You don't have to load up on expensive cleaning products to keep your home sparkling and smelling fresh. DIY cleaning products are cheap, easy to make, and chemical-free!
Read on for four DIY recipes for everyday cleaning products that will help you keep your rooms spick and span.
Homemade Dish Soap
Keeping dishes clean is costly, especially if you have a large family. Instead of running the dishwasher multiple times a week or going through costly bottles of dish soap, you can fashion your own cleaner at home that's sanitary and more affordable than commercial products.
This DIY recipe by Healing Solutions combines the rejuvenating scents of essential oils with the powerful cleaning capabilities of baking soda and Castile soap.
For an all-purpose dish soap to be washed by hand, you'll need:
- 10 drops of basil essential oil.
- 10 drops of lemon essential oil.
- 1/2 cup of water.
- 1/2 cup of liquid Castile soap.
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda.
To make your soap, bring your 1/2 cup of water to a boil, then add your Castile soap. Allow the mixture to cool before you add in your essential oils. Once it's room-temperature, pour it into a bottle and give it some solid shakes before using to clean your dishes.
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Homemade Glass Cleaner
You can polish your windows to reflective perfection with this simple glass cleaner provided by HGTV. Mix the following in a spray bottle (you can get bottles for under $5 at a Target, Walmart or even a beauty supply store):
- 1 cup of rubbing alcohol.
- 1 cup of water.
- 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.
This simple solution is easy to whip up since most of these ingredients are already in your home. Vinegar is a potent natural cleaning agent that's excellent at removing dirt and grime while rubbing alcohol is effective in killing bacteria.
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DIY Carpet Cleaner
Carpets can be a nightmare to maintain, but thanks to this homemade carpet cleaner recipe from POPSUGAR, you can spot-clean and lift stains without breaking the bank.
In a small spray bottle, mix:
- 1 teaspoon of dish soap (you'll want store-bought for this or any homemade agent that doesn't contain potentially staining oils).
- 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.
- 1 cup of warm water.
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
Combine your vinegar and baking soda first, which will produce a lot of bubbles. Then, pour in your dish soap and top off everything with the warm water.
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Cleaning wipes are great to keep around the house since they can offer a lovely gleam to hard and metallic surfaces while quickly cleansing surfaces. However, multiple packs of these wipes can add up, so here's how to whip up your non-toxic cleaning wipes for less!
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 roll of paper towels.
- 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol.
- 1/4 cup of white vinegar.
- 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap.
10 drops of your preferred essential oil (lemon will give you the typical “clean” smell, but you could also try soothing lavender or fragrant peppermint)
You can reuse an old baby wipes container, a jar or Tupperware to store your wipes. If you want ones that are tear-able, reuse a Clorox Wipes container or slice a hole in the lid of a cleaned coffee canister.
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Going homemade in your home life is a great way to save money and help the environment. With chemical-free, reusable products, you can easily keep your house looking its best while sparing yourself trips to the store, wasted money and exposure to any toxins found in regular cleaning products. Don't let yourself stop here! There are many DIY alternatives to common household products; make a game with yourself and see what green alternatives you can find for your everyday essentials.