It’s no secret that many cleaning products and detergents are full of chemicals that may be harmful to you and the people and pets that you live with (live with you?). It’s also no secret that they can cost a fortune, when you tally up the total spent over the course of a year or two. Eventually, it is my goal to make almost 100% of my cleaning products at home, so that they are more affordable and are chemical free. Right now, I just make my own laundry detergent. Gotta start somewhere, right? If you’re interested in creating your own cleaning products, here are some handy links for you! Dishwasher Detergent:
I’m pretty excited about this one! For just over the cost of one bar of soap, you can make a gallon of hand soap. That is an intense amount of money saving, and it will only take about 20 minutes of effort.
Want to make it cute? Put it in a mason jar!
Bathtub scrub. Have a problem with hard water or soap residue? Look no further!
A general word: As far as ingredients are concerned, most of these products can be created with simple cleaning and kitchen products: ammonia, vinegar, baking soda, soap, water, essential oils (for scent), lemon juice, etc. Vinegar, especially, is pretty awesome. Check out this list for 10 things that you can clean with vinegar. If you’re not a fan of the scent of vinegar (even diluted), add a few drops of essential oil or tea tree oil. These oils are antibacterial, and will do nothing to alter the cleaning properties of the vinegar; they just make it smell better!
Young House Love has a great article that gives recipes for over 30 different cleaning agents and deodorizers. You can make them all with just 5 easy-to-find ingredients!
Do you make any of your own cleaning products? If so, what?