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Back in 2007, I was diagnosed with early stage melanoma. That experience made me take a long, hard look at the toxins I was exposing myself to every day.
One area of life that stood out to me was the cleaning products I was using. They were chock full of so many toxic ingredients!
It seems so convenient just to grab something off the shelf at the grocery store, but you’re really doing yourself more harm than good when you do that.
I was surprised to find out how easy it really is to make your own DIY cleaning products! All you need is a few simple (and affordable) ingredients and you can say goodbye to toxic household cleaners.
Over the past several years, I have replaced pretty much every chemical cleaning product in my home with DIY cleaning solutions.
If you want to get started with your own DIY cleaning products, you’ll want to have these 7 basic and versatile ingredients on hand. I use them all pretty much daily to clean and freshen my home.
1. Essential Oils
Not only can essential oils add a wonderful natural scent to every single DIY cleaning product you make, but many oils themselves have disinfecting and cleansing properties that equal or outshine any chemical you can buy at the store but are much safer for your family.
I recommend Plant Therapy essential oils because not only are they pure and effective – they’re affordable too. Much more affordable than the MLM brands.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda deodorizes, scrubs, scours and cleans. It is used in homemade laundry soap, dishwasher soap, tub and toilet scrubs and much more.
It is really a household staple in every way. Mix it in anywhere you need a little gentle abrasion – sinks, toilets, grout and shower stalls.
I really couldn’t get along without a gallon jug of vinegar under my sink at all times. I use it as the base for my favorite all purpose cleaner, as a glass cleaner and fabric softener.
It can easily clean and deodorize the microwave if you have one. Put a shallow dish in the center of your microwave and heat almost to a boil, allow to sit for 5-10 minutes then wipe away grime easily.
Straight vinegar followed by water can descale and renew your coffeepot.
It battles mildew and can remove mineral deposits from shower heads. I slip a sandwich bag of vinegar over shower head, close with a rubber band and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then, remove and run water for 1 minute-clear unclogged water jets!
4. Castile Soap
I use a Dr. Bronner’s Mild unscented variety for hand soaps, dish soap, laundry soap. I add a bit to my all purpose cleaners, shower and grout scrubs, and anywhere I need a little bit of safe soap to help with the cleaning process.
5. Citrus Juice/Peels
Citrus juice can be used in furniture polish, tile and shower scrubs, polishing brass and copper, put a shine on chrome, deodorize and remove stains from cutting boards, sanitize surfaces, make homemade glass cleaner mixed with water, remove grease stains on clothing.
Citrus peels can be tossed into a jar of vinegar, left to soak and then used diluted with water as a great all-purpose cleaner.
6. Citric Acid
7. Coconut or Olive Oils
You can use a bit to polish chrome and other metals like flatware.
It can be used to remove gum, labels and adhesives or shine up and moisturize leather shoes.
If you’re just not ready to make your own DIY cleaning products, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning to see what cleaners are considered safe.