You may have read about people making their own cleaning products and thought, “Yeah, that’s great if you don’t work full-time and have kids. I don’t have time for that,” even though you love the idea of saving money and being in charge of what toxins your family is exposed to. But some of the best homemade cleaning products include fewer than 4 ingredients that are inexpensive and easy to find. Even those of us with already too many demands on our time can make these easy homemade cleaning products that save money and our family’s health.
To get started making your own homemade cleaning products, you just need a few basic ingredients, some of which you no doubt already have:
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Tea tree oil
- Favorite essential oils (My favorites are Thieves and Lemon)
- Castile soap
Here are my top 5 Fast and Easy Homemade Cleaning Products:
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Add a cup of baking soda to the water and swirl the water around. To disinfect the bowl, add 20 drops of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil smells clean, but if you don’t like the smell, add 20 drops of lemon oil or another favorite essential oil to the bowl. Swirl again. Leave set for 5-10 minutes and then brush clean. This solution works best if used frequently to avoid hard-to-clean stains.
Money-saving tip: Buy baking soda in big boxes at Costco or Sam’s. It’s much cheaper per ounce and you won’t run out when you need it.
“Soft Scrub” Cleaner
Make a paste out of baking soda and water. To add extra cleaning power for deep stains, add either some white vinegar or Castile soap to the paste. Put enough paste on the affected area to cover it, using a soft cloth to rub the cleaner in a bit. Let set while you continue cleaning other areas. Go back and use the soft cloth to “rub out” the stain. If needed, repeat. Add tea tree oil for anti-bacterial power or a favorite essential oil for a nice, clean smell.
Cut up old soft clothes (t-shirts are perfect) into small squares. Mix 1 cup water, 2 Tbsp. Castile soap and 10 drops of tea tree oil. I like to reuse containers as much as possible, so I use old disinfectant wipe or discarded baby wipe containers to store these homemade cleaning products in, though you could use any plastic container with a good seal. I store these containers all around the house so they are always within reach.
All-natural general disinfectant spray
Put 16 oz. of water, 30 drops of tea tree oil and 3 Tbsp. Castile soap in a spray bottle. Shake it up to stir it, and it’s ready to use. It’s safe to use anywhere since tea tree oil is the anti-bacteria agent.
Efficiency Tip: Don’t use both white vinegar and Castile soap when making up homemade cleaning products. Mixed together, they cancel out each other’s cleaning power, plus it all turns into a clumpy mess.
Shake 3 Tbsp. of baking soda down the effected drain. Then pour ¼ cup white vinegar down the drain. This will cause a bubbling action, similar to when you use a commercial drain cleaner. Don’t worry. It just means it is working. Wait an hour and then pour boiling water down the drain to wash down whatever gunk the homemade drain cleaner loosened. If it’s still running a bit slow, pour more boiling water down the drain. For super tough clogs, you may need to repeat.
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