How We Make Months of Cleaning Products in One Afternoon

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Are you sick of spending money on chemical laden cleaning products? 

Cleaning Products
If you are sick of spending money on cleaning products, how about making your own? I have been making my own cleaning products for ten years now. Not only are they much cheaper to make, they smell nice and they are safe for even little ones to use. 

I like to take a Saturday afternoon to make all of our cleaning products in one batch. Depending on how many bottles I have been able to collect, I can make months at a time. The kids like to help me with this too. I am going to show you exactly what you need to make your own and the best place to buy the ingredients.

Main Ingredients needed:

Big Jugs of vinegar!
I like to buy a 2 pack of this at a warehouse store. It’s cheaper than buying just one gallon at the grocery store. It’s usually less than $4 for two big jugs.

Baking Soda: You can buy big bags of it at the big box stores. I also like these little shaker bottles. They work great to use for my sink scrubby powder and you can reuse them over and over. The bottles are very sturdy.

Spray Bottles: I have some old spray bottles that I have saved to re-purpose, or you can pick up some nice industrial ones at Home Depot or Lowes. The Dollar Store ones don’t last very long.

Squirt Bottles: squirt water bottles from the dollar store or old dish soap bottles work great

Essential Oils: I love the NOW brand essential oils for cleaning. They smell great and are VERY inexpensive!

And now on to the cleaning products!

My #1 household staple is our all purpose spray:
This spray is good for everything!!! It’s great for wiping down counter tops and appliances, it has completely replaced windex in our home {If you have granite, scroll down – vinegar and citrus oils will damage your countertops!}  It cleans windows beautifully, with a no streak finish. For window repair you can find helpful information here. It cuts grease and cleans hard water stains on the bathroom faucets too! If you have a potty training toddler this is a must have, it wipes up pee in a flash. 

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Fill bottle halfway up with vinegar, and half way with water. Add about 32 drops of tea tree oil (this is a great anti-fungal and disinfectant). Then you can add your oil scent of choice. Tea tree oil and vinegar is very medicinal smelling and strong if you aren’t used to it. I love adding lemongrass to my cleaners they make my house smell bright and happy. You can add lemongrass, lavender, lemon, sweet orange, the sky is the limit. I like to add about 20 drops of a second oil.

Shake and label bottle and you are ready to go! I keep one bottle under every sink in the house.

Sink/Bathtub Scrub:
This simple baking soda scrub can make a sink shine! I love how shiny it can get my stainless steel sink. It works great as a soft scrub like cleaner in bathtubs too! If you have carpet you can use this as a carpet deodorizer too. Just sprinkle on the carpet and vacuum up.

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Add baking soda to a shaker container or use one of these baking soda shakers. Add about 20 drops of tea tree oil (this is great for mold too) and another oil of your choice. Stir the oils into the baking soda and shake well.

Shake well before each use. It smells really good and makes everything shine. A little bit goes a long way, and a container can last a couple of months!

Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
I use this recipe from My Merry Messy Life, but right now I have been using Sal Suds, instead of Castile soap, since I have a few bottle stockpiled. It works just as well and I love the pine smell! 

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Mix ingredients and put in a squirt bottle. Squirt under rim and in toilet and scrub! I like to pour a little bit of vinegar in the toilet to make a fun fizzy action!

For Mopping Floors:
I keep extra bottles of vinegar under the sink for when I mop my floors. I have some old plastic easter basket buckets I store rags in under the sink. I fill with hot water, vinegar and essential oils. The little ones love to help, so I usually give them their own bucket and rags. Make sure you have lots of dry towels available for afterwards!

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For really dirty or muddy floors I love to use Sal Suds. It remind me of Pine-Sol! I just squirt a few squirts into the bucket and add hot water. It works really well!

Wait! Do you have granite countertops?

Carrie just told me that you should never use vinegar on granite counter tops. I have faux granite counter tops but she has the real thing and needed to find an alternative. She found this awesome Homemade Granite Cleaner Recipe from One Good Thing By Jillee. She said it makes her counters sparkle and shine! She even uses it on her mirrors!

Also, you shouldn’t use citrus oils on granite; vinegar and citrus oils will cause damage to your granite!

I like to shop for my cleaning oils, vitamins and supplements at Pure Formulas.

They offer FREE shipping on any purchase no matter how much you spend! So if you need one essential oil for a cleaning product you can just order the one thing you need. There is no minimum. You also receive points for every dollar you spend, and you can get points for writing reviews on your favorite products. These add up as rewards in your account and work just like a gift card!

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Written by Sarah


Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Granola Mama to 4 children ages 16-5. She is a Charlotte Mason style homeschooler and has been homeschooling for 13 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, Coffee and Green Smoothies!

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