6 Everyday Cleaning Products You Can Make at Home

Mud, grime, grease, crayons. We've seen it all tracked through our living rooms and onto carpet and clothing. And, if there is one thing I hate to buy, it's cleaning products. They are outrageously priced. But, we all know that a clean house is important. I've collected a few DIY products that you can make at home to save time and money, as well as reduce waste. The best part is that you still get to enjoy a spotless home. The added bonus - you control the ingredients.

While it may seem like you need to spend more money up front on a few of the items, most of the recipes call for small portions of each so you're overall expense will be lower in the long run.

1. Laundry Detergent.

Flickr/Julie & Heidi
Flickr/Julie & Heidi

I have to admit, I've been using homemade laundry detergent for about 3 years. I make two or three batches a year and that's it! All of the ingredients can be found at your local grocery or big box store. The cost is approximately $25 per batch. If you really need to be more fragile, stock up on a few of these items each month and spread out the cost.

Get the recipe here.

2. Orange Oil

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Flickr/ fdecomite

Save your orange peels and stuff them a recycled jar. Fill the jar with vinegar and let it steep for about a month. The longer you wait, the stronger the orange scent will be.

3. All purpose cleaner

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If you are looking for an all-purpose cleaner that eliminates grime and leaves your home smelling clean, try adding a mix of essential oils to a basic washing soda, vinegar mix. While lavender and lemon are nice choices, you can always experiment with others that give your home a wonderful aroma.

Get the recipe here.

4. Furniture Polish
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If you love to make your hard wood mantle and furniture shine, whip up a batch of furniture polish. This olive oil based polish will give any wood a beautiful sheen, and the best part is that it is good for the wood.

Get the Recipe here.

5.  Dusting Spray

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If your furniture needs a quick dusting in between polishing, use a touch of natural dish soap mixed with your favorite essential oil.

Get the recipe here.

6.  Deodorizer

Sometimes, you just need a little extra spray to make your house feel like home. One expensive item that can be made for less is the home spray branded as Febreeze. The active ingredient in homemade sprays is vinegar, but you can add almost any essential oil or combination of essential oils that you like. You can keep several smells on hand; one for relaxing at night and one for waking up during the daytime.

Get the recipe here.

7.  Glass Cleaner

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If you have children, you have fingerprints. You can make your own streak-free glass cleaner for windows and mirrors.

Get the recipe here.

Making your own cleaning products may seem like a chore in the beginning, but if you stick with it, you will become a pro.

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