Cleaning is something that we all have to handle. Some people enjoy the task and others simply go through the motions. However there is no denying that a good cleaner makes the work go a lot smoother. I have spent hundreds of dollars on bargain cleaners and even some of the more expensive name brand cleaners. The truth of the matter is that there are major differences in the strength and the ability of the cleaning products you can purchase from the store. However I have also learned that these same cleaning supplies have some of the most harmful and dangerous ingredients in the world.
Being able to clean and disinfect your home is a very important aspect of your daily life. But you also need to make sure that you are not using chemicals that could adversely affect your health or the health of your family. Truth is hard to ignore and what we find in the name brand cleaners are chemicals that have been listed as deadly and poisonous. So how can you get around this issue? The best option is to take matters into your own hands and make your very own cleaning solutions. It is very simple, very cost effective, and very powerful as well.
The best natural cleaners are going to have a variety of essential oils in them. The best thing to use, as far as the oils, is your favorite aroma. I have learned that essential oils, borax, vinegar, baking soda, Dr. Bonner’s liquid castile soap, and cooking oil are all you will need to make the best DIY cleaning supplies.
Are you interested in creating a cleaner that will get rid of stains? How about a scouring cleaner? If so then simply take one part baking soda and one part of borax. Add just a few drops of your favorite smelling essential oil and let it sit for a week. I like to mix in a mason jar and then place the jar in a window. The time will allow the oils to soak into the powders. If you don’t really care about the smell then use it right away. This mix will have your items sparkling in no time at all.
If you are looking for an everyday cleaner that you can put in a spray bottle then why not try a simple mixture of 2 parts white vinegar, 1 part water, and your favorite smelling essential oil? This can be used immediately. I like to shake the bottle up periodically to make sure the items stay mixed. Obviously the oil and the water will repel so you need to shake it vigorously. This cleaner will work great as an all around cleaner.
If your kitchen has wood counter tops or if you have wooden furniture that you would like to clean, then you can mix 3 parts of unscented cooking oil, 1 part vinegar, and your favorite essential oil. I like to use orange or lemon but other people might go for a more woodsy smell like cedar or sandalwood. It will clean wood very well and the oil will soak in and condition the wood, making it last much longer over time.
Speaking of wood, some people like to clean their hardwood floors themselves. We all know that unless you stay on op of the floors they can get rather dingy looking. This mix will work wonders for your hardwood floors. Do not, however, try this on laminate since it will just make it slippery. This mix calls for 16 parts of hot water, 1 part cooking oil, ½ part lemon juice, and then your favorite citrus essential oil. Your floors will look better than ever.
These are just a few of the options you have. The truth of the matter is that you can make your very own cleaning supplies that work better, last longer, and cost way less. So the real question is what are you waiting for?
Do you make your own DIY cleaning products? What’s your favorite recipe?