If it seems like you’re always repurchasing basic household necessities, you’re not alone. Most people spend hundreds of dollars each year on cleaning supplies and, while that may not sound like a lot, that kind of money can quickly add up over time.

Fortunately, there’s another option that you might not have considered: making your own household supplies. Most products can be made in bulk from just a few ingredients, which can save you a lot of money in the long run. Below are just a few examples.


What you’ll need:

  • 1 bar of soap, shaved into small pieces
  • 14 ounces borax
  • 14 ounces washing soda
  • Medium-size bowl/blender
  • Plastic container
  • Tablespoon scoop

How to do it:

  1. Stir ingredients together in a bowl or mix in a blender. (Be sure to keep the blender lid on until all particles have settled).
  2. Store in an airtight container with a tablespoon scoop. Use about 1–3 tablespoons per small load, depending on size.


What you’ll need:

• 1–2 drops dish soap
• 1 tablespoon white vinegar • 1 cup warm water
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• Spray bottle

How to do it:

1. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle.

2. To use, spray a generous amount on the carpet, and scrub with a towel. Use a clean towel to blot the moisture away, and let dry.


What you’ll need:

• 1⁄4 cup white vinegar

• 1⁄2 teaspoon dish soap

• 2 cups hot water

• 10–15 drops essential oil of choice

• Spray bottle

How to do it:

1. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle, and shake well until mixed.

2. Spray a small amount of the mixture onto glass, and wipe away with a microfiber cloth or other nonabrasive material.