6 Homemade Cleaning Solutions
Having a family of nine forces you to look at all the expenses and to come up with ways to save money when and where you can if you are going to stay on top of all the expenses each month.
I started using a simple vinegar-water mixture years ago. This is still my quick go to spray for easy clean ups around the bathrooms and kitchen. The cost to make is pennies but it is an awesome cleaning solution.
The second largest savings gained would have to be making our own laundry detergent. Creating both liquid and powder detergent could not be easier. The real benefit is that I can make it once maybe twice a year and not have to worry running out. This also costs pennies to make.
If you are going to start making your own cleaners, I recommend picking a couple of things up each week until you have everything ready. This way you are not busting the budget for the week. Keeping a stockpile of these will keep you in cleaning products for years.
The following is a list of products are used in almost all homemade cleaning solutions:
washing soda, baking soda, white vinegar, citric acid, liquid and bar castile soap, borax, salt, and a few essential oils.
Here are my top 6 Homemade Cleaning Solutions Recipes:
1. Basic Vinegar and Water Solution:
Empty and clean spray bottle
1/2 cup Vinegar
1 cup water
Combine water and vinegar in your spray bottle. Gently shake before each use.
2. Disinfecting Wipes:
18-20 six inch squares of a then cloth like a undershirt
Container to store the wipes in until needed
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons Castile Soap
8-10 drops tea tree oil
Fold or roll squares of cloth and place in your container
Mix the water, Castile Soap and Tea Tree Oil in a measuring cup and pour over cloth squares
Before using, gently shake container to make sure cloths are moist
Launder as usual and place in a basket or baggie until you are ready to make another batch
3. Foaming Hand Soap:
Mason jar with a foaming soap dispenser
Decorate glass rocks to cover lower third of jar (optional)
1/4 cup Castile Soap (plain or scented)
3/4 cup water
2-3 drops of favorite Essential Oil
Combine all supplies together in a mixing bowl and slowly pour into mason jar
Seal with a foaming soap dispenser
Note: Try not to shake this..it will go crazy foamy on you!
4. Dishwasher Detergent:
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/4-1/2 cup salt
Combine all the supplies and mix well in a medium bowl.
Place in a mason jar or other container with lid
Note: Because of the citric acid, the product will want to clump up. To solve this issue, grab the container and give it a good shake several times a day for two or three days or until you no see clumps. Use 1 Tablespoon per load in dishwasher.
5. Laundry Soap
1 Bar (5.5 oounces) Your choice of Castile Soap
2 cups Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
2 cups Borax
Either a grater or an extra Food Processor – go for the extra food processor for quick work
Chop the soap into small chunks and pulse in food processor (or grate by hand to a fine crumble)
Add the Washing Soda and pulse to combine (or stir with wooden spoon)
Add the Borax and pulse to combine (or stir with wooden spoon)
Return mixture to a large jar or container with lid
Shake before using to mix up any settling
To use: Add 1/8 cup or normal loads and up to 1/4 cup for heavily soiled clothing
This makes approximately 48 regular loads for only a nickel a load!
6. Coffee Pot Cleaner
I like to run a pot of clean water through before cleaning my coffee pot and to heat it up
If you have a 12 cup coffee machine, you will start with the machine off and pour 1/2 cup of vinegar in the water reservoir and finish filling it with plain water.
Run a normal cycle and let sit for 15 minutes once done
Depending on how often you clean your coffee system, you might need to repeat the above steps a couple of times until the water is running clear.
Once you are satisfied with the vinegar water coloring, you will need to run 2 or 3 cycles of plain water to rinse your machine and remove the vinegar taste from you coffee.
Pour out the vinegar mixture and wash the pot and basked in hot soapy water .
Store coffee pot in regular place until ready to use again.
Do you have recipes that you can share with us that fit our goal of using natural products? Share them in the comment area below. We would love to give them a try.