There are so many folks out there starting to make their own cleaning supplies these days and that makes me so happy. At least we know what we are spraying all over our counters and bathrooms. Less chemicals and so much cheaper than buying the store products.
1. Rubbing Alcohol
My absolute favorite homemade all purpose cleaner is plain old rubbing alcohol. I use it diluted in a spray bottle for my everyday cleaner and glass/window cleaner. It works better than anything else I have tried. Just mix 1/3 part alcohol and 2/3 water in a spray bottle. Use it on counters, my kitchen floor, windows, mirrors. Works wonderfully. I used to use vinegar a lot until I tried the alcohol and it just works so well I use it for everything.
You can see how I use it to clean the blinds in my kitchen here.
I do use vinegar 1/4 c. in a half bucket of warm water for my wood floors. I just make sure I do not get the floors very wet. Ring out the rags very well.
You can clean drains with baking soda and vinegar. Pour 1/4 c. baking soda in the drain. Follow with a cup of vinegar. Let set about 15 minutes and then follow with a pain of hot boiling water. My pipes and drains seem to keep clear with regular cleaning with this solution.
3. Baking Soda
I also use baking soda to scour things I don't want to use regular cleanser on. Places where you prepare food, cleaning my crockpots, etc. I just keep this handy sprinkle container full of it in my kitchen.
I use it in my oven. My daughter is very sensitive to chemicals in the house so I cannot use oven cleaner. So at night I will put a wet paste of baking soda and water on areas of my oven that have baked on gunk. The next day I come in with my wet scouring sponge and scrub off.
You can use baking soda to clean hair brushes and combs. Just put 4 Tbl. mixed in a bowl of hot water. Soak brushes for about 15 minutes and then rinse clean with warm water.
4. Laundry Soap
Because of my daughter's sensitivities I started making my own laundry soap years ago. It works great and I figure I spend less than $15 a year on detergent. Here is the recipe for my homemade laundry soap .
I spend very little now on my cleaning supplies. That is a good thing.