Easy-to-make Homemade Cleaning Products

Easy-to-make Homemade Cleaning Products

It’s not big news that one of our favourite subjects to write is DIY cleaning products. If you are new to our blog and this is the first post you encounter keep reading and you will understand why we love to talk about non-harmful DIY cleaning products.

Laundry Detergent Pods: Let’s start with the most consumable cleaning product: laundry detergent. As doing laundry is a never ending cycle we consume a high amount of laundry detergent and fabric softener, maybe even every day depending on the household members. It’s bad for the planet as it is for your budget. So why not try to make your own laundry detergent?

You will need:

  • Grater
  • Parchment paper
  • Rounded 1 tbsp measuring spoon
  • Spray bottle
  • 1 1/2 cups washing soda
  • 1/2 cup grated laundry soap bar
  • 2 tbsp Epsom salt
  • 3 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tbsp white vinegar (separated)
  • Water
  • 15-20 drops of essential oil of your choice
  • Resealable bag

Mix washing soda, grated laundry soap and Epsom salt in a bowl. Add hydrogen peroxide and stir in well. Add 1/4 cup vinegar along with the essential oil of your choice. Stir all very well. The mixture should look like sand. Use a rounded 1 tbsp measuring spoon to scoop the mixture out of the bowl onto the cooking sheet. Mix 2 tbsp of vinegar and 2 tbsp of water in a spray bottle and spritz the pods. Let them dry completely, approx 8 hours. When the pods are dry store them in a jar or plastic bag.

Laundry detergent

One pod is good enough for 1 load. If you wonder how each and every product contributes to the recipe: the washing soda will refresh your clothes, laundry soap will remove the stains, Epsom salt protects your machine from detergent build up, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar brighten and preserve the colours.

Dishwasher detergent tabs: Another rapidly consumed product is dishwasher detergent especially if you are a lovely crowded family. Making your very own DIY dishwasher detergent is very simple. But before getting your hands dirty make sure that the vinegar is safe to use for your dishwasher.

You will need:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 2 cups borax
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 15-20 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 ice cube trays
  • Glass jar for storage

Grab a big bowl and mix everything. Stir well until they start clumping together. Fill the ice cube tray with the mixture and let it dry for at least 24 hours. Once they are dry enough store them in a big glass jar.

If you wonder how the magic works: baking soda cuts grease, borax disinfects, salt helps reduce the effects of hard water, vinegar helps bind the ingredients while adding extra cleaning power, and essential oil freshen it.

Disinfecting wipes: Wet wipes are very handy when it comes to clean any surface and wiping your hands. Therefore the consumption is high. Instead of commercial wet wipes in plastic boxes try to make you DIY ones. If you prefer to use wet wipes in the kitchen here is the instructions for you.

You will need:

  • 3 tbs Castile soap
  • 1 tbs baking soda
  • 3 tbs vinegar
  • 4 drops of tea tree, lavender or peppermint oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Paper towel

Cut the paper towel in half and place one half in the jar. Pour the mixture made of all the ingredients into the jar. For the special tops that allow you to pull the wipes out, you can use a plastic lid. Cut the lid to fit the top of the jar. Make an x in the centre so you can pull the wipes out.

For hand wipes:

You will need:

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 drops of tea tree, lavender or peppermint oil
  • 2 tbs Castile soap

Follow the same steps as above. You can try to cut the paper towel in three pieces for hand wipes.

Dusting spray: Dust is our worse enemy when it comes to home cleaning. It can easily pile up and annoy you. With the help of this homemade spray, you will get rid of dust and other allergens.

You will need:

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 2 tsp Castile soap
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or jojoba oil
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil

Combine all in a spray bottle. Shake well to mix every ingredient.

Homemade dusting spray

To avoid dust piling up we highly recommend you ask professional help for carpet cleaning, sofa cleaning, curtain cleaningsoft cleaning and mattress cleaning. Because what dust actually means is mites. When you get rid of them you get rid of dust.

Let us know how you feel about DIY cleaning products after reading this post. Isn’t it better to make your own with less than you spend on commercial one?

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