Frugal Homemade Cleaners

Have you seen the prices of cleaning supplies lately? It’s just about to the point where you might rather let your house be dirty rather than pay the extravagant prices for cleaners! Luckily, it’s so easy to make your own frugal homemade cleaners with just a few simple ingredients! And no, they don’t all have to smell like vinegar!

Save yourself some money & limit chemical exposure by making your own cleaners! Here are some of my favorite frugal homemade cleaners to get you started!

I've said it before, but I'm a horrible housewife – cleaning is just not something that comes naturally to me! I love HAVING a clean house, but it took me years to come up with my own ways to keep it that way. The least amount of time & money I can spend doing it with the same results is always my goal.

I make my own cleaners, using the recipes below & some of these 50 homemade cleaning recipes, keep my house clutter free with these decluttering tips, and speed clean every day. At the bottom of this post, you can score a free printable with some of my favorite homemade cleaners!

Frugal Homemade Cleaners

Here are some simple recipes you can make today:

All Purpose Cleaner #1

If you simply want a super easy All Purpose Cleaner, just mix these few ingredients:

All Purpose Cleaner #2

If you want a little more in your All Purpose Cleaner you can go for this recipe!

Scrubbing Cleaner

For kitchens, bathrooms, etc. Anywhere that needs an extra little bit of power.

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • ½  cup borax
  • ¼  cup grated citrus peel

Glass Cleaner

This is about the simplest recipe for a homemade cleaner as you can get! You can add a little vinegar for extra power. Use a microfiber cloth with this.

  • Water

Wood Cleaner

Keep those wooden tables and wooden furniture clean and shiny with this mixture!

Floor Cleaner

This will get your floors shining and make your whole house smell good!

  • ¼ c dish soap (your choice)
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 10 drops essential oils (your choice for scent)

Bathroom Cleaner

I use this to wipe down the tiling around my tub, the tub, and the top of my vanity.

  • 1 part vinegar
  • 1 part water

Toilet Cleaner

I make this a head of time and store in a mason jar.  Mix it up really well and when you are ready to use some, scoop out about 2 tablespoons of your baking soda mix and sprinkle on the toilet. Then add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and let sit for a minute.  Scrub and flush!  You can also use it to scrub down the base of the toilet and the floor around it.

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 40-50 drops essential oil (I like lemon for the bathroom to combat that nasty boy smell)

As you can tell, I use a lot of essential oils. Each one has its own purpose when it comes to your health, but you can interchange them a little bit for cleaning purposes. For other ways to use essential oils, check out my post on 10 Ways of Using Essential Oils.

It’s so easy and so frugal to make your own homemade cleaners! Most of these you can whip up quickly simply with products you already have in your kitchen cupboards. Not only will most of these leave your house smelling great and clean, they also prevent you from using any toxic chemicals around your home and around your kids.

Do you have favorite frugal homemade cleaners? Share a link or recipe in the comments below!


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  1. I am always looking to make more of our cleaners. Once I had my daughter I realized how many chemicals we were using in our home. The smell made me really sick while pregnant so we started looking for alternatives. This is a great list! Thank you. Quick question, where do you buy your castile soap?? Can you find that in any store or do you usually have to go to a Whole Foods place? Also you should check out our Naturalist Mom she is amazing about making her own cleaning products and green living!

    1. I either buy it at Whole Foods if I need more while I’m there or I order it from Amazon –

      I’ll have to check her out!

  2. These are great recipes – thank you so much! I’ve been making a laminate floor cleaner with vinegar, water, rubbing alcohol a drop of castille soap, but I still need to venture into making other types of cleaner.

  3. I LOVE homemade cleaners! We live rural and have a green water system so we can only use natural cleaners or we risk harming all of our trees and wildlife. I haven’t tried a glass cleaner yet so I will give yours a go. Pinning this 🙂