Frugal Cleaning In The New Year: 5 All-Natural Home Cleaners You Can DIY

Out with the old and in with the new!

Spring isn’t the only time that’s perfect for giving your house a good cleaning. The New Year is an ideal time for putting things in order. Cleaning your house for New Year’s is also an incredible mood booster as you enter the shortest, darkest days of winter. And for this New Year, you can get the toughest messes under control with these five all-natural home cleaners you can DIY.

Drain Cleaner

Too often when we clean our kitchen we forget to clean out our hard working drains. And that can mean clogs that slow water drainage. But have you ever read the list of ingredients on a bottle of commercial drain cleaner? You don’t want that anywhere near your food!

Instead, get rid of soap and food residue with this easy, and non-toxic drain cleaner.

Before you go to bed for the evening, simply sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda around the mouth of the drain in your sink. Then, very slowly pour some vinegar (any kind, white vinegar is cheap and works great) over the baking soda. It will bubble and fizz, letting you know it’s getting straight to work. Let it sit overnight.

In the morning, run very hot water through the drain. And that’s it. You’ll notice a difference right away. To avoid buildup, use this method to clean your drains once a month.

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DIY Pan Cleaner

Forget to add enough water or stock to last night’s dish? If you’re like me, you probably have one pot still soaking to get it clean. You might feel like throwing it out, but don’t. Do this instead. Place your pot or pan with the baked-on, burnt-in food in your sink. Add water about an inch or two deep and add some dish soap. Give it a swirl or two to activate the bubbles and start the soaking. Next, add approximately ¼ cup of salt (sea salt is great, but regular kitchen salt will work too). Let the pan soak, undisturbed overnight. The next day clean your pot as usual. Tough, hard to remove spots will loosen quickly. 

Floor Cleaner

Got muddy footprints in your kitchen? Paw prints on the mudroom floor? Get rid of them with a simple mixture of water and castile soap. Add 1/4 cup of castile soap to your bucket of hot water. For fragrances, you can also add a few drops of essential oil (tea tree oil gives a great clean scent and is naturally anti-bacterial).

Homemade All Purpose Bathroom Cleaner

Still have some baking soda and vinegar left over after cleaning the drains? Put them to use in your bathroom. Sprinkle baking soda straight from the box, on any bathroom surface you want to clean – toilet, counter, bathtub, sink. Next add a few drops of vinegar, just enough to make a paste. Scrub, gently. Rinse with clear water, and you’re done. Stand back and admire the shine.

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Easy DIY Laundry Detergent

Nothing seems to get kids clothes clean like this homemade laundry detergent. The fact that you’ll save a bundle on the cost is an added benefit. To make the detergent, combine the following ingredients in a large container that has a snug-fitting lid:

  • 8 cups baking soda
  • 8 cups washing soda 
  • 8 cups of grated bar soap (any kind will work, check flyers for what’s on sale)
  • 12 cups of borax

Mix with a large wooden spoon, or secure the lid and give the whole thing a few good shakes.

Directions for Use:

  • Add 1 -2 tablespoons (15 – 30 ml) per single load of laundry. 
  • This homemade laundry detergent works in all temperatures and for whites, colours, or delicates. 
  • Want a light fragrance? You guessed it, add a few drops of essential oil to the mixture.

Now that you know how to makes these frugal, vegan, easy five all-natural home cleaners, you don’t need to head to the store the next time you run out. With these cleaners, you’ll save money. You’ll also avoid damaging chemicals found in so many conventional cleaning products.