6 Safe and Effective DIY Home Cleaners

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In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's often challenging to find all the items on your grocery list. Bread shelves are bare, toilet paper is scarce, and cleaning products are in high demand. Because many people stockpiled essentials due to the coronavirus outbreak, there are suddenly shortages of the very products that can help keep your family safe and healthy during times of illness and isolation. Instead of getting anxious, it's time to get creative. Making Do-It-Yourself (DIY) all-natural cleaners at home can be a simple, affordable way to keep your home clean, your children healthy, and your mind occupied. Best of all, you'll know every single ingredient in your homemade cleaning products, so you can deliberately omit any harsh chemicals, toxins, or other potentially harmful ingredients.  Whip up a few of these DIY recipes to save money, time, and the environment.

Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent is one of the easiest DIY cleaning recipes. Best of all, you can make laundry detergent in bulk. People with allergies or other sensitivities to detergents can try the following recipe to naturally clean their clothes while being gentle on their skin.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bar laundry soap (Possible brands might include Fels Naptha, Pink Zote, or Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap.)
  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda (Look for it in the laundry aisle or online.)
  • 1 cup oxygen bleach  

Instructions:

  1. Grate the laundry soap to fill 2 cups.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large container.
  3. Store in a lidded jar.
  4. Use 2 tablespoons for small loads. Use 4 tablespoons for larger loads -- or for really dirty loads.

All Purpose Cleaner

Your pantry holds the key to all-natural cleaners that can tackle dirt, grease and even mildew. This all-purpose cleaner recipe will cut the germs on your kitchen counter, polish your faucet and scrub your tub, without leaving a heavy chemical scent.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon unscented liquid Castile soap
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 cups water

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a glass spray bottle
  2. Shake before use.
  3. That's it!

Wood Cleaner

Hardwood floors deserve special attention and treatment to keep them clean and healthy. Wood floors need to be oiled to keep their life and prevent damage.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups distilled water
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 8 Tbsp. olive oil
  • A few drops of lemon essential oil (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a spray bottle.
  2. Optional: Add extra cleansing power with a few drop of lemon essential oil or your favorite citrus blend.
  3. Use spray bottle for cleaning as needed.

Air Freshener

Nothing smells better than warm bread, fresh cookies or simmering herbs. Use your stove top to clear the air in your home with this warm-scented recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, limes, etc.), sliced
  • 1 handful fresh herbs such as basil, rosemary, or lavender
  • 2-4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves

Instructions:

  1. Fill a saucepan three-fourths full with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the ingredients into the boiling water.
  3. Reduce to a simmer to infuse the house with a naturally fresh aroma.
  4. Store the air freshener for up to 24 hours by placing it in an airtight container, then refrigerating. 

Glass Cleaner

Keep your windows streak-free and shining with this simple recipe. DIY glass cleaner is so easy, you can make it as needed or keep extra to store. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dish soap

Instructions:

  1. Combine the ingredients in a large spray bottle.
  2. Spray on windows, glass, or the glass exteriors of your appliances.

Grease and Stains

Even if your counters are stained or greasy, they might just require a little extra effort and the right cleaning solution. Believe it or not, this simple recipe provides a powerful, deep cleaning:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup borax powder

Instructions:

  1. Dip the lemon into the borax.
  2. Scrub the area with the lemon.
  3. Rinse the area with water to finish cleaning.
  4. Repeat as needed.
You already have enough on your mind these days, and anything that alleviates stress is good for your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Whether you're looking to reduce toxins and chemicals in your home, are trying to be more eco-friendly, or are having a hard time finding the cleaning products you need to keep your home safe, consider making your own household cleaners. There are countless recipes for all-natural, safe DIY options. You even might find that you like these better than any cleaning solution you would have found in your local grocery store!  

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