Saturday, September 5, 2009

Make your own cleaning products!

Making your own household cleaning supplies is easy. Most modern synthetic cleaning products are based on age-old formulas using natural ingredients that were passed down through the generations. Going back to the original, naturally derived, ingredients is a way to make cleaning products that work, don’t pollute, and save you money. Most are found in your kitchen cupboards. Mix and match with well-chosen and environmentally friendly green cleaning products now found in most grocery stores, and you can easily and simply transform your home into a non-toxic and safe environment for your family.
Making your own nontoxic cleaning kit will take you no time at all with these simple, straightforward directions, and with this kit you will be supplied with enough cleaning product for months of cleaning.
As an added bonus, ounce for ounce homemade cleaning formulas cost about one-tenth the price of their commercial counterpart—and that includes worthwhile essential oils, and concentrated, all-purpose detergents for homemade recipes.
Baking soda
Washing soda
White distilled vinegar
A good liquid soap or detergent
Essential oils: Tea tree oil, Thieves blend, Lemon oil,and Purification blend.
6 clean spray bottles
2 glass jars
Simply pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, 3-5 drops of Lemon essential oil, and add enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, and wash the surface. This is the perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit, and the Lemon oil is antiseptic, as well as a clean scent.

Note: Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store in a sealed glass jar, to keep the product moist. Otherwise just make as much as you need at a time.
1/4-1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups water
Spray bottle
Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up a bit, and use as you would a commercial brand. The soap in this recipe is important. It cuts the wax residue from the commercial brands you might have used in the past.
1/2 teaspoon washing soda
A dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot tap water

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.

~ADD 5-7 drops of Essential oils; Thieves blend, Tea Tree oil or Lemon; to the spray cleaner to make it antibacterial/antiseptic. Use in the bathroom, kitchen, or anywhere!

~use tupperware or recycle an old plastic container with a sealed lid to make antibacterial wipes. Just fill the container with strong washable wipes, or strong paper towels, folded up. Then fill the container with the all purpose cleaner + essential oil blend. Keep tightly sealed so the wipes don't dry up.

1/2 teaspoon oil, such as olive (or jojoba, a liquid wax)
1/4 cup vinegar or 3-5 drops of Lemon essential oil
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar. Dab a soft rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces. Cover the glass jar and store indefinitely, you can also put into a spray bottle.


Nothing natural works for pet smells, mold, and mildew as well as this spray. I’ve used it successfully on a moldy ceiling from a leaking roof, on a musty bureau, a musty rug, and a moldy shower curtain. We used this a lot when our puppies were learning how to potty train! It is also wonderful for near the kitty litter box! Thieves oil is strong, and a little goes a very long way. Note that the smell of the oil is very strong, but it will dissipate in a few days.
2 teaspoons Thieves oil
2 cups water
Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse. Makes two cups.

10 drops of essential oil: Purification blend, Lavender or your favorite scent
2 cups water
spray bottle

Mix in a spray bottle, and use on linens, in closets, bathrooms, kitchen etc... I use Lemon in my bathroom spray for it's antibacterial properties, and Lavender in my bedroom, due to its relaxing properties. You can experiment with different scents.

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