Do-It-Yourself: Common Household Cleaning Products

By Bunmi on November 25th 2011

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When people started to get more savvy to the harmful chemicals in their everyday cleaning items, the natural solution was to search out brands that were eco-friendly. Now greenies are taking it to another level by creating their own surface cleaners, laundry detergents, and dishwasher detergents!

I like to get my kids in on the running of our household... actually, that's not true: they LOVE to get involved in the running of our household! If they catch me with a spray bottle, I instantly hear a chorus of "Me too, please! Me too!" They truly want to help me with "adult" chores and the only way I'll let them spray and wipe down surfaces is if the cleanser is non-toxic.

Below are a few of my favorite DIY green cleaning recipes! What I love about them is that you can easily customize them to match your personal preferences. Add a bit of peppermint oil or cinnamon oil for additional antibacterial purposes (and yummy holiday scents). My favorite essential oil hands down is eucalyptus oil. If it were an option, I’d swim in it! Be brave. Create cleaning products that your family will be safe playing around and breathing in. You’ll also save lots of money and trips to the market.

I recently purchased some lemon extract that I'll be playing around with and sharing my results with you.

Happy creating!

Eucalyptus Oil Surface Cleaner

In an empty spray bottle mix one part vinegar to three parts water. Add 3-5 drops of Eucalyptus or Tea Tree oil. Clean as you would with any commercial cleanser. The smell of vinegar can be off putting to many but it dissipates quickly.

Soft Scrubber/Oven Cleaner

Mix one cup of baking soda with a tablespoon of lemon juice and enough water to make a paste. Spread on tough oven stains and let sit. Use a soft brush to clean and wipe dry.

Hydrogen Peroxide Rust Banisher

Use 50/50 hydrogen peroxide with water to clean rust off of baking pans. You’ll be amazed by the results!

Homemade Glass Cleaner

Mix 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 Tbsp cornstarch, and 2 cups warm water. Shake before each use.

My favorite homemade laundry detergent:

Homemade liquid laundry detergent:

Do you make your own cleaning products? We’d love to hear your experiences!