DIY House Cleaners
With the wonderful summer weather dragging you outside, you’re also probably dragging some of the outdoors back in with you. (Yikes!) Is it time to clean up? Ditch the expensive products this season and try some of these DIY cleaners around your home.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
DIY products are already amazing, but when you can save a buck on them as well, it makes the whole project even better! Use items from around the house to create these waste-free toilet bowl cleaners.
1/2 cup Citric Acid
1 teaspoon of Water
1/2 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Corn Starch
30 drops of Essential Oils of your choice
- Mix your dry ingredients in a glass bowl.
- Mix your favorite essential oils with water in a glass spray bottle.
- Slowly spray the liquid on the dry ingredients. You do this slowly, otherwise, your mixture will fizz now instead of waiting for when you put them in the toilet.
- Spoon mixture into a silicone mold and place in freezer for 3-4 hours until set.
- Store in an airtight jar in your bathroom for immediate use.
Knockoff Magic Erasers
We all love the power of the Magic Eraser. However, buying these (even in bulk) can get super pricey! Luckily, there’s a cheap solution that takes very little time to make and won’t cost you a fortune.
First, you’ll need to order melamine sponges in bulk. Then, you can begin creating! Follow these steps to make your own:
Materials (for every two sponges):
½ cup of warm water
1 tsp of Borax
1 tbs of baking soda
- Stir the solution to thoroughly dissolve the Borax and baking soda.
- Submerge the sponges in the solution and allow them to get completely soaked.
- Squeeze out excess solution, but not too much. You want the sponges to remain wet, but not dripping. Do not rinse!
- At this point, you can either use your wet sponges for a cleaning project or allow them to dry and save them for future use.
Reusable Disinfecting Wipes
Are you tired of spending a fortune on tubs of wipes that will inevitably dry out or run out in the blink of an eye? Problem solved! Here’s an easy way to reuse wipes, without worrying about potential germs.
Washcloths (old or new)
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
2 tablespoons Dawn dish soap
2 tablespoons ammonia (optional)
- Put washcloths in a large jar (for mixing and storage).
- Mix the cleaning solution together in a separate bowl.
- Pour the solution over the washcloths. (You made need to make a second batch of the solution, depending on how absorbent your cloths are.)
Homemade Dishwasher Tablets
The great thing about creating your own cleaning products at home is the versatility of the ingredients! You’ll find items like borax and essential oils in most of the products listed, including these awesome dishwasher tablets!
1 cup Borax
½ cup Epsom salt
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
⅓to ½ cup lemon juice
8 drops lavender essential oil
- Combine borax, Epsom salts, Lavender essential oil, and washing soda in a bowl until well combined.
- Add lemon juice 1 Tbsp. at a time until mixture is damp but not soaked, you want it to hold together and not be crumbly.
- Press mixture firmly into ice cube trays then tap on the counter to level out.
- Allow to dry for at least 3-4 hours before removing
- Store your homemade dishwasher tablets in an airtight container (a pretty mason jar if you have one)!
Garbage Disposal Fresheners
We constantly clean dishes and surfaces but what about the actual appliance? Garbage disposals are often home to long-lasting, unpleasant smells. Freshen up your kitchen with these DIY fresheners.
½ cup salt
30 drops essential oil
¼ cup water
Measuring spoon (we used a tablespoon)
Yield: approx. thirty 1-inch fresheners
- Combine baking soda and salt in a bowl.
- Add Castile soap and essential oils. See our scent ideas below!
- Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture reaches the texture of wet sand. (TIP: If you add too much water, the mixture won’t pack together or dry properly. Add more baking soda and salt to get the texture of wet sand.)
- Pack the mixture into the measuring spoon. (TIP: get your freshener out of the measuring spoon, tap the spoon lightly on the counter until the contents slide out. Be careful! The mixture hasn’t dried yet, so it might be fragile.)
- Let the fresheners dry for about 24 hours.
- Store in a sealed glass jar and keep dry.
With constant use, comes constant mess. If you find yourself endlessly scrubbing at your stove, get rid of the chemicals and go for a more natural cleaner. You can make this stove degreaser with items around your house!
1 glass spray bottle
2 cups distilled water
2 tablespoons lemon juice (pulp strained)
½ teaspoon Castile soap
1 tablespoon baking soda
10 drops lemon essential oil
- Pour 1 cup distilled water into a small mixing bowl, then add the lemon juice and stir to combine.
- Add the castile soap and baking soda to the mixing bowl and whisk until well combined, being careful not to whip up the soap too much.
- Add the lemon essential oil and stir to combine.
- Transfer your lemon degreaser to the clean spray bottle using a funnel.
- (You’ll notice that some baking soda has settled in the bottom of your mixing bowl.) Pour the second cup of water into the bowl and stir to help get the remaining baking soda out of the bowl. Immediately pour the water baking soda mixture into your spray bottle through the funnel.
- Secure the lid on the bottle of your Lemon Degreaser. Shake before using.
Reusable Dryer Sheets
If you’re in the business of saving money and knowing exactly what’s going into your products, you’ll love these reusable dryer sheets! Skip the waste and hold onto these sheets for many laundry loads to come.
Rags (will be cut into smaller pieces)
¾ cup of Vinegar
7-10 drops of essential oil (any scent)
- Cut your rags into small sizes, about the size of your hand.
- Fold and place in the jar you will be using to store them.
- Add enough vinegar to saturate the rags (about ¾ of a cup).
- Add 7-10 drops essential oil of your choice. Most people recommend are lavender, lemon, and citrus fresh.
- When using squeeze out excess vinegar back into the jar.
- Toss a rag into the dryer with your clothes. (Vinegar is a natural softener and the smell dissipates while your clothes dry. Essential oils leave a long-lasting pleasant scent to your clothing but are completely optional.)
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