The process of making your own cleaners at home isn’t totally an “exact” science – if anything, it’s something you learn with time.
Not only are homemade cleaners effective, they are incredibly cheap compared to the more expensive products in store. But wait – it goes beyond cost… items you find in store are quite toxic to your skin and health and can affect your hormones more than you may think.
Some of the most common ingredients work wonderfully to help you clean your home – whether it be freshening your fabrics, cleaning your dishes, or spraying down surfaces.
If you check out the Environmental Working Guide (EWG) to Healthy Cleaning, you can search more than 2,500 products for their current rating and status. The EWG rates items on a scale of A to F – F of being the most toxic products you could use or have in your home.
One of the best ways to discover the best items for your house is through trial and error – did you know that mixing Castile Soap & Vinegar unsoapfies the solution and makes for a pretty yucky cleaning combination? It does..
Unlike these large commercial companies, I don’t have any fancy lab in my home to test and produce large amounts of these DIY cleaners/recipes. I have 5 kids and a husband… and a whole lot of cleaning. If anything, personal use and experience, trial, and error holds much more weight to me than anything else.
Hydrogen Peroxide is probably one of the most versatile ingredients to have for DIY cleaners – vinegar can be wonderful too for some (not for everyone).
There are many essential oils that can help with your cleaning – from Tea Tree to Eucalyptus, Basil and Oregano… even Lavender works wonderfully too. It’s always best to use glass bottles when incorporating essential oils, especially citrus oils.
Glass bottles are more of an up front cost but last so much longer and eliminate the need to buy so many plastic commercial cleaners since you are using them to make your own.
Here are 11 homemade cleaners you can make with essential oils – from cleaning your sink to freshening your vacuum, lightening up your fabric in lieu of Febreze and washing your dishes.
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