February 4, 2014

Homemade Cleaners Review + Giveaway

A while back, I went on a budget kick and tried making my own cleaning supplies. Pinterest was both a blessing and a waste of time – an all-purpose cleaner recipe worked well, the dish detergent not so much.

What is the secret to making a natural cleaner that actually works?

9781612432762.02In the new book “Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy, Toxic-Free Recipes,” authors Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford go into detail on why some ingredients work better than commercially made, potentially toxic, cleaners. The book reads with authority of a biologist (turned stay-at-home mother) and a fan of natural parenting. What I mean is, they write for parents, addressing concerns of ours (keeping surfaces clean and toxin free, especially the ones our kids tend to lick…). And they back it up with chemistry explanations and eye-opening facts and statistics. A lot of facts. I’ll admit I skipped ahead after a while because I wanted to get right to the DIY stuff.

The best part of the book is the great variety of recipes using simple ingredients a lot of us have at home. The frugal mom in me is rejoicing! There are 150 recipes to try out.

From bathroom cleaners, to laundry detergent to air fresheners, this book covers most household needs. As a parent, I’m happy to find a resource to help me make affordable, toxin-free cleaners, one that isn’t hit-or-miss like the random recipes I find online.

Want to try out a recipe?

All-Purpose Cleaner

Simply mix 1 part white distilled vinegar and 1 part water.

Put it in a clean spray bottle.

Boom. You’re done.

Want ALL the recipes? Win the book! Enter our quick and easy giveaway to win a paperback copy of “Homemade Cleaners: Quick-And-Easy, Toxin Free Recipes.” One winner will be randomly drawn on Feb. 16 at 11:59 p.m.

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Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy of “Homemade Cleaners: Quick-And-Easy, Toxin Free Recipes” to review by Ulysses Press, who is also providing the giveaway copy. The opinions in this review are mine. This post contains an affiliate link –  purchasing something through an affiliate link is no extra cost to the consumer; it simply provides bloggers like me a way to earn money off of our work blogging.


  1. ticha rohan says

    [Blurts out] hand washing dishes! Excited for the day the kids can start taking that on.

  2. Tessa Genners says

    I think I dislike cleaning the bathrooms and then there is laundry. It is the folding and putting away!

  3. TOILETS! Or the bathroom in general!

  4. I would say bathrooms are easily my least favorite chore. :/

  5. I HATE scrubbing tile floors but alas it must be done! Ugh!

  6. I dislike cleaning the toilets the most! I have two boys, need I say more?

  7. I love white distilled vinegar! I use it to clean the humidifier and coffee maker. Would love to find more uses for it.

  8. My husband would love to clean with toxic free cleaners. ; )

  9. Washing dishes/bottles!!!!! Although I hate doing most household chores 🙂

  10. Laundry. . .not the doing, just folding and putting away. UGH.

  11. I hate putting up the dishes in the dishwasher…it’s not that it’s hard, I just do not like it one bit.

  12. I hate cleaning the bathrooms! Ewwwww

  13. Um… all of them. LOL. Seriously, probably deep cleaning anything.

  14. Bathrooms are my least favorite to clean…would love to try some new recipes for natural toilet and glass cleaners.

  15. I definitely dislike bathrooms and dishes!

  16. Mindy Capello says

    i definitely hate cleaning the bathroom… so my kids do it now!

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