Homemade Household Cleaning Supplies

Do you ever have days where you just look around your house and feel discouraged? Yesterday I was having one of those days. It seems like no matter how hard I work at cleaning, my little munchkins manage to make it look like I didn’t clean it at all (within minutes I tell ya). I had done a deep kitchen clean just a few days ago and already had tons of smudges on our appliances, a dirty floor, dishes everywhere, and to top it off a carton of strawberries had leaked all over my granite countertops and made a huge bright pink stain. I wanted to cry.

I did what all good women do when they are overwhelmed and I sat down to check Facebook on my phone before I started my plan of attack. Without even meaning to search for it, I ended up jumping from link to link and got sucked into a few blog comments and miraculously discovered a “fix” for the granite stain AND a recipe for a laminate floor cleaner. Two things that were weighing heavily on my mind. See Facebook is good for something people.

I wanted to write about this because the two solutions were TOTALLY made of things that I already keep in my food storage. It’s always a good idea to store raw ingredients that can make multiple items versus storing a bunch of different things. For example, you can store a can or two of tomato powder (which we LOVE) versus storing tomato sauce, tomato juice, spaghetti sauce, tomato soup, etc. It’s awesome for saving space and money. So naturally the same rules should apply for household cleaners, but I had never really gotten into “making my own” before as it seemed like a hassle and I still had my regular ones on hand to use up. Until TODAY!

How to Get Stains Out of Granite

  • Pour some baking soda in a bowl
  • Mix with water until a paste forms
  • Spread paste over stained area
  • Let sit 8 hours or overnight
  • Wipe off with a wet rag
  • STAIN IS GONE!

This was such a miracle to me. I’ve had a few stains on my new granite countertops and have been so sad about them so I tried this on several spots and was amazed this morning that they were completely gone. I was so excited that I tried the paste mixture on some of the gross spots on my stove that I’ve had a hard time getting off and it worked GREAT on that too. I’m a little in love with baking soda now. Now I can replace granite cleaner and stovetop cleaner with something I ALREADY have on hand all the time. Yay!

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Homemade Laminate Floor Cleaner

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 2-3 drops of dish soap

Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle or in the cleaner compartment of your “swiffer” mop. Spray onto laminate floor and wipe clean with a microfiber mop or rag.

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For a more in depth post about this you can check out this site I found the recipe on. She includes some essentials oils in her cleaner but I didn’t have any on hand so just went with the basics. Also I used Isopropyl alcohol because I had some downstairs. My floor wasn’t quite as shiny as hers so I’m going to see if I try regular rubbing alcohol if that might perk it up a bit. But I LOVED how streak-free the floor was, and it seemed to retain the cleanliness longer than usual. I’ve used Bruce floor cleaner up until now and it seems like as soon as one of my kids steps on it it’s just grimy again right away, and it always was a bit streaky right after anyway. I LOVE this new mix and again, no more storing a separate cleaner. Hurray!

MORE IDEAS

We actually did a post on this topic a LONG time ago which I had kind of forgotten about since it was based on info from one of our great readers. Visit this post for some other homemade household cleaner ideas.

I also have thought a lot about laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent recently. I try to store a few extra boxes of each, just for convenience purposes. But in a LONG term situation, how great would it be to have all the ingredients on hand that I would need to make my own. I have bookmarked a few different recipes and am planning to try this out some day (preferably not a day when I am already feeling discouraged about my house).

What other tips on homemade household cleaners do you have to share??? I’m still learning so I’d leave to hear your tips!


  • Elfi

    Do any of these work in HE frontloaders?

  • Robin

    I don’t even know if this will be seen, as the original post was long ago now, but I’m commenting anyway:) I have been making my own homemade pwdered laundry & dishwasher detergent for about a year now, and we LOVE it. Super easy, super affordable, and with 3 ingredients each, easy to store.
    I scoured the internet to find the recipe I like most, and honestly saw it in several places, so not sure who to give credit too. But here’s what we use…
    Laundry Powder:
    1 box Borax
    1 box Washing Soda
    3 bars Fels Naptha soap
    Grate the soap with a cheese grater. Mix all ingredients and store in a covered plastic container. I use 1 tbsp per load, and my clothes come out as clean as when I used expensive liquid detergents. (You can substitute the Fels Naptha with 1 bar of Zote if you prefer. Zote is a bigger bar, but costs less, so it will only enhance your savings. I’ve done it both ways, and just prefer the Fels Naptha personally, but the Zote worked just as great!)
    I don’t have all the figures in front of me, but I figured the exact costs, and kept track of how many loads I got from that amount, and my cost per load of laundry, was 0.04 cents! Seriously!
    For the Dishwasher Detergent:
    1 cup Borax
    1 cup Washing Soda
    1 cup Salt
    I have not done the cost averaging on this, but I haven’t bought any extra of these ingredients, nor have I bought dishwasher detergent in again, about one year now! I know I’m saving on this too, just don’t have an exact figure to share.
    Hope this helps anyone interested in making their own:)

    • I have really wanted to try this. I should make it a goal to just give it a shot this year. Thanks for the detailed instructions!

  • Kim

    My dishwasher was leaking, and I called a repairman. The guys immediately removed a vent cover in the door, and it was gummed up. They told me that I must used a rinse agent to keep this under control. I asked about vinegar, and they said it would do the job as well. Later, a neighbor was having dinner with us, and note the “crusty” buildup (like in an iron) in the dishwasher. They used a product that was made from citric acid. I used twice the vinegar, and have rid the dishwasher of the crust and keep the grime at bay.

  • April

    I started making homemade laundry detergent about six months ago. With two boys and a husband, there’s a lot of laundry around here! Both boys have skin issues and my husband has a lot of difficulty with allergies related to fragrance. I played with the “recipes” I found online and have come up with one that cleans well, smells nice, accommodates my family’s needs and is both easy and inexpensive! Good luck with your experiments! I wish you well!

  • Megan Whitmer

    This was a great post. I tried lots of different laundy soap recipes. Some you had to cook, grate soap, etc etc etc. I finally found one that I liked. I tried it for 3 months and my husband didn’t even notice that I wasn’t using tide. (he is very picky about his cleaning supplies lol)

    3 Tablespoons Borax
    3 Tablespoons Washing Soda
    2 Tablespoons Blue Dawn Dish soap
    2-4 TBSP Downy Unstoppable pebbles (just pick your favorite scent)

    Put these ingredients in a one gallon jug(I use a milk just and just get a new one every few months). Pour 2 cups boiling water into the jug. Swirl until ingredients are dissolved in the liquid. Let liquid cool. Then fill almost to the top with cold water. The bubbles will overflow out of the bottle.
    I love this because you can pick an awesome scent with the Downy Unstoppables. The Dawn dish soap works the best because it gets grease out. :o)

    I use 1/2 cup in each load of laundry.
    Megan