Tried & Loved (Or Not): Homemade Cleaning Products

There are so many different homemade cleaning products recipes out there, aren’t they? For laundry, dusting, cleaning and disinfecting. I have been using a couple of them of for many years and i would never go back to store bought industrial alternatives. Yes, baking soda is awesome. So is olive oil. And you still can breathe while using them. I have not tried using hydrogen peroxide or borax, i use what there’s in the home and essential oils. Especially lemon, i love that smell.

Like in all things, in homemade cleaning products too, there are a few ones i was not impressed with and have only used them once and never before. Maybe i did not choose the best recipe to try, but we can’t DIY everything. There also some that i have never tried making, like homemade laundry detergent.  So, without further ado, here’s my honest opinion after having used of few of all these homemade cleaning products.

Homemade Cleaning Products

Homemade Cleaning Products That Really Work

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  1.  Dusting Spray:

    This magic spray is on the top of my list. I’m using the recipe from Pins And Proctastination. Let me tell you more. We live in a busy street and we have black furniture. You can understand how our furniture looks only after 1-2 days without dusting, especially during summer with open doors all day long. Yes, almost white! I have tried store bought products. Sprays and those famous, and less famous brands, of duster kits. They did the job, but even after a few hours, dust was back. Well, this magic spray works wonders! During winter i only need to dust once a week, maybe twice around the TV and “media center” (we don’t actually have one, but i really wanted to use that phrase) and during summer!  Thank you Susie!

  2. Window & Glass Cleaner:

    Making my own window cleaner was the first homemade cleaner i have made. I experimented with a couple of recipes and the one that worked best has an unexpected ingredient in it. I have this recipe from Hello Glow bookmarked and make my cleaner based on that one. I use it for our windows, mirrors, light fixtures and even glass and crystal accessories.  Perfectly clean every time. Shaving foam also leaves our mirrors looking brand new, but it’s a bit messy.

  3. Baking Soda Paste:

    Baking soda is probably the most popular ingredient, when it comes to DIY cleaners. Making bakind soda paste is my go to solution for sink and stubborn oven stains. I use it for our kitchen sink, it’s plastic i think, and for oven and ceramic stove top cleaning when things get difficult. Just mix baking soda and dish soap ( or water) to make a paste and you’re ready to go. Adding essential oils, especially ones with antibacterial or antimicrobial properties, is a good idea. The only problem with that cleaning solution is that baking soda can be a bit stubborn. It’s not the easiest thing to rinse. It can leave everything with a white look if even a bit stays on that surface. Removing it form the oven, for example is not an easy job. That’s why i only use it when there are difficult stains.  For cleaning the oven i recently bought  Ecover Oven & Hob Cleaner. When you spray it, it turns to foam. Leave it for a couple of minutes and you’ll see the foam turning brown. Wipe it away and that’s all. It has a light citrus smell and even if you put your head in the oven during cleaning you’ll still be able to breathe. Not like chemical oven cleaning products, when one might need a mask.

  4. Cream Of Tartar & Lemon

    When it comes to soap or water stains on porcelain tub and sinks, i’ve found that the only thing that removes them is cream of tartar and lemon. Not even the toughest chemical cleanind products remove these annoying brownish marks and make the sink smooth again. Cut a lemon in half, sprinkle some cream of tartar on the stain, rub and voila…shiny porcelain again and a gorgeous lemon smell.

 

And now…the cleaners i will not use again

 

  1. Vinegar & Dish Soap

    I tried this combination for removing hard water stains and calcium build up from the bathroom tiles and the smell was impossible. I literally ran out of the bathroom and the stains where still there. I’m using just vinegar ever since. Both for the tiles and faucets. I either spray it on the tiles and wipe it off or pour some on a piece of kitchen paper, wrap it around the faucets, leave it for a while and when i remove it, all the stains are gone. Sometimes i use our steam cleaner (similar product) for the bathroom tiles, which also does a great job.

  2. Vinegar & Hair Conditioner Fabric Softener

    This one was also a failure. Mixing vinegar and hair conditioner did NOT make our clothes soft and they did not smell that good. I have  only used this once and never again. Perhaps i might try another DIY Fabric Softener recipe in the future. For the time being i do not use fabric softener at all.

 

That’s it! My experience from homemade cleaning products. Do you make any of your cleaning supplies? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experience. Some of them are trully great, but i believe we can’t DIY everything. After all, there are people working in the detergents and cleaning supplies industry.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Tried & Loved (Or Not): Homemade Cleaning Products

  1. We also have that awful white build up on our basins and bath, I think it has something to do with the “hardness” of our water here in South Africa and it’s a constant struggle to remove it. I’m all for natural cleaning products so I’m definitely going to be trying cream of tartare and lemon. The dusting spray also sounds amazing. Thanks for the tips Zografia

    1. We have hard water too, i know how annoying it can be! Let me know if the cream of tartar and lemon work for you!

  2. Zografia when I first moved to Greece a long time ago I did not know what those white stains were that built up around my sink. Then I was told to use Viakal. You know that one right? And after a few years, I got fed up w ith the cost of that stuff. So now I buy a three pack of vinegar from Lidl and keep them all in the bathrooms and kitchen. I only use them for cleaning and that’s it. Cheap and effective. And no harsh chemicals.

    1. I’ve been using Viakal for a while, then i discovered vinegar! I used Viakal last summer for the beach house bathroom tiles and shower glass door, it only made things worse and impossible to breathe. So i went out and got a big bottle of vinegar! Job done!

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