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How to Make Your Own Household Cleaners Plus FREE Printable Labels

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We all want to have a clean home. But using store-bought cleaning products usually means spraying harmful chemicals throughout your house.

Luckily, it’s easy to make your own household cleaners. And most of my recipes for DIY cleaners are made with things you probably already have in your pantry!

So, keep reading to find out how to make your own cleaners, then print my printable labels to keep all your new cleaning supplies organized after you make them.

cleaning labels

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Ingredients for DIY Household Cleaners

The great thing about making your own cleaning supplies is that you can control what’s in each of your cleaners. Most of my cleaning recipes are made with pantry ingredients. But the additional ingredients you may need to make some of these cleaning recipes are easy to find and natural. Here’s what you’ll need to make all the cleaning supplies on my list:

  • White vinegar: great for dissolving scale, cutting through soap scum, and preventing mold and mildew. Vinegar is a mild acid, which means it also works well for cleaning stains and rust.
  • Baking soda: amazing at combating smells and scouring surfaces. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer, which means it absorbs smells. And it’s only mildly abrasive, so you can use it to clean tough stuck-on messes without worrying about scratches.
  • Rubbing alcohol: perfect for creating a streak-free clean. Alcohol helps disinfect and shine without leaving residue behind.
  • Hydrogen peroxide: a great alternative to chlorine bleach. Hydrogen peroxide breaks down into water and oxygen, making it a green option for disinfecting your home.
  • Borax powder: wonderful for cleaning grease, oil, and dirt. This alkaline cleaner is a natural addition that packs a big cleaning punch.
  • Dish soap: a common household cleaner that helps break down dirt and oil. A few drops of dish soap can make cleaning a variety of surfaces much easier.
  • Essential oils: a natural way to add disinfecting power and a fresh scent to your cleaning recipes. Essential oils, like lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass, tea tree, and lemon, help enhance your cleaner’s scent and can add antibacterial qualities to your cleaners.

When making your own cleaning supplies, it’s important to put safety first. While the majority of the ingredients used to make DIY cleaners are safe, mixing the wrong ingredients together into the same cleaner can be dangerous. The combination of ammonia and bleach is especially dangerous, which is why it’s always a good idea to label each of your cleaners. That way, you know exactly what’s in each bottle and can avoid accidentally creating a dangerous concoction.

Luckily, I have you covered! Just print out these cute homemade cleaner labels to go along with each of my recipes. Simply print out the labels and tape or glue them to the bottles before you add the cleaner.

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

This easy-to-make cleaner is great for cleaning a variety of places in your home, including your bathroom and kitchen. And this natural recipe helps reduce germs and is like an air freshener in the space you are cleaning.

Ingredients:

½ cup white vinegar

2 tablespoons baking soda

5 drops dish soap

10 drops lemon essential oil

Warm water

Instructions:

  1. Add vinegar, dish soap, and essential oil to a spray bottle.
  2. Fill with warm water, then add the baking soda.
  3. Place the lid on the bottle and shake to mix.
  4. To use, spray the area with the solution and wipe away with a cloth.

DIY Glass Cleaner

Clean your mirrors and other glass throughout your home using homemade glass cleaners like this one. Window cleaning has never been easier either! It works well at cleaning and shining all glass surfaces without leaving streaks.

Ingredients:

¼ cup white vinegar

¼ cup rubbing alcohol

1 tablespoon baking soda

2 cups hot water

10 drops essential oil (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Combine the vinegar, alcohol, and essential oil (if using) in a spray bottle.
  2. Pour hot water into a bottle, then add baking soda.
  3. Place the lid on the bottle and gently shake to combine ingredients.
  4. To use, spray onto a glass surface and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth or paper towel.
diy glass cleaner in spray bottle

Homemade Drain Cleaner

Use this simple combination to clean and refresh your kitchen sink drain. With only two ingredients, you can clear a clogged drain and tackle unwanted smells in your kitchen.

Ingredients:

½ cup baking soda

¼ cup white vinegar

2 cups boiling water

Instructions:

  1. Sprinkle baking soda into your drain, then slowly add the vinegar.
  2. Let the mixture rest in the drain for an hour, then pour boiling water into the drain to rinse.
  3. Repeat the process until the drain is clear and smell-free.

DIY Fabric Refresher

Refresh the fabric in your home without the chemicals with this simple recipe. Using all-natural ingredients, this DIY fabric refresher can be sprayed on all soft surfaces in your house.

Ingredients:

½ cup white vinegar

2 cups of water

15 to 20 drops of essential oil of your choice

Instructions:

  1. Pour all ingredients in a spray bottle and gently shake to combine.
  2. To use, shake the bottle to mix ingredients, then spray on soft surfaces to fresh the fabric. Allow the fabric to air dry.
fabric refresher in bottle

Homemade Dusting Spray

Clean and prevent dust throughout your home with this simple dusting spray recipe. This all-natural dust cleaner is a simple alternative to the chemical-filled store-bought cleaning solution.

Ingredients:

½ cup white vinegar

1 cup water

2 tablespoons olive oil

10 drops lemon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and gently shake to mix.
  2. To use, spray on wooden surfaces and wipe away with a lint-free cloth.
dusting spray in bottle

Homemade Carpet Freshener

Freshen the carpet in any room with this easy recipe. In addition to providing a fresh smell to the carpet, this simple recipe can also help disinfect the carpet, kill fleas, and deter rodents.

Ingredients:

1 cup baking soda

2 cups Borax powder

10 to 15 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Sift together all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Pour into an air-tight container or mason jar for storage.
  2. To use, sprinkle the mixture on the carpet and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Then, vacuum the mixture from the carpet.
carpet freshener in jar

DIY Carpet Stain Remover

Instantly remove stains from your carpets without the need for harsh chemicals with this easy recipe.

Ingredients:

Baking soda

1 tablespoon dish soap

1 tablespoon vinegar

2 cups warm water

Instructions:

  1. Mix dish soap, vinegar, and water in a spray bottle and gently shake to combine.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda over the top of the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Vacuum the baking soda and spray the area with the vinegar mixture. Blot with a dry cloth. Repeat the process until the stain is removed.
carpet stain remover

Homemade Hardwood Floor Cleaner

Skip the chemical cleaners and naturally clean and shine your hardwood floors with this easy two-ingredient homemade hardwood floor cleaner. You can even use it on wood furniture too. I would use 1/2 cup of each for small pieces of furniture.

Ingredients:

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup white vinegar

Instructions:

  1. Combine the vegetable oil and white vinegar in a spray bottle.
  2. Remove dust and dirt from the floor, then spray the mixture onto the wood floor. Use a clean microfiber cloth to mop the floor.
  3. Use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe the residue from the floor and shine by drying in a gentle circular motion.
  4. Throw away any unused cleaner and make a new batch each time you clean to prevent the oil from going rancid.

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