Homemade Cleaners Recipes

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Homemade Cleaners

Homemade Cleaners
Homemade Cleaners. Vast Photography/First Light/Getty Images

Forget about all of those pricey store-bought cleaners. They're full of nasty chemicals, and they're a pain to lug home from the store. Just stock your cleaning kit with a few basics like vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, and you'll have everything you need to keep your house spic and span. Here are some homemade cleaner recipes that you should try.

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Homemade Kitchen Cleaners

Cleaning Kitchen
Cleaning Kitchen. Peter Dazeley/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

Use homemade cleaning products to tackle your everyday kitchen spills and scrub-downs, as well as the trickier stuff. It's just as easy to mix up a batch of all-purpose spray, as it is to make your own dishwasher detergent or oven cleaner.

Here are the cleaner recipes you need to keep your kitchen clean:

All-Purpose Cleaner
Dishwasher Detergent
Drain Cleaner
Garbage Disposal Cleaner
Baking Soda Oven Cleaner
Microwave Oven Cleaner
Dishwasher Rinse Agent
Grease Remover
Stainless Steel Cleaner
Marble Cleaner
Silver Cleaner
Copper and Brass Tarnish Remover
Fruit and Vegetable Wash
Sponge Sanitizer
Scouring Powder

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Homemade Bathroom Cleaners

Cleaning Bathroom
Cleaning Bathroom. Image Source/Ghetty Images

For as much as commercial bathroom cleaners cost, you'd think they'd work better. But have you ever gotten rid of mildew, soap scum or hard water stains without applying a ton of elbow grease? Probably not. So, stop buying things that don't work, and start making things that do. All of these homemade bathroom cleaners are tough on dirt and germs, but easy on you. Gone are the days of having to inhale a bunch of nasty fumes just to get your bathroom clean.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Mold & Mildew Remover
Mineral Deposit Remover
Scented Spray Cleaner
Foaming Hand Soap
Liquid Hand Soap

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Homemade Laundry Products

Laundry Detergent
Laundry Detergent. AnthonyRosenberg/E+/Getty Images

Laundry detergent, fabric softener, stain remover -- you can make these things faster than you can drive to the store for them, and you can make them better, too. Start making your own laundry products, so you'll know what you're putting on your clothes. Want your laundry to smell nice? Just add essential oils. Prefer to go fragrance-free? Then, skip the scents. There's plenty of room to customize these recipes:

Powdered Laundry Detergent
Bleach Alternative
Fabric Softener
Frugal Laundry Booster
Laundry Stain Remover
Wool Wash

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Homemade Cleaners to Use Around the House

Carpet Cleaning
Carpet Cleaning. Stephan Zabel/E+/Getty Images

There really is a homemade cleaner for every cleaning task. As you use up all those specialty products that you've bought over the years, challenge yourself to replace them with something you've made yourself. Here are some homemade cleaners that you'll find yourself reaching for again and again:

Glass Cleaner
Carpet Cleaner Recipes
Carpet Deodorizer
Furniture Polish
Frugal Air Freshener
Crayon Remover
Clean Window Blinds
Copper and Brass Tarnish Remover
Shoe Polish
Rust Remover 

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Surprising Things You Can Clean With

Toothpaste
Toothpaste. Mike Kemp/Getty Images

While vinegar and baking soda may play the leading role in most homemade cleaning recipes, there are plenty of other ingredients that you can use to create your own cleaners. For example, did you know that you can use denture tabs and hair conditioner to clean you house? It's true. Check out these surprising uses for everyday products, and you may wonder why you ever bought something special to clean your house: