Making your own natural homemade cleaners is simple and effective. Not to mention money saving! In fact, you can often make them with ingredients already in your cupboards.
Chemical cleaning products are being linked more and more to increased asthma and cancer in children, as well as headaches, eczema and allergies. Not to mention the possibility of accidental poisoning. Not good!
I buy almost no commercial cleaning products at all any more because I'd rather make my own. I know exactly what's in them, I know they're eco-friendly, and I know they WORK. (Plus, they smell wonderful!)
Here's a few of my favorite homemade cleaner recipes: tried, tested and refined until perfect.
Here's a few suggestions for mood-lifting, stress-reducing, germ-killing essential oil blends for your homemade cleaners.
Equal parts lavender and lemon essential oils.
(For example, 15 drops lavender and 15 drops lemon for the all purpose cleaning spray)
Equal parts eucalyptus, peppermint and orange essential oils.
(So 10 drops of each for the all-purpose spray, or 1 drop of each for the glass cleaner)
Equal parts cinnamon, clove and lavender OR orange essential oils.
(So 10 drops of each for the all-purpose spray, or 3 drops of each for the bathtub scrub)
Equal parts lemon, lemongrass and tea tree essential oils.
Switching to natural homemade cleaners can feel a little funny at first because the natural ingredients seem so ordinary.
We're so used to chemicals and artificial scents these days you might wonder if the simple ingredients in these green cleaning recipes really work. Well, here's your chance to find out!
Vinegar. Kills germs, cuts grease, deodorizes, dissolves mineral deposits. Reportedly kills 82% of mold.
Baking Soda. Sodium Bicarbonate. Scrubs, whitens and deodorizes. Cuts grease.
Washing Soda. Sodium Carbonate. Cuts grease, removes grime, disinfects. Usually in the laundry area of your grocery or department store, or ask for it at a pool store. It will be in the water softener section.
Borax. Disinfectant. Kills germs, bacteria and fungi. Deodorizes. Although it is a natural substance, borax is toxic when ingested. It may also cause skin irritation. Keep away from children, pets and food preparation areas. Use in proper dilution.
Liquid Dishwashing Soap. Cuts grease, removes grime, disinfects. Look for a natural, vegetable based product. Or make your own!
Essential Oils. Kill germs, bacteria and fungi. Boost the immune system. Add mood-lifting scents to green cleaning recipes.
Make sure you didn't miss anything... Here's those links again for homemade cleaners.
Homemade All Purpose Cleaners
Homemade Bathroom Cleaners
Window & Glass Cleaners
Homemade Floor Cleaners
Homemade Carpet Cleaners
Homemade Drain Cleaners
Homemade Dishwashing Detergents
Homemade Laundry Detergents
Homemade Stain Removers
Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage from Homemade Cleaners