I absolutely love making up my own food recipes and tweaking existing ones to my tastes. When I discovered I could make my own cleaning products I was giddy with excitement. Well… saying I was giddy is a bit overboard but it is fun coming up with new ways to clean house and discovering how a slight change in a recipe can make a big difference in how something works and smells. If you are looking to eliminate harmful chemicals and toxins from your home than making your own homemade cleaners is a great starting point.Eliminate harmful chemicals and toxins from your home Click To Tweet
I put this list together as a starting point and you may find that you already have several of them on hand to get you started. Please be careful and use caution when mixing ingredients for your cleaners. Read labels, use new clean bottles, and follow storage guidelines for cleaners. Rinse thoroughly, and always follow instructions. Have fun but safety comes first.
Natural Ingredients For Homemade Cleaners
Baking soda works as a mild abrasive, helping to gently scrub things that need to be scrubbed. The benefit of scrubbing with baking soda is that it won’t scratch and damage most delicate surfaces. Baking soda also works well to remove smelly odors, making it a prime candidate for a bathroom and kitchen cleaner. Baking soda is a great stain remover, and can be used to help soften loads of laundry. Because baking soda is great in so many areas, many cleaning supply recipes will call for it.
Bee’s wax provides a layer of protection to most surfaces, particularly wood surfaces, and will help protect the color of your stain, seal your wood from unwanted stains, it nourishes the wood and helps protect it from drying out and cracking. Bee’s wax is perfect for wood surfaces, especially absorbent woods like pine and oak. Because its safe if consumed it great for conditioning wood bowls and cutting boards. Other uses include, water proofing leather, lubricant for very old furniture joints, Smooth movement for doors, drawers and windows, use molten beeswax to polish granite counter tops, and coat copper sinks. Its melting point is 62°C to 64°C.
Borax is a great laundry booster, but it can be used in a few different ways around the house. It is often used in laundry and other homemade cleaners, as a stain remover and a substitute for bleach. Use it in your all-purpose cleaners to dispel dirt, grim, oil and grease. It is a natural mineral, but it could irritant the skin. Borax can also be used to repel insects.
My thoughts on Borax – Is It Safe?
There are many sites on the internet claiming borax is toxic. I disagree with these sites and believe that borax is as safe as table salt or washing soda. I have a son that Here is a fantastic site that gives a wealth of information about borax. The site gives many examples of how to use it and why it is safe to use: http://www.health-science-spirit.com/borax.htm
Carnauba wax, otherwise known as palm wax or Brazil wax is the hardest, naturally occurring wax on the planet, its main uses are as an agent for coating, hardening, and polishing, it is highly durable and has many uses. It is one of the hardest natural waxes with a melting point of 82°C to 86°C that is higher than other waxes. Also, The wax is flaky and therefore makes it far too brittle to use by itself, it is commonly mixed with softer waxes to make it pliable. Carnuba wax is commonly used in car polishes because it does not flake off and a little goes a long way.
It is also used to make shoe polish, on instruments, a combination of carnauba wax, beeswax, and turpentine can be used in floor and furniture polishes. Use it on wood for an extremely glossy appearance and utilize it in combination with dyes and other products for colored polishing that lasts longer. It can also be used to treat and waterproof leather products. This is usually carried out in combination with other waxes to help make the leather more durable and strong.
Castile soap is an oil based soap, and can be used to clean almost anything in your home. Diluted liquid castile soap as an all-purpose cleaner. Liquid castile soap is an excellent degreaser.
Use chalk to get rid of greasy stains from clothing, such as, ring-around-the-collar. It also will help get rid of greasy stains on suede. Place some chalk where you keep your silver and the chalk will absorb the moisture in the air which in turn will stop your silver from dulling. Mix powdered chalk with vodka to form a paste to clean pewter. Place chalk in the box that you keep your jewelry in, it will stop your silver and costume jewelry from discoloring. The chalk absorbs the sulfur compounds inside the jewelry box before they can discolor the jewelry. Place chalk in your tool box to help prevent rusting.
Chalk absorbs any moisture in the air so use it anywhere you have moisture problems such as closets. Stop odors and mildew by placing pieces of chalk in those problem areas. Use powdered chalk and a damp cloth to shine marble and metal. Use chalk to stop ants from coming into your house draw chalk lines around your windowsills, doorways and any other openings that the ants might come in from. The chalk line will stop them in their tracks.
Coconut oil is hypoallergenic and will not spoil, which makes it great for moisturizing wood and bringing out the natural wood colors, the same concept works well for all your leather items. Season cast-iron pans, use it to make homemade laundry soap. Use a damp cloth with coconut oil to wipe out soap scum in the bathroom. Coconut oil works well on removing sticky substances, such as, removing sticky label residue, that mystery sticky gunk in the carpet and even easily removes gum from hair.
