6 Homemade Cleaners That Really Work

Instead of buying cleaners, use these natural cleaning products.

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Dishwasher detergent

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Mix 1 cup of borax, 1 cup of baking soda, ½ cup of kosher salt, and ¼ cup of unsweetened lemonade-flavored Kool-Aid (for a dose of citric acid) in an airtight container, and shake. Add 1 tablespoon per load to get dishes shiny.

Foaming hand wash


The secret is in the pump—not the soap—so never throw out an empty foam dispenser. Refill it with 1 tablespoon of liquid soap or dishwashing liquid and top it off with water.

Stain remover


Add to a spray bottle 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 1 part baking soda, and 2 parts water. Apply to stains before washing. (Speaking of homemade remedies, check out these awesome face masks you can make from things you probably already have in your kitchen!)

Drain declogger


Pour 1 cup of baking soda, 1 cup of salt, and ½ cup of vinegar into the drain. Let sit for 5 minutes; add ½ cup of lemon juice. After 15 minutes, pour 2 cups of boiling water down the drain to flush.

Spray mop solution


Pour 4 cups of hot water, 1 cup of lemon juice, 3 cups of vinegar, and ¼ cup of liquid dish soap into a bucket. Mix thoroughly, then pour the liquid into the spray mop’s container.

Glass cleaner

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Combine 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and 1 cup of hot water in a spray bottle. Shake and then start spritzing.

Sources: DIY Network, BuzzFeed, wellnessmama.com, thekrazycouponlady.com, sweetpeasandpumpkins.com, thedabblist.com, imperfecthomemaking.com, abhomeinteriors.com

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