Once upon a time, making your own cleaning products at home was a potentially difficult and lengthy process. These days it is much more common to look for products that clean your home naturally, without all the toxic chemicals in store-bought cleaners.
Use this article to mark your entry into the world of homemade cleaning products. They will work just as well, if not better, than the traditional products you have been using all this time.
You can find recipes for just about any cleaner nowadays, so what are you waiting for? Start cleaning with products that are better for your home today.
Make Your Own All-Purpose Cleaner
Did you know that you could be cleaning your home with the very same vinegar that you have in your cupboard already?
It is true – cleaning vinegar and water is an efficient, cost effective, and healthy way to clean most of your home. This simple recipe (and we do mean simple) can be used on your countertops (if they aren’t granite), mirrors, sinks, floors, and even toilets. In fact, tons of restaurants even use this solution to keep their kitchens and tables clean.
So how do you make this awesome cleaning solution?
It’s easy. Simply take a spray bottle that holds at least sixteen ounces, and get to mixing. You will put one part vinegar and one part water in the spray bottle, and then gently shake the bottle to make sure your solution is mixed properly.
Just spray this combination on a dirty surface and wipe it up with a towel. This solution cuts through grease and nasty spills quickly while leaving a clean, natural scent behind.
Use a Homemade Glass Cleaner
While you can use the above all-purpose cleaner for glass, you may want to make a different solution for a clearer glass.
With just one cup of rubbing alcohol, a tablespoon of vinegar, and a cup of water, your windows will be cleaner than ever.
This easy and quick recipe is great because you probably already have these things in your home. That is not the only benefit of this natural concoction though. This cleaning solution evaporates fast, so you don’t need to worry about streaked glass.
It is also an incredibly inexpensive solution, with zero harsh chemicals or smells that can damage your airways. It might be a surprise, but this homemade cleaning product contains the same active ingredients as most store-bought cleaners – just without all the toxic chemicals and ingredients you can’t pronounce.
While other homemade cleaning recipes are fine to use in recycled cleaning bottles, you should buy a new cleaning bottle for this recipe. Alcohol and vinegar absorb other ingredients easily, so in order to avoid any unwanted chemical reactions, keep this solution separate from other cleaning solutions.
Make Homemade Liquid Dish Soap
Liquid dish soap is often harsh on your hands, and if you do dishes as often as most families, that can really take a toll on your health.
You don’t have to tolerate those drying chemicals any longer. Use this recipe to make your very own homemade liquid dish soap that is completely natural and won’t be as harsh to your skin.
Start with combining a half cup of warm distilled water with two teaspoons of salt, and stir until the salt dissolves entirely.
Next, use a different bowl to combine a half cup of white vinegar with a half cup of Dr. Bonner’s Sal Suds and a teaspoon of lemon juice. You will stir this into the water and salt mixture until it thickens.
Finally, you can add ten to fifteen drops of lemon essential oil for a clean, fresh scent and the antibacterial properties of this oil.
You now have your very own liquid dish soap now, without buying any harsh chemicals from the store. Your dishes will be just as clean, all while saving yourself the trouble of dry hands after washing the day’s dishes.
Benefits of Using Homemade Cleaners
What is the biggest benefit of you making your own cleaning tools for you? It could be the greater amount of control you have over the ingredients coming in and out of your home. Or you might know that pricey antibacterial soaps are not actually that much better or healthier due to the development of superbugs.
Whatever your reasoning for making the switch to homemade cleaners, you will soon be able to rest easier knowing that you are doing everything in your power to make your home healthy and safe.
Now you too can avoid having the chemicals in cleaning products soak into your skin – or your children’s skin. Green, natural cleaning is the next step in making your home a comfortable and welcoming environment for all.