Cleaning products from the store can be costly. Especially when you need different types of cleaners for different surfaces, like an all-purpose cleaner to use everywhere, one for cleaning glass, and another that kills mold and mildew.
Not to mention they’re full of chemicals and need to be kept out of reach if you have pets or kids. But you can save a lot of money by making your own at home. They’re easy to make and only take five ingredients or less that you probably already have around your kitchen.
1. All-purpose cleaner
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 3 cups water
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 15-30 drops of tea tree oil or ½ lemon
An all-purpose cleaner is probably the most important cleaning supply to have on hand. It’s so versatile – you can use it to wipe down your kitchen, dining table, steering wheel and everywhere in-between. The vinegar kills mold and bacteria, while essential oil or lemon juice gives it a fresh, natural scent.
2. Glass cleaner
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
- 4 cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- 1/4 cup lemon juice (optional)
Skip the Windex and try cleaning your windows with this natural solution mixed in a spray bottle. It won’t leave streaks like other cleaners, and you can also add in 1/4 cup of lemon juice to give it a fresh scent.
3. Wood cutting board cleaner
- ½ lemon
- Warm water
When life gives you lemons, use them to clean your wooden cutting board. Sprinkle a bit of coarse salt on it first, and then use a half-cut lemon to scrub. The acid in lemons help break down bacteria, and give you a cleaner cutting board after it’s rinsed off.
4. Silverware & stainless steel
After awhile, your forks, knives and spoons become dull-looking and get streaks, even though they’ve been hand-washed or thrown in the dishwasher. These are some of the natural ways you can make them shiny-clean again:
- Soak them in vinegar for 10-15 minutes
- Dip a rag in olive oil, wipe the utensils
- Set them in club soda for 10-15 minutes
Make sure to thoroughly rinse your silverware after each of these and let them dry.
5. Carpet cleaner
- Baking soda
- Orange essential oil
Carpets are often the culprit behind bad odors in RVs. For a cheap, chemical-free alternative to carpet powder, try mixing baking soda and 20-30 drops of orange essential oil in an empty Parmesan container and shaking it up. Sprinkle it over your carpet, allow it sit for about 10-15 minutes and then vacuum it all up.