With store bought products often unavailable due to continuing panic buying, we’ll take whatever we can get and a homemade cleaning recipe has saved us more than once.
Here are some of the best homemade cleaning product recipes and our top hacks for how and when to use them. With these recipes, why not store them in an old spray bottle so they’re just as easy to use?
Homemade Washing up Liquid
• 3 tbsp liquid Castile soap
• 2 cups warm water
• 2 tsp glycerine
• 2 tbsp white vinegar
Homemade Glass/Window Cleaner
• 2 cups water
• 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
• 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol 70% concentration1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil for smell (optional)
Homemade Microwave Cleaner
• 3/4 cup water
• 2 tablespoons vodka or rubbing alcohol
• 10 drops wild orange essential oil
• 8 drops peppermint essential oil
Homemade Furniture Polish
• 1/4 cup white vinegar
• 3/4 cup olive oil
• juice of half a lemon
Homemade Drain Cleaner
You can clear out even the toughest drains using DIY solutions. Start by pouring a healthy dose of bicarbonate of soda into your plughole, followed by a good slug of white vinegar, and leave the chemical reactions to work their magic. Then, after about 20 minutes, pour some boiling water from the kettle down there.
Homemade Oven Cleaner (This One is Multipurpose!)
• 3 tbsp. baking soda
• 1 tbsp. hydrogen peroxide
• 1 tbsp. washing up liquid
Homemade All-Purpose Sanitizer Spray
• 1/2 cup vinegar
• 1/4 cup bicarbonate of soda
• 2 litres water
• 20 – 30 drops of natural tea tree oil
Homemade Washing Detergent
One word: soapnuts! OK, it’s actually two words. But did you know some nuts (including chestnuts) contain a chemical called saponin which act as a natural detergent and can get your clothes laundry day fresh. There are multiple ways to use them -— either put a handful of nuts in a fabric pouch and pop into your washing load, grind them up or boil them down into a solution.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Yours.