The process of making your own cleaners at home isn’t totally an “exact” science – if anything, it’s something you learn with time.
Not only are homemade cleaners effective, they are incredibly cheap compared to the more expensive products in store. But wait – it goes beyond cost… items you find in store are quite toxic to your skin and health and can affect your hormones more than you may think.
Some of the most common ingredients work wonderfully to help you clean your home – things like baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and even organic vinegar can each be a tremendous powerhouse when it comes to surfaces, laundry and even garden.
If you check out the Environmental Working Guide (EWG) to Healthy Cleaning, you can search more than 2,500 products for their current rating and status. The EWG rates items on a scale of A to F – F of being the most toxic products you could use or have in your home.
Making your own household cleaners lends way to learning what works and what doesn’t – did you know that mixing Castile Soap & Vinegar unsoapfies the solution and makes for a pretty yucky cleaning combination? Just don’t do it. 😉
One of my favorite staples is hydrogen peroxide – vinegar can be wonderful too for some, too.
It’s always best to use glass bottles when incorporating essential oils, especially citrus oils. Glass bottles are more of an up front cost but last so much longer and eliminate the need to buy so many plastic commercial cleaners since you are using them to make your own.
Here are 16 ways to incorporate essential oils in your home and garden.
Want more Essential Oil recipes? See 25 DIYs with Essential Oils if you are looking for some ideas to incorporate them into your personal care.