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Is your cleaning routine really as clean as you think it is? Spring cleaning is a ritual purging of the accumulated dirt, germs and odor from a winter-weary home to create a clean and healthy living space. Unfortunately, the often caustic and toxic ingredients used in most conventional cleaning products can be just as harmful as the dirt and germs they are meant to eliminate. Even some so-called natural cleansers can contain these same or similar nasty ingredients.
The best way to make sure your living space is clean and healthy is to use safe cleaning products you create yourself, using natural and inexpensive ingredients. It's cost-effective, simple, and — like the task of spring cleaning itself — satisfying and rewarding.
Start with essential oils. Lemon (deodorizing), peppermint, eucalyptus and tea tree (purifying), are essential to your homemade cleaners kit. Here's a shopping list of other key ingredients for making your homemade cleaning products.
You'll also want to use clean, distilled water, which acts as a carrier and dirt solvent. Tap water often contains salts and minerals that can lead to spotting and build-up.
Follow these simple recipes and tricks for making your own basic cleaning products:
Garbage Disposal Pods
These biodegradable briquettes are a great way to safely scrub your garbage disposal and eliminate odor with the unique citrusy-clean scent of lemon tea tree oil. Keep a convenient container of these handy under the sink.
Garbage Pail Pods
These biodegradable pods can be placed at the bottom of the garbage pail or taped to the underside of the lid to fight odors and keep things fresh.
This safe cleaner replaces the harsh fumes of conventional oven cleaners with the fresh scent of lemon essential oil.
Laundry Soap Powder
It's easy to make your own laundry soap and save money while adding a fresh lavender tea tree and lemon scent.
Dishwasher Detergent Pods
Feel good about making a batch of these additive-free dishwashing pods that feature the purifying aroma of pure lemon essential oil and vinegar as a rinse aid.
Freshening Window Cleaner
You only need three simple ingredients to give your windows a smudge and lint-free shine: vinegar, lemon essential oil, and crumpled newspapers.
Multi-Purpose Spray Cleaner
Choose lemon, tea tree, eucalyptus or spike lavender essential oil to create a multi-use cleaner that will purify your home with fresh, sweet and wholesome scent.
Purifying Floor and Surface Cleaner
A newly-mopped floor should smell fresh, not harsh. Wipe away grime with this gentle yet effective three-ingredient cleaner.
Baking soda and essential oils combine to create a simple, gentle scrub that has powerful cleansing properties.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
It's hard to feel good about cleaning your toilet bowl with that well-known inky-blue, chemical-filled liquid. Clean the commode confidently with purifying lavender, tea tree and lemon essential oils.
Homemade Fabric Softener
If you want to safely soften your laundry and impart a fresh scent, try this simple homemade fabric softener recipe featuring lavender essential oil.
Carpet Deodorizing Powder
Few places in our homes are as well-lived on as our carpets. Next time you vacuum, don't just remove dirt and dust; freshen up the scent of your carpets, too!
A mix of jojoba and essential oils creates a natural and aromatic solution for dusting wooden furniture and floors. Essential oils lift away grime and build-up while jojoba provides a wood-nourishing, protective shine.
Simple Tricks for Cleaning with Essential Oils: