Free DIY Homemade Cleaning Solutions (Talk of the Town April 2013)

by Sami

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Free homemade DIY Cleaning Solutions

After long last, I’m bringing you some of my favorite (& free!) DIY/Homemade Cleaning solutions.

This is the perfect time for spring cleaning! If you’re willing to put in a little time on the front end to make your concoctions, these DIY homemade cleaning solutions can save you up to 90% over what you’d pay for similar items in the store.

The added bonus for me as a parent is that I know my kids can clean with me safely, without the threat of harsh chemicals or toxins.

DIY cleaners have also been proven to greatly decrease the rate of respiratory issues in homes

Here are some of the most basic components you’l need on hand (thought the quantity used of each will vary based on what it is you’re trying to clean):
Baking Soda
White Vinegar
Hydrogen Peroxide
Pure bar soap (like Fels-Naptha or Ivory)
Essential oils

Some of my favorite recipes that I’ve tried out:

Laundry Detergent:
*1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) of shaved bar soap (Ivory, or Fels-Naptha)
*1 cup of borax
*1 cup of washing soda
Combine and you’re done!
—Use 1 Tbsp per load (or 2 Tbsp for heavily soiled loads).

DIY/Homemade Fabric Softener:
1 gallon white vinegar
30-40 drops of essential oil (Lavender, orange, lemon, peppermint, & tea-tree oil are al great options)
Shake well before each use: 1/2 cup for average loads, 1/4 cup for HE machines.

Toilet Bowl Scrub
* ½ cup baking soda
* 1 cup distilled white vinegar
* ½ teaspoon tea tree essential oil

You can also make great personal care DIY items, like homemade toothpaste & homemade deodorant (I just use grain alcohol in a mini spray bottle with some tea tree essential oil).

My husband even come across a couple great DIY/homemade solutions for outside the home, like weed-killer and plant spray to keep the bugs at bay!

DIY/Homemade Weed Killer
*One Gallon Apple Cider Vinegar
*1/2 Cup Salt
*1 Teaspoon Dawn Liquid Dish Detergent
*Combine in a spray bottle

You can also find DIY recipes for homemade bug spray, homemade sun screen & much much more!


Watch my DIY/Homemade Cleaning Solutions segment from April 26, 2013:
I’ve added some links to other websites with fun DIY homemade ‘recipes’, as well as links to some of the products I mentioned (affiliate links used), so hopefully this will be a one-stop-shop post you refer back to frequently!

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dianne April 27, 2013 - 7:13 pm

Saw you for the first time yesterday on Talk of the Town. In the ingredients for the laundry detergent it calls for washing soda. I haven’t heard of this before. Where do I find it? Would really like to try this. Will be looking on your website to learn more.

sami April 27, 2013 - 8:33 pm

So glad you stopped by Dianne! The Washing Soda is actually by Arm & Hammer and I found it very inexpensively at WalMart.

Please let me know how it works for you and if there’s anything else you’d like to see on the site 🙂

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