How to Make Your Own Cleaning Products

For the past month I’ve been really obsessed with making my own stuff at home. While I might not always have the time I found that most cleaning products can easily be made with just a few ingredients. IMG_5952

During my experimenting with different recipes I found that the only one I couldn’t make myself was dish soap, the ones I tried all came out too thin. Definitely let me know if you guys were able to find one that actually works.

Hand Soap

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My homemade hand soap worked so well that after putting it in the old soap container and leaving, I came home and thought my boyfriend had replaced it with the store-bought. My only complaint with the recipe I use is that when I use it I feel like it does leave a little residue in my sink. Otherwise this one is like an exact substitute for Soft Soap or similar brands.

Laundry Soap

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This one I was a little weary about from the get-go. I had read a few articles that said not to make your own, that unless you’re a chemist you don’t have the skills to make an effective detergent. After making my own I would agree but the thing is, I don’t need a strong detergent, I would rather a fairly gentle soap. Not only have a found this is safer for my clothes but also better for my skin. Find the recipe I used here.

Floor Cleaner

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For a long time I was using a regular Swiffer with disposable pads but after I realized how much waste I was making I decided to try to find another solution. I started by buying a reusable mop pad that could be used for both sweeping and mopping. I then realized that to mop I would essentially have to just slosh cleaner on the floor, not ideal. So I decided to buy another Swiffer, the type that will spray a solution for you. Because I don’t see a need to buy new bottles for this mop I decided to make my own solution and simply refill the bottle it comes with. Here is the best recipe I found for floor cleaner.

General Cleaner

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The store-bought cleaner I always used was 409. But after reading the ingredients and almost passing out from fumes every time I use it, I figured I could probably making something just as strong with natural ingredients. The recipe I ended up with is just as good as 409 in most cases, smells fresh and is super easy to make.

Window Cleaner

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This one is easy and something your great great grandmother probably would have used. Just combine 4 parts water to 1 part vinegar in a spray bottle. If you can’t handle the smell you can always try adding essential oils, although I have not tried this… Either way this simple recipe is much safer that Windex.

In Summary…

Not only has making my own products saved me a lot of money, more importantly it has meant that I am making less waste, using less chemicals and using products that are better for both me and the environment.

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