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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!


Moiz Farooqui says:


Omaid Shokouri says:

But cutie, you just said 65-70% R alcohol will act as a disinfectant. Why diluting it with water to get 35% solution?

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… (;^_^

LifeRider 96 says:

Melissa dear, please do some research before you make a video. Taking a 70% rubbing alcohol & mixing it with equal quantity of water makes it 35% viz useless for disinfection.

Missy B. says:

What is easel tape?

arpita Shrivastava says:

Hi Mellisa.. Can I use a 90% rubbing alcohol?

Dark Blue Nutrition says:

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

Fatima Khan says:

i heard that dishwasher detergent may have toxin so is their anyway that we can make homemade?

HunnyBunny143823 says:

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

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.

davidsw92 says:

What are your recommended non-diy products?

Kiwi Kim says:

Do not use vinegar on granite countertops.

Abby Hernandez says:

Rubbing alcohol isn’t a disinfectant .-.

Cristina Badicu says:

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

Shelby Snellen says:

is there an all purpose cleaner for EVERYTHING

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.

Camille Belcon says:


suzanne knibb says:

Do you use clove oil at all. Its great for killing mold.and mildew. diluted in water as a spray or add directly with a cotton bud (q tip)

Jushy Cent says:

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

ingriddevina says:

Hi Melissa, did you add water to the stain remover and tub tile degreaser? Thanks before ☺️

James65605 Evans says:

Hi , I like this video much. but you went through the ingredients slowly enough. but when you gave the recipes it was so fast I could not keep up.. are these written down somewhere?

Sandra Hanna says:

Just a helpful tip if you have high mineral water. Always use bottled water for any of these recipes and especially glass cleaner in order to get non-streak results.

MsCrysler300 says:

Hello Melisa, I was wonder can you use vinegar on a glass top stove. If so do you have any good mixtures.

Melinda Gordon says:

I’m having the same problem as Sofia Nizami, only I live in Ecuador. Where can I find these products?

Discovering Hope says:

How about cleaning pianos? Thanks for your help. Love your videos.

Avery Milieu says:

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

ruth jackson says:

hi!love ur vids!what store bought products do u use? ur homemade products seem to cover everything. thx!

Eileen Yeo says:

can i use artificial white vinegar

Linda Quiles says:

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

818poochie says:

Wow. Making some homemade cleaners and just noticed that the oz. measurments are in 2’s (2, 4, 6, 8, etc.) up to 22 but that the spaces between the numbers are not the same! They get wider as you go up. Seriously!?!? Am I missing something or am i reaping the benefits of buying the cheap container?

Lyn Grey says:

very informative, Thank you

Samruddhi Pravin says:

could u please share tips for cleaning stains from fabric sofa

Sue Band says:

Help!! I need to get red wine out of a silver table runner. I poured salt on it and let sit for a few hours and then I poured a can of club soda on it. The stain is less but still there!!

Bee Bee says:

thx!! 🙂

Shireen Saira says:

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

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