DIY: 5 Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
As we step in the 21st century, there appears to be a strong surge backward toward self-sustainability. People are looking into better ways of taking care of themselves and the planet that supports them. With so many falsely labeled "natural" products on the market, some people are becoming a little skeptical. Who and what can you trust? When we don't trust those who have supplied our products in the past, we tend to look inward. To be self-sufficient and reduce our carbon footprint at the same time, we must find safer, yet just as effective, ways of reducing germs in our homes. The simple solution is to make our own cleaning products.
While safe and effective are words that come to mind when the idea of making your own cleaning products is front and center, the bottom line is also a relevant issue. What will it cost to make your own soap? Since earth-friendly, biodegradable, store-bought cleaning supplies tend to be more expensive than the typical commercial products that are not earth-friendly, are we in for sticker shock when we start making our own products? Delightfully, the answer is no. Cleaning supplies that are made from scratch in your own home tend to cost a fraction of what you'd find on the grocer's shelf. Many of the ingredients can grow in your own yard or the wild.
#1. Yucca Soap
DIY from: Herbal How-To
For time immeasurable, Native Americans have turned to the yucca plant to keep their hair healthy and their clothing clean. It seems the root of the flowering yucca plant contains steroidal saponin, the active ingredient that creates lather. The roots of one medium yucca plant will provide enough soap for a dozen washes (hair or laundry). To keep pulp debris at a minimum, clean, peel and chop the roots into small pieces. Dry the pieces and then make small cheesecloth baggies filled with yucca pieces. Lather into hair or toss into the wash.
#2. Lemon Stain Remover
DIY from: Linny's Kitchen
"About once a month or so I clean all of my wooden cutting boards with some fresh lemon before cleaning them with mineral oil. I will also freshen up any of my plastic boards with lemon juice between uses to remove any stains from the boards." Lemon juice can also be used to remove stains on fabric and marble, polish metal, and remove stuck-on food in the microwave.
#3. Peroxide Fabric Stain Remover
DIY from: Imperfect Homemaking
"I've seen recipes for "homemade oxy clean" all over the web (and by web, I mean pinterest.) The problem is that every recipe I found for this homemade stain remover was different. They all used peroxide, but some called for baking soda, and others called for washing soda. Some called for water, others didn't. What is a girl to do!? So naturally I decided to conduct an experiment. Because I have that kind of time."
#4. Baking Soda Toilet Fizzies
DIY from: Savvy Sugar
"Freshen things fast with toilet fizzies that clean and eliminate smells. And (ahem) this solution is much better than lighting a match. Personalize with your favorite scents and your bathroom will be the best-smelling spot in your home. Stash in a cute container on your commode and simply drop in a small fizzy when needed."
5. Eco-Safe Surface Cleaner "Bleach"
DIY from: Nourishing Joy
"For cleaning, you want oomph, and a 50-50 blend of 3% H2o2 and water seems pretty standard by the scientific community to sufficiently deal with common household bacterias, viruses, and molds. Of course, I always like things a little more potent, so sometimes I skip adding the water altogether. (Shhh… don’t tell. It’s not quite as frugal, but it makes me feel good.)"