Agustina Bluthgen  /   11/17/2021

DIY Cleaning Products Right From Your Pantry

We are all aware of the need to have a more sustainable way of living. And sustainability starts at home! Having a greener lifestyle and contributing to a healthy planet doesn’t mean you have to spend lots of money. There are a lot of different options for you to consider at the time of choosing alternative products for consumption. And DIY cleaning products are a very good way to start.

Cleaning products are known for being harmful to our health and the planet. Bleach, polishes, softeners, detergents, soaps, air fresheners all include harmful chemicals. Even if they are advertised as green or natural, they contain ingredients that affect our health and the environment. That is why we need to pay attention to their ingredients when buying them.

But you may wonder if keeping your home clean and green will need a huge investment. And we can assure you that it is not necessary. Having a clean home and not having to spend lots of money is possible! Sustainable cleaning products are not only for sale at stores but can also be made at home. You can make your DIY cleaning products and avoid chemicals and pollutants.

DIY cleaning products are easier than you think. You have a lot of different products you can create on your own. These include clothing stain remover, glass cleaner, air freshener, dish soap, among others. 

Here are a couple of simple recipes for you to try. An all-purpose cleaner will help you with your daily cleaning. It’s a great first DIY cleaning product for you to start making at home!

All-Purpose cleaner

To create your all-purpose cleaner you will need:

    • 1 tablespoon of borax powder
    • 2 cups of hot water
    • ½ cup of vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide
    • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
    • Optional: essential oil

You will first need to dissolve the borax into the hot water. Then, mix the remaining ingredients. Once the mixing is complete, transfer the sustainable cleaning product to a spray bottle. You can then add any essential oil of your choice. They not only will give a pleasant aroma to your home but also include health benefits!

Bleach Alternative

You will need:

    • ½ cup of water
    • ½ cup of vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
    • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
    • Optional: essential oil

For your bleach alternative, mix all the ingredients in a spray bottle. You must pick a dark bottle as light breaks down the cleaning power. When using it you will have to spray on stains and let sit for about 10 minutes before washing. Keep in mind that this DIY cleaning product lasts about one month.

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