DIY Natural Cleaners: The Basics

I've heard it time and time again: "Making my own cleaners sounds great, but I don't even know where to start.  I don't have alot of time, and honestly, I don't want to have to buy a bunch of special stuff."  Does this sound familiar?  If so, good news; I can show you how to simply and quickly make your own cleaners, using ingredients many of us already have.

Here are some basic ingredients you'll need:
  • Baking soda
  • Borax
  • Castile soap
  • Cream of tartar
  • Essential Oils
  • Glycerin
  • Murphy's Oil Soap
  • Soap flakes
  • Washing soda
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Water (I recommend using distilled for longer shelf life, but you can use tap water as well.)
  • Spray/squirt bottles, shaker top containers, jars with lids (will depend on the product you're making)
  • Rags, mops, buckets, etc
As you can see, many of these things are items you will already have in your home.  (If you do not currently have essential oils in your home, be sure to check back, because my next post will give you a list of essential oils that are helpful to have, in the order of importance/usefulness, so you know which you should consider buying first.)  You most likely already have a mop and bucket and such items.  If you don't have alot of spray bottles and other jars or containers, start saving your spray bottles from your chemical cleaners as they run out.  Also, save food containers, such as salsa jars & coffee cans, to store your products in.  You don't have to go out and buy brand new containers to put your cleaners in. 

Keep in mind also that not everyone will need all of the items above; your personalized list will depend on your home & your needs.  For example, we don't all have a garage or outdoor area to keep clean.

If you are planning to start making your own all-natural cleaners, go ahead and check your cabinets for some of the items above, because my next post will discuss using essential oils in cleaning and how to choose those that are most useful, so you don't have to go and spend a bunch of money.  After that, we'll start with some actual formulas that I use in my own home.  See you soon!

Namaste -


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