Do it yourself cleaning products

It’s no secret that many cleaning products and detergents are full of chemicals that may be harmful to you and the people and pets that you live with (live with you?). It’s also no secret that they can cost a fortune, when you tally up the total spent over the course of a year or two. Eventually, it is my goal to make almost 100% of my cleaning products at home, so that they are more affordable and are chemical free.

If you’re interested in creating your own cleaning products, here are some handy links for you!

Dishwasher Detergent:

The ingredients list is short, and the process is easy. Though I initially loved it, our hard water did not, and residue started building up on our glassware. If you have soft water, however, my guess is this would work great!

Liquid hand soap:

I’m pretty excited about this one! For just over the cost of one bar of soap, you can make a gallon of hand soap. That is an intense amount of money saving, and it will only take about 20 minutes of effort.

Want to make it cute? Put it in a mason jar!

Bathtub scrub and drain cleaner.  Have a problem with hard water buildup, soap residue, or drains that clog? Look no further!

Furniture polish/dust spray:

So easy! Read the article before you make it for some helpful tips.

Shout stain remover:

Super short ingredients list. Check out the post to see how well it worked!

Liquid Laundry Detergent:

Laundry Detergent

Laundry Detergent

 It works so great, it’s really easy to make, and so cost effective. This is all we use in our house!

Homemade Window Cleaner:

Window cleaner

You probably have all of these ingredients at home right now. And it works great!

A general word: As far as ingredients are concerned, most of these products can be created with simple cleaning and kitchen products: ammonia, vinegar, baking soda, soap, water, essential oils (for scent), lemon juice, etc. Vinegar, especially, is pretty awesome. If you’re not a fan of the scent of vinegar (even diluted), add a few drops of essential oil or tea tree oil. These oils are antibacterial, and will do nothing to alter the cleaning properties of the vinegar; they just make it smell better!

Young House Love has a great article that gives recipes for over 30 different cleaning agents and deodorizers. You can make them all with just 5 easy-to-find ingredients!

Do you make any of your own cleaning products? If so, what?

If you’re interested….a green way to clear your drains and another laundry detergent I use (and love!)

4 thoughts on “Do it yourself cleaning products

  1. I actually made lotion for all the women on my list this last christmas. Also made most of the other presents too, will eventually get my blog updated with the list of items as well as the recipes I used, and how you can make them too 🙂

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