Learning how to make DIY home cleaners isn’t a difficult undertaking.
1. A gently abrasive scouring powder and odor absorber, baking soda is an excellent base for making your own cleaning products.
2. A mined mineral salt, washing soda can be used to soften water and boost the cleansing power of soap.
3. Also a mined mineral salt, Borax can be slightly caustic so be sure to handle with care. Diluted in water, it becomes an effective alternative to commercial detergents. Use as a laundry soap booster or soap-free, multi-purpose cleaner.
4. An inexpensive, safe, yet powerful solvent, white distilled vinegar is a purifier and grime-cutting liquid. It also helps with lime buildup and water spots.
5. Safe and effective, vegetable oil based soap can cut grease and grime. Use with distilled water for best results.
6. Soap flakes or grated Castile bar soap are great for mixing with baking soda and essential oils to create a simple scouring soap powder.
7. Clean, distilled water acts as a better carrier and dirt solvent than hard tap water, which can lead to spotting and buildup.
8. Essential oils like tea tree, eucalyptus and frankincense offer lingering aromas and purifying benefits. Citrus essential oils like sweet orange, lemon and grapefruit offer freshening benefits.
9. Consider choosing amber glass or amber plastic containers to protect the essential oils from light and maintain the aroma of your products for as long as possible.
10. Cleaning supplies like a soft sponge, natural bristle scrubbing brush, scouring pad, washcloth, scratch-free dusting cloth and bucket should complete the list of things you need to get started!
How to use and store DIY cleaners
1. Label all your products with their names and ingredients, how to use them (directions should be included in the recipe) and the date each product was made. Also, include the date or estimated time of expiration if that information is provided in the recipe.
2. Store securely away from children in a cool, dark place to preserve the oils as much as possible.
3. Be sure to follow the recipe directions carefully to ensure proper dilution, use and storage.
4. Consider making a kit of homemade cleaning products, sponges, scrub brushes, etc. in a portable basket, tote or bucket to keep everything neat and easily accessible.
5. Store the items in an accessible place to make cleaning as convenient and simple as possible!