If you've recently gone to the store to stock up on cleaning supplies for your home, you know that cleaning products are as expensive as they are confusing. It's hard to know exactly what makes that store-bought toilet bowl cleaner so blue, and even harder to understand why it costs more than your lunch to buy it.
Before you throw up your hands and fork over another handful of cash on products made with harsh chemicals that you'd probably rather avoid, consider making your own cleaning products. You will only need a short list of ingredients to make some of your most commonly used products like laundry detergent, air freshener, disinfecting wipes, bathroom cleaner and toilet bowl cleaner. Because these products are so simple to make, you also won't need a lot of time, and you don't have to be a master crafter.
You will need good recipes and a list of supplies, and that's where we come in. We've compiled a list of our 5 favorite, easy-to-make and all-natural cleaning products for your home, and included the best recipes we've found. Clean your bathroom safely without having to wear a mask, fill your home with fresh, natural fragrances derived from essential oils and get your clothes brighter and fresher than ever with the easiest laundry detergent recipe, you can imagine.
- white vinegar
- baking soda
- lemon juice
- hydrogen peroxide
- rubbing alcohol
- castille soap
- washing soda
- essential oils of your choice
- Disinfecting Wipes. If you love the convenience of grabbing a quick wipe when you need to quickly clean a countertop, sink or high chair, you'll especially appreciate this easy, DIY wipes recipe. Gather squares of cloth, a container, vinegar, water and essential oils and you're on your way. Both of these recipes are easy to whip up in a bind, and the use of cloth wipes means you're helping out the environment along your way.
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner. Let's face it-toilet bowl cleaners are some of the most toxic products on the market and filled with a list of harsh chemicals you wouldn't want anywhere near your pores if you really gave it a hard thought. Mixing up this simple recipe will allow you to safely and effectively clean one of your least favorite places to clean, and for less money! Win-win.
- Bathroom Cleaners. When it comes to cleaning your bathroom, you'll need to mix up a few solutions to hit every surface. Your mirror won't need what your bathtub will, but the good news is that the ingredients overlap, and you'll still be drawing from your same list of basic supplies. Cleaning your bathroom hasn't been this creative and cost-effective since...EVER.
- Laundry Detergent. Essentially, this recipe just couldn't be simpler, and after a month of using your own detergent, you'll be blown away at your savings (a little goes such a long way). We prefer the powder for simple storage, less mess and major reduction in cost.
- Air Freshener. When you want to freshen up your home, store bought air fresheners do more than blast fragrances through your rooms. They also add to indoor air pollution, can exacerbate asthma and allergies and leave behind a host of toxic chemicals in your air (yuck). There are a variety of ways to create natural air fresheners for your home that will revive your senses without making you sick.