DIY Cleaning Solutions: 8 Hacks for a Spotless Home

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In my years of experience, I’ve found that making DIY cleaning solutions can be a game-changer. It’s not only a great way to ensure you’re never left high and dry without your favorite cleaner, but it also gives you a sense of self-reliance. Plus, a DIY cleaning solution is chemical-free, making it a healthier choice for your home and family.

These homemade concoctions are surprisingly effective, and the best part is, they’re made from everyday pantry items. From an all-purpose cleaner to a solution for grimy hardwood floors, you’ll find that these DIY cleaners really work. And don’t worry about them losing their potency – most of these DIY cleaning solutions can last up to a month. So, ready to roll up your sleeves and start mixing?

8 DIY Cleaning Solutions

DIY cleaners can range from an all-purpose cleaner, tea tree oil to a natural glass cleaner, and even a solution for those grimy hardwood floors. They’re simple to mix and use, often made from pantry items you never thought could make your home sparkle. Plus, you can add your favorite essential oils to give them a fresh scent. Now, isn’t that a breath of fresh air?

1. Scented All-Purpose Cleaner

When creating your DIY all-purpose cleaner, there’s a key ingredient to utilize – distilled white vinegar. Why vinegar, you might ask? Well, the acetic acid in vinegar is a mighty cleaning agent. It emulates the power used in many store-bought cleaners, effectively dissolving mineral deposits and breaking down greasy smudges. You can create this mixture by filling a clean spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and distilled water.

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Whipping up an efficient cleaner doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need to tolerate an acrid vinegar smell. Although the smell of vinegar tends to dissipate fairly quickly, you can introduce a personalized touch. Excite the senses by adding essential oils, citrus, or herbs to your DIY cleaner for a refreshing scent. If you’re interested in creating a DIY scented vinegar, you definitely should!

Here’s a little nugget worth noting: soap nuts (which are actually berries, not nuts, for those with allergy concerns), can serve as a phenomenal additive. The shells of these berries contain a natural soap called saponin.

For an even greater impact, consider crafting an all-purpose kitchen cleaner with equal parts vinegar and water. Add a few lemon peels to this solution and let it sit for at least a couple of weeks. Once you remove the peels, you’ll be left with an elevated, citrus-infused, homemade cleaner. This mixture is particularly great for handling hard water stains.

2. Kitchen Cleaner and Deodorizer

I’m sure you’re wondering, “How do I go about creating my own DIY kitchen cleaner and deodorizer?” Well, let’s dive right in.

For this miracle worker, all you need is baking soda. You heard it right, good ol’ baking soda. Not only does it make a fine deodorizer, but it’s also perfect for shining stainless steel (sinks and appliances). Here’s the trick – make a paste of baking soda and water, apply it with a damp cloth, and gently rub in the direction of the metal’s grain. It’s such an easy step, but often overlooked.

That’s not all! Baking soda helps combat those unpleasant kitchen odors. You can use this baking soda solution or pour baking soda straight from the box into your drain or garbage disposal. The solution is simple yet effective:


Water – 2 cups

White/Cider Vinegar- 1/2 cup

Rubbing Alcohol (70% concentration)- 1/4 cup

Orange Essential Oil (optional)- 1-2 drops

What about cornstarch, you ask? It’s not just for cooking anymore. Cornstarch shines when it comes to scrubbing tubs, cleaning glass, removing stains, and polishing silver. It’s handy to tidy up the mess in every nook and cranny of your kitchen.

diy cleaning solutions

Lastly, let’s talk about an unconventional cleaner – vodka. Yes, the spirit isn’t just for cocktails anymore. This under-appreciated pantry staple is excellent for several cleaning tasks. Vodka combined with water makes a fantastic linen spray, clothing deodorizer, and glass cleaner. It can also be used alone to disinfect a mattress, shine chrome cabinet hardware, and even eliminate soap scum and grease. A twist in our regular cleaning drill, for sure.

It’s incredible how a few simple ingredients found around your home can be transformed into potent cleaning solutions. Remember, cleaning doesn’t always require harsh chemicals. With a little bit of creativity and resourcefulness, you may discover that the best tools for a spotless home have been under your nose the entire time.

And now, let’s move on to other types of DIY cleaners.

3. DIY Glass Cleaner

Everybody loves gleaming, streak-free glass. In the world of DIY cleaning solutions, creating a natural glass cleaner is as easy as pie and surprisingly effective.

Natural cleaning ingredients come in handy for making this glass cleaner, and chances are you already have most of these at home. Simplicity truly shines here. Natural glass cleaner not only leaves your glass surfaces sparkling clean but also comes without the harsh chemical smells of many store-bought cleaners.

Mixing up and using this homemade glass cleaner requires just a few straightforward steps. But before you start, remember this: If you’re trying to disinfect glass surfaces, a store-bought disinfectant approved by the FDA may be your safest bet. Now, let’s get started with our homemade solution.

For the DIY glass cleaner, you’ll need:

  • White vinegar
  • Distilled water
  • A spray bottle

Follow these steps:

  1. Mix equal parts white vinegar and distilled water in the spray bottle.
  2. Gently shake to combine.
  3. Spray the solution onto your glass surface.
  4. Wipe with a lint-free cloth or newspaper for a streak-free shine.

