Have you ever been curious about making your own home cleaning products, but are overwhelmed at the thought of starting? Don’t worry, I was in your shoes not that long ago. I finally decided to make my families home health a priority and started making our most commonly used cleaners myself. Although I am not completely finished phasing out ALL commercial cleaning products I have come a long way and YOU can too.
Ayurveda is rooted in mother nature and therefore promotes living a holistic lifestyle to every extent possible. It isn’t exactly easy it today’s world to stay away from toxins, chemicals, and pollutants. However, there are small steps you can take to improve your every day living and homemade cleaning products are one of them.
How easy can it be you might ask? VERY! Most cleaners have the same few basic ingredients and can come together in just minutes!
Check out these 5 simple, natural and effective household cleaners and let me know what you think!
All Purpose Cleaner
For a good long while, I was obsessed with using the disinfectant wipes in my home. I used them everywhere….kitchen counter tops, toilets, the floor, I mean everywhere. When I began my homemade cleaner journey that was the first thing I wanted to phase out, not just because of the unknown chemicals used, but the money I was spending on them.
Everyone could use a dependable all-purpose cleaner, especially that is safe to use anywhere in your home. In fact the recipe below could even arguably be used to safely wash your produce! Now I don’t know about you, but I could definitely get behind and support a cleaner like that.
You will find this amazing simple cleaner recipe here:
3/4 Cup distilled water
1/4 Cup white vinegar*
8 Drops essential oil of choice**
Mix vinegar and essential oil in glass spray bottle then add distilled water. Shake before each use.
Some tips and tricks for this recipe
* I infuse my white vinegar with lemon, by adding lemon slices to vinegar and letting set for 12 hours before use in cleaner.
*** It is imperative to use glass bottles when dealing with essential oils due to the reactive properties. I use this brand and love them! They even come with cute labels to safely keep cleaners organized.
Remarkable Stain Remover
If you have kids or a man child (husband) then this stain remover is a must have in your home! I have two young kids that are constantly spilling food and other unknown substances on their clothes. This three ingredient stain remover has been a lifesaver!
Check it out here:
1/4 Cup hydrogen peroxide
2 Tbsp liquid castile soap
20 Drops lemon essential oil
Pour all ingredients into a glass spray bottle. Spray on stain, let sit at lease one hour before washing.
Three Ingredient Handsoap
Handsoap is an essential part of any household, would you agree? If so, check out this THREE, yes 3 ingredient liquid hand soap recipe. It does take some time to put together, but for about $5-10 you can make approximately a gallon of soap! Similar to all the other cleaning solutions on this page, feel free to scent with essential oils that you like, such as peppermint, lavender, or lemon.
Get started here:
1 High Quality Bar of Soap (Preferably Dr. Bonner’s)
1 Gallon Water
2 Tbs Glycerin
- Grate bar of soap and put shavings into a large stainless steel pot on the stove
- Add water and glycerin and cook on medium heat (do not need to bring to a boil)
- Stir ingredients and cook until soap completely dissolves*
- Once the soap dissolves, turn off heat and allow to cool (about 10-12 hours)**
- Store in airtight container***
- Add to soap dispenser for use as needed. I use these dispensers and love them!
Some tips and tricks for this recipe
* It will take approximately 20 minutes for the soap to fully dissolve
** It is also important to stir the cooling soap mixture every couple of hours
*** Note this recipe will yield approx 1 gallon of soap
Ah, the wonderful life of living with a dishwasher. This is something I have had to mourn myself as my family and I recently purchased and moved into an off-grid home. Off-grid means no more dishwasher, but alas about three months before we moved I found an amazing recipe for homemade dishwasher pods!
Seriously guys, this recipe is so easy to throw together and you will feel great knowing that your dishes will come out clean, water-spot free, and safe to eat off of. Please note that the recipe below calls for a concentrated cleaner sold by Doterra. If you do not have a Doterra consultant you can also search for the concentrated cleaner on Amazon here.
This easy recipe can be found here:
1 Cup baking soda
1/4 Cup citric acid
5 Drops grapefruit essential oil
Mix all ingredients together, put into small silicone molds or ice trays and let dry for at least 4 hours (I have found it best to make in the evening and then let dry overnight). Store in air tight container. Add 1/2 cup vinegar for rinsing and hard water stain removal.
All Natural Laundry Detergent
Who doesn’t love clean clothes? I do, I don’t particularly enjoy the process of folding and putting away, but hey I will take a victory where I can get one. Using this ALL NATURAL detergent recipe can be the next step in your natural cleaning journey. It utilizes very basic, cheap ingredients and can be made right in your home. I can almost guarantee to you already have basking soda and the ability to boil water in your home. Washing soda and liquid castile soap can be easily purchased here.
Prepare to be amazed with how simple this recipe is:
2/3 Cup washing soda
3 Tbsp Baking Soda
1/2 Cup liquid castile soap
5-8 Cups boiling water
Set water to boil on stove. While waiting for water to boil, pour washing soda into large bowl and use whisk to breakdown any large chunks. Once water has come to a boil, measure out 2 cups and slowly stir into washing soda. Stir until washing soda has completely dissolved. In a small bowl put baking soda, whisk to break up if necessary. Add 1 tbsp of baking soda to the washing soda/water mix at a time and stir until completely dissolved (this is the most time-consuming part). If needed, add a bit more hot water to help with the dissolving process.
Once all 3 tbsp of baking soda are dissolved, the mix will have thickened and you can stir in the castile soap. Slowly add the remaining water, stir, and then allow to cool completely. Typically, this takes 1-3 hours. Once cool you will want to stir again and then pour into an air tight container.
The variation in water is based on how you want the consistency of your detergent. If you like it on the more liquid side, use closer to 8 cups, if not stay closer to 5 (it will take some experimentation on your part). Also, once the detergent is cool, feel free to make the recipe your own by adding essential oils such as lavender or lemon at about 10-20 drops.
Each load of laundry will take 1/3 cup detergent (smaller loads can use 1/4-1/2 cup) directly on the laundry with 1/2 cup white vinegar for fabric softener. I have used this recipe with a high efficiency washing machine and had no problems whatsoever. I put the detergent directly on the laundry as indicated and put the vinegar in the fabric softener tray.
Easy peasy, squeeze that lemon!
After reading the above article, I hope you feel empowered to try a recipe or two in your home. You will find that it is not only gratifying to make your own cleaning products, but that they work just as good or even better than the store bought stuff. Just remember, take it one recipe at a time and then the transition won’t seem so overwhelming. If you recall, I phased these and other cleaning recipes into my home life over several months.
I hope you enjoy these all natural cleaning solutions!
Please let me know if you try one and what think!
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