DIY Homemade Natural cleaning products to Save Money ( That Work)
Why use Natural cleaning ingredients well because it’s kinder to your family and the environment plus it will SAVE you money! If you want to know more about what sort of DIY Homemade Natural cleaning products you could use then read on.
If you are like me and have a septic tank you also need to use natural products so that the tank keeps on working!
Nothing worse than a stinky septic tank!
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If you are looking for DIY Homemade Natural cleaning products that you can make yourself there are lots of great recipes online these days this is my pick of the best ones I use.
Stand by list of DIY Homemade Natural cleaning products you need:
If you look at this list one thing will jump out a lot of these things you have in your food cupboard!
And if you were a 1950’s housewife you may well have used a lot of these recipes in your house.
What is the Best Homemade cleaning solution?
There are lots of really good cleaning solutions so it really depends on what you need to use it for. Some of the best cleaning solutions include vinegar, baking soda and essential oils with or without castile soap.
Homemade DIY All Purpose Natural Cleaner
All purpose cleaners can be used on all hard surfaces the most important thing to think about with vinegar if you are using a recipe with it in it is not to use it on natural wood surfaces as it can strip the wood especially painted wood surfaces.
It is better to avoid vinegar containing cleaners on stone surfaces like granite or marble or tile grout.
Vinegar is great as an all round cleaner but it is an acid which is why it works so well at cleaning if you look at Method cleaners they all contain an acid because of this you have to be careful on certain surfaces I have mentioned above.
I do use vinegar to clean wood before I polish it but only a splash in a bucket of water probably a tablespoon worth with lavender essential oil as long as you don’t but too much in.
Always patch test before you use ANY new cleaner.
How do you make natural cleaning products?
It’s not as scary as it sounds by buying your ingredients in Bulk you can save lots of money. Firstly one of your soap ingredients is Castile soap which if you really want to make isn’t that hard see this post:
Castile soap is traditionally made from just olive oil but if you have ever made it you will know it can be on the soft side even when cured and doesn’t last quite so long unless you mix it with some coconut oil or palm oil. Most Castile soaps have extra vegetable oils in it to make it soap better.
Couple of things before we go any further these are some other supplies that I think you should also have:
Sticky labels – you should label all your products with what it is and what is in it in case anything should happen with children or animals.
Your store cupboard is a great standby in case you have run out two ingredients I wouldn’t be without is
Bicarbonate of soda also called Sodium Bicarbonate or baking soda I use this for cleaning lots of things in the house my favourite is cleaning the inside of the fridge with it just pop it in some hot water. It doesn’t leave any kind of smell or taste so it’s save for your food.
Vinegar ( not the white wine variety just your plain old distilled vinegar) I buy it by the bucket load! No joke – I use it as a clothes softener and whitener and it works really well especially for deodorant marks on shirts!
I also use Methlylated spirits ( I am not sure if you can get this in the US but Rubbing Alcohol is just as effective I have some of that too ). Its THE best thing I have found for glass cleaning nothing else comes close!
And of course Essential oils my cleaning one of choice is Lemon – you can get Lemon Essential oil at great prices its one of the cheapest essential oils you can buy as well as Lavender. Vinegar can be a bit smelly so using essential oils will help to overcome the smell of the vinegar.
( quick note if you ever have a burn/ scald put lavender oil directly on it – it’s the only one you can apply directly to your skin it is THE best thing at stopping blistering and pain that I have ever come across and I do recommend it to patients )
What is the best homemade bathroom cleaner?
Because the kitchen and the bathroom can be the dirties places in your house and need the strongest cleaners it can be tough to find a great DIY homemade cleaner that works.
Here are some great recipes to try that actually work:
Homemade kitchen cleaner
Super easy kitchen cleaner as I mentioned above for fridges use
- 4 tbsp of baking soda
- 1 quart of warm water
Simply pour the solution onto a sponge and clean.
Recipe from Thekitchn.com
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Recipe from Naturallivingfamily.com
How to use lemons for cleaning
Lemons are super useful to clean with if you have wooden boards then what I do is instead of throwing away my lemons halves after squeezing them for juice I use them to wipe down boards then rinse with fresh water.
As you can see from some of the recipes you can use lemon juice in lots of recipes.
Homemade washing powder without borax
I confess I still don’t use a homemade washing powder but this recipe may make me change my mind it is really easy to make and I can make the soap myself ( only if are happy to make cold process soap )
I love this due to the fact that you don’t have to add grated soap. Use 2 tablespoons per load.
This recipe comes from makeyourownzone.
What NOT to clean with vinegar
- Tile grout
- Wood and painted wood
- Stone surfaces
Homemade floor cleaner -All purpose cleaner and disinfectant
1 cup of distilled water
½ cup of white vinegar – note the areas to avoid vinegar on.
½ cup of Isopropyl alcohol ( rubbing alcohol)
2-3 drops of dish soap ( I would substitute castile soap here)
25-30 drops of Essential oils
No Vinegar Multi Surface floor cleaner
2 Gallons of warm water
2 tbsp of liquid Castile soap
5 drops of essential oils
Add to a mop bucket good for all surfaces including wood. Reduce the castile soap quantity if you find it too soapy or use sal suds ( 4 drops).
I hope you enjoyed my run through of some of the best natural DIY homemade cleaners.