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Homemade Cleaning Products for Your Home

We're rounding off our homemade cleaning products series now - we've covered the kitchen and of course the bathroom, but we wanted to finish off with products you can use in all areas of your home.

The whole goal of this series was to show you how simple it is to make your own cleaning products and how affordable it can be. We all know that a quick trip into the supermarket to get cleaning supplies can make us feel like we need to re-mortgage our homes just to recover. We sincerely hope that with our recipes, your homes are not only smelling cleaning and fresh, but are a little bit more eco-friendly and you're also noticing the savings you've made.

So, as I said, we're rounding things off with the last few recipes that can be used in all areas of your lovely homes.

GLASS CLEANER (Approximate cost 7p)

170 ml water

90 ml of distilled white vinegar

Mix the two together in a clean spray bottle and it’s ready to use. It’s great for windows and mirrors etc. I like mine to smell good so I add a couple of drops of lemon essential oil!

LEMON WOODEN FURNITURE POLISH (Approximate cost £1.20)

125ml extra virgin olive oil

¼ teaspoons of lemon essential oil

Mix the two ingredients in a clean repurposed glass bottle. To use just rub a small amount on wooden furniture with a soft cloth.

UPHOLSTERY CLEANER (Approximate Cost 35p)

This cleaner is a make as you need recipe. The recipe is whisked into a foam and then the foam itself is what is used on the upholstery not the liquid. So you need to man yourself with a bowl and whisk, a damp sponge and a clean damp cloth. You will also need:

1 teaspoon of borax

60ml of hot water

2 Tablespoons of of natural liquid dishwashing soap

3 drops of lavender essential oil.

Pour the hot water into the bowl and add the borax and stir well to dissolve. Allow the mixture to then cool to room temperature.

Add the natural dishwashing soap and the lavender oil and whisk. (Always test a small area of upholstery first where it will not show) Once you have created a foam, use the sponge to lift the foam from the bowl and, working in a small area at a time, rub the foam into the upholstery with the damp sponge. Then immediately remove it with the damp cloth and leave it to dry.

LEATHER UPHOLSTERY CLEANER (approximate cost 12p)

This recipe will not only clean but condition leather and leaves it supple and smelling great.

2 tablespoons of distilled white

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

2 drops of lemon essential oil

Mix the ingredients together in a small glass jar. Spot test on an area that will not show in case it causes a colour change. Provided you are happy, apply sparingly, rubbing it well into the leather and buff with a soft clean cloth.


2 gallons of warm water

60 ml of distilled white vinegar

15 drops of lavender essential oil

Mix the ingredients in a bucket and mop the floor!


1 tsp natural dishwash liquid

60 ml distilled white vinegar

250ml warm water

Mix the ingredients together in a spray bottle. Shake well, spray on the stain and blot with a damp clean sponge.


1 teaspoon of vodka

25 drops of essential oil of your choice, this can be a mix eg “Lavender and grapefruit, or bergamot and patchouli. The list is endless!

500 ml water

Add the vodka and essential oils to a spray bottle and shake well. Next add the water, shake well and use it to mist the air. Do not spray on wooden furniture or upholstery.

We hope you have enjoyed all these recipes and that they're working well for you. Let us know in the comments below!

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