Once a year I like to share a round up of my previous recipes that are super easy projects that only require you to combine two things. Most of us can handle that! Since the early days of the blog I’ve called these roundups my DIY for Dummies lists. This year’s list is a cleaning edition featuring 10 homemade cleaners that can each be made with just two ingredients.
As time has gone by, homemade cleaners have become my favorite category of DIY recipes because they’re so quick, easy, and cheap to make. Plus, they work really well and are a much safer and natural alternative to the harsher store-bought cleaners.
If you’re new to homemade cleaners, any of the ideas on this list would be something simple to try. As I like to remind everyone each year when I write My DIY For Dummies list – Homemade doesn’t have to be hard!
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10 DIY Cleaners You Can Make With 2 Ingredients
For each of the recipes below, you can click on the link to read more and find a printable recipe (if applicale)
#1 – Homemade Soft Scrub: 2/3 cup baking soda + 4 Tbl Murphys Oil Soap
Most homemade soft scrubs can be made by just adding some soap to baking soda. This combo that uses an oil soap such as Murphy’s is one of my favorite DIY soft scrubs.
#2 – Homemade Stain Remover: 1 tsp Dawn Dish Soap + 2 tsp Hydrogen Peroxide
This mixture has saved the day for me on several occasions. The sweater pictured below had a wine stain that this combo removed. You can make this stain remover in larger or smaller size batches too; just use 1 part soap with 2 parts peroxide.
#3 – Homemade Goo Gone: 2 tsp Baking Soda + 1 tsp Oil
My favorite way to use my homemade Goo Gone is to remove sticky label residue from recycled jars. It works great every time!
#4 – Homemade Foaming Dish Soap Refill: 1/4 cup Dish Soap + 1-1/4 cups Water
I’ve used this strategy for many years now. It’s a great way to make a bottle of dish soap last a long, long time.
#5 – DIY Poo-Pourri Spray: 1/4 cup Vodka + 20 drops Essential Oil
If you’ve ever been intrigued by those “spray before you go” sprays for the toilet, this is a simple way to try a frugal homemade option. Witch hazel can also be used instead of vodka, and the 20 drops of essential oil can be a mixture of complimentary scents.
#6 Homemade All Purpose Cleaner: 2 tsp Sal Suds + 2 cups Water
This mixture is truly an all purpose spray. I use it everywhere in my house, including windows! A bottle of Sal Suds may seem pricey at first, but a bottle will last you a long time and only a couple teaspoons are needed for a 16 oz all purpose spray.
#7 DIY Cutting Board Conditioner: 1 Tbl Beeswax + 4 Tbl Food Grade Mineral Oil
You can show your wooden cutting boards a little love with this quick mixture. Although I used beeswax grated from a block, the beeswax pastilles (or pellets) are a very convenient option too.
#8 – DIY Showerhead Cleaning: Paper Toweling + White Vinegar
Showerheads can get dirty with hard water spots and mineral buildup over time. But a handy DIY solution to get them clean again is to use paper towels soaked in vinegar. You need to be a little patient, but you’ll be rewarded with a clean showerhead with very little hands on effort.
#9 – DIY Microwave Cleaning: 1/4 cup Lemon Juice + 1/4 cup Water
Once the ingredients for this mixture are combined, you just heat it in the microwave and then let it set for a few minutes without opening the door so the steam can soften splatters inside the microwave. Then they will wipe away easily!
#10 – Easy Homemade Swiffer Cover: Fuzzy Sock + Swiffer
Finally, if you would like a cheapskate way to have a reusable swiffer cover, you can just use a fuzzy sock from the dollar store. Works great!