This natural glass cleaner is a powerful grime fighter, handling those tough spots and dirty smudges with ease. Making these cleaning solutions at home demonstrates creativity, resilience, and an unexpected twist of resourcefulness.

But hold on, our cleaning journey hasn’t hit the final stop just yet. “Unexpected Ingredient: Vodka?” you might ask in surprise. That’s right. This common beverage can double as an unconventional cleaning ingredient, ready to add some extra power to your cleaning arsenal. Stay tuned to uncover the wonders of vodka in the next part of our comprehensive guide to DIY cleaning solutions.

4. Homemade Brass Cleaner

Do you have tarnished, non-lacquered brass fixtures needing a revival? Say hello to a simple, effective, all-natural brass cleaner made with kitchen stuff – vinegar or lemon juice, and table salt. This versatile solution can be used to bring back the shine to your brass candlesticks, door pulls, and fittings effortlessly. Here’s the recipe!


  • Vinegar or 1/2 lemon
  • Table salt


  1. Soak a sponge in vinegar or lemon juice.
  2. Sprinkle salt on the damp sponge.
  3. Lightly swipe the sponge all over the tarnished brass surface.
  4. Rinse thoroughly with water.
  5. Dry instantly with a soft, clean cloth.

This DIY wonder not only saves you from buying costly commercial cleaners but also preserves your brass items from potential chemical damages. Be cautious not to use this on lacquered brass products since the acidity of vinegar or lemon juice may damage the lacquer.

Let’s dive into another powerful homemade cleaner.

Got stubborn rust stains on porcelain or enamel sinks and tubs? A heavy-duty homemade cleaner loaded with borax and lemon can rescue you. However, do note that this combination is not suitable for marble or granite surfaces.


  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup borax powder


  1. Dip lemon into the borax powder.
  2. Vigorously scrub on the stained area.
  3. Rinse with water.

The combined abrasive properties of lemon and borax effortlessly remove rust stains, revealing clean, spotless surfaces. Borax, though super effective, is a potent product. Ensure you handle it with care, wearing gloves if necessary.

5. Natural Heavy-Duty Scrub

There’s no denying it – cleaning those stubborn dirty spots can be a real workout. Some of us think that the only solution is a commercial-grade, ultra-strong, and unfortunately, potentially harmful cleaner. But before you go down that road, let’s explore an efficient, natural, and DIY option: the Borax and Lemon Heavy-Duty Scrub.

Who’d have thought that half a lemon and 1/2 cup of Borax could make such a powerful cleaner? It works wonders on those tricky areas that regular cleaning can’t touch. Spread some Borax out on a flat surface and dip a halved lemon into it. The lemon acts as a user-friendly scrubber to clean the surface. Borax’s powerful cleansing properties combined with lemon’s freshness can handle those tough stains surprisingly well. You might need to do a couple of rounds, but it’s oh so worth it. Word of caution: this scrub is not for granite or marble surfaces.


Borax- 1/2 cup

Lemon- 1/2

In comparison to store-bought sprays filled with unhealthy elements, this scrub is full of natural goodness. It’s recommended to do a spot test on an unseen area to cross-check the cleaner’s effect.

Who’s ready to turn those frustratingly unclean spots into sparkly clean surfaces with a homemade scrub? Trust me, the end product will leave you and your home feeling freshened and revived! The scrub will simplify your cleaning routine without compromising on the potency of your cleaner. It’s an affordable, healthier choice that’s definitely worth a try.

But remember, don’t stop here – peruse this blog for more natural DIY cleaning solutions and tips.

6. DIY Grease Cleaner

Grease may be stubborn, but it doesn’t mean you have to resort to expensive, chemical-filled products to cut through it. Believe it or not, creating a DIY grease cleaner is not only possible but can be just as effective.

Among the key ingredients to make this solution is white vinegar. Known for more than just a salad dressing, it’s a critical ingredient in my DIY all-purpose cleaners and floor cleaners. The acidity of vinegar works wonders to effectively cut through grease, leaving our surfaces sparkling clean in no time.

Another valuable item in our kitchen is lemon. This not only adds a vibrant, citrusy scent to our cleaning product but also serves a practical purpose. Like white vinegar, lemons also contain acid that proves to efficiently remove grime.

However, when using our DIY solutions, it’s important to take note of some precautions. Never use white vinegar on natural stone, cast iron, stainless steel, or unfinished wood as its acidity could potentially damage these materials.

Yet another household ingredient that dazzles in our DIY grease cleaner is olive oil. This typical cooking staple is a cleaning wizard, getting out tough-to-scrub particles and even some stubborn stains. When combined with a couple of other ingredients, it could turn into a potent dish soap and wood cleaner. Plus, apart from its cleaning powers, it also restores a brilliant shine to items like stainless steel appliances and leather goods.

For those stuck with really stubborn grime, isopropyl rubbing alcohol proves to be a heavy-duty contender. Often sold in drug stores in two levels of concentration, being 70% and 99%, the 70% is best suited for a DIY cleaner.

