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10 Easy DIY Cleaning Products That Will Save You Money

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Baby boy with vacuum cleanerDid you know that many of the cleaning products that we use on a daily basis can expose you and your loved ones to harmful chemicals? In fact, a recent study has found hormone-disrupting phthalates, parabens, & bisphenol-A (BPA) in common household cleaning products.

Unfortunately, manufacturers do not have to list ingredients on their product labels. Even if they do list their ingredients, they may still choose to omit some or hide them under the catch-all ingredient “fragrance”.
 
Making your own cleaning products is easy, saves money, protects you and your family from harmful chemicals, and protects the planet.
 
Here are 10 easy do-it-yourself recipes to make your own cleaning products using just 6 ingredients: vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, lemons/ lemon essential oil, water, baking soda, and olive oil. Don't forget to label your cleaning bottles!
 
Air Freshener
What You Need:
  • A reusable spray bottle (an ironing spray bottle- which can be found in the laundry section at retailers such as WalMart- works best since it has a mist setting)
  • Water 
  • Essential oil of your choice (lemon essential oil works wonderfully)
Add 15- 20 drops of your favorite essential oil to 16 ounces of water. Shake the spray bottle and voila…refreshing homemade air freshener that costs you a fraction of what your normal air freshener costs.
 
All Purpose Cleaner
What You Need:
  • A reusable spray bottle
  • Vinegar
  • Water (optional)
  • Cloth
Pour vinegar into a spray bottle and spray surfaces. Leave on for about 5 minutes and wipe with a cloth. The vinegar smell will go away once dry, but if the smell of vinegar really bothers you, try diluting the vinegar with water (50:50). 
 
Window Cleaner
What You Need:
  • A reusable spray bottle
  • Vinegar
  • Water (optional)
  • Paper Towel/ Newspaper/ Cloth
Pour vinegar into a spray bottle and spray surfaces. Wipe with a paper towel/ cloth (some cloths may leave fibers and streaks so a newspaper or paper towel may be a better option). The vinegar smell will go away once dry, but if the smell of vinegar really bothers you, try diluting the vinegar with water (50:50).
 
Floor Cleaner
Invest in a steam cleaner! Some models cost as low as $49. Since we are discussing DIY cleaners, here’s an easy an effective floor cleaner that can be used on any type of floor, including hardwood (do you see a pattern here?):
 
What You Need:
  • Vinegar
  • Water 
  • Mop
Mix 1 cup vinegar to 1 bucket of hot water and mop. You can also spray vinegar onto floors and mop.
 
Wood Cleaner
What You Need:
  • Spray bottle
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemons/ Lemon Essential Oil
  • Cloth
Add 1 cup of olive oil and the juice of 5 lemons (or enough essential oil that you smell the lemon) to the spray bottle and shake vigorously. Spray mixture onto furniture and wipe with a cloth.
 
You can also make a wood furniture polish using a 1:1 mixture of olive oil and vinegar. 
 
Tub Cleaner
What You Need:
  • Baking Soda
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Lemons/ Lemon Essential Oil (optional)
  • Scrub brush
Make a paste with the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Add lemon/ lemon essential oil for an added refreshing boost.  Apply mixture to tub and scrub with scrub brush. Rinse well.
 
Borax is also another easy, inexpensive cleaning solution. Just add Borax to tub and scrub with a wet cloth or scrub brush. Rinse well.
 
Carpet Freshener
What You Need:
  • Baking Soda
  • Lemon Essential Oil (optional)
Sprinkle baking soda onto carpet. Wait about an hour or so and vacuum. For a refreshing boost, add approximately 10 drops of essential oil to the baking soda box, mix well and allow to set for 1-2 days. Sprinkle onto carpet, wait about an hour or so and vacuum. 
 
Stainless Steel Cleaner
What You Need:
  • Baking Soda
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Lemons
  • Scrub brush for dishes
Sprinkle baking soda onto pan and spray with hydrogen peroxide. Take a lemon wedge and use as scrubber on pan. Add more baking soda and hydrogen peroxide as needed and change lemon wedge once it has changed colors. Use scrub brush to remove any leftover grease.
 
Spot Free Rinse Agent for Dishwasher
What You Need:
  • Vinegar
Add vinegar to rinse agent dispenser in dishwasher and replace cap. Wash dishes as usual.
 
Sink Drain Cleaner
What You Need:
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Lemons (optional)
Pour ½ a cup of baking soda into drain. Add 1 cup vinegar. Allow to foam and bubble then rinse with hot water. For a refreshing boost, add lemon juice to vinegar and baking soda or grind lemon rind in garbage disposal after the baking soda/vinegar volcano is complete.
 
 
These recipes are just the beginning to making your own homemade cleaners. Find more easy DIY recipes from organic experts from around the web, be sure to read: Green Cleaning Twitter Party.
 

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