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Everything You Need to Start Making Your Own Cleaning Supplies + Recipes

Keep things clean while cutting back on waste, toxins and spending!

There are lots of great reasons to start making your own cleaning supplies. For me, the biggest motivators were to save money, eliminate toxins from our home and reduce waste, but it wasn’t until the Coronavirus pandemic that I really got serious about making my own cleaning supplies.

We had left an unstocked house to travel to Australia for my husband’s job at the beginning of March 2020, only to return to Washington state earlier than planned in fear of being stuck overseas.

We were out of laundry detergent, at the end of our hand soap supply and we were stuck at home for at least two weeks. Online supplies had dwindled and our go to items were out of stock or had extremely delayed shipping times. I didn’t really have much of a choice, but to DIY some staple cleaning supplies.

Amazingly though, these cleaning supplies are so simple and easy to make I can’t believe it has taken me this long and required a global health crisis for me to start making them on my own.

Basically you just combine the ingredients and you are set, but I have linked to detailed instructions for each recipe if you want to know more about why certain ingredients are used, etc.

Generally, because they lack certain chemicals most store bought cleaning supplies use to bond ingredients together you will want to give the mixture a shake before use.

Hand soap may have been completely sold out, but the ingredients needed to make it I either had already or were still available.

Once you check out the recipes you will see that the cleaning supplies you have been buying are mostly just water. I don’t know about you, but aside from the absurdity of paying for excessively marked up water, it just does not sit right with me to support the packaging and shipping of that water.

The most amazing part of all - making your own cleaning supplies actually makes housework more enjoyable. I know it is hard to believe, but there is something about taking ownership of the whole process that fuels you with some seriously good vibes.

This is a new part of my cleaning routine that will be sticking around long after the virus. Just try it out and I bet this simple at home solution will make a cleaning supply convert out of you too.

With these ingredients you will be able to make:

-Liquid Hand Soap

-Liquid Laundry Detergent

-Fabric Softener

-Dusting Spray

-Disinfecting Surface Spray

-Toilet Bowl Cleaner

-Dishwasher Tablets

I don't make glass cleaner because with these cloths water works better than any spray I've ever tried.

What you will need:

+Baking Soda

+Castile Soap

+White Vinegar


+Epsom Salt

+Hydrogen Peroxide

+Witch Hazel


+Super Washing Soda

+Citric Acid

+Vodka or Rubbing Alcohol

+Essential Oils (lemon + lavender will work for basically everything, but this is the one area you can really get creative and customize things for your personal preferences)

+Jajoba Oil

+Vitamin E Oil

+Olive Oil

+Fresh Lemon

+Hair Conditioner

+Measuring Cups

+Purified Water (you can make this by boiling tap water on your stovetop)

+Glass Storage Jars

+Glass Soap Dispensers

+Glass Spray Bottles

(Really you can use any containers you like, but I prefer glass for aesthetic reasons, and it avoids anything leaching into your very pure supplies)

You will also want to have a designated area where you store everything out of reach from children and pets.

Here are the recipes:

Liquid Hand Soap:

¾ cup purified water

¾ cup liquid castile soap

1 Tbsp vitamin e oil

1 Tbsp jajoba oil

1 Tbsp witch hazel

10-15 drops essential oil

Keep in mind any scents in your castile soap or witch hazel, you will want to opt for unscented if you choose to add essential oils - or just be mindful of the combination you are making.

Read detailed instructions here.

Here I have tripled the laundry soap recipe, keeping a large dedicated spoon nearby to stir it up before each use.

Liquid Laundry Soap:

2 cups hot water

1 cup baking soda

⅓ cup salt

1 cup castile soap

10 drops essential oils

You can also add a boost of Borax in the powder tray of your washing machine if you choose.

Read detailed instructions here.

Fabric Softener:

6 cups water

3 cups white vinegar

2 cups hair conditioner

You can add a splash to your washing or put some on a dry washcloth to use as a dryer sheet.

Read detailed instructions here.

Dusting Spray:

1 cup water

⅓ cup white vinegar

¼ cup olive oil

20 drops essential oil

You literally just add them together in a spray bottle, shake before each use and you are good to go. Especially great for wood furniture.

Disinfecting Surface Spray:

1 cup purified water

½ cup 40% alcohol content or higher (vodka or rubbing alcohol work)

½ cup white vinegar

15-30 drops of essential oils

Read detailed instructions here.

Toilet Cleaning Bombs:

1 cup baking soda

¼ cup citric acid

½ tsp white vinegar

1 Tbsp hydrogen peroxide

15-20 drops essential oil

Combine ingredients, fill an ice cube tray or mold and let set.

I will let these bad boys do their fizzy work for a few minutes while I wipe down the rest of the bathroom and then give it a once over with the scrub brush.

Read detailed instructions here.

Dishwasher Tablets:

1 cup borax

½ cup epsom salt

1 cup washing soda

⅓ - ½ cup lemon juice

8 drops essential oil

Combine ingredients, fill ice cube tray or mold and let dry for 4 hours.

Using vinegar as a rinse aid will give that extra sparkle and shine.

Read detailed instructions here.

I hope you enjoy making your own cleaning supplies as much as I do and that you and yours stay healthy, sane and supported during this crazy time.

You can check out this Pinterest Board for more DIY cleaning ideas.

Keep it clean out there!