Commercial cleaners are harsh and full of chemicals. Wouldn’t you like the relief of knowing that the products you are using to clean your home are safe for your family? Not only that, you can save a LOT of money by making your own cleaners. I am cheap as previously stated in one of my blog posts! So cheap is good and in this case cheap is healthy! I’m Cheap! How I live a Frugal Life and Stay Happy!
I will be adding several DIY homemade cleaners to these pages so check back frequently for any updates!
There are a multitude of ways to clean your home without any harsh, dangerous chemicals and we will explore many of them. As you click under the DIY Cleaning Solutions links you will see some of my homemade natural wonders to help you feel safe and comforted that you are using only safe ingredients for your family.
Basic Ingredients to have on Hand:
With some of the above ingredients, you can make several different homemade cleaning products that work very well and are safe for household use. If you feel you do not have time to make your own products and would rather buy the organic all natural products, then I highly recommend you go to Epantry.com. They sell trusted brands such as Method, Green Forest and Tom’s Of Maine.
Simple 3 Ingredient All Purpose Cleaner:
2 cups water
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup lemon juice
Mix all ingredients into a spray bottle, shake gently before each use and clean away!
Hydrogen peroxide is the important ingredient in this solution. It is non-toxic, cleans like bleach, but without all the harsh chemicals. It is perfect to add to your whites in the washing machine. Lemon juice is acid and will break down grime and leave a wonderful fresh scent. You can use this simple cleaner for cleaning mirrors, wiping counter tops and all your household cleaning needs.
Vegetable & Fruit Wash:
Place fruits or vegetables in clean sink, add water until 1/4 way full and add 1 1/2 cups of white vinegar to water and fruits and vegetables. Let soak a few minutes and then rinse well. That’s it! Cleaning raspberries with a vinegar/water solution before putting them in the refrigerator will help them last longer also! don’t soak the berries though, just a quick dip so they don’t absorb the vinegar taste.
Easy Carpet Deodorizer:
1 cup baking soda
10 or more drops of your favorite essential oil
Mix baking soda and essential oil together thoroughly and sprinkle over carpets. Let sit for a minimum of 30 minutes (preferably longer so the baking soda can absorb the nasty smells you may have) then vacuum as usual.. Done and cheap to do!
DIY Wood Conditioner:
You can’t get easier or cheaper than this to refresh old wood and make it look beautiful again. 2 on hand ingredients is all you need to make your wood come back to life.
3/4 cup oil (any oil will do. vegetable, canola ect)
1/4 cup vinegar
Mix together in a bowl thoroughly and wipe it on your wood with a soft cloth. Repeat as needed. I add several drops of lemon essential oil to my wood conditioner for the extra shine and it’s better than Pledge smell! Orange essential oil works just as well.
DIY Air Freshener:
I love making my own air freshener, because I know what ingredients are in it. The commercial air fresheners scare me! Truthfully! They are filled with dangerous chemicals and names you cannot pronounce ingredients. Who wants that in their home? Below is a simple, easy do it yourself air freshener with all natural ingredients.
Fill a small spray bottle with water and add approximately 25-30 drops of your favorite essential oil. That’s it! My favorites are lavender, lemon and chamomile.
Another simple air freshening idea is to fill a pretty glass bowl with baking soda and add several drops of your favorite essential oils, mix and set around your home for a pretty, wonderful smelling air freshener.
Have fun with creating your DIY home cleaners and experiment with what works best for you and your family.
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