One of the most satisfying changes I’ve made over the last several years has been getting rid of the chemical cleaning products in our home and replacing them with natural alternatives. Sure, heavy duty commercial cleaners may kill all the bugs, and wipe up all the dirt, but they also kill all the good bugs and leave a sterile environment – meanwhile, creating a toxic home for the human body.
Making your own cleaners is effective, saves money and decreases toxic exposure. This post shares a few of my favorite DIY products. They make great holiday, new home, or hostess gifts – especially packaged together!
1 1/3 cup Filtered Water
2/3 cup Distilled White Vinegar
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle, like this one available on Amazon. Screw on top and shake gently.
Toilet Bowl Fizz
2 cups Baking Soda
2/3 cup citric acid (buy some here)
30 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Spray bottle filled with water
With your kitchen gloves on, mix baking soda and citric acid in a glass bowl, being careful to mix gently so none gets into the air or your eyes. You can also wear a face mask or safety glasses if you choose. Slowly mist the mixture with water, continually mixing, until it reaches the consistency of wet sand. Add the essential oils and mix. Separate mixture into a silicone mold like this one, pressing mixture into mold. Let dry overnight and store in air tight container.
Drop one fizz into toilet bowl and clean bowl using brush.
Liquid Hand Soap
2 oz Bar Soap, grated
1 Tbls Coconut oil
4 cups Boiling water
2 Mason jars with pump
Grate 2 oz of a bar soap (we used Dr. Bronners Peppermint), into a large heat proof bowl. Add coconut oil. Pour boiling water over mixture and stir as soap dissolves. When fully dissolved, add the essential oil drops and allow to come to room temperature. Place in mason jars with pump attachment.