Monday, February 25, 2013

Easy Bathroom Cleaning

I have been making my own cleaner for about 2 and 1/2 years now.  It saves us soooo much money!  We have seriously bought the ingredients to make it one time, and we still have plenty of the ingredients left.  I posted about the homemade cleaner I make HERE.  (Update on the recipe: I don't use the essential oil anymore, but I do use Gain scented dishwashing liquid.  It smells so fresh and clean!  I prefer it.)  I didn't come up with the recipe myself, it's from the Dr. Oz website.  I leave the cleaning concoctions up to the pros!  I also use some of these ingredients when I made glass cleaner, floor cleaner, etc. so I definitely get my money's worth.

I recently had this "duh" moment.  Whenever I'm in the bathroom, which can be quite frequent during these pregnant days, I always notice what needs to be cleaned.  Faucet needs to be wiped off, sink needs to be cleaned out, trash can needs to be wiped down, etc.  It's little daily maintenance things that would take 2 seconds if I had my cleaning stuff in there with me. 

But by the time I'm walking out the bathroom, August needs tending to, the phone is ringing, the clothes need to be switched over to the dryer, etc., and the bathroom gets bumped way down on the priority list.   So I decided I need to have my cleaning products in the bathroom with me so I can get it done while I'm in there.  I'm sure many of you already do this; I'm just a little slow.  :)

So the other night when I was mixing up some cleaner, I made some extra for a couple small cleaning bottles I got from Walgreen's.  They were $1.99 each.  I'm sure you could get them cheaper from the dollar store, but I just picked them up while I was in Walgreen's one day.  I just halved the recipe for each bottle.  Here they are, ready to use!  One of them was just shaken, guess that's why it looks different.  I bought the smaller bottles in blue so that they would match the bigger bottle.  Blue bottles = all purpose cleaner, Green bottle= glass cleaner, not pictured.

Side note, when adding the water, make sure you use warm water, otherwise your Borax will harden in the cold water.  I learned this that night.  You can kind of see the Borax chunks on the bottom in the bottle in the middle.  It will dissolve eventually.

So I just popped them under each bathroom sink with a roll of paper towels so I can clean while I'm in there.  I hope this was helpful for you!  If you would like to see a couple more homemade recipes I have tried, click the links below.

Homemade Laundry Soap (Liquid version.  This post also has a cost comparison, if you are curious as to how much money making your own really saves.)

Homemade Laundry Powder (We currently use this and prefer it.  To me, it's easier to make than the liquid version.  I typically make a big batch by tripling the recipe.  The grating goes really quickly if I use my Kitchen Aid mixer attachment.  You can of course do it by hand though.  If I have enough time, I will run it through the food processor to make it super fine.  I think it's more like store-bought powder that way.  Also, instead of storing it in a class container with a screw top lid, I now store it in a glass container that has the metal latch flip up thing.  LOL.  Maybe you know what I'm talking about.  It's easier that way because I can get the powder out one handed since I sometimes have a baby on the hip.  Haha.  Tripling the recipe has lasted me for months and months!)


  1. I make all my own cleaners too, and this laundry detergent is the best! Its the only detergent that makes our clothes soft. :)

    1. That's great! Yes, I really like the laundry detergent. Speaking of, I need to go pick up some ingredients to make it today. I'm almost out!


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