I love the idea of making my own cleaning products. One amazing benefit for sure is knowing exactly what is in my cleaning products so that I don’t have to worry about too many toxic things hanging around my cupboards. I find this especially helpful since I have small children.
Did you know that making your own products can sometimes save you a ton of cash? Just check out the homemade laundry soap I make, which ends up costing about 2 cents per load – maybe even less. So if you are like me and always looking for a way to cut back and save cash (without sacrificing your lifestyle) you will love the idea of making your own cleaning products.
It is always nice to invest in a few things up front such as a couple of buckets, spray bottles, wooden stirring spoons, etc, depending on what you will be making. I use a 10 gallon bucket for my laundry soap mixing and a wooden spoon and whisk. For an all-purpose spray cleaner you will just need to invest in a couple of spray bottles from the dollar store, or better yet, use glass spray bottles to keep essential oils fresh.
Good Old Fashioned White Vinegar
White vinegar is a staple in our house. It is great for cleaning anything it seems. I use it to mop the floors and on our windows and mirrors. We even had a tile expert at our home to build our out door bbq area and he told us to clean the tiles with vinegar, as it works best. My husband seemed perplexed when he asked for vinegar and not soap. Vinegar will break down grease and fight stains. Some people do not like the smell but it doesn’t last.
It’s amazing how the simplest and best answers are the cheapest options sometimes too.
Baking soda is another staple in our house that is a great cleaning agent and super cheap! Baking soda will take care of even tough stains and (as you know from putting a box in your fridge), it will take care of any nasty smells by absorbing it all.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
I just love the smell of tea oil, it just smells clean. Better yet, it has powerful antibacterial properties which are a great addition to your cleaning routine.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon fights grease, stains, cleanses dirt and grime, and smells amazing. As you might have noticed, the lemon ‘scent’ is added to a lot of commercial cleaning products because it smells fresh and clean. But I can assure you, the real deal is much more effective.
1 cup of white vinegar
1 cup of distilled (or previously boiled) water
3 tbsp. of baking soda
10 drops tea tree essential oil
20 drops of lemon essential oil
Whisk the baking soda and water together first, then add all ingredients to spray bottle (you may want to use a funnel) and give it a gentle shake.
Store in a dark and cool place so that the essential oils don’t oxidize in the sunlight.
This spray may be used anywhere. I keep a bottle of it upstairs and a bottle down in my kitchen. I find it to be amazing for surface cleaning such as counter tops, the kitchen sink, bathroom sinks, the outside of the toilet and kids toys/play areas.
I don’t find it particularly effective for the bathroom shower and toilet bowl. For those places, I like to use something a little stronger like this homemade bathroom cleaner.
Note: If you don’t enjoy the scent of the essential oils I have chosen, you could pretty much use any essential oils that is more to your taste. I would suggest trying; clove, eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, rosemary, or orange. I usually purchase all of my 100 percent pure essential oils from Young Living Essential Oils.
Do you make any of your own cleaning products? If you try this recipe, share your thoughts below:).