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Save Money with these 6 DIY Cleaners to Stop Buying Today!

DIY cleaners are one of the easiest and effective tactics to save money,  pay off debt, or just have extra cash without starting a side hustle!

The simplicity of changing your typical spending habits can really put money back in your pockets. Especially, when you stop buying things you regularly spend money.

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DIY cleaners are one of the easiest and effective tactics to save money,  pay off debt, or just have extra cash without starting a side hustle! Here's 6 cleaners to stop buying and make instead!

Why Make Your Own Cleaners?

Outside of saving money – unfortunately, many popular household cleaners unbeknown to the consumer are truly toxic. According to the Environmental Working Group, the average household contains 62 known toxic chemicals. That’s more than one too many in my book!

I know from experience one of the biggest challenges to living a more natural lifestyle is cleaning the home.

Honestly, learning to live more in-line with nature is all about consciously making better choices every day.

What Do You Need to Start Making DIY Cleaning Solutions?

You may be thinking you’ll need a bunch of expensive ingredients or space in the garage to make your own cleaning solutions. But, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

It only takes a few basic ingredients to make DIY cleaners. And you will likely find that you have most of these laying too. Find a quick list of cleaning ingredients and supplies here.

Skip the Overwhelm

First, let me point out, you don’t have to start making all of the DIY cleaners below today!

Start by choosing one of the cleaners to stop buying and start making. Then as you use up a store-bought cleaner replace it with a homemade version.

But, once you make one of these zero waste cleaners – you’ll see just how easy it is! And you’ll likely start adding up the savings too. Just think how much you’ll save when you don’t have to add the cost of these to your grocery list every month…

6 DIY Cleaners to Stop Buying and Start Making:

DIY All Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner

1. All Purpose Surface Cleaner Recipe

This solution can be applied to much more than just countertops. It holds the simplicity of using just ONE cleaner for almost everything. The next time you’re in a pinch to clean your home, grab a few cleaning cloths and a bottle of All-Purpose Natural Surface Cleaner.

Lemon Cedar Dust Spray


2. Lemon Cedar Dust Spray and Polish Recipe

Remove dust and help keep bugs away on your wood surfaces with this recipe for an all-natural Lemon Cedar Dust Spray and Polish. Boost your home cleaning with the cheerful scent of fresh lemons and cedar wood’s warm, woodsy aroma all from essential oils!

Natural Streak Free Glass Cleaner


3. Streak Free Glass Cleaner Recipe

This recipe for a natural Streak-Free Glass Cleaner creates a professional foam spray without chemicals. And it’s incredible for cleaning photo frames, mirrors, windows, and glass cupboard doors too!

4. Homemade Dish Detergent

If your tired of spending money on dishwasher detergents that don’t work – then make one with this easy homemade dishwasher detergent recipe!

We’ve been using it for years and it’s one of my favorite zero waste hacks!

What’s not to love? This recipe for an all natural homemade dishwasher detergent is made from simple, non-toxic ingredients that will keep your dishes clean and sparkly.

5. Fast Acting DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Drop a DIY toilet bowl cleaner bomb in your white throne for a long lasting natural fresh scent.

Some things just have to be done – like regularly cleaning the bathroom. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to make it easier…

I discovered an easy trick that helps keep the toilet clean and the bathroom smelling fresh – no gloves or clothespins required! All it takes is five ingredients and the drop of a fast-acting DIY toilet bowl cleaner bomb.

6. DIY Laundry Detergent

Have you entertained the idea of making your own DIY laundry detergent?

Well, you’re not alone. In fact, I had been thinking about making DIY laundry detergent powder for more than a year. But after I learned a great tip to make it easier I cracked the code to simple 5-ingredient laundry detergent.

Easy DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe
Save money by making these 6 DIY cleaners with staples you already have on hand.

Start saving money today with these natural DIY cleaners. Each can often be made with staples you may already have. Not sure how? Check out my must-have Green Living Essentials and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

Are you working towards green goals this year too? See my 5 Point Checklist of green goals. It’s a handy printable goal tracking log. Grab it and more printables, checklists, and guides in the Life-n-Reflection Simple Living Library.

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6 Cleaners to Stop Buying and Start Making / How to Start Making Natural Cleaners

I love using essential oils for naturally cleaning our home grab an essential oil starter kit to start making these natural cleaners today! Not ready to make DIY cleaners? Then grab a free 5 piece Mrs. Meyer’s natural cleaning kit from the Grove Collaborative.


  1. How/where did you get the labels for these cleaners?

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Jackie, I had them custom made from a designer on Etsy. You can find lots of choices there. Some shops even sell them with the bottles!

  2. Mine is about to run out. Thanks for some new ideas to try

  3. How do I get the actually recipes for each one of these? When I click on them it doesn’t go anywhere and then it makes them no longer clickable on. Thank you.

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Hope, the pictures aren’t clickable because it gets in the way with our Pinterest buttons and Pinterest browser many people use. The highlighted recipe name and title of each recipe are both clickable and will take you there promptly.

  4. How do you make such beautiful letters for those bottles! I love them!!

    1. lifenreflection says:

      Awe thanks Maakie, I make them with a Circuit Machine and Vinyl

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