There’s a lot of reasons why it makes sense to make your own cleaning ‘products’ at home:
-The Safety of you, your family, and pets.
Read the warning labels on the products you buy, they caution about safety when using. Common sense may tell you that if the directions say “do not inhale” or that you should “open a window to let air in while using product”, that perhaps the product your using imposes risks to the safety of your health. The use of these products with ingredients like formaldehyde, triclosan, fragrances, ammonia, can cause illness, allergies, skin problems, etc. Products (like bleach) not only kill the germs on your counter, but they kill the cells in your body too. Your immune system can manage the everyday germs in your household. But your body can’t always protect itself from the effects of dangerous chemicals in the long run.
Ditch your toxic cleaners for good.
-Save Money. By using ingredients you already have in your own home/kitchen, you won’t have to go to the store to spend extra money on product.
-Sustainability. Using natural/food products in your cleaning means the environment isn’t being harmed (because your ingredients in your cleaning supplies come from nature). So you don’t have to worry about disposing of bottles/containers that once held your toxic cleaning chemical. Or dumping out excess cleaning product down your drain or into your local water supply.
Here are recipes and solutions for you to clean your home safely with. (Remember, if you have a food allergy or are allergic to oil ingredients, you obviously wouldn’t want to use those ingredients, but you can always substitute ingredients).
Here’s my Shopping List~
These are basically all/the main ingredients I use in all my home, car, or outside cleaning:
-Essential Oils: Jasmine, Rosebud, Lavender, Almond, Lemongrass oil, Tangerine oil (whichever scents you want your home to smell like).
[*Note: Be sure you're buying certified Organic, Essential Oils.
There's a lot of watered-down, commercialized products on the market. For oils, I love Thieves, Young Living Brand, but I can rarely afford to buy this brand, so I buy mine locally at my Food Co-Op. You can find essential oils in the health market section of your grocery store, at health food stores, or online.
Also, be a conscious consumer. Look for certifications like USDA, Fair Trade Certified, or made in the USA].
- Tea Tree Oil. Tea Tree contains terpenes and other phytochemicals that are naturally powerful antiseptic and fungal killers. Tee Tree oil is often added to natural soaps because it is considered a safe germ killer.
-Lemon Juice from Lemons.
- Baking Soda
- Tap Water
- 1 Bottle Club Soda
- Dr.Bronner’s Liquid Soap
- Table Salt
- Distilled Vinegar
- Recycled Newspaper for polishing away smudges and cleaning glass surfaces.
- Rags from old tshirts or repurposed clothes.
- Recycled Pouring Containers, glass bottles or Spray Bottles to hold your cleaning solutions. Here’s how I mix mine:
If you have a few of these ingredients on hand, now you too can learn How to Make Your Own Green Cleaning Supplies; read how after the jump