Learning how to make DIY home cleaners isn’t a difficult undertaking. All you need are a few simple ingredients, essential oils and some reliable DIY recipes.
What you need
You likely already have many of the common household ingredients needed to make homemade cleaners. Stock up on these key ingredients and materials to make your DIY home cleaning products a success.
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 caustic 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, multi-purpose cleaner.
4. White distlled vinegar
An inexpensive, safe, yet powerful solvent, white distilled 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 flakes 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 buildup.
8. Essential oils
Essential oils bring both aroma and benefits to your cleaning. Choose bold, assertive oils with fresh aromas that evaporate slowly and have a lingering freshening effect. Aura Cacia's DIY Home Care Blends are blended especially for use in homemade cleaning products. Main Squeeze Essential Oil Blend offers a bright aroma and is great for everyday home cleaning recipes such as window cleaners, dishwasher pods and all-purpose sprays. Keep it Fresh Essential Oil Blend carries a fresh aroma for homemade products like room sprays, wax melts and garbage pail pods. Down to Earth Essential Oil Blend is great for floor cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners and furniture oils, and Petal Power Essential Oil Blend is specifically suited for laundry care 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 amber plastic containers to protect the essential oils from light and maintain the aroma of your products for as long as possible.
10. Cleaning supplies
Cleaning supplies like a soft sponge, natural bristle scrubbing brush, scouring pad, 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 home cleaning products, they’ll tend to be a safer, chemical-free way to clean. Still, following some common sense use and storage guidelines will allow you to make the most of your products.
1. Label everything
Label all your products with their names and ingredients, how to use them (directions should be included in the recipe) and the date each product 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 kit of homemade cleaning products, sponges, scrub brrushes, etc. in a portable basket, tote or bucket to keep everything neat and easily accessible.
5. Store in an accessible place
Store the items in an accessible place to make cleaning as convenint and simple as possible!
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