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I was at the store the other day and found myself in the cleaning product aisle. Holy catnip, Batman! There are a ton of products to choose from. I had to wonder how many of the ingredients in those products I’d be able to pronounce (maybe a few) and how many I could spell (zero). So I decided to DIY my own natural cleaning products instead.
It’s really easy to make your own natural cleaning products. Many of the recipes for natural cleaning products use ingredients that are common household staples that you probably already have on hand.
- White Vinegar
- Dawn dish soap
- Baking Soda
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Olive Oil
- Lemon Juice
- Borax Powder
- Microfiber Cloth
- Spray Bottle
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Here are 15 DIY natural cleaning products that are so easy to make and will save you so much money!
Natural Cleaning Products
2 cups water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tsp Dawn dish soap (you can use another type of dish soap but blue Dawn seems to work the best every time) OR several drops of essential oil of your choice
1 tsp baking soda
Combine all ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. Wipe surface with a clean cloth.
Heat vinegar in the microwave for 5 minutes. Combine vinegar and Dawn and pour into a spray bottle. Shake vigorously to combine. Spray shower and leave for 1-2 hours. Wipe clean with a damp rag and rinse.
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
Combine vinegar and water and add to the rinse cycle of your washer or put it in a rinse ball. It sounds crazy but the vinegar will leave your clothes just as soft or softer than fabric softener.
1 cup water
1 cup rubbing alcohol
A few drops of essential for better scent (optional)
Combine vinegar, water, and essential oils (if using) in a spray bottle. Use on sinks, toilets, showers, light switches, doorknobs, or anywhere else germs are!
Combine ingredients and store in an airtight jar, like a mason jar. Sprinkle on a damp surface and leave for 10 minutes. Wipe with a clean cloth.
Toilet bowl cleaner
Add to bowl of toilet and let sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing.
Combine ingredients. Mixture should resemble a paste. Spread on grout lines and leave for 5-10 minutes. Scrub with a brush (a toothbrush works great!) and rinse well.
2 cups water
15-20 drops of essential oil
1 tsp baking soda
Mix essential oil and baking soda. Add water and stir until baking soda is dissolved. Put in a spray bottle and use in any room that needs freshening. 😀
Here is a great trick for silverware or kitchen utensils or gadgets that have a little rust from being run through the dishwasher. Simply soak the item in lemon juice for 10 minutes and wipe with a clean cloth!
Use any type of rag. Old t-shirts cut into rags, old dish towels, or thin washcloths will work. Combine ingredients and put in a leak-proof container. An empty baby wipes container would work well if you can find the type that comes in a tub. Add the rags to the container until soaked through with cleaning solution. Keep a bucket or container wherever you store your cleaning supplies to toss used rags. Throw rags in the washer when all have been used.
If you hate cleaning the microwave as much as I do, you’ll love this trick because it makes cleaning it a breeze. Fill a bowl halfway with water. Place slices of lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, or another kind of citrus I’m forgetting in the bowl. Microwave for 5 minutes and wipe the microwave down with a clean cloth. If there’s still stubborn gunk, microwave again for another 5 minutes.
Natural Cleaning Your Home
It’s getting close to spring cleaning time! Yay! Instead of loading up on cleaning supplies from the store, take control of what you use in your home and make your own safe and natural cleaning products. It’s safer for your family, better for the environment, and cheaper. Natural cleaning products are safe for kids to use too! It’s a great way to get them involved.
For even more great ideas on natural cleaning and “being green” check out this post on ways to be more ec0-friendly here.