One thing on my to-do list was to learn how to make my own homemade cleaning products. Now that everything is going on in the world, it has become a priority.
Although I have not yet done this myself, I have collected the information and recipes for it. Instead of waiting, I wanted to share it here today. Not to get into the frenzy, but in case one of you has trouble finding supplies.
Here is a list of the basic ingredients for the five homemade cleaning products that I share. Most of these stocks are probably already on hand. I list my favorite essential oils known for their cleansing and disinfectant properties. You don’t need all of them, a bottle or two is enough for these recipes. A single oil can be used for different cleaning solutions.
What you need for homemade cleaning products *
Recommended Essential oils:
Another benefit of using the oils is that you can choose your favorite fragrance or combination and use them in all of your homemade cleaning products to achieve a continuous fragrance throughout the house.
How to make hand sanitizer
Since this seems to be the first one that has flown off the shelves, I thought I would share this first. It’s really very easy to make your own! Most of us have a bottle of sunburn aloe vera gel. I happen to have one too Aloe vera plantIt’s surprisingly easy to keep her alive considering that I haven’t killed mine yet.
Combine these ingredients and you can keep your home-made hand sanitizer in a pump dispenser or refill empty containers.
Homemade surface cleaner
This homemade surface cleaner is suitable for most surfaces throughout your home, such as door handles, countertops, etc. Always test in an inconspicuous area first.
I would not apply the above recipe to wood. To make your own Wood polish Combine 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/4 cup of vinegar and 10 drops Tree of life essential oil. And to clean windows, I prefer to use my steamer. Since paper towels are scarce, it may be a good time to invest in them reusable wipes.
How to make disinfectant spray (like Lysol)
There is nothing I don’t like more than the chemical smell of Lysol type aerosol sprays! It is so bad that I would almost prefer to take my risk with the germs! I also just read that the chemicals in these products can cause asthma and cancer in healthy people!
According to my research, there are various ingredients from which you can make this. The first is what I want to do, followed by the other options.
Instead of witch hazel, you can use either vinegar or vodka. I choose witch hazel because it’s the least offensive smell of the three options (for me). Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle, shake them and you’re done.
Homemade hand soap
I’ve made my own soap before, and that was a fun DIY project. The production of liquid hand soap is even easier. Simply mix these ingredients together and put them in a dispenser.
DIY disinfectant wipes
Disinfectant wipes do not smell as bad as aerosol sprays, but can also smell strongly.
- Paper towels
- 2 cups of warm water
- 2 tablespoons Fractionated coconut oil
- 3 drops of essential oil (On guard is perfect for this)
- 1-2 tablespoons of foaming hand soap (you can use the above hand soap recipe for this)
You can keep them in an airtight container with a lid.
I love them for spray bottles pretty amber bottles (almost identical to the ones shown below) that come with labels so you know what you have in each of them.
For a cheaper solution, you can also use spray bottles from the dollar store (if not as pretty). If necessary, I even used painter’s tape for labels.
When buying essential oils, I prefer the doTerra brand because of its standards. You really only need a bottle or two for all of the recipes above. However, it is a much better value Buy the kit and you have an assortment. At first I didn’t want to but I never regretted this purchase.
I not only switched to organic cleaning products, I also added them Copaiba essential oilto my drinks. I really don’t drink water as I should, I have a serious diet Pepsi addiction. In the past few weeks, however, I have tried to move from soda to sparkling water to which I am adding the Copaiba.
The Copaiba has a variety of health benefits, such as supporting a healthy immune system, so my timing was spot on. It tastes pretty good with the sparkling water. At some point I will switch to pure water. Small steps!
For more information on which essential oils offer which benefits, you can read my full guide to essential oils here.
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