It is so much easier than you think to make your own homemade cleaning products.
For real. Like it took me a few minutes to make these cleaning solutions for laundry soap, glass cleaner, and dish washing soap.
I really enjoy learning about how to make a simple version of things we use all the time. AND CHEAPER. And so many of these recipes I’m finding all use the same ingredients. Now, that just makes sense to me. There will be more recipes coming in future blogs, I promise. I’m way too obsessed to stop now. For now, I’ll start with these THREE recipes for homemade cleaning products I’ve made over the past few months and LOVE them.
Ok. Go to the grocery store, (or your pantry) and grab these items:
– Washing Soda and Borax (both typically right next to each other on the laundry supplies aisle at the grocery store)
– Bar of Soap
– Citric Acid (I’ve never used this before, and after searching the store for 30 minutes and googling, “where to find citric acid in a grocery store”, I finally found it near the canning supplies on the baking aisle. You’re welcome.)
– White Vinegar
– Spray Bottle
– Corn Starch
These recipes came from Wellness Mama’s blog – which I highly recommend if you are a DIYer or lover of all things natural. ::thumbs up:::
– 1 parts soap (grated into fine pieces. We love the smell of Dr. Bonner’s Lavender) mixed with
– 2 parts borax and
– 2 parts washing soda.
Use about 1/8-1/4 cup for each load. Our clothes always smell super fresh.
– Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with
– 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
– 1 TBSP of corn starch and
– 2 cups of warm water
Mix ingredients and you’re good to go. While I’m cleaning the bathroom mirror, I go ahead and use this cleaning mixture to clean the sink, bathtub, and toilet. Easy Peasy.
(Hint: shake the bottle or jar before each use to get the corn starch mixed evenly)
Dish Washing Soap
– Mix 1 part citric acid with
– 1 part salt
– 2 parts borax and
– 2 parts washing soda
Keep in an airtight container or the mixture will harden into a solid mass. Learned this lesson the hard way after the first batch. Still cleaned the dishes amazingly, but I just had to work for it (think hammer and chisel). Another option for this, as my brilliant husband suggested, is to store the citric acid (as this is what causes the mixture to harden and stick together) separately and then add to the mix when starting a load of dishes. This may vary depending on how hard/soft your water is, so just experiment until you find something that works :)
(Hint: we use about 1/2 cup of vinegar as the rinsing agent)
Let me know how these recipes work for you!