I’m a big fan of a clean home. And while bleach can be a necessary friend, I am also a big fan of natural cleaning products. In fact, DIY home cleaning products is where I began on my sustainable journey about ten years ago. My mother was becoming ill, and I knew that all these chemicals in her home - and mine - couldn’t be helping any of us. So I started making my own.
I don’t know about you, but in the current environment, I’m a little more OCD than ever before! And since we are spending more time at home, there’s never been a better time to learn how to create your own cleaning products. These are the DIY cleaning products we actually love to make.
NATURAL HAND SANITISER
For this one, I love Doterra’s range of On Guard products. I use the essential oil (a tiny bottle goes a long way!) in almost everything at the moment. It’s made up of clove oil which has powerful antibacterial properties. Add these ingredients to a mini glass spray bottle and voila! Germs be gone.
10 drops of On Guard oil
5 drops of lemon essential oil
1 Tsp liquid coconut oil
Half cup of water
Half cup of aloe vera gel
HOMEMADE LAUNDRY POWDER
It couldn’t be any easier than this, and it’s actually fun to make! Get the older kids involved too. They may even be encouraged to do some loads of laundry?!
3 cups washing soda
2 cups borax
30 drops of any essential oil
Half a natural soap bar (grated)
WINDOW AND GLASS CLEANER
I’ve been using this formula forever, mostly because I couldn’t bring myself to throw out the plastic bottle every time, so I started refilling it. My current glass cleaner bottle is about four years old and it looks exactly the same as the day I bought it - which gives you some insight into how it might look in landfill; also exactly the same. My 3-yr-old daughter helps me clean the windows - she loves it and I don’t have to worry about any chemicals!
Half bottle water
Half bottle white vinegar
Three drops of lemon essential oil
How I love a clean oven (when I actually get around to doing it…)! You really don’t need that deadly oven cleaner spray, if you can manage to clean it every few months. Simply sprinkle a thin layer of bicarbonate soda, and spray some water over it. Use a scour to lift any grime. I usually throw all the trays and racks in the dishwasher and they come out sparkling, because nobody has time to scrub those.
In the same way my window cleaner bottle has lasted the distance, I’ve been using the same all-purpose spray bottle for three years! There’s no need to toss it in the bin after every bottle is finished, so I fill it up with my own formula instead. It’s too easy not to. I use this everyday and when I want to do a really thorough clean of the kitchen, I go over it with Sugar Soap then spray it with this:
¼ cup of white vinegar
1 ¾ cups of water
10 drops of On Guard (or clove) essential oil
3 drops of eucalyptus oil if you like
3 drops of tea tree oil if you like
While I’m on my sustainable soapbox, I also clean everything using these reusable cleaning cloths by Norwex. There’s an initial investment here, but they last for years and years. They also come out of the laundry looking brand new every single time. Disposable cleaning cloths are a thing of the past!
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