luckily, there are DIY versions of these cleaning solutions that won't break the bank. Here are 20 DIY household cleaners for all your cleaning needs! These cleaners not only fit your budget, but are all natural to boot!
19 Bathtub Cleaner
Who knew you could use grapefruit to clean? It can make your bathroom feel fresh, and the aroma is sweet. All you need to do is get 1 grapefruit and ¼ cup of coarse kosher salt. Cut the grapefruit in half with a knife and sprinkle the top with salt. Rub the grapefruit on the surface you want to clean. If you wish, you may get a damp rag to go over it once you clean with the grapefruit.
18 Grout Cleaner
Grout can stain easy and it can seem like an impossible task to deal with. Fortunately, you can make a cleaner right from home, that is cheaper. All you need is baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, a scrub or grout brush, and a small bowl. Simply make a paste with the water and baking soda. Dip the brush into the paste and scrub on the grout. Fill the spray bottle with one part water and one part hydrogen peroxide and spray the same area. Now it will be easy to get through the soap scum on your grout. The hydrogen peroxide is used to disinfect the surface, as well as to bleach the grout.
17 Burnt Pan Cleaner
For those pesky burns on pans, there is now an inexpensive solution. You just need 1 cup of vinegar, a scourer, the burnt pan, 1 cup of water, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Fill the bottom of a pan with a bit of water and add the vinegar. Next, bring your pan to a boil, and then remove from the heat in order to add baking soda. Empty the pan and scrub the pan clean.
16 Silver Cleaner
Silver is nice to have and there is a cheaper alternative to get them clean. Gather some aluminum foil, rag for polishing, ½ cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon sea salt, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 cup boiling water, and a glass dish. Bring the water to a boil and combine the ingredients. The water and vinegar will activate the baking soda. Add your silver into the fizzing solution and let it sit. Once the water stops fizzing, you can remove your silverware or jewelry and give it a quick dry using a towel. It should come out looking like new!
15 Kitchen Degreaser
Grease is one of the hardest things to get out. Some vinegar, baking soda, spray bottle, sponge, and a dishcloth will do the trick. Pour undiluted vinegar into the empty spray bottle and then spray a generous amount to the surface. Sprinkle baking soda over the vinegar. Let it sit for 10 minutes, and then wipe clean with a dishcloth. Baking soda and vinegar are non-toxic and an efficient combination to clean your home. It can absorb liquid that has spilled or soaked into the cracks of flooring.
14 Stove Cleaner
Do you the spills off your stove each time or do you let them build up? Whether you are a procrastinator or a neat freak, there is a cheap and easy way to wipe up those pesky spills. All you need to do is boil water, and then dribble the hot water on the stove. Let the water sit for about 10 minutes. Next, simply wipe it off. Simple, right?
13 Marble Cleaner
Grab two soft cloths and then spray the surface down with some warm water (filtered or distilled is best). Use one of the cloths to spread the water and use it like a cleanser. Use the other cloth to dry it. To get a deeper clean, add a bit of mild dish soap to the water. For light marble, add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in the water. For dark marble, use a small amount of acetone.
12 Upholstery Cleaner
Cleaning upholstery can be a pain. It’s beneficial to start by vacuuming off your cushion every week. That way the dirt doesn’t seep in. For a red wine spill, hydrogen peroxide is a cheap way to get the stain out. Water and shampoo is also an effective and cheaper alternative for cleaning upholstery.
11 Wood Polish
If you are tight on money or tight on space, you can make small batches of your own wood polish. All you need is 1 lemon, 1 tablespoon of water, 1 tablespoon of olive oil or grapeseed oil, a small container, and a clean cloth. First, juice the lemon and empty the juice into a small container. Next, add the water and oil into the container. Seal the container and shake. Lastly, dip the cloth in the polish and polish away to watch your wood shine!
10 Carpet Cleaner
To clean your carpets without breaking the budget, you will need white vinegar, borax, and salt. You will also need a carpet steam cleaner and a vacuum. Start by vacuuming your floor – run the vacuum over a few times in different directions. Mix ¼ cup of vinegar, ¼ cup of borax, and ¼ cup of salt and then apply to all of the stains on the carpet. Allow the solution to sit on the carpet for a few hours to let it dry. Next, vacuum it up. Finally, steam clean the carpet.
9 Brass Cleaner
Grab some of your dirty brass, along with a ½ a lemon, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and a small bowl to mix up the ingredients into a paste. Next, using a toothbrush, take some of the paste and begin gently scrubbing your brass with it. Next, get a clean, damp rag and wipe clean.
8 Fabric Scenter
If you are someone who must have their clothes smelling good, you may not realize you can skip the softener. There are several cost effective alternatives.
The first alternative is to lavender water onto your clothes before washing. To make lavender water, you can get some lavender essential oil and mix 30 drops of it with 1.5 cups distilled water and 3 oz. of vodka in a spray bottle.
The second alternative is to mix 1 small capful of citrus oil and 1/4 cup of baking soda with ½ cup of borax and a small amount of white vinegar. You can add the mixture to the bottle of laundry detergent.
7 Fabric Softener
There is nothing like having a cheap, natural alternative to fabric softener. You can either add ½ cup of baking soda to the washer to let it dissolve before adding your clothes, or you can add ¾ cup of vinegar in the wash or rinse cycle.
6 Grease Stain Remover
Rather than using excess laundry detergent to pre-treat greasy clothes, try using white chalk. All you need to do is rub the chalk on the grease stain. The powder from the chalk with absorb the nasty grease, and the laundry soap will be able to wash the clothes easily.
5 Fabric Wrinkle Release Spray
Wrinkle release spray is nice to have, but they often contain chemicals, and are expensive. Why not make it yourself? All you need to do is combine 6-10 drops of essential oil, 2 tablespoons of an natural fabric softener, such as Seventh Generation or Sun & Earth, and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in a 16-ounce fine mist sprayer. Fill the rest of the sprayer with distilled water. Shake it up and spray!
4 3 Ingredient All-Purpose Cleaner
That’s right. You only need 3 ingredients for this inexpensive DIY cleaner. Combine ¼ cup of lemon juice, 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide, and 2 cups of water. Mix it up and start cleaning!
3 Rust Remover
Nobody likes the sight of rust in their home. Luckily, there are cheap options to choose from. One of them is sprinkling a bit of salt on the area with rust, and then squeezing a lime over the salt until it is soaked, and letting it sit for 2-3 hours before scrubbing. Once you are done scrubbing, rinse. The second option is dipping aluminum foil into white vinegar and scrubbing away at the rust. The third option is putting a baking soda paste (made with water) on the rust, then using a toothbrush to scrub the rust off.
2 Cast-Iron Pan Cleaner
Simply make a scrubbing paste with olive oil and 1 teaspoon of coarse salt. Next, you will scrub it in with a stiff brush. Rinse with hot water and you will have a clean cast-iron pan!
1 Yoga Mat Cleaner
Mix 8-12 drops of essential oil and 1 part of warm water with 3 parts of white vinegar. Spray the yoga mat generously. Let it sit for a while before cleaning it off.