When creating my list of possible topics to include in my ABCs of Frugal Living Series, some letters were harder to fill than others. However, I knew what “C” would be immediately. I have been an enthusiastic user of natural cleaning products for years. Since seeing Chemerical many years ago on Netflix, and more recently, The Human Experiment, I rid my home of toxic chemicals. I have been making my own homemade, non-toxic cleaners ever since.
Real quick, think about how many cleaners you have in your house. I used to have dozens: bleach, Windex, all-purpose cleaner, kitchen cleaner, bathroom cleaner, stainless steel cleaner, carpet cleaner, Febreeze . . . I thought I needed a different cleaner for everything.
I was so wrong.
It turns out that only a handful of products are needed, and they can all be made by non-toxic, readily available substances- some of which you might already have in your home.
Here’s a quick list of cleaners I make myself:
My go-to multi-purpose cleaner (also works as a glass cleaner) is:
- 1 cup vinegar (when I have orange peels in the house, I soak them in vinegar to give the vinegar a nice smell)
- 1 cup alcohol
- 2 cups water
- about 10 drops essential oil (we like tea tree and orange)
I do buy my toilet cleaner. I use Method Antibacterial Toilet Cleaner.
And that’s it! These 3 or 4 cleaners are really all you need.