How to make your own eco-friendly cleaning products
There’s no better way to have a clean and healthy home than by making your own eco-friendly cleaning products. Most popular sprays, wipes, laundry detergents, and other cleaners are chock full of dangerous chemicals, which can cause adverse health effects for your family.
A lot of large corporations who produce household cleaners often use chemicals that are untested or unregulated. That means that there’s no guarantee that what’s in these products has been thoroughly evaluated for potential dangers. Making your own all-natural recipes will give you the peace of mind that your home is clean and that your family’s health is safe from toxic ingredients. In addition, you will have less of a negative environmental impact on your community, as toxic cleaning products inevitably wind up in our waters.
Did I mention that you’ll save money too? The best part of making your own eco-friendly cleaners is that you can often use a few simple and affordable ingredients for several different recipes (many of which you probably already have!). These are ingredients that we are all familiar with: baking soda, vinegar, lemon, olive oil, hydrogen peroxide, water, etc.
One might say, “but what about mold, or messes that are truly so disgusting that only bleach could do the job?” – I hear you. Sometimes it feels like certain situations necessitate the use of strong chemicals to get the job done; however, it’s simply not necessary, once you discover alternative all-natural methods that truly work!
- Vinegar: used for its natural and powerful disinfecting and deodorizing properties, as well as its quickly dissipating scent.
- Baking soda: also a natural deodorizer (that’s why people often pop one in the refrigerator), but abrasive enough to clear away grime.
- Lemon/other citrus fruits: their high acidity makes them antibacterial and antiseptic, not to mention their pleasant scent!
Here are a few recipes for the most common cleaning products: all purpose spray, toilet cleaner, and disinfectant.
All purpose cleaner:
- Combine equal parts white vinegar + water in a spray bottle, and voila!
- If you’d like, add a few splashes of lemon, grapefruit, or lime juice for a fresh scent to accompany your new favorite all-purpose cleaner.
- If you need a bit more muscle to clear away caked up grime, add enough baking soda to your spray to transform it into a paste. Using this with a Brillo pad will make your life easier too!
- Excellent for use on bedrooms or even a home bar!
- Just like your all-purpose cleaner, white vinegar + baking soda work great together to clean your toilet.
- Simply add a few tablespoons of baking soda and about a 1/4 cup of vinegar directly into your toilet, and scrub with your toilet wand. You could even spray your all-purpose cleaner into the toilet too (rather than straight vinegar), if you prefer.
- Using plain old hydrogen peroxide will thoroughly disinfect your surfaces.
The Internet is full of DIY cleaning recipes. No matter what type of cleanup you have,there is a healthier and less toxic method out there. There are also plenty of books that provide great recipes and overviews of natural cleaners.
Your cleaning products aren’t the only potential dangers lurking in your cabinets- cosmetics, lawn sprays, and even the food we eat can be full of chemicals. Take some time to do an inventory of your home, and get rid of dangerous products. Make it a safe and healthy place for yourself, your family, and even your pets!