Creating a Home

Saving Money on Cleaning Supplies

This year I have been in the process of “detoxifying” our home and our lifestyle. Lately I have been learning to make my own”safe” cleaning supplies.

Making your own homemade cleaning products typically involves combining specific products, such as…

 1. Baking Soda...Baking soda is an ideal deodoriser, disinfectant, anddegreaser.

2. Borax…Borax consists of soft colourless crystals that dissolve easily in water that can be used to make a very effecti all-purpose cleaner that can clean just about everything.

3. Detergent…Detergent helps lift dirt and grime. When shopping for detergent, look for a detergent that is PH neutral, fragrance free and septic tank safe…such as Earth Choice, Morning Fresh, and ecostore.

4. Essential Oils...Essential oils help make both your home and your cleaning supplies smell lovely and fresh. Some of the best essential oils for cleaning are lemon, lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, and wild orange.

5. Microfiber Cloths…Microfiber cloth are reusable. Simply throw them into the wash and then hang on the line to dry.

6. Salt... Salt is an effective scouring agent, deodoriser, and degreaser.

7. Spray Bottles…Spray bottles are obviously important when you are making and using homemade cleaners.

8. Vinegar...Vinegar, a great natural anti-fungal and antibacterial,  can be used so many different ways to clean -to disinfect, cut through grease, de-scale, clean glass, and so much more.

Creating a Home

Saving Money in the Kitchen

 Essential oils are great for diffusing and cleaning.
Cleaning with essential oils will help keep your home free of toxic chemicals and leave behind a fresh, clean scent.

It is important to remember that essential oils and green products can react with plastic, so always make and store your cleaning products in glass containers.

Also be sure to print and use cute and colorful labels to help you stay organized and know what each container contains.

Moving on ahead, here are a few essential oil recipes to help keep your kitchen cleaner…

 1. All Purpose Cleaner …Combine.1 gallon water, 2tsp Dawn dish soap, 1/2C vinegar, 1/2C baking soda. Put in a spray bottle to clean showers, toilets, sinks, counter-tops, and floors.

2. Dishwasher Detergent Tablets…Stir together 2C cups baking soda, 2C borax, 1/2C epsom salt,1/2C vinegar, and 20 drops of lemon essential oil. Transfer the mixture into a ice cube trays or silicone molds.

Press down until each compartment is hard packed with detergent. Put them in a dry, sunny spo and let them sit for at least 24 hours. Store in a container with a tight-fitting lid.

 

3. Disinfectant...Combine 1Tbsp witch hazel, 5 drops orange essential oil, 5 drops lavender essential oil,2 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 7 drops tea tree oil in 8oz spray bottle.Fill with 1C distilled or filtered water.
Shake well before each use. To use, spray on hard surface, such as counter-top and let air-dry.

4. Garbage Disposal Bombs…Mix 3/4C baking soda with 1/2C salt.

Slowly add 1Tbsp dish soap and 10 drops lemon essential oil. Scoop the mixture into Tablespoon-sized “cookies” onto tin foil or parchment paper. Let /dry 24 hours. To use, store in a jar by the sink and run a couple of bombs through the disposal as needed.

5. Room Spray...Combine 2tsp witch-hazel, 15 drops of lemon essential oil and 4oz water in a small, fine-mist spray bottle.