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Wondering how to save money and use more natural ingredients to clean your home? Cleaning Expert, Melissa Maker, will show you her 5 favorite cleaning recipes! Visit http://bit.ly/JoinOurSpace6 for the full post.

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You likely have all these items in your house as it stands; so this should be relatively simple to put together.

Remember, it is wise to use these as a compliment to products you buy in-store. Store bought products and homemade products both serve a purpose. I use about 50% store bought and 50% homemade cleaners in my house.

The 4 key ingredients you’ll require are:

Vinegar – mild disinfectant, grease cutter, de-scaler, glass cleaner

Dish soap – neutral pH – gentle and safe on essentially every surface and a mild soap that can lifts off dirt and grime

Rubbing alcohol – at least 65% USP in order for it to qualify as a disinfectant, can be mixed with water

Hydrogen peroxide – naturally occurring bleach, used in Oxy powders. Uses oxygen to break bonds between dirt and bacteria and the surface they are on. A great disinfectant, stain remover and natural whitener.

Baking soda – abrasion, deodorizing, great for replacing a scouring powder. It’s not actually used in any of the recipes but can be used to boost cleaning power by sprinkling on a sprayed surface.

If you wish to, select an essential oil that you like (and perhaps has some extra beneficial properties) and add 10 drops to the bottle.

Here are the recipes:

Glass cleaner – 50/50 water and vinegar mix, use to clean windows and mirrors – smell dissipates quickly

Disinfectant – 50/50 water and rubbing alcohol, use to spray and leave after you’ve cleaned a surface, only use where required i.e. points of contact, cutting boards, bathrooms etc. Note that a disinfectant does not necessarily clean (i.e. lift dirt off) so this is the 2nd part of a two-step cleaning process (first part is the actual cleaning with a cleaner).

All-purpose cleaner – 1-2 tbsp dish soap per bottle of water. Great to use for cleaning kitchen, bathroom surfaces, hallways, most furniture. Won’t leave residue behind. If you are finding residue, reduce the amount of dish liquid being used (they vary in recipes).

Tub and tile cleaner/degreaser – 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup dish liquid. Use for soap scum on tiles and glass, greasy kitchens etc. Spray, let it sit for 5 minutes and start to clean.

Stain remover – 1 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup dish liquid. Amazing, simply spray on a stain, rub it in, rinse it out. Can also be used as a pre-treatment for stains. Test in an inconspicuous area first as the hydrogen peroxide may discolour.

Some general tips:

Label bottles using easel tape and a permanent marker (easel tape is much easier to remove than a sticker label and is more water-resistant). Label the ingredients, date and name of product.

Use clean bottles and triggers only – don’t use a bottle from another product until the trigger and bottle have been thoroughly rinsed and do not spray out or smell like the old product.

Use different shapes, colours and sizes of bottles if possible to further ensure you are using the correct product.

Make enough for 1-2 months of use and that’s it. These don’t have the same stabilizers that store-bought products do. Less additives means lower shelf-life.

Never mix a recipe that you make up yourself without checking to see if it is safe to do, some items you cannot mix together!

Remember, a cleaner does not disinfect and a disinfectant does not clean – clean first, disinfect second (many store-bought products can do both).

Do you have any great cleaning product recipes that you want to share? We would LOVE to hear them!


elvin p mati says:

hello, I saw your great video. hope you can also make and share your car leather conditioner recipe. hope to see it very soon.

Dark Blue Nutrition says:

Awesome!! What’s your option on Dr. Bronners Soaps? Do you have an recipes using these products? Thanks!!

Cristina Badicu says:

hey,with what diy solution did You cleaned the fridge? hi from România

Madelyn Trujillo says:

Hi great video! I like disinfecting the toilet seats every other day, what can I use? Bleach is killing me!

