Alternative Homemade Cleaning Supplies if You’re Facing a Shortage

With all of the concern and panic going on around the Novel Coronavirus, it’s not a bad time to ensure that you are as prepared as you can be. Surely you’ve seen the images on the news of stores with people wrapped around the building and nothing but empty shelves inside lately, the amount of panic is quite concerning. Cleaning supplies are hugely popular, of course in an attempt to keep the virus off of as many surfaces as possible. In the off chance that you’re not able to get to the store or you just need something you don’t have right then, we have some great homemade alternatives to common cleaning substances for you!

Important Safety Tip: Never combine ammonia-based cleaners with chlorine bleach or products containing bleach, such as powdered dishwasher detergent. The fumes they’ll create are extremely dangerous. Before doing any mixing, read the product labels first. Always label any bottles of DIY cleaners with all the ingredients inside. In case a child or animal gets into it, it’s important to know what the mixture contains.

How to Make Homemade Cleaners

All-Purpose Cleaner (optionally scented)


  • One part white vinegar
  • One part water
  • (optional) Rosemary
  • (optional) Lemon Rind

Combine listed ingredients, pour them all into a spray bottle, get it all shaken up and infused well, then let it sit and infuse fully for a week before using. Once ready you should be able to use it to remove stains and smudges, all with a nice fresh scent.

Carpet Stain Remover


  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray Bottle
  • Scrub Brush
  • Vacuum Cleaner

Carpet Cleaning Instructions

  1. Douse Stain With Baking Soda. Cover the entire thing with a thick coating of baking soda, be generous.
  2. Mix Your Solution. Take your spray bottle and combine half vinegar and half water.
  3. Spray the Stain. After dousing with baking soda, spray the area thoroughly with your blend. The baking soda should foam up.
  4. Wait for the Solution to Set. You need to let your mixture sit on the stain for at least three hours.
  5. Take your nylon brush and gently work out the stains, don’t rub too hard or you’ll mess up the fibers in your carpet.
  6. Let it Dry! You HAVE to let your carpet dry overnight!
  7. By the next day, the vinegar and water solution should leave you with a dry chalky residue, clean this with a vacuum.

Nobody wants to have to deal with carpet stains, but sometimes they’re inevitable and you want to deal with them sooner rather than later.

Glass Cleaner


  • 2 Cups Water
  • ½ cup white/cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup

The next time your windows get dirty or smudged up, use this simple solution to clean them! If cleaning mirrors, spray the solution onto a soft cloth before cleaning. One tip we can give you is don’t clean windows on hot sunny days, the solution may dry and leave streaks.

Kitchen Cleaner & Deodorizer


  • 4 Tablespoons of Baking Soda
  • 1 Quart of Warm Water

When cleaning your counters, appliances, and even the inside of your fridge, all you often need is baking soda. It makes a great deodorizer and can be used to shine stainless steel sinks and appliances. To shine stainless, you can make a simple paste with baking soda and water, just apply with a damp cloth and it should shine up with a gentle rub.

Alternative Homemade Cleaning Supplies if You’re Facing a Shortage
Housewife cleaning microwave oven using lemon

Heavy-Duty Natural Scrub


  • ½ Lemon
  • ½ Cup of Borax Powder

Deep stains on porcelain or enamel sinks and tubs stand no chance against this powerful cleaner. It’s as simple as dipping the lemon into the borax and scrubbing, then a rinse. (Not safe for marble or granite.) Borax is a laundry booster and can be found in the detergent aisle.

Natural Marble Cleaner


  • 2 Drops Mild Dishwashing Liquid
  • 2 Cups Warm Water

Next time you’re looking to clean your natural stone countertops, you need nothing more than detergent. All you need are a sponge and soft cloth, do NOT let your countertop air-dry. NEVER use anything acidic to clean your granite or marble surfaces, all it’ll do is eat into the stone and that’s the last thing you want.

These home remedies should help you clean and maintain just about anything you need, should supplies be limited or your stocks just run dry. If you need any deep cleaning services to just get your home to a very clean baseline for you to maintain, you need The Organic Maids. Contact us now, we can set up an appointment to do a thorough and complete home cleaning for you.