There’s a reason a lot of people like myself are thinking about making their own cleaning supplies. I think my love for DIYing some cleaning supplies came from our recent drought in stores, ever since COVID19 wipes and Paper towels are hard to come by. So the cleaning ingredients search begun and the main one listed was Vinegar! I went to the store in the baking section and also, to my surprise, sold out. Wow, it looks like everyone has the same idea, to make your own cleaning supplies.
Well, the time has passed, and some things are back in stock. Even so, prices have gone up; there are limits on what you can buy for your home. Alongside all of this, new unknown brands have emerged advising the same quality. I’m concerned about what to use in my home, and to don’t want to pay for scarcity, just quality. The answer, of course, is to learn how to make your own.
Now I can talk about couponing and all of my lovely tips for saving money. Cutting your prices off cleaning supplies is one thing but making your own by tripling your savings is another. Not to mention using natural ingredients are safer for the environment and your children. Are you rubbing your thinking of all that we can create? Keeping reading and make a shopping list.
The Smells of it all
Essential oils, how I love them, and now I see a lot of us love them. Every store I walk in has various essential oils, mostly for air freshers puffing fragrances in the air, but still great! This means I can’t pick out varieties in my neighboring store versus buying them online. Before this trended everywhere, I was stuck walking in the medicine aisle for just lavender oils; man; how this has changed. Besides the great smell, most of the types of essential oils have their benefits. A few select oils have the capabilities of disinfecting and cleaning power. The list below is some of the ones we will frequently be using.
Antibacterial Essential Oils best for Cleaning
- Tea Tree
If you are looking for a great combination of smells, check out this website called “Oily Chic” to purchase a few of the ones listed above.
I’ve visited this article of theirs called “The best essential oils for Cleaning” and the combinations are amazing! They have some really great recipes with nice names that might add—some lovely ways to liven up your essential oil session. Many people get stuck on lemon or lavender, but the blended fragrance creates a new experience.
Empty Spray bottles
One thing about creating all of these cleansers is to have something to put them in. You are going to need bottles for spraying. You can find them cheap at any store. Buy them online as well in all different sizes. After they are made, you can easily label them with a sharpie or get fancy with a label maker.
Glass Mason Jars
Glass is good for preserving, so when you want to keep something for a long time, mason jars will do the trick, for thicker liquids and power glass containers are your best choice. I find a lot at my local thrift stores, but you can also buy these by the case online or at a craft store.
Laundry Tips and Saving Hacks
Believe it or not, the Laundry products are the best selling in the U.S. versus any other cleaning products. As noted on Statista, Laundry detergent is the largest of these markets, valued globally at around 117 billion U.S. dollars in 2019. We are now in 2020; what can say about it now, probably more than that as my number one reason is you can say it’s because we need clean clothes and, of course, that is true. When you wash your clothes, you trust what the label says, odor control, deep clean, whatever marketed you to buy this bottle for $10. You trust it will work hard at scrubbing the stain off as if you had your hand in yourself.
I believe that cleaners, if not any other reason, is trying to sell you on trust. If you stop to think for a moment how all of these cleaning products have quickly evolved to address our current issues, the number of brands out there has doubled. The change over to more eco-friendly products is emerging even with the big companies. Cleaning supplies are building up to a billion a year business.
Can you create your own laundry detergent? Put trust in natural ingredients to get those clothes clean? I might get a head butt here, but I would definitely try natural laundry soap for saving money or if your skin is super sensitive. As I’ve mentioned a lot, we are sold on, the trust is “Is it going to be clean?” and even though these recipes are for laundry below. I want to remind you that most of them are based on soap, causing some build-up. Not all of these recipes are best for all machines or water types, but still fun to try. My purchases are still being made for eco-friendly laundry products. I will list a few below, which are too expensive if you are still opting to buy. Get creative and try some DIYing and see if they work out well for you. It doesn’t hurt to put money back into your pockets!
DIY Laundry Soap Ingredients
- 1 Cup of Washing Soda ( Arm and Hammer )
- 1 Cup of Borax (20 Mule Team Borax)
- 2 Cups of Soap Flakes from Bar Soap (Dr. Bronner’s, Ivory, or any unscented bar soap)
Adding essential oil for more fragrance is optional but if needed, add only 1 tablespoon.
Turning a bar soap into flakes
It does take some work, but using a cheese grater or mixing it into a food processor will work. Grounding into a finer mixture will best when creating your own laundry concoction. You can create the dry soap flakes ahead of time by prepping these in a container and storing it away for next time.
