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No Fuss, No Mess! Try These Super Easy Recipes for DIY Cleaning Supplies

Making your own cleaning supplies is good for the earth, your wallet and your home. Here's how to do it

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All-natural cleaners use ingredients you already have and that are safe for kids.
Kosher salt can de-gunk a bathtub or clean a kitchen counter.
A few drops of your favorite essential oil gives cleaning mixtures a sweet scent.
Need an all-purpose cleaner? Just mix equal parts water and vinegar.

Whipping up your own cleaning supplies is kind of a no-brainer. It’s great for the environment, safe for the kids and will save you money. We rounded up our favorite DIY recipes below -- all are a cinch to make.
 

Bathtub cleaner

We love the utter simplicity of this all-natural recipe from Apartment Therapy: All you need to clean your bathtub is a grapefruit and a quarter cup kosher salt. Just halve a grapefruit and sprinkle it generously with kosher salt. Wet the tub, and sprinkle the rest of the salt around it. Scrub with the fruit then rinse.

Kitchen counter cleaner

One great thing about cleaning the kitchen counters with a chemical-free solution is that you don't have to worry about leftover toxins ending up in your food. Just sprinkle baking soda on the surface, then scrub with a sponge or wet cloth. To lift tough stains, make a paste with baking soda and water and apply directly to the mess. Rub gently until the mark fades. Need something more abrasive? Sprinkle a bit of kosher salt before and scrub with a wet sponge or towel, according to the Daily Green.

Window and glass cleaner

Fabulously Frugal‘s homemade window and glass cleaner recipe costs next to nothing to make: Combine a quarter cup each white vinegar and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle (use a funnel for easy pouring). Then add a tablespoon of cornstarch and two cups warm water. Shake well before each use. For streak-free cleaning, wipe with a newspaper or microfiber cloths.

Liquid dish soap

Combine a half cup liquid castile soap with an eighth cup water, a teaspoon vinegar and, if you like, a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Store the mixture in an old dish soap bottle, according to the Humbled Homemaker.

Furniture polish

Whisk together one part lemon juice with two parts olive oil and a splash of white vinegar in a bowl. Apply with a soft dusting cloth for extra-shiny results, according to Accidentally Green.

All-purpose cleaner

Found: A foolproof recipe for a nontoxic, all-purpose cleaner that can tackle virtually any mess in your house. (Thanks, Rubies & Radishes!) Combine equal parts distilled white vinegar with water in a spray bottle; add a few drops of essential oil for a sweet scent.

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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