The Same Times says:

….but that ‘dinging’ tho. lol

Eilish McCahill says:

I make my own dish soap with 1 tablespoon of grated castile soap, 1 tablespoon of borax, 1 tablespoon of super washing soda, 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar, 2 cups of boiled water…
mix all of these ingredients together until the soap and the powders are dissolved then let it sit for 8 hours or over night which will let it cool down and gel then wisk or blend the developed mixture until it is smooth. then transfer it into a container of your choice and add one half cup more water to make it squirtable and of course if you want a pretty scent and/or an extra boost of antibacterial function then use essential oils. you will never have to buy unnaturally colored chemically dish soap again and it costs next to nothing to make and these ingredients can be used for all other homemade cleaners too so you save a boat load of money! Happy Cleaning!

Jushy Cent says:

Should I use Super vinegar (cleaning vinegar) or just regular vinegar?

HunnyBunny143823 says:

What are your favorite or “go-to” store-bought cleaners, Melissa?

alexandra murray says:

Lavender also is a natural flea repellent.

Shireen Saira says:

could you throw some light on the properties of “acetone” . Thanks

Samruddhi Pravin says:

could u please share tips for cleaning stains from fabric sofa

Avery Milieu says:

My disinfectant is 50% white vinegar and 50% VODKA. I don’t use methyl alcohol…

Oki Fun says:

I love you and all of your wonderful advice! Thank you so much!
But please, the pinging sound on the video, needs to go… (;^_^

Felicia Alecu says:

I still need an universal formula for all the items in the kitchen.one bottle.what should I use?

Joshua Cardona says:

Or or…. I just want to clean my mirror

Kiwi Kim says:

The best thing about making your own is that you are not buying plastic bottles that will go into the recycling. You’ll be using one bottle o and over. Most plastics that go into recycling are down cycles into a form of plastic, such as a bench. These product are not able to be recycled and end up in the landfill or the ocean. In the landfill, the chemicals from the degrading plastic get into the ground water. These chemicals are cancerous and/or endocrine disrupters.

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Tammy Starcher says:

A word on labeling: if you change bottle contents frequently you can sometimes label with a permanent marker. When it’s time to re-label, remove the marker with acetone or alcohol. It occasionally does not come off plastic completely, so I encourage you to spot check first. If you are using glass this me his works very well.

Lyn Grey says:

very informative, Thank you

Omaid Shokouri says:

Hydrogenfluoride and water can do the job I think xD

Callisto ruiz says:

great vid

Sara Saz says:

why don’t you combine all of it in one spray bottle? wouldn’t that make your job way easier? all purpose spray cleaning is in one bottle so this should be too.

Nicole Dixon says:

thumbs up for oilers!!!

Jab Rod 3x1Coaching says:

can I use apple cider vinegar?

Shelby Snellen says:

is there an all purpose cleaner for EVERYTHING

Linda Quiles says:

I’m definitely going to buy your book for me and one for my daughter. I love your channel! Congratulations!

Flaco Fresh says:

Can you make a video on how to make waterless car wash solution?

hareem naqvi says:


Dustin Brown says:

Hi Mellisa. I’m curious; what determine whether you use your home made cleaning solutions vs store bought? I ask because part of the appeal of making my own is not having to buy store bought products. But since you feel there are situations where store bought is still good to have on hand, I’m curious what those situations are.

Kiwi Kim says:

Do not use vinegar on granite countertops.

Naveen Reddy says:

hi , I really liked all of your presentations, Great job , and could you please tell me what is strength of Hydrogen peroxide ( is it 3 or 6 or 9 w/v). . .

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Missy B. says:

What is easel tape?

Milica Birkett says:

FYI, according to Toronto Public Health, vinegar only cleans (just like plain water). It does NOT disinfect (even mildly!!!) Fact check!

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kawaii vlogs says:

pings on videos are super annoying to me thank you

Abby Hernandez says:

Rubbing alcohol isn’t a disinfectant .-.

Melanie Rojas says:

god. you talk too much!!

Sandra Oranje says:

wow you really like that bell don’t you.

R Venkat says:

very interesting and useful videos. in my g;ass top gas stove there is dripping plate (for e.g. overflowing boiled milk etc) . This plate get dirty . how to clean this without spoiling glas top.

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