- Start in a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax, and last 1 part of your grated soap.
- Optional: Add 2-3 tablespoons of Dr. Bronner Sal Suds per load to help get out tough stains and orders. You use alone or with the DIY Natural Laundry Soap recipe.
- 2 cups favorite scented conditioner
- 3 cups white vinegar
- 6 cups of warm water.
- Start in on a large mixing bowl. Add in 2 cups of conditioner and 6 cups of hot water.
- Stir and whisk together until the mixture is combined. Second, add 3 cups of white vinegar and mix again all together until it’s completely smooth.
I have these little tips on DIY dryer sheets. Buy some sponges that are just for wiping no need for the ones with the scrubbing side. You can pick up a bag of value sponges, value meaning less costly lol, And soaking them in a Tupperware with a cup of fabric softener. When I’m ready to dry, I squeeze out the excess and toss them in the dryer with the wet clothes.
The second dryer sheet option is to buy a pack of inexpensive washcloths. They usually come in a stacked bundle. Soak these as well in fabric softener for a few minutes. Squeeze out the liquid and let them hang to air dry. Throw one in the dryer per load for a fresh smell, and it eliminates static cling.
Some DIY cleaners for the other rooms in the house
Cleaning Glass Surfaces
Ditch the paper towels for one day and use my favorite cleaning tools, Mr. and Mrs. Microfiber cloths. They are great for picking up dust particles and gentle enough to not scratch Surfaces. The strength of the cleaning is based on texture, absorption, and length. That being said, there are a ton of variety. I use them for almost everything to clean with all day. Save money on paper towels by switching to clothes.
The ones I buy I grab either online at Amazon or from my neighboring Dollar tree. I like to buy them in different colors, so know what cleaners I use for them. Even though it’s a purpose, it substitutes the waste of paper towels. You can easily toss them in the wash with some sanitize laundry detergent.
Stainless Steel Cleaner:
- Mix one part vinegar to one part water.
- Spray and wipe down your stainless steel appliances.
- Use little olive oil on a dry, lint-free cloth and polish until it shines.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- 1 cup Borax
- ½ cup Lemon juice or Vinegar
- 10 drops Tea Tree Essential oil
The mixture should form a thick paste. Add little water if it’s too dry. Flush the toilet first to wet the inside of the bowl. Apply the cleaning paste to the toilet brush. Now apply the paste all over the inside of the bowl and let it sit for an hour. After the time has passed, scrub off the surfaces with the brush and flush the excess down.
- 2 cups Baking Soda
- 20-40 drops of your favorite oil or blend
You can sprinkle the powdery mixture before you vacuum for refreshing your carpet and get the odor out.
Wood Cleaner and Polish
- 1 cup Olive oil
- 10 drops Orange Essential oil
Blend this mixture really well together, then test a small wood area for colorfastness and durability. Use a cloth to polish the wood gently.
Room Freshening Spray
- 1 Cup of Water
- 1 Cup of Inexpensive Vodka
- 20 drops of Essential oils (choose whichever scent you like)
Mix all three ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray fabrics for a refreshing scent.
Soap scrum Remover
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup dish soap
- 5-10 drops citrus-based essential oil
Mix together for a thick paste, let it sit for an hour for tough areas. Scrub away and rinse off with water.
- 1 ½ cups baking soda
- ½ cup liquid laundry soap
- 10 drops tea tree, lavender, or lemon essential oil
- Start with a large mixing bowl, add 1 1/2 cups of baking soda and 1/2 cup of laundry soap.
- Whisk and blend really well until it pastes texture. Now add in your drops of essential oils, and mix again.
- Add water just like the other pastes if it starts to be too dry out.
All Purpose Cleaners
- Half a teaspoon of dish soap
- Two cups of water
- 20 drops of essential oil, like lavender or eucalyptus
- 1/2 c white vinegar
- 2 Tbsp baking soda
- 10 drops tea tree, lavender, or lemon essential oil (for their disinfectant properties)
- Add water in the empty spray bottle before mixing the ingredients. Glass bottle is best to use for option 2.
- Shake to mix the ingredients, spray the area, wipe it down with a cloth and allow it to air dry.
That wraps up the lesson on homemaking some cleaning products. I don’t know about you, but I’m crossed between creating recipes and doing lab experiments. I hope you can make something really useful and save some moolah on a couple of things. Let me know how it works out for you. I can’t wait to get your feedback.