5 Superhero Homemade Cleaning Products
In my quest to rid my house of manufactured chemicals, I have tried out many different recipes for cleaning products that I can make myself. As a busy mom, I cannot have 100 different types of cleaning products therefore I need a couple that I know I can use effectively. Also, to be honest, I do not have a lot of space to store them. So, I wanted some basic recipes that could be used and accessed easily. I have narrowed down some of my favorite go to homemade cleaning products which I am sure you will also fall in love with.
But first, just a couple of tips for making your own homemade cleaning products:
- Do not mix castile soap and vinegar. For simple science rules, these 2 compounds do not mix well. If a recipe calls for castile soap, use some natural dishwashing liquid instead.
- Also, although no chemical reaction happens here, do not mix baking soda and vinegar as the one cancels out the other one. Vinegar is an acid, and baking soda is alkaline.
- Essential oils degrade over time, but that should not have much impact if you use it for cleaning purposes as the mixes are usually diluted a lot. Some advise to keep the mixes in glass bottles but I have really not found any problem with keeping them in normal spray bottles and I use them up fairly quickly.
- Try out different essential oils, or do not add any at all. All the recipes below can be made with any essential oil that you prefer or be left out of the recipe. The most popular essential oils for cleaning are lemon, lemongrass, tea tree, lavender, peppermint, wild orange, lime, eucalyptus, and lime. There are no restrictions as to which of these can be mixed together. My favorite essential oil brand is SOIL which is made locally in South Africa and is of good quality which is well priced.
So, here are the 5 superhero homemade cleaning products in my home.
1.All Purpose cleaner:
- 2 cups water mixed with 2 cups white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons of natural dishwashing liquid.
- Now add 35 drops of your favorite essential oil to the mix.
For my all purpose cleaner, I prefer lemon essential oil as it gives a nice citrus aroma to the entire house. Give it a couple of shakes to mix and store it in a plastic spray bottle or whichever bottle you prefer. This can be used to wipe down kitchen counters, toilets, doors and handles, sinks, cabinets or pretty much everywhere else (except on fabric).
2. Kitchen or bathroom soft scrub:
- 3/4 cup baking soda
- 1/3 cup liquid castile soap,
- 15 drops lime essential oil, 15 drops wild orange essential oil.
This works well on areas where some grease or grime has been sitting where a gentle scrub is needed.
3. Toilet scrub:
- ½ cup of baking soda
- 1/3 cup dishwashing liquid,
- ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide,
- 1 cup of water,
- 40 drops of essential oil.
For toilet cleaner, I prefer Eucalyptus, but I mix this up with some lavender every now and then. The mixture forms a soft paste when it is allowed to sit a while, which can be rinsed off easily during cleaning. Be careful when handling hydrogen peroxide.
4. Carpet Freshener:
Mix 2 cups of baking soda with 30 drops of your preferred essential oil.
This is one of my favorite recipes as it is so simple to make.Mix in a bottle or container and store it with the lid screwed on tightly. To refresh the smell of a carpet, sprinkle some of the mixture over the carpet, let it sit overnight and vacuum up the next day.
5. Linen Spray:
There is something about the smell of clean linen or a freshly cleaned room that I just love. You can create that perfect just cleaned smell in an instant with this linen spray. Your room will smell great while you focus on more intensive house cleaning tasks.
- 1/2 cup of water
- 5 tablespoons white alcohol(like vodka or cane)
- 30 drops of frankincense and 30 drops of tea tree essential oil.
Mix and pour into a spritzer bottle and spray in the bedrooms, lightly on linen and living rooms. Frankincense is just an amazing essential oil to have in the home and has insanely lots of benefits dating back to biblical times.
Let me know if you have some other go-to homemade cleaning products. Or how you changed up the ones above to make them your own. Cheers to a clean home with some amazing natural scents.