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These awesome ideas for 5 Homemade Cleaners with ingredients you already have come right from by Tawra Kellam, co-author of the Dining On A Dime Cookbook.  (Its awesome!)   

5 homemade cleaners with ingredients you already have

5 Homemade Cleaners with Ingredients You Already Have


 All Purpose Cleaner

1 gal. water

1/4 cup grease cutting dishsoap (Dawn)

½ cup vinegar

½ cup soda

– Put in a spray bottle to clean showers, toilets, sinks and counters. Great for most cleaning needs.


Counter-top Disinfectant

2 tsp. grease cutting dishsoap (Dawn)

½ cup rubbing alcohol

¼ cup vinegar


-Put all in a spray bottle and fill with water. This works especially good for counter-tops but can also be used to clean showers, toilets and sinks. Great for most cleaning needs.


Homemade Clorox Wipes without Clorox

1 cup of water

1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol

2 Tbsp. Dawn dish soap (only use Dawn)

2 Tbsp. ammonia (optional)

24 rags – cut into squares. I cut them to about 4×6 inches, but whatever size you have available or whichever size you need will work. I also use old washrags that have seen better days.

-Mix the ingredients and pour over the rags.* Then, when you need to clean your bathroom, use them as you would the disposable Clorox wipes.

The best thing about these homemade wipes is that you can just throw them in the washing machine and use them again! Really! It’s that simple!

*After you make this recipe, you will need to adjust how much of the mixture you pour over your rags. I didn’t have that many rags and they were pretty wet so I just used less of the cleaner.


 Cleaner for Stainless steel sink

baking soda

-Scour on sink. Rinse well.



DIY fruit & vegetable wash
Fruit and Vegetable Wash

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 Tbsp baking soda

1 cup water

-Put ingredients in a spray bottle. Be careful because it will foam up. Spray on vegetables, let sit 5 minutes then rinse with a scrub brush.

Ps- I also use Thieves Oil to clean!  I just mix it with water (I now cheat a little and buy the Thieves cleaner, but it is awesome and it is lasting me a really long time!) 


Find out more great recipes and ideas like these with this book:
 Dining On A Dime Cookbook.



Dinners for $5

room by room cleaning schedule


And if you need a cleaning break…

Mommy, will you lay with me


Thank you to Jill Cooper and Tawra Kellam for sharing these great tips with us today.  They are frugal living experts and the authors of the Dining On A Dime Cookbook. Dining On A Dime will help you save money on groceries and get out of debt by cooking quick and simple homemade meals. For free tips & recipes visit


Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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