One blog that gives great tips on making your own affordable and cruelty-free cleaning products is Elizabeth's Kind Cafe Blog. One DIY cleaning ingredient that I use is essential oils. You can find these in any pharmacy or grocery store at pretty decent prices. Elizabeth developed an informative list including each type of essential oil and their natural purposes here. These are some of my favorites:
- Lavender – Antibacterial, Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antifungal, Antiseptic
- Lemon – Antibacterial, Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antifungal, Antiseptic
- Pine – Antibiotic, Antibacterial, Deodorizer, Antiseptic
- Spearmint – Antibacterial
- Tea Tree – Antibacterial, Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antifungal, Antiseptic
For an all-purpose/window/floor cleaner, I use...
- 12 oz white vinegar
- 12 oz water
- Few drops of any essential oil of your choice (I use tea tree oil)
- 1 spray bottle
For a shower cleaner, I use...
- Liquid dish soap
- Baking soda
Another great cleaning product is Mrs. Meyers all-purpose cleaner. I get the lavender scent, but they also have basil, lemon verbena, geranium, and rosemary. All you need is a spray bottle filled with water and, here is the best part: a CAP FULL of Mrs. Meyers! This stuff lasts forever and smells amazing. It's also pet friendly!
Bottom line: What's great about making your own cleaning products is how much money you save. I rarely buy cleaning products because the ingredients last forever. You also cut back on plastic, by using reusable spray bottles. Lastly, make sure you wear gloves while using certain oils as some can be potent, like Tea Tree and Lavender.