Somewhere in our OCD, germ fearing world, we failed to realize the irony of dousing our home with chemicals in the name of cleaning. Rather than using store bought products filled with 27 lettered ingredients from companies like Procter & Gamble (Seriously, f*ck those guys), make your own shit. It’s super easy and kind to you, your home, the world, your kids, your dogs, and probably the crap you’re cleaning. Also, those balling on a budget will appreciate how inexpensiveness of these alternatives.
Dishwashing Detergent

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Instead of washing the things you eat and drink off of with chemicals, make your own with this simple, three-ingredient powder containing antibacterial grapefruit essential oil.

PREP TIME: 4 minutes

COST: $2.45

YIELD: 32 oz. (enough for 32 loads)

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HOW TO MAKE IT:

With gloves on, add washing soda, borax and oil to bowl and mix with your hands to eliminate clumps, then transfer powder to the plastic container.

HOW TO USE IT:

Use 2 tbsp. detergent per wash. *Bonus tip – add 1 tsp. vinegar to the rinse cycle to prevent spots on silverware and glasses.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

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Respect yourself and your ‘business,’ and make your own chemical-free cleaning solution. Even though toilets are gross, chemicals aren’t necessary. This recipe uses baking soda’s abrasiveness, vinegar’s acidity and stain-lifting power and the frizz created by the two, plus tea-tree oil’s antibacterial capabilities.

PREP: 2 min.

COST: 48¢

YIELD: 1 cup (enough for 1 use)

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HOW TO MAKE & USE IT:

Pour baking soda directly into the toilet bowl, add oil, then vinegar—in that order. Let water effervesce for several minutes, then scrub bowl with brush. Flush. Anxiously await for your next #1 or #2.

Shower Cleaner

If you’re gross and pee in the shower, there’s already enough ammonia in there. And if you don’t, good job (seriously). But either way, do your part for the environment and use this borax and vinegar solution to remove and stave off mold and mildew growth and soap scum.

PREP: 3 min.

COST: 15¢

YIELD: Approximately 28 oz.

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HOW TO MAKE & USE IT:

Using funnel, pour borax, soap, vinegar and water into spray bottle. Shake well to mix. Put on rubber gloves and spray surfaces, scrubbing with sponge as you work. Rinse with water. Step back and say “damn, that’s a fine ass shower.”

Glass Cleaner

Keep your windows, mirrors and car windshields looking fresh to death (without the use of deadly chemicals) with this rubbing alcohol and white vinegar solution.

Prep: 2½ min.

Cost: 29¢

Yield: 27 oz.

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HOW TO MAKE & USE IT:

In a well-ventilated area, use funnel to pour water, alcohol, vinegar and oil, if desired, into bottle. Shake. Add soap. Shake well. Spray windows; wipe with newspaper. Then admire yourself in the reflection and suggest everyone come see how good you look.

Floor Wash

If you live in a shoes-optional house, I cannot stress how revoltingly gross your floors are. This mixture is a solution since vinegar is a safe, nontoxic antiseptic that you can let dry on nearly any type of flooring including linoleum, vinyl, tile and wood. The castile soap offers just enough detergent to dislodge stubborn dirt.

Prep: 2 min.

Cost: 25¢

Yield: 2 gallons

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HOW TO MAKE & USE IT:

Add vinegar and soap to bucket, then add water (stopping about 7 inches from the top). Swish with mop to mix. Wring out mop and wash floors, but don’t get them too wet. Let air-dry—no rinsing necessary.

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