Commercially-made cleaners with artificial scents often contain chemicals that are unhealthy to breathe. Did you know that you can make your own homemade cleaning solutions out of things you probably already have in the pantry? Best of all, you’ll save money making these cleaners because the ingredients are so cheap. Here are 4 cleaning solutions you can make quickly and easily.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Most households go through a lot of all-purpose cleaners because you can use them on multiple surfaces. You can make a versatile cleaning spray with a fresh scent using 2 common main ingredients: vinegar and water. Just mix a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Then add some lemon rinds and a sprig of rosemary for a nice scent.

Homemade Cleaning Solutions for Glass

The blue-colored window cleaner that you see in stores contains synthetic ingredients that can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. Opt for an all-natural homemade cleaner for windows. Measure out 2 cups of water, ½ cup of vinegar, and ¼ cup of 70% rubbing alcohol. To improve the smell, add in a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil.


Use ammonia to clean greasy oven racks and range grates. Grease caked onto cooking appliances can be a fire hazard because fat can ignite. Mix just ½ cup of ammonia into a gallon-sized container of water. Scrub grease away with this solution and then rinse thoroughly with water.

Homemade Cleaning Solutions for Granite

A vinegar-based cleaning solution should never be used on granite countertops. Instead, combine ½ cup of rubbing alcohol, a half tablespoon of dish soap, and 1 ½ cups of warm water into a spray bottle. Use essential oil instead of lemon juice for scent, because acidic liquids will erode the granite.

Once you take the time to make your own cleaning supplies, you’ll be amazed by how much money you can save. If you are concerned with synthetic chemicals and volatile organic compounds in cleaners, you may be spending even more money on eco-friendly, all-natural brands. Why not spend a fraction of that money and make your own natural supplies? You’ll learn that they clean your home just as well, and when you run out, you only have to mix up some more.

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