Once upon a time I was a single college student in a one-room dorm and it didn’t take much to keep it clean. Fast forward a few years and I was married to an amazing (but super neat and orderly) guy (random story-we met walking across the country) and had a couple of kids.
I soon learned that child is a synonym for maker-of-dirt-and-messes-while-being-absolutely-adorable and was amazed at the messes my two little kids could make.
After I learned about all the chemicals that are contained in household cleaning products and that I could make healthier ones at home, I started making my own. One of the hardest ones to create was a homemade all-purpose cleaner, but I finally found one that works well (and my kids have tested it hard!).
There is some debate about borax and if it safe to use in homemade cleaners or not. I personally feel it is safe to use and much safer than most cleaning products, but this article has a good breakdown of the information.
- 1 tsp borax
- 1/2 tsp washing soda
- 1 tsp liquid castille soap
- Essential oils as preferred- I use 4 drops lemon, 4 drops lavender and 10 drops orange
- Place borax, washing soda and soap in a spray bottle (preferably glass).
- Add 2 cups of warm water. Distilled is best, but any water that has been boiled will work. Cover bottle and shake well. Use as needed. I use as bathroom cleaner, floor pre-treater, kitchen cleaner and on toys to disinfect.
New to natural living? You can find many other natural cleaning recipes on my Start Here page. This post includes my 19 favorite natural cleaning tips for keeping your home clean naturally.
Another Ah-mazing Option
I recently found Branch Basics, an amazing natural cleaner that is safe for even chemically sensitive people and that can clean the entire kitchen, gets stains out of clothes, dirt out of grout lines, cleans an oven like magic and is safe to use on skin. In fact, it is tear free and I’ve been using it for baby shampoo! I’m addicted. You can find out more here. I even feel safe letting my kids clean with it! (It has also saved me money!)
Do you make any DIY cleaners? Share your favorite below!