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Simple DIY Cleaning Products for Everyday


One of the easiest steps toward a more natural home is to stop using toxic cleaning products. Did you know that conventional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can lead to anything from skin irritation to asthma? While there are many good, natural options available in stores, I prefer to make my own because I can control the ingredients and it is just so easy!



Here are the DIY products I keep on hand to tackle everyday messes:


Glass Cleaner What you need:

  • 16oz glass spray bottle

  • filtered water

  • white vinegar

  • rubbing alcohol (optional)

  • essential oils (I like to mix lemon and rosemary)

To make: Fill the bottle 1/2 way with filtered water. Add vinegar until bottle is nearly full. Add 10-15 drops of essential oils. Be sure you use a clean, dry cloth to wipe surface thoroughly after spraying to help prevent streaking.


Uses:

I use this on windows, mirrors, glass, stainless steel appliances, and even for quick clean-ups on my tile floors. I like to use microfiber cloths, but old 100% cotton towels work just fine, too. If you have streaking, you can add a tablespoon or two of rubbing alcohol.


Surface Cleaner

What you need:

  • 16oz glass spray bottle

  • filtered water

  • liquid castile soap (I like Dr. Bronners)

  • essential oils (I like lavender or Plant Therapy's germ destroyer blend)

To make:

Fill the bottle nearly full with filtered water. Add 1 tablespoon of castile soap (be sure to add the soap after the water to prevent bubbles). Add 10-15 drops of essential oils.


Uses:

This is my go-to kitchen cleaner, and I keep a bottle on my counter at all times. I use this on my granite counter tops, kitchen table, cabinets, stove, sink. It is just soap and water, so it is gentle enough for any surface.

It is important to note that these are not disinfecting products, but they are the ones I reach for everyday. If I do need to disinfect surfaces, like the bathroom, kitchen counters after handling raw meat, or after an illness in the home, I use Force of Nature.


Little Edits: If you are not sure you can part ways with your everyday cleaners, I encourage you to just give it a try. Start with just one of them, and see if you can incorporate it into your daily and weekly cleaning. Keep it on your counter with a couple micro-fiber cloths so you are always ready.

If DIY is not your jam, check out Branch Basics, Force of Nature, and Bon Ami, all store-bought cleaners I keep on hand, too!


Happy cleaning!

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