How to Make Homemade House Cleaners


Occasionally I’m asked “What are the safest cleaning products to use around a dog?” That’s easy – homemade!

Everything your dog comes into contact with is likely to be licked at some point. If they don’t lick it directly, they’ll lick it off their paws.

Have a dog that likes to help you clean up by licking the floor clean after cooking dinner? Hmmm, let’s think about what else they are licking up – whatever you clean your floor with! Uh oh, let’s make sure that floor cleaner is safe to ingest. The rule of thumb I often say is “if you wouldn’t let your toddler put it in their mouth, don’t let your dog.”

Yes, you really can make your own cleaning products for just about any cleaning need with a few basic ingredients. And it’s not just your dog that will benefit – so will the rest of your family! No more  harsh fumes or cupboard full of expensive bottles that are bad for the environment and your pocketbook.

Time to go green – here are some basic ingredients to stock the cleaning cupboard with that really work!

  1. Lemons
  2. White Vinegar
  3. Baking Soda
  4. Course Salt
  5. Cornstarch
  6. Water

Homemade Glass and Window Cleaner

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • cornstarch (this part is optional but has remarkable results on extra sticky situations like hairspray, you’ll want to make a mixture of 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 2 cups warm water to add to the lemon juice and vinegar)

Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and viola, that’s all you do!

Homemade Scouring Powder

  • equal parts: coarse salt and baking soda
  • add just enough water to make a paste

Apply with damp sponge and scrub until clean.

*This can also be used as a homemade oven cleaner, follow up by leaving a 1/4 cup container of lemon juice in the oven (turned off) overnight to freshen it up a bit.

Homemade Hard Surface Cleaner

  • equal parts: white vinegar, salt and water
  • add a few drops of lemon to combat the vinegar smell

Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and viola, that’s all you do!

Homemade Drain Cleaner

  • lemon peal

Used the juice of your lemons, don’t toss those peals! Send them down the garbage disposal (no larger than 1/4 lemon) for a clean drain and fresh smelling house!

Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda

Combine well, pour into toilet bowl and let stand for 30 minutes. Scrub with brush and flush.

Homemade Carpet Cleaner

I’m not a fan of carpet in any way, not only is it made from toxic products but it collects all sorts of dust, dirt, dog hair and stains – yuck. But, if you’re stuck with carpet or have large area rugs this is a great alternative to carpet powders.

  • equal parts baking soda and borax

Sprinkle mixture lightly over carpet, let sit for 1 hour and then vacuum.

Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 gallon warm water

Mix in spray bottle and apply to floor, dry mopping as you go.

Homemade Tile or Vinyl Floor Cleaner

  • 2 tablespoons castile soap (olive oil based)
  • 1 gallon hot water

Clean in small sections with a well-wrung-out mop, no need to rinse.

Do you have any other tips and tricks for homemade, non-toxic cleaners? Please share in the comments below, I would love to know!

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