When my family decided to make the switch from processed to real food, replacing household products with homemade versions was not a priority.
I was a self-proclaimed Tide-lovin’ woman. There was talk in Facebook groups about making laundry soap and even surface cleaners, but the thought of making products for my home usually brought about a scoffing giggle. “Why in world would I want to make products like laundry soap and surface cleaner? ”
Shortly after making the food switch, Dustin and I noticed a dramatic improvement in our health and energy levels. It was at this time that my mind began spinning, “Hmmm…I wonder if making products at home with natural ingredients would also benefit my family?”
That month I purchased my first ever jar of bentonite clay and whisked together a few natural ingredients creating my very first homemade product: foundation powder. The recipe was a success and a few weeks later I decided to give up the expensive foundation powder I’d been using for many years. I was intrigued, “What else can I make?”
In order to make this whole homemade product thing work for my family, I knew a few ground rules were necessary. I came up with two basic rules for all my DIY projects:
1. A homemade product must be just as effective as a store-bought product.
2. A homemade product must be simple to make.
Slowly I began replacing many of the products I was using in our home, from cleaners to body wash, with homemade alternatives. I’m living proof that a former Tide-lovin’ gal can make the switch from commercial to homemade.
Now, I get it. The whole process of making the switch to homemade products can be a bit overwhelming. The process doesn’t need to be complicated or exhausting. Simply start with the products you most often use in your home and start making one small change a month. Small, practical changes are the building blocks to a doable long-term natural lifestyle. Let’s take our lesson from the tortoise…slow and steady always wins the race.
9 Cleaning Products to Stop Buying and Start Making
DIY Cleaning Wipes (Reusable and Disinfecting): Homemade cleaning wipes are my reusable answer to the disposable cleaning wipes that once sat on my kitchen counter. These wipes are made with just a few basic ingredients (which you probably already own) and a handful of washcloths. I use these wipes to clean up juice spills, countertops, and even dirty little feet.
DIY Natural Floor Cleaner Wipes: Similar to the cleaning wipes, these wipes are made with a few basic ingredients and a handful of washcloths. The washcloths soak in a natural floor cleaning solution before being put to work with the dirty job of cleaning our hard floors. The result is always shiny, clean floors without the expensive cost of commercial cleaners.
DIY Bandits Oil Disinfecting Kitchen Spray: I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. By the end of the day it’s not uncommon to find spills, loose spices, and mountains of dirty dishes decorating my 1960’s countertops. When I need extra cleaning power, I mix together this simple cleaner for tackling the dirty job.
DIY All-In-One Bathroom Cleaner: This homemade cleaner is especially formulated to clean, disinfect, and deodorize even the dirtiest of bathrooms (AKA: my bathroom).
DIY All-In-One Glass and Stainless Steel Cleaner: Windows and stainless steel appliances are my nemesis, but with this simple cleaner I’m able to enjoy squeaky clean, streak-free windows and appliances for just pennies compared to store-bought cleaner.
DIY Homemade Scrub Cleaner: Like Soft Scrub: When the bathroom cleaning job calls for extra scrubbing power, I turn to a jar of homemade scrub cleaner. I also use this scrub cleaner in my white kitchen sink and even our old 1960’s countertops.
DIY Produce Wash: Whether I purchase organic or conventional produce, I always spend a portion of my prep time washing fruits and veggies for the week ahead. My produce wash is made with a few simple and natural ingredients that pack a powerful punch when it comes to unwanted dirt and bugs.
Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap: Ah yes, laundry soap. The one product I never thought would enter my arsenal of DIY cleaners. I’m happy to report that this laundry soap is super effective in its fight against stains, body odor, and dirt.
DIY Homemade Liquid Hand Soap: If you’re looking for one homemade product to start making, hand soap is my top pick. Most of us (I hope) use hand soap every single day, making it the perfect product to start making versus buying. This homemade hand soap only requires three to four simple ingredients.
Love these recipes! Can’t wait to try!
i wish you would have posted something to clean granite counters. vinegar will pit granite you should state that in your counter spray recipe
Hey Trica, I have a granite cleaner in my cleaning book. I can send you the recipe, just email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Another option, besides using the recipe in my book, is to use Sal Suds (1 tsp) and water (16 ounces).
Great recipes! I love your hand washing soap recipe, and I’m also very anxious to try out the laundry soap one! I’m only fourteen, and I have already replaced a lot of our products with natural and homemade ones. My mom also really likes that I am already into the DIY life at this age. Again, great recipes!
Hey Bree, That’s so great! I’m so excited for you!
What I don’t get is why people think you need nine (or however many) different products. I use a powdered detergent for everything in the kitchen and for laundry, and soap for everything else. I do use a mixture of baking soda and water for stains, but since baking soda is used in cooking as well I don’t consider it to be a cleaning product. These recipes call for as many different products as the ones they’re supposed to replace.
Hey Helen, I’m so glad you’ve found what works for you! There are many different cleaning choices on the blog, but most of them use the same ingredients in different ways/ratios. Thanks for sharing!
Lovely ideas! As a cleaner, I’m really interested in cleaning products, especially ones that I can make myself! This is such a terrific idea! Thank you for the recipes! I can’t wait to try them! 🙂
Thank you, Sandra!