May 4, 2015

The Cheapskate’s Guide to Making Cleaning Products That Won’t Kill You

One of my favorite parts of spring is scrubbing down the entire house, throwing open the windows so the breeze can come through, and hanging rugs and bedding outside.  Maybe it’s weird but I just love spring cleaning. However, what I don’t love is the expensive, chemical-laden cleaning products from the store.  That’s why I spend some time making my own, from simple, non-toxic ingredients. I order most of my basic supplies

However, what I don’t love is the expensive, chemical-laden cleaning products from the store.

Many of the chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis never leave our bodies, but accumulate in fat and bone marrow.  There’s little oversight and testing on those chemicals.  We’re living in a toxic civilization that seems sparkling clean and sanitary, but is actually poisoning us.

Cleaning products are rife with corrosive substances, irritating artificial fragrances, and petrochemicals.  They can cause immediate symptoms like skin irritation, respiratory issues, allergic reactions, and eye irritation.  Even worse, they can cause long-term issues like hormone disruption, brain cell death, permanent lung damage, and cancer. (You can learn more about the potential dangers of cleaning products in this article.)

It’s quick, frugal, and easy to make non-toxic cleaning products.

That’s why I spend just a few moments of extra time making my own cleaning products, from simple, non-toxic ingredients. I order most of my basic supplies online in bulk and keep them on hand so I can always whip them up as needed.  Not only are you sparing your health, but you’ll save a lot of money with DIY products!

Here’s what you need for a clean home:

You can make everything you need from those items.

5 DIY Cleaning Product Recipes

Scouring powder:

  • 1 part baking soda
  • 1 part borax
  • Essential oil of choice

In a mason jar, mix the baking soda with the borax.  Sprinkle in some essential oil. (I like citrus or mint smells for the fresh clean fragrance.)  Combine the mixture well, and put it in a sunny windowsill for a week to let the powders absorb the scent of the oils.  If you aren’t concerned about the fragrance you can use this right away.

Spray surface cleaner #1:

  • 2 parts white vinegar
  • 1 part water
  • Essential oil of choice

Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and water. Add your favorite essential oils to cover the vinegar smell. This works on non-wood surfaces and glass.

Spray surface cleaner #2:

This one is good for wood surfaces. Mix this up as you go along, because the oil can go rancid.

  • 3 parts unscented cooking oil
  • 1 part vinegar
  • Essential oil of choice

Yes, basically, it’s salad dressing.  I like to add sandalwood essential oil to this because it’s…well, woody. Lots of folks use citrus oil to get that lemon fresh fragrance.  Spray this on wooden furniture and work with the grain.

Hardwood floor cleaner:

Your hardwoods will gleam with this cleaner. If you use it on laminate it will be slippery. This is only for real wood floors.

  • 16 parts hot water
  • 1 part cooking oil
  • 1/2 part lemon or lime juice
  • Citrus essential oil

Other floor cleaner:

  • 16 parts hot water
  • 1 part borax
  • 1/2 part Dr. Bronner’s Castille soap
  • A few drops of tea tree essential oil
  • A few drops of other essential oil for fragrance

If your floor is particularly greasy you can replace half of the water with white vinegar.

Resouces:

Find more natural household product recipes here

50-pound bag of baking soda

Essential oils

Dr. Bronner’s liquid Castille soap (We use this for personal care products as well)

Daisy Luther

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