After long last, I’m bringing you some of my favorite (& free!) DIY/Homemade Cleaning solutions.
This is the perfect time for spring cleaning! If you’re willing to put in a little time on the front end to make your concoctions, these DIY homemade cleaning solutions can save you up to 90% over what you’d pay for similar items in the store.
The added bonus for me as a parent is that I know my kids can clean with me safely, without the threat of harsh chemicals or toxins.
DIY cleaners have also been proven to greatly decrease the rate of respiratory issues in homes
Here are some of the most basic components you’l need on hand (thought the quantity used of each will vary based on what it is you’re trying to clean):
Pure bar soap (like Fels-Naptha or Ivory)
Some of my favorite recipes that I’ve tried out:
*1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) of shaved bar soap (Ivory, or Fels-Naptha)
*1 cup of borax
*1 cup of washing soda
Combine and you’re done!
—Use 1 Tbsp per load (or 2 Tbsp for heavily soiled loads).
DIY/Homemade Fabric Softener:
1 gallon white vinegar
30-40 drops of essential oil (Lavender, orange, lemon, peppermint, & tea-tree oil are al great options)
Shake well before each use: 1/2 cup for average loads, 1/4 cup for HE machines.
Toilet Bowl Scrub
* ½ cup baking soda
* 1 cup distilled white vinegar
* ½ teaspoon tea tree essential oil
You can also make great personal care DIY items, like homemade toothpaste & homemade deodorant (I just use grain alcohol in a mini spray bottle with some tea tree essential oil).
My husband even come across a couple great DIY/homemade solutions for outside the home, like weed-killer and plant spray to keep the bugs at bay!
DIY/Homemade Weed Killer
*One Gallon Apple Cider Vinegar
*1/2 Cup Salt
*1 Teaspoon Dawn Liquid Dish Detergent
*Combine in a spray bottle
Watch my DIY/Homemade Cleaning Solutions segment from April 26, 2013:
I’ve added some links to other websites with fun DIY homemade ‘recipes’, as well as links to some of the products I mentioned (affiliate links used), so hopefully this will be a one-stop-shop post you refer back to frequently!