Learning how to make homemade cleaners isn’t a difficult undertaking. All you need are simple ingredients, like pure essential oils plus a few easy to make and reliable to use DIY recipes.
What you'll need
You likely already have many of the common household ingredients needed and items needed to make homemade cleaners in your home already. Learn about the cleaning power of these ingredients and use the following list to stock your DIY home cleaning pantry.
1. Baking soda
A gently abbrasive scouring powder and odor absorber, baking soda is an excellent base for making your own cleaning products.
2. Washing soda
A mined mineral salt, washing soda can be used to soften water and boost the cleansing power of soap.
Also a mined mineral salt, Borax can be slightly caustice so be sure to handle with care. Diluted in water, it becomes an effective alternative to commercial detergents. Use as a laundry soap booster or soap-free multipurpose cleaner.
4. White distlled vinegar
An inexpensive, safe, yet powerful solvent, white disttiled vinegar is a purifier and grime-cutting liquid. It also helps with lime buildup and water spots.
5. Unscented llquid soap
Safe and effective, vegetable oil-based soap can cut grease and grime. Use with distilled water for best results.
6. Soap Flakes or Grated Castile Bar Soap
Soap falkes or grated Castile bar soap are great for mixing with baking soda and essential oils to create a simple scouring soap powder.
7. Distilled water
Clean, distilled water acts as a better carrier and dirt solvent than hard tap water which can lead to spotting and build-up.
8. Essential oils
Essential oils bring both aroma and benefits to your cleaning. Choose bold oils with fresh aromas, assertive oils that evaporate slowly and have a lingering freshening effect, are a good choices for the bathroom. Aura Cacia's DIY Home Care Blends are blended especially for homemade cleaning products. Main Squeeze Essential Oil Blend, Down to Earth Essential Oil Blend and Keep it Fresh Essential Oil Blend are especially great for use in bathroom cleaning recipes. Other essential oils like tea tree, eucalyptus and frankincense offer lingering aromas and purifying benefits. Citrus essential oils like sweet orange, lemon and grapefruit offer freshening benefits.
Consider choosing amber glass or plastic containers to protect the essential oils from light and maintain the aroma for as long as possible.
10. Cleaning supplies
Cleaning supplies like a soft sponge, natural bristle scrubbing brush, scouring page, washcloth, scratch-free dusting cloth and bucket should complete the list of things you need to get started!
How to use and store your DIY cleaners
Because you’re using common household ingredients to make your bathroom cleaning products, they’ll tend to be a safer, chemical-free way to clean. Still, following some common sense usage and storage guidelines will make your products safer and more convenient to use.
1. Label everything
Lable all your products with their names and ingredients, how to use (directions should be included in the recipe) and the date it was made. Also include the date or estimated time of expiration if that information is provided in the recipe.
2. Store securely
Store securely away from children in a cool, dark place to preserve the oils as much as possible.
3. Follow directions
Be sure to follow the recipe directions carefully to ensure proper dilution, use and storage.
4. Make a cleaning kit
Consider making a cleaning kit made up of cleaning products, sponges, scrub brrushes, etc. in a portable basket, tote or bucket to keep everything neat and easily accisble.
5. Store in an accessible place
Store the items in accessible place to make cleaning as convient and simple as possible!
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