Hey you! How you’ve been? Every January i like to do a massive clean up and organization at home and while doing some research for new ideas, i started getting interested in using homemade cleaning products. So i’ve brought to you the best recipes for diy cleaning products!
I mostly got interested because i have allergy to almost every cleaning product (some use the same base chemical).
Also, using homemade products would help me diminish the waste at home and using less harsh chemicals is better for our health overall.
Have you seen how damaged your nails get when you forget to use rubber gloves for protection? Mine get really weak and them they all break.
So, i searched for the best recipes for DIY cleaning products to help with the big Spring clean up, that actually work! And i wanted to share it with you too!
DIY Cleaning products recipes
There were soooo many recipes to choose then, to help me pick only one to try out for a whole month i looked for recipes that didn’t use cleaning concentrates but only easy ingredients that i have at home.
If the recipe is almost (i said almost, don’t go eating your homemade cleaning products hihihi) edible even better! So, here are the recipes i picked:
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All-Purpose DIY cleaning products
For the all-purpose cleaning option i found Live Simply Herb-Infused recipe and just loved it. It has 5 ingredients, 2 of them are optional. So, 3 ingredients basically!
One thing that caught my eye with this recipe is the vodka! I loooove cleaning with alcohol so the fact that this has some of it, made me really happy. I just think alcohol leaves everything clean and sterile.
- 1 part vodka
- 1 part white distilled vinegar
- 1-2 cup fresh herbs such as: sage, rosemary, lavender, thyme, or peppermint/mint
- 35 drops peppermint essential oil or rosemary, lemon, or sweet orange. Note: 35 drops per quart of cleaner., optional
- 2 lemons or limes, or oranges; or just the peels, optional
First, crush the herbs and add them into a mason jar with the orange peels. Then add the vodka and the vinegar, let it seat for about 14 days before using it. One of the tips she gives is to warm the vinegar to help the herb-infusion. That’s it! Easy, right?
Make sure to check Kristin’s blog Live Simply for the whole recipe and tips on how to use this cleaner.
Mirror and Windows
Boy, do i have lots of windows in our new house! This was one of my top priority recipes to find.
Mirror & Windows cleaning recipe:
- 2 cups of distilled water
- 20 drops of lemon essential oil
- 1/3 cup of white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of alcohol
For this recipe just mix all the ingredients inside a glass spray bottle and clean your heart out! It’s ready! (On this recipe i added alcohol for drying factor).
One thing i saw that many people were suggesting was to use newspaper instead of wipes to clean the windows. What do you think about this?
Tub & Tiles
I don’t have a tub at home, i find it that i end up not having the time to fill it and properly have some time on the tub, so i decide to stay just with showers.
So, i’ve got the tiles on the shower to clean and having a clean shower is really important. Maintaining your bathroom’s hygiene is vital to keep away germs and fungus, it’s even more crucial when the space in question is humid and the perfect environment for germs and fungus to grow.
Tub & tiles ingredients:
- Sal Suds or Dawn Ultra dishwashing soap
- essential oils (lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree)
What i loved about this recipe are the essential oils mixed in, like tea tree and eucalyptus. This oils are known for their antibacterial and antifungal properties. Bye bye germs, hello squeaky clean shower!
I also found this wonderful recipe from A Beautiful Mess and i just loved it! She even used a cute glass plant mister as the recipient and left it in the shower. I found that ideas awesome!
There’s no way you’ll forget to clean the shower regularly if the cleaning products are already there!
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white distilled vinegar
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
Mix everything and then spray away! It’s ready to keep your shower cleaner for longer!
For cleaning grout i got my mom’s recipe. Which is really simple and makes wonders at leaving all the grout squeaky clean!
Grout cleaner recipe:
- 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 1/3 cup baking soda
- 1 tsp dish soap
For this, just mix everything in a little bowl, then place on your grout. Let it seat for about an 1hour then, use an old toothbrush to rub the mix. Finally, just rinse it all off with some hot water!
Cleaning the drains regularly is something we often forget but if you do it regularly it will decrease the chances of you having any big problems.
I found a really easy recipe from Tidy Mom which i really liked because it’s sooo easy and quick! So it won’t take much time and it will be really easy to squeeze this step into my home cleaning routine!
All you’ll need for this is: mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup table salt and pour it down the drain. Then add 1 cup of heated vinegar. Let it all sit for 15 minutes and finally, run hot water for about 1 min.
That’s it! You’re all set!
When i finish making the beds i like to give the final touch by spraying a really nice scent on the linen. So, i loved this recipe because it’s really versatile, you can use whatever essence you prefer.
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups of distilled water
- 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol
- 15 drops of the essence of your choice (lavender, orange…)
Mix everything in a spraying bottle and it’s ready for use.
Rug Freshening Powder
I have the cutest French Bulldog but, what’s not cute is the smell and all the fur he leaves behind, even if i clean everyday!
I’m always finding fur around and if there’s fur, there’s dog smells.
For those who don’t know, the dog smell you might feel in your home comes from the dog fur laying around in the house. The dog fur has oils and it’s does oils that release the characteristic dog smell.
But let me tell you, my life changed when i found this Rug Freshening Powder from Hello Glow. I got so excited when i found this that i already put it to the test!
It really works, it’s easy to make, easy to use, it leaves a really nice scent and it made me wonder if i could use it to clean my sofa as well. My sofa doesn’t have removable covers and i let my dog get on the couch so, i vacuum it 2 times a week. If it works, this would be sooooo awesome!
If i test this in my sofa i’ll let you know! Here are the ingredients for this awesome rug freshener.
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 cup borax
- 01 tablespoon lavender flowers, either whole or ground
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
How to make it:
Mix it all together, sprinkle over your rug. Let it seat for 1 hour before vacuuming and that’s it!
Make sure to check Hello Glow Stephanie’s blog, she has lots os amazing posts to help you with your well-being journey!
A clean home is a happy home!
There you have 8 different diy cleaning products that actually work and will help you keep your home squeaky clean, expending less.
One thing i found is better to use when working with homemade cleaning products are sprayers made of glass. This products are homemade and may be really powerful so choose glass over plastic containers for storage.
I decided to use ambar glasses because since it’s homemade i wanted to protect the mix from the sun. If that really makes a difference or not and you know it please let me know below! Thanks!
The recipients and essential oils i picked to use for the homemade recipes are linked below:
What are your thoughts on using diy cleaning products instead of store-bought ones?
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