As many of you know, I’m a huge advocate for natural everything – that includes what I use to clean my home. I love making my own cleaning products. It’s much more simple than you might think! Today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite cleaning product recipes with you so that you can give them a try yourself. Will they smell like those chemical-laden products you find on the store shelves? No, probably not – however, there are healthy and environmental friendly options for adding some great scent to your products! Read on if you want to know how.
This stuff is amazing, yall. I’m so serious. Simply take a few orange, lemon, or grapefruit peels – enough to fill a mason or upcycled spaghetti jar – and pour white vinegar over the top. Cap it off, and allow it to sit for at least 2 weeks to infuse. Once 2 weeks has passed, simply strain the mixture into a spray bottle (using a funnel makes things easier, but its not required) and dilute with 50% water – so you can even break one jar’s worth into two bottles. This will give you a fresh citrus smell, and will also harness the power of the citrus oils as well. As a tip: crush the peels up a bit to release more of the fragrance, and more of the oils into the vinegar. If you want to get really creative with the scent, you can add some whole cloves or cinnamon sticks to the mixture before you allow it to rest for 2 weeks. This vinegar can be used to clean countertops, your stove to make it shine, windows, bathrooms, messes – you can even use it around pets and best of all, on baby’s toys and high chair tray!
Mainstream dish liquids that you buy in the store can and do contain harmful, harsh chemicals that are absolutely terrible for your skin and for the environment. Some of the biggest name brands in dish soap are some of the worst culprits. Phtalates, Sulfates and Phosphates run rampant through these products – and is that really something you want to use to clean your family’s dishes?
Why not make your own? It’s simple, easy, cost effective and all natural!
- 2 1/2 c boiling water
- 1 tbsp Borax
- 1 tbsp washing soda
- 2 tbsp white distilled vinegar
- 1/2 c liquid castile soap
- 10 drops essential oil – any scent you like or mix and match!
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Plastic or glass container
- Gather the ingredients needed for making the liquid dish soap (tip: both of the main ingredients, Borax and washing soda, can be found in the laundry aisle). Borax is a powerhouse that will leave your dishes sooooo clean, and washing soda gives this liquid dish soap extra grease-fighting power.
- Add the Borax & washing soda to the bowl along with the castile soap and white vinegar. (you can find castile soap at your local health food store, or even at Target or Walmart and it comes in a variety of scents) love to use lavender, which gives my dish liquid a light floral type scent. Vinegar helps clean dishes and is a natural antibacterial – not to mention, super cheap!
- Boil the water and then slowly add in the ingredients, using a whisk to gently incorporate everything together. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil at this time to personalize the scent of the liquid dish soap or keep it completely free and clear, and unscented. Your choice!
- Let the soap come to room temperature before adding to your container. It will thicken as it cools. This is okay. This is what you want.
- Now you are ready to tackle the dishes! This eco-friendly liquid dish soap does a great job at cleaning baked-on pans and leaves glasses spotless. It doesn’t suds a ton but that’s okay! Things that and isn’t harsh on hands.
Natural Bathroom Cleaner
- 2 C Distilled water (lasts longer than tap or spring when making products – otherwise mold and bacteria can grow)
- 1 Tbsp baking soda
- 2 Tbsp castile soap (any scent)
- 20 drops of sweet orange essential oil
- 20 drops of tea tree oil – tea tree oil contains many anti-bacterial properties (plus, I actually love the scent although not everyone does)
Add everything to a spray bottle and shake well. Can be used to clean the entire bathroom, and you can even use it to get stubborn stains out of carpet! Yay for dual purpose natural cleaners!
Natural Laundry Soap
There’s absolutely no need to spend high dollar amounts on mainstream laundry soap when you can make your own for pennies on the dollar! Plus, its all natural. Better for you and your family, and better for the environment! Sure, those name brand soaps smell fantabulous, but the beauty behind making your own soap is that you can completely customize your own scent without harsh chemicals! I think that’s a win.
- 1 box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
- 1 box Borax
- Essential oil of your choice
- 1 bar of soap – Natural soaps such as Dr. Bronners (my fave) or Ivory
- Cheese Grater
Grate the entire bar of soap into a bowl like you would if you were grating up a block of cheese. In a very large bowl or bucket, Mix in 2 cups washing soda, 2 cups of the Borax, and 1 cup of the grated soap. Add in 10-15 drops of your fave essential oil. Stir. Add into mason jars and shake. Use 1/4 cup per each small load of laundry you do. Increase as laundry load size increases.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these homemade DIY recipes for some of the most natural cleaning products around. You can use these in your home and feel safe in knowing the products won’t harm your family or pets.
Be on the lookout for more natural recipes coming soon!
Have a great day!