Science Project: Homemade Cleaners

By Kelly H.

  • Do you think you’re enough of a chemistry whiz to develop a product that will actually clean your home’s kitchen, bathrooms, and furniture?
  • Can you make homemade cleaners that work better than water?
  • Do natural cleaners perform equally well to synthetic ones?
  • Is a do-it-yourself cleaner as good as a store-bought brand?

Cleaning can be a chore, but not if it’s a science experiment! Get excited about scrubbing by making your very own cleaners.

To make your job easier, Peter at recently put together a comprehensive infographic on “9 Homemade Cleaners You Can Make Yourself.”


Brass Cleaner – Make your own brass cleaner using white vinegar and lemon juice.

All Purpose Deodorizer & Cleaner – Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 quart warm water and use it for cleaning appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers.

Glass Cleaner – All you need is 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/4 of rubbing alcohol. Add a few drops of essential oil for aroma if you want. Mix and spray them in a towel or soft cloth for wiping glass surfaces like windows and mirrors.

Heavy Duty Scrub – Take 1/2 cup of borax, half a lemon and a laundry booster, to make a heavy duty scrub for cleaning rust stains on enamel sinks, porcelain, and other such surfaces.

Grease Cleaner – Mix 1/2 cup of sudsy ammonia with water to come out with one gallon of solution for dipping in sponge or mop. Sudsy ammonia has detergent in it that helps remove tough and dirty grime.

Water Ring Remover – One part of baking soda and one part of non-gel toothpaste can be useful in removing water rings from various surfaces. (On polished or vintage wood you might want to test it on a hidden spot first.)

Clothing Stain Remover – With 1 gallon of hot water, 1 cup of powdered dishwasher detergent, and 1 cup of liquid chlorine bleach you can make a quality stain remover for bleach-safe clothes. For best results, soak the garments for 10-20 minutes.

Marble Cleaner – All you need is a drop or two of mild dishwashing liquid that does not have a citrus scent in it. Mixed into 2 cups of warm water, the solution can be used to clean natural stone countertops. Stay away from lemon, vinegar or other acidic cleaners because it will damage the marble.

Sweet Smelling All Purpose Cleaner – This requires one part water, one part white vinegar, rosemary sprigs, and lemon rind. Pour into a spray bottle and let sit for a week before being used. It makes a good solution for freshening laundry, removing spots on carpet, and much more.

Give these a try and see how good they work! Surprise mom this Mother’s Day by cleaning up the house with your own homemade cleaners! Or make them for a science fair project!

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