I made my own cleaning supplies today. WHAT.

So I mayyyyy have become kind of a hippie. And by hippie I mean conscious-about-how-I-clean-my-home.

Never in a million years did I think I would ever be making my own cleaning supplies. But ya know what? I'm so glad I am. I'm wondering to myself how I never knew or thought to make my own supplies for a number of reasons. In fact, it was only a couple of years ago that I started thinking about the toxins in my beauty supplies and body wash products but only recently thought about my cleaning supplies.

I think a lot of it was that I was just uninformed. I grew up thinking the Clorox wipes and scrubbing bubbles were the only things that could clean mildew and sanitize bathrooms and counter tops from bacteria and viruses. I never took the time to research what those products were, and most importantly, their potential harmful effects on our bodies and long-term health. (I won't get into the details here, but check out Mary Crimmin's blog because she has done a whole ton of research. http://marycrimmins.com/5-most-toxic-household-cleaners/)

If I am extremely conscious about what I put into my body (as in, if there's preservatives, if anything is synthetic or if I don't know what that word or ingredient is, I won't eat it), then why wouldn't I be as conscious with what I'm breathing in or putting onto my skin?

While my vanity and bathroom drawers are still a work in progress (I try to buy conventional cleaning products that are free & clear, sulfate free, paraben free, all natural, etc., but they still have issues with them...) I'm thrilled at the everyday, all-natural cleaning products that I created myself today that cost me just around $13. (And I still have TONS of the supplies left over-- I think it will last me close to a year!)

Here's a run-down of what I bought today, and a cost-comparison of the price of conventional products:

DIY Cleaning Supplies

Bulk baking soda - $2.99 for 1.5 lbs at New Seasons
16 ounces of white vinegar - $1.99 at New Seasons
1 gallon of distilled water - $.89 at Safeway
16 ounces of rubbing alcohol - $2.29 at Walgreens
4 ounces of organic lemon juice - $4.99 at Safeway
doTERRA essential oils - (optional-- but a huge benefit $21.00 per 15ml bottle of lavender + lemon)

Conventional Cleaning Products

$4.49 - Pledge dusting spray
$4.79 - Windex window cleaner
$4.99 - All purpose cleaning spray
$2.99 - Glade room freshener

This is me "de-toxifying our under-the-kitchen-sink stash of cleaning supplies:

Basically all I needed today. White vinegar, distilled water, baking soda and some of my favorite doTERRA essential oils (lavender and lemon).

(I'll talk more in an upcoming post about why I love essential oils so much, but some of their benefits are that they're naturally occurring phytochemicals, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial and penetrate deep into the cellular level. Not only are they great for natural cleaning, but they also benefit emotional and physical wellness. You can read more here if you're interested. I use doTERRA because they are the purest essential oils on the market and are way stronger than even the best I've smelled and used at Whole Foods.)

So I stumbled across the recipes for which cleaning products I was going to make today on the website "Thank Your Body." Through their website, the author has created a book called "Toxic Free" and lists 70+ recipes for DIY non-toxic and all natural cleaning, health and beauty products for everyday living. Right now she is offering "name your own price" on her e-book and I HIGHLY recommend it! Some of the recipes I'll be sharing came from her eBook and it is really well written. Definitely check it out. 

Recipe #1: All-Purpose Lemon Cleanser
(Taken from thankyourbody.com)

1 cup warm distilled water
1 cup white vinegar
4 Tbs. organic lemon juice
30 drops essential oil of choice (good options are lemon, orange or tea tree oil which are best for cleaning. I chose lemon).

Fill a glass spray bottle with ingredients and shake well. (I bought my glass bottles here.) 

I mixed the water and vinegar into one measuring cup

(I'm going to be exposing my dirty house to you, just so you can see the awesomeness of these DIY cleaning products in case you are skeptical...)

Dirty stove-top range + burners:

(I know. GROSS.)

Now... after being cleaned with the above cleanser:

(And this was just with one spray and wipe. After a little more elbow grease they were shiny-spankin-new!)

Clean microwave (was super-greasy but I forgot to take a pic...)

Recipe #2: Air Freshener
(Taken from thankyourbody.com)

Distilled water (I filled mine in a 12 ounce glass bottle)
1 Tbs. baking powder
5 - 10 drops of essential oil of choice (I chose grapefruit)

Directions: Mix baking powder and essential oils together in small dish. Fill glass bottle with distilled water and then pour baking powder mix inside. Shake well, then spray in rooms for a pick-up scent, or to deodorize furniture and carpets. 

After I made this I sprayed it on our couch and in our bathrooms and it smelled sooooo good! I think it would also smell great with lemon or lavender as well, but really any scent that you prefer would work. 

Recipe #3: Glass cleaner
(Taken from thankyourbody.com)

2 cups distilled water
2 tsp. corn starch
1/4 cup isopropyl rubbing alcohol
1/4 cup white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice

Directions: Mix everything in a spray bottle and shake before use.

My disgusting glass door. Thank you Zeke. 

...but it's so clean now!!

Recipe #4: Dusting spray
(Taken from onegoodthingbyjillee.com)

1 cup distilled water
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
10 - 15 drops lemon essential oil

Directions: Mix everything together in a spray bottle and shake before use. 

My very dusty dresser...

...but not anymore!!

Recipe #6: Mattress Cleaner (for dust-mites)

1 cup baking soda (for queen size bed-- can adjust based on bed size)
15 drops of Lavender essential oil
Mason jar

Directions: Mix baking soda and lavender oil in mason jar and shake vigorously. Pour mason jar into sifter once over mattress and disperse evenly over the entire mattress when it is stripped of all sheets and blankets. Let sit for at least one hour (but the longer the better) and then vacuum up with vacuum hose to clear.

I did not take a photo of it, but let's just say my mattress is smelling incredibly fresh right now and I'm excited to see how well I sleep with the lavender scent tonight!

My beautiful new under-the-sink collection. I'm proud. :)

Overall, DIY cleaning for me was an easy and natural adjustment. Not only for the health reasons, but it is SO much cheaper than buying store-bought cleaners. Just invest in some glass jars you can use and re-use over again (Aromatools.com has really affordable bottles-- I bought four 16 ounce ones, a 12 ounce and then two rollers because I am going to create my own perfume later on...)

Just in case you are wondering, here are the cleaning benefits of the ingredients used today:

1. Baking soda
2. White vinegar
3. Essential oils
4. Rubbing alcohol 
5. Lemon juice

I'm interested to know what other DIY home, beauty or cleaning products you make yourself using all-natural ingredients. Comment below to share the wealth! 


1 comment:

  1. Did you seriously make your own cleaning supplies? That fascinating stuff! I really enjoyed reading your blog and all the information presented within. Do you have any tips regarding how to best do this? On that note have you been to HJSSupply.com? Interesting resource in this area to be aware of!

    Bo Tolbert @ HJS Supply Co.


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