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As I’m walking through the grocery store, I sigh with frustration as I continue to not find what I need. From toilet paper, to water bottles, to paper towels, and most of all cleaning supplies.
In this day and age, cleaning products have become more and more difficult to find, and with the insanity that is the world, we need them more than ever. And while I cannot teach you how to filter your own water, or make homemade toilet paper (nor would I want to), I can teach you some easy, effective and safe ways to make your own cleaning supplies for just pennies.
Not only will this save you frustration at the store, but it will save you money, and it will give you the peace of mind that harsh chemicals are not being used around your family.
Here are 6 easy homemade cleaning solutions:
1 | Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
This is something I use in my house every single day and it’s made of the ingredients we use in our cooking everyday as well. So I know that if my child got a hold of it, it will taste bad for sure but it would not hurt him.
For this all you need is:
I really enjoy the scent of the Cleaning blend and think it masks the smell of the vinegar nicely. Anytime I need to use this I simply give the bottle a few swirls before spraying. To make it even more homemade, add an old cloth napkin or rag instead of using paper towels which are already in short supply.
2 | Appliance Cleaner
If you’re looking for something simple that can give an extra shine to your kitchen appliances than look no further than this simple recipe:
- 4 T of baking soda
- 1 q warm water
Combine the two to make a paste and then rub with a damp cloth into the appliance’s surface, rubbing gently in the direction of the metal’s grain, then rinse and buff dry.
3 | Homemade Drain Cleaner
Ever had a stubborn and clog that just wouldn’t drain? Try this simple hack to get the water flowing again.
- 1/4-1/2 c baking soda
- 1/4 c vinegar
Be careful with this one unless you want to have an impromptu science experiment. Pour the baking soda down the drain and follow slowly with the vinegar. Let it sit for an hour before rinsing the drain with boiling water. Repeat the process as needed and after some frequency of using this recipe you should not have any more clogging issues.
4 | Homemade Air Freshener
If you have pets…or let’s be honest, children…you may need this recipe…a lot.
- 3/4 c water
- 2 T real vanilla extract
- 15 drops of your favorite essential oil, (or a mix of your favorites)
Mix this up and give it a shake and you will have a much better smelling home. If you have teenage boys who frequent your house like I do, you’re welcome.
5 | Homemade Heavy-Duty Scrub
This one is an easy recipe and really works! Although *disclaimer* do not use this on granite or marble.
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 c borax powder
Take your 1/2 lemon and dip it in the borax powder before scrubbing that tough stain out. Rinse and dry and ta-da it’s like it’s brand spanking new!
6 | Homemade Disinfectant Wipes
This one is probably the most prevalent in this day and age due to the pandemic that is sweeping the world and let’s be real, just everyday messes need to be disinfected in our homes. While this recipe is the most complicated from this post, it is a great recipe that you can continue to use over and over again without having to buy paper towels or any harsh chemicals. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 c water
- 1/4 c vinegar
- 8 drops of tea tree oil
- 8 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 8 drops of lemon essential oil
- Empty “wipes” container (either an old baby wipes container or something as simple as tupperware
- 15-20 squares of cloth (old dish towels or old t-shirts cut up will do the truck
Combine the ingredients in a bowl and place the cloths in your container. Pour the mixture over the cloths and let them soak. Use them, throw them in the laundry, and repeat the process.
If you want to know more about essential oils, and using them in cleaning products, head on over to She Mams with Oils!