Guest Post: DIY Cleaning Products

Posted on Mar 11 2013 - 2:00pm by Markell

Because I can only write about saving money so much, I have enlisted the help of a few other bloggers during this cash-only March month. Today’s post is from Rachel at It is all about how you can save money by making your own house hold cleaners. She has some awesome ideas!

Here is what Rachel has to say: 

In today’s economy, we are all looking for little ways to pinch pennies. One way to do this that many people don’t realize is by making your own cleaning products. Not only will you be saving money, you will be helping the environment by not adding harsh chemicals to your home!

In this post we’ll look at a few more cleaners that you can use in the whole house and in your yard as well. As always, you’ll want some white vinegar, borax, and a few other supplies handy. If you don’t have them on your shelves you can find them in most grocery or craft stores, and organic grocery stores will definitely stock them. First up, we’ll take a look at an amazing air freshener that will keep your home fresh without the cost and chemicals. We’ll also look at a rust remover and an effective drain cleaner.

Air Freshener:

Sure, you can grab a candle or a scented plug-in from the store, but those rarely last long periods of time and usually only freshen the air in a small space. Sprays can cover more area, but they tend to overwhelm the sense no matter how much you spray. Try this crafty little air freshener recipe to have rooms that smell great without the headaches and constant replacements.

Here’s what you need:

Baking soda
Essential oils (I like cinnamon and grapefruit for this project)
Mason jar (with lid ring)

Start by filling about an inch of baking soda in the bottom of your jar. Then add about 20 drops of essential oil to the baking soda. Cut your cheesecloth about 1/2 inch wider than the jar’s lid (you want to lid to completely cover the cloth). Then add the cloth and screw on the lid ring for a freshener that will keep your room fresh for weeks on end!

Rust Remover:

Rust has a way of finding its way everywhere. Whether it’s on your patio furniture or just a chair that got damp that one time the basement flooded, just about anything made of metal will eventually pick up a bit of rust. And as we all know, cleaning that rust is a real pain. Here’s what you can do to make your own rust remover that can tackle even the toughest rust spots.

Here are a few tricks for beating rust on anything you own:

Salt and lime: Sprinkle some salt on the rust (which sounds counterintuitive, I know), then soak the salt with some of your lime. Let the mixture sit for about 2 hours then use the lime rind to remove the rust. You can also use a lemon for this trick.

White vinegar and aluminum foil: Just dip the aluminum foil in vinegar and scrub away. The rust should flake away. You can also soak smaller items such as tools in vinegar overnight. When you come back in the morning, you won’t have to do any scrubbing!

Baking soda and water: Yup, this simple trick can work wonders, too! Just apply baking soda directly to the rust spot then apply water and scrub the spot with a toothbrush.

These rust-busting tricks will help with just about anything you have showing some rust. I prefer vinegar and aluminum foil for quick treatments. Go to the salt and lime for bigger/deeper stains.

Drain Cleaner:

And that brings us to a good all-purpose drain cleaner. This will work on any drains you have in your home, and is preferable to pouring a bunch of harsh chemicals down the tub or kitchen drain. Remember, you can also plunge drains that have backed-up water–often with resounding results.

Here’s what you need:

1/2 cup salt
1 gallon water

For tougher clogs:

1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar
4 cups boiling water or hot tap water for plastic pipes

For simple clogs, and general light-duty cleaning, use the first set of ingredients. Mix together the salt and water, then heat it until it’s almost boiling. Then just pour the mixture down the drain.

For tougher clogs, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain. Then add the vinegar. The two will react and begin attacking the clog. After 15 minutes, pour the boiling water down the drain (for plastic pipes, use hot tap water instead). This should take care of even the toughest if clogs. While you still have vinegar in the drain, you should avoid any commercial drain cleaners, as the two can mix to create toxic fumes.


And that is our DIY cleaners for the home. We hope these recipes can help you achieve a cleaner, greener home and save you plenty of money in the process. They’ve worked for us, so let us know how they work for you and any tweaks you have to our recipes! has been selling parts and accessories for most major brands since 2003.
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4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Glenica April 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Your blog title caught my eye. I live in an OLD house and recently discovered evidence of a mouse in the house. What is the BEST way to exterminate. I am not opposed to the death penalty! Thanks!

  2. amouseinmykitchen April 5, 2013 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    I wish I knew! We have tried sonic deterrents (they didn't work) and mouse traps. The mouse traps work, but then new mice move in.. I know that my mother in law has the best luck with poison, but I don't like using it since I have little kids at home. I will let you know if I figure out an awesome way to get rid of them… until then… I just keep my feet on the couch and scream like a little girl every time one runs across the room.

  3. tabletalk April 23, 2013 at 5:53 am - Reply

    From some days I am looking for this kind of information for cleaning my wood furniture and finally I've succeed to collect it here that you share about the rust remove from the furniture. Which helps me a lot to clean my furniture.

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