DIY Cleaners

DIY Cleaners

When it comes to living naturally one of the things you want to do is avoid harsh chemicals that are in so many products today. The easiest way to get rid of many of the chemicals you don’t want to expose your family to is to learn to make your own DIY all-purpose cleaners. These natural cleaners do a fantastic job, without harsh chemicals, and at a fraction of the price.

We all know cleaning is necessary, but that doesn’t mean you have to use cleaners off the shelf that contain those harsh chemicals. Instead, you can easily make your own cleaning products that use all-natural ingredients. In many cases, these can work even better than the products you buy at the supermarket, at a fraction of the cost.

To make these DIY cleaners you will only need a few ingredients:

  • White Distilled Vinegar

  • Baking Soda

  • Washing Soda

  • Natural Castile Soap

  • Essential Oils
  • With these basic ingredients on-hand you can easily make almost any kind of cleaner for any cleaning job you have around the home. You may want to buy a few plastic spray bottles, or you can simply clean out the ones you have now and remove the labels. Just be sure to clean them thoroughly prior to filling them with your DIY cleaners.

    Here are a few recipes for DIY cleaners you can easily make at home.

    Glass Cleaner

    • 1/2 Teaspoon Liquid Castile Soap
    • 3 Tablespoons Vinegar
    • 10 drops Lemon or Orange Essential Oil
    • 2 Cups Distilled Water

    Place the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well before using. Use as you would any other glass cleaner. Adjust the recipe to the size of your spray bottle.

    Disinfecting Cleaner

    Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well before using. Tea Tree essential oil is antimicrobial so this is a great disinfectant spray for general cleaning in the kitchen and bathroom.

    Natural Citrus Soft Scrub Cleaner

    Mix the Castile soap into the baking soda to create a paste. If needed you can add more Castile soap to get the desired consistency. Add in the essential oils for a clean citrus scent. Apply with a sponge or clean cloth and then rinse with water. This DIY cleaner works especially well on sinks and stovetops.

    All Natural Wood Cleaner and Conditioner

    • 1 1/2 Cups Distilled Water
    • 1 Cup Distilled White Vinegar
    • 8 Tablespoons Olive Oil or other light carrier oil
    • 10 drops Lemon or Orange Essential Oil

    Place ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well to mix thoroughly. Use your choice of lemon or orange essential oils depending on your preference of scent.

    Natural Carpet Freshener

    Everyone knows that you can sprinkle baking soda on your carpets to freshen them and remove stale odors. But did you know that you can add essential oils to leave a fresh clean scent in your carpets? Place the baking soda in an airtight container and add the essential oils. Mix well and let sit overnight so the baking soda absorbs the scent. Sprinkle on your carpets and let sit, then vacuum up. The fresh, clean scent will be spread into the room while you vacuum, freshening the whole room.

    Natural Linen Spray

    Combine all ingredients into a small spritzer bottle and shake well before using. Since the essential oils do not mix well with water, the alcohol is used to help the oils disperse within the solution. Spray on bedding, curtains, furniture, and any linens that need to be refreshed.

    Remember, you can substitute any essential oils for the ones listed. Just use your favorite scent.

    Now you have 6 DIY cleaners you can make up as you need them. These cleaners should handle most of your cleaning chores around the house.

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