Learning how to make homemade kitchen cleaners isn’t a difficult undertaking. Once you understand which key ingredients you need, and how to use and store your homemade products, the process is simple!
What you need
You likely already have many of the common household ingredients needed to make homemade kitchen cleaners. Stock up on these key ingredients and materials to make your your homemade kitchen cleaning endeavors 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 soaps and spray cleaners.
4. White distilled 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 liquid soap
Safe and effective, vegetable oil based soap can cut grease and grime. Use with distilled water for best results.
6. Distilled water
Clean, distilled water acts as a better carrier and dirt solvent than hard tap water which can lead to spotting and buildup.
7. Essential oils
Choose essential oils with aromas that complement the kitchen — light, fresh aromas that evaporate relatively quickly and don't clash with the aromas of food are best. 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 great choices for kitchen cleaning. Also try essential oils like lavender, lemon, sweet orange and grapefruit. Or for a more warming aroma, try cassia, cinnamon leaf, clove or nutmeg essential oils.
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.
9. 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 homemade products
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 cleaning kit of cleaning products, sponges, scrub brrushes, etc. in a portable basket, tote or bucket to keep everything neat and easily accessible.
5. Store in the kitchen
Store the items in a convenient place in the kitchen to make cleaning as convenint and simple as possible!
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