I'm going to do major house cleaning tomorrow and I was almost out of my homemade cleaning supplies and needed to make more. I thought it would be neat to write a blog about how EASY it is to make your own cleaning products......it is more economical and since you control the ingredients you know exactly what is in the products....no hidden toxins and chemicals! I think they work even better than the store-brought products and I love the way they smell !!! Since my mom's pancreatic cancer diagnosis I've become much more aware of what I put into and on my body and the products and situations I'm exposed to. I have used Mrs. Meyer's products in the past and loved them, but they are rather pricey so I looked into making my own.
Supplies I use:
White Distilled Vinegar
Super Washing Soda
Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap
Isopropyl alcohol (for mirror cleaner)
Hydrogen Peroxide (for tough stains)
Coconut Oil (for furniture dusting spray, furniture polish, etc)
Spray bottles or other containers
Today I made:
All Purpose Cleaner
Furniture Dusting Spray
Right now they are just labeled with masking tape and a sharpie.I would like to make some cute computer generated labels and get some prettier containers, but these work fine for now :)
Recipes from www.frugallysustainable.
-2 teaspoon of castile soap
-5 tablespoons of vinegar (just use the cheap white vinegar)
-2 teaspoons of borax
-1 teaspoon baking soda
Mix with 4 cups of hot water.
Add 1 teaspoon of essential oils for kicks. You can use a mixture of two or just one. Oils that I’ve tried are lemongrass, eucalyptus, lavender, sweet orange or peppermint (eucalyptus and lavender go nicely together).
I also add about a 1/4 of a teaspoon of tea tree oil for its anti-septic benefits.
Now, load your cleaner into a spray bottle, and use it on anything besides glass.
- ½ cup white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons liquid castile soap
- 2 cups pure or distilled warm water
- 3-5 drops tea tree oil (optional)
Directions: Add all ingredients to spray bottle, shake to blend, spray on glass, and clean with newspaper.
- 1 part white vinegar
- 1 part 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (a.k.a. rubbing alcohol)
- 1 part pure or distilled water
Directions: Combine ingredients and spray on mirrors. Wipe clean with microfiber cloth or newspaper. Note: The smell of this cleaner is kind of strong. I really like to add a few drops of either lemon or orange essential oils.
Wood Furniture Dusting Spray
-1 cup water
-1 tsp. olive or jojoba oil
-1 tsp. liquid baby mild castile soap
-1/4 cup white vinegar
-15 drops sweet orange essential oil
Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl or spray bottle. Apply to lint-free cloth and dust away. Store remainder of mixture in glass jar or spray bottle. Will last indefinitely. Note: If using in a spray bottle, shake bottle often as you are spraying in order to mix the oil in with the liquid.
I got the recipes from:
This is a great blog!
and another great blog with recipes I would like to try:
I want to make my own liquid dish detergent, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, fabric softener, wood floor cleaner, and liquid hand soap...time to stock up on more spray bottles and containers.
Products I love:
Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile soap (Lavender, peppermint, baby mild, lemon)
Dr. Bronner's Unrefined Coconut Oil or Nutiva Unrefined Coconut oil
Aura Cacia Essential oils
I use these products in my cleaning supplies and in my homemade beauty/personal care products (will do a separate blog in the future about my beauty/personal care products).
I use lavender, lemon and trea tree oil in most of my cleaning products. I love the way the lemon and lavender smell and I use tea tree oil in most products because it's a natural disinfectant. I would love to try some custom blends down the line like rosemary mint, lemon basil, lavender vanilla and other great scents.
I've gone from being someone who dreaded cleaning and would procrastinate getting it done to someone who now really enjoys cleaning....I put on some uplifting music and the aromatherapy essential oils make a big difference....cleaning has become my therapy lately!
Do you make your own cleaning products or have you ever considered doing it?