It’s incredible how regular kitchen items can transform and be a powerful tool in maintaining the cleanliness and shine of our homes. So next time you spot a blot of grease, give your DIY solution a try. Explore more such astonishing DIY cleaning solutions in the rest of my blog. Let’s continue this journey in making our homes cleaner, and greener.

7. Last-Resort Clothing Stain Remover

Ever had a stubborn stain on your white clothing that just wouldn’t budge? I’ve been there. Thankfully, I’ve found a solution that delivers results when others don’t. Mild dish soap and warm water is the key. Taking two drops of mild dish soap and two cups of warm water, I mix them in a stainless steel, plastic or enamel bowl. Avoid aluminum for this process. The stained garment then gets a soak for about 15-20 minutes. If the stain sticks around, I let it soak a bit longer. After this, I wash the item in the usual way.


Mild dish soap- 2 drops

Warm water- 2 cups

But what about cleaning natural stone countertops like marble? Simple. Just apply the same sudsy mixture, sponge over the marble, rinse it all off, and buff with a soft cloth. However, I never let the marble air-dry. And crucially, I don’t use vinegar, lemon, or any acidic cleaner on marble or granite. It can etch the stone.

I’ve also had great success with a mixture of washing soda and white vinegar in tackling stubborn stains. I sprinkle the washing soda onto the stain, spray with white vinegar diluted in a 1:1 ratio with water, scrub into the stain, and let it stand for about 20 minutes.


Washing soda- As required

White vinegar (diluted 1:1 with water)

And for really tough stains, like grass stains, the magic of Dawn dish soap comes to the rescue. My magic potion requires:


Dawn dish detergent- 2/3 cup

Ammonia- 2/3 cup

Baking soda- 6 Tbsp

Warm water- 2 cups

I mix together all the ingredients then pour them into a spray bottle. Spraying onto the stain, I let it work its magic, and then I launder as normal. It’s extremely effective, but remember, don’t mix this solution with chlorine bleach because of the ammonia.

8. Natural Marble Cleaner

Marble is an elegant material. But, when it comes to cleaning, it requires gentle care to maintain its gleam. Soap, vinegars or other acidic cleaners could etch the stone causing dull spots. Luckily, there’s a natural DIY solution that is effective and gentle enough for your marble surfaces.

Here’s the magic recipe: 2 drops of mild dish soap and 2 cups of warm water. Mix them together in a non-aluminum bowl to create a sudsy homemade cleaner. Use a sponge to apply this solution over your marble surfaces, then rinse completely. It’s crucial to make sure there’s no soap residue left on the marble. Buff your marble surfaces using a soft cloth after rinsing and voila, your marble is clean and its natural shine is restored!

I’ll point out that letting marble air-dry is something you’d want to avoid. Be sure to completely dry it with a soft cloth after the rinse.

Remember that while DIY solutions are a fantastic way to lower your shopping bill, they’re also eco-friendly and less abrasive for your delicate surfaces like marble countertops. Just keep in mind that making these cleaners at home means that you’re in control of the ingredients used. This can prevent accidental damage that’s commonly caused by abrasive and acidic cleaners.

Bringing this tip into your cleaning routine could make a significant difference. It’s easy to prepare, and it’s proven to work just as well, if not better, than some of the expensive, store-bought options. You experience the joy of creating your own cleansing solution and the benefits it provides.

Armed with this DIY method, there’s a new possibility to clean your marble surfaces without jeopardizing their gleam. To enhance the cleaning process, pair this with other DIY cleaning methods from this article. As you can see, there’s a consistent pattern here. Use natural, everyday ingredients to make homemade, effective, and most importantly, gentle cleaners to pamper your surfaces. That’s an approach that I am sure everyone will appreciate.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some benefits of making your own cleaning solutions?

Creating your own cleaning solutions benefits both you and the environment. These mixtures are usually made from simple pantry items that are readily available. They are free of harsh chemicals and are safe for use around your family. Plus, you’ll gain confidence knowing you can take care of your cleaning needs independently.

Why are DIY cleaning solutions healthier?

DIY cleaning solutions are healthier because they are free from potentially harmful chemicals that are often found in commercial cleaning products. Instead, these homemade remedies are made from natural ingredients, making them a safer choice for your home and family.

How effective are homemade cleaning solutions?

Homemade cleaning solutions can be just as effective as store-bought products. The key is understanding which natural ingredients have disinfectant properties (like vinegar or baking soda). It’s easy to create potent homemade cleaners that can eliminate grime and leave surfaces sparkling clean.

How long can DIY cleaning solutions last?

Typically, DIY cleaning solutions can be stored and used for up to a month. This varies depending on the specific ingredients used, so it’s wise to make smaller batches that you can use within a reasonable time frame.

Is it easy to start making my own cleaning solutions?

Yes! One of the great advantages of DIY cleaning solutions is that they can be made using common items you probably already have in your pantry. The article provides a list of simple recipes for you to get started. It’s both practical and satisfying to mix your own cleaning solutions.

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