DIY Cleaning Products for a Chemical Free House

Commercial cleaning products can be destructive to your health and our environment. For a cost effective, environmentally friendly, and healthy way to clean your home (including video tutorial) learn how to make these DIY cleaning products!

DIY Cleaning Products - Dishwasher Tablets

Why should you avoid commercial cleaning products such as Windex and bleach? These cleaning products contain chemicals that are known to cause health problems such as asthma and as deadly as cancer. I LOVE a clean house. I have always been conscious of what I put into my body SO… I realized I needed to be more aware of what I was putting ON my body as well as breathing in. Why you ask? Our body’s absorb 60% of what we put on our skin, not to mention what we are breathing in when we clean. Cleaning with products that contain chemicals like ammonia increase our likelihood for health problems. Not only should we be conscious of how everyday cleaning products impact our health but also for the health of our pets and children. Intrigued? Keep Reading!

Dishwasher Tablets:

  • 1/3 Cup Washing Soda
  • 1/3 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/3 Cup Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Citric Acid
  • 10 Drops Essential Oil – Tea Tree
  • 10 Drops Essential Oil – Lemon
  • 1 Tbs. Water (Optional)

My goal here is to make people aware of how dangerous chemicals can be and to show how easy it can be to make your own cleaning products! Making your own cleaning supplies is not only easy but it’s also really fun being able to customize products with the scents you love. Not only will you save money, but these recipes will leave your home smelling great! These dishwasher tablets cost less than half of what you would pay for regular tablets at any store. Leave the recