If you want to live a sustainable life that does not harm the environment and does not affect global warming, you must not only forget about plastic, but also choose the products you use carefully. To make sure your cleaning products contain only natural ingredients, it’s best to make them yourself. The advantages are that they will cost you at least half the price of supermarket detergents and the ingredients you need are the same ones you use for cooking! So be responsible and check out the following recipes for homemade household products!
Instead of rushing to the store for another expensive cleaner, try making your own at home using natural, inexpensive ingredients. The most common products in homemade recipes are vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and essential oils. These will leave a refreshing aroma after cleaning, not the toxic smell you are used to when using chemical cleaners. Plus, they have antibacterial properties that will sanitize your home.
Homemade multipurpose cleanser recipe
- 100 ml of white vinegar
- 100 ml of water
- Lemon peel
- sprigs of rosemary
Mix all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Let it steep for a week, then use the organic household product to clean the whole house. For example, you can remove hard water stains, clean trash cans, wipe stains off walls, or remove dust. Do not use it only on granite, as the acidity of the water will remove the paint.
⇒ We recommend using glass or recycled material bottles. Another option is to reuse the empty containers you have at home.
homemade detergent recipe
To make a natural detergent, only two ingredients are needed: two tablespoons of Sal Suds and 30g of baking soda. This quantity is sufficient for a single load. If you want to restore shine to white linens, also add 60 ml of white vinegar.
The solution is safe to use for washing by hand, but also in the washing machine.
homemade dishwasher detergent
It’s simple to make a homemade dishwasher cleaner. Use multipurpose products: vinegar and baking soda. First empty the dishwasher, then put a cup of vinegar in the upper rack. Run a heat cycle, then sprinkle the bottom with baking soda. Run a second cycle and you are good to go.
If you want to make your own dishwasher tablets, take a look at our article where you will find 4 organic recipes and detailed information on how and why to use them.
Bathroom cleaner recipe
- 130 g of baking soda
- 120 ml of hot water
- 120ml liquid soap
- Two tablespoons of distilled white vinegar
- A few drops of lemon juice (optional)
This bathroom cleaner works as well on both the tub and shower as it does on tiles. You can also use it to clean the toilet. If you are wondering how to use it, just mix the ingredients in a jar and apply to the surfaces using a sponge or cloth. Finally rinse well with water.
House window cleaner
- 120 ml of white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
- 500 ml of water
- 5 drops of lemon essential oil
- 5 drops of grapefruit essential oil
Is simple. Mix everything and get ready for the big spring cleaning. There is no need to wait, as this product is ready to use as soon as you combine the ingredients.
Homemade household products: safety tips
It’s great to make your own products at home, but it’s important to first read the labels of the products you use. For example, if you want to experiment with ammonia or bleach, you should know that they should NEVER be combined! Together they cause a reaction that creates extremely dangerous fumes.
Another important thing to never forget is to put a label on the bottles containing the homemade detergents. So you will not forget what they contain and what they are intended for.