Cornstarch is used as a starching solution for clothing. It also absorbs oils and greases, making it a great help in the laundry room or for stains on counter tops.
Essential oils help add a pleasing scent to homemade cleaning solutions. Be careful when using essential oils. A little goes a long way. There are people with high sensitivities to essential oil fragrances.
Lemons and Lemon Juice:
Lemons can be great for scrubbing copper bottom pots. The juice works to clean and shine the pans. Lemon juice is a natural bleach, especially when combined with the sun. Lemon juice is a natural degreaser, which comes in handy with dishes.
Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a disinfectant. Use it to make a laundry stain remover and it also is one of the most effective blood stain removers.
Jojoba oil is another great oil that will not go rancid. This makes it well suited as an ingredient for wood polish and moisturizing leather.
Linseed oil as been a go to oil as a preservative for wood and concrete for many years.
Not only does it help food taste good, olive oil is a great natural cleaner for cooking tools. Use a stiff scrubbing-brush and a paste of olive oil and salt to prep your cast-iron pans for your next meal without using harsh chemicals. Got a little paint on your hands? Scrub with olive oil and your hands will be paint free!
Rubbing Alcohol is a solvent, it dissolves dirt and oil, which makes it a great stain removal. Test for color fastness and check the type of fabric your items are made from. Do not use on fabrics made with acetate, acrylic, triacetate, modacrylic, and triacetate fibers. Works well to remove ink, marker stains on microfiber, electronic screens, and dry eraser boards. Mix it with equal parts of water and use it as a disinfectant, works great on personal items like mattresses and jewelry. Use it to clean mirrors, windows, and stainless steel for a streak free clean. It is safe to mix in a homemade cleaner for granite, laminate, and artificial plants. Wipe it on windows and it will prevent frost buildup, if you have ice built up on your car windows pour or spray rubbing alcohol on them to melt the ice.
Beware that it is highly flammable and caution should be used around open flames.
Salt is an abrasive solution for scrubbing. Use salt to get rid of rust and mildew. Salt also works to help polish copper and silver. Use it to clean your cast-iron.
Soap nuts are an all-natural, plant-based product, a berry shell from a tree. They are not actually a nut and safe for those with nut allergies, they are hypoallergenic, odorless and biodegradable. Use them in place of laundry soaps and detergents. The nut contains saponin, which works as a natural surfactant. Surfactants reduce the surface tension of the water, making it wetter and easier to penetrate soiled fabrics and do no damage to fabrics or household surfaces. Soap nuts can replace almost all of your household soaps and most of your cleaning products when mixed with some simple cheap products. Use in an all-purpose cleaner recipe, dish soap, laundry detergent, glass cleaner, face and body wash, shampoo, pet shampoo and naturally repels insects like mosquitoes.
Plain white toothpaste works as a very mild abrasive, similar to soft scrubbing gel solutions. Use toothpaste to clean silver, remove stains on white clothing, tennis shoes, and in many other places where light scrubbing is needed.
Tung oil is another oil that has been utilized for thousands of years. When it dries it forms a protective layer over top of the surface providing a waterproof wet-look. This oil is used over paint or as a wood finishing oil, making it great for cabinetry, counters, cutting boards, decks, doors, floors, furniture, masts and sails of boats. It an even be used on brick and concrete and according to history was used on the Great Wall of China. Tung oil is FDA approved as food safe.
Use Vinegar as a fabric softener in the rinse cycle of your washing machine and can be used as a stain remover. Vinegar makes a great all-purpose cleaner. Mopping with vinegar is an inexpensive way to keep your floors clean. Carefully combined with baking soda, it makes a great foaming toilet cleaner. *** Do Not Use with Bleach or Ammonia.
If you do not have any rubbing alcohol on hand vodka will do in a pinch, albeit more expensive. Do not use it on electronic screens. Beware that it is highly flammable and use caution around open flames.
Walnut oil is fantastic for all your household items made of wood because it leaves a wonderful shine and it is FDA approved as food safe.
Washing Soda is a solvent which makes it a wonderful laundry booster and stain remover but safe enough for those delicates. It also softens the hardest of water. Use it all over your home indoor and out as part of an all-purpose cleaner. It is tough on dirt, mildew, mold and oils.
***With all of these ingredients, be careful about mixing cleaners together. Use new clean bottles. Follow storage guidelines for cleaners. Rinse thoroughly, and always follow instructions.
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