Most cleaning products you buy at the store are expensive and many contain harsh chemicals that are unhealthy for you, your family, and the environment. If you learn how to make your own cleaning products, you can save a ton of money, more than 90 percent of what you usually pay by some estimates. You can also easily avoid those harmful chemicals.
The basic ingredients for making your own cleaning products are very inexpensive, especially if you buy them in bulk.
- White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Borax (sodium borate)
- Liquid castile soap (made with natural oils) Salt Lemon Olive Oil Tree Tea Oil (initially expensive but a tiny bottle can last for years)
The following are some recipes for simple cleaning products:
Vinegar Infused With Lemon
When you juice lemons for cooking, save what’s left and place them in a jar containing full strength vinegar. After 2-3 weeks, you’ll have vinegar infused with lemon. You can strain it if you want but simply decanting the vinegar as you need ot is all that is really needed. This smells much more pleasant than plain vinegar.
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup of vinegar infused with lemon (see recipe above) Mix together well and then store in a glass jar.
You can store this indefinitely. This will not only clean and polish your furniture, it will also make your house smell nice.
Drain Cleaner (for clogged drains)
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 medium pot of boiling water
Pour the baking soda down the drain first. Next, pour the vinegar down the drain. Let this stand for 10-15 minutes. Next, pour the boiling water down the drain and then continue flushing with hot water from the tap. This will not hurt your pipes.
Garbage Disposal Cleaner
- Discarded citrus peels
- 1/2 cup white vinegar (optional)
You can use any citrus including lemon, orange, tangerine, etc. Simply grind the discarded peels in the garbage disposal. If it garbage disposal is really grimy, pour a little vinegar or vinegar diffused with lemon FIRST, rinse with water, and then add the citrus peels.
- 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (or use vinegar infused with lemon)
- 2-4 drops of tea tree oil (to fight bacteria and fungus)
Floor Cleaner (to mop with)
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1 gallon water
Mix and mop. Safe for almost all surfaces. However, do not use on marble floors.
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1-3 drops of essential oils (optional)
Add vinegar to the rinse cycle. If you want a natural fragrance, mix the essential oils in the vinegar before you add it. Lavender oil works well.
Fungus Cleaner #1
- 1-2 teaspoon tea tree oil
- 2 cups water
If you have mildew building up between on and between your tiles or elsewhere, tea tree oil works better than any other cleaner. In fact, it works better than bleach! Mix the tea tree oil with water and put in a spray bottle. Spray on and leave on (do not rinse).
Fungus Cleaner #2
- 1 cup white vinegar
Tea tree oil works a little better but vinegar works almost as well if you don’t have any tea tree oil. Apply pure vinegar to the problem areas and do not rinse.
- 1-3 cups baking soda
- Water in spray bottle
- Castile liquid soap
Spray the oven thoroughly with water. Next, sprinkle the baking soda over the water until the water and baking soda mix and turn white. Spray a light layer of water over this. Let this sit over night. Wipe up the worst of it the grime. When most of the grime has been removed, place a little Castile liquid soap on a clean wet rag and wipe up any residual grime remaining.
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup vinegar or vinegar infused with lemon.
Mix water and vinegar in a bowl and place in microwave. Microwave on high until it becomes steamy. Wipe down the inside of the microwave.
- 1 part vinegar or vinegar infused with lemon
- 1 part water
- Salt (optional)
- Borax (optional)
Mix and place in spray bottle for a handy all-purpose cleaner. This is great for cleaning wooden kitchen surfaces like wooden tabletops and wooden chopping boards. It is also great for all other kitchen and bathroom surfaces, including glass, metal, ceramic, and formica. If you want to disinfect even more and get a soft abrasive, you can sprinkle your surfaces with salt before you use the general cleaner. Borax will provide even more of an abrasive for cleaning kitchen sinks. Occasionally, you may want to clean your wooden surfaces with full strength vinegar since bacteria can hide in the porous wood.
Guest Author: Alisha Webb on behalf of KitStone – Handmade Wooden Furniture.