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DIY Non-toxic Cleaning Products

Sunday, September 09, 2012

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 is more economical and since you control the ingredients you know exactly what is in the 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
Spring Water
Baking Soda
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)
Essential oils
Mixing Bowl
Measuring Cup
Measuring Spoons
Spray bottles or other containers

Today I made:

All Purpose Cleaner
Window/Glass Cleaner
Mirror Cleaner
Furniture Dusting Spray
Soft Scrub

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.

All-Purpose Cleaner

-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.

Window Cleaner

- 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.

Mirror Cleaner

- 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 has become my therapy lately!

Do you make your own cleaning products or have you ever considered doing it?
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    I am so impressed, Bonnie! I have been thinking of making some less harmful cleaning supplies and already have many of the ingredients including the essential oils. Thanks so much for the recipes!
    2076 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/13/2012 3:00:30 PM
    Bonnie, thank you! Very helpful blog!
    2076 days ago
  • KITT52
    thanks for the info
    2079 days ago
  • CAROLYN0107
    Too much work for me. I am just glad that I can BUY cleaning products in the jungle of Africa. I did find it interesting that you wash windows with newspaper!
    2079 days ago
    I have gotten to a point that I just use diluted vinegar or borax for cleaining.

    I quit making my own soap and laundry powder. Our hard water made using homeade soaps and detergents a bit too problematic. Glad you are haivng success.
    2080 days ago
    Mine is like plastic or something like that. I am not sure since it was in the house when we bought it.
    2080 days ago
    Emily and Carole - thanks for reading my blog and for your comments! Emily, one of my FB friends posted today about the Shark steam cleaner. I had never heard of it before, I guess I don't watch too much TV. DH and I discussed getting it as it sounded like a good option for our hardwoods. Most of my downstairs is hardwoods, except the master bedroom, bath and laundry room which is tiled (bath and laundry) or carpet (bedroom). The basement is all tiled except the bedroom, and upstairs is all carpet except the baths (tiled). I have been reading the reviews this afternoon. Which model do you have? Great to hear another person that loves it! I use coconut oil for lots of, body, lips, makeup remover, cleaning, cooking...absolutely wonderful product! Thanks again for your comments! Happy Cleaning :)
    2080 days ago
    DJ4HEALTH- Thanks for reading my blog and for your comments. I use the all purpose cleaner on my granite counter tops. They are black though so don't really show that many stains. I follow it up with a touch of mirror cleaner to give it a shine or mist some of the furniture duster onto micro fiber cloths and it gives it a shine. What material are your counters? I would google it and see what is safe to use on the type of counters you have....sorry I don't have a specific answer, i"m new to the DIY cleaning products myself. Happy Cleaning!
    2080 days ago
    Bonnie, this is a great blog. I will have to try some of these recipes. I do use the mirror cleaning solution already. Plus I bought some nice microfiber towels and have been using them with just plain water to do our glass top tables. Another thing I love to use in my Shark steam cleaner for the floors. Just add water, let it heat up and then steam away with the reusable floor pads.We only have a few throw rugs and a little carpet in the basement, the rest of the house is hardwood except for kitchen and baths.

    I love coconut oil for cooking and use it to condition my hair or dry skin. I think the more natural the better.
    Looking forward to more of these blogs.
    2080 days ago
    Oh that is so neat and I have been looking into going natural for my products too. Have lung problems and bleach or ammonia does more harm than good. What do you use to get stains off the counters?
    2080 days ago
    Really interesting Bonnie! I think I will be referring to this from now on! Thank you!
    2080 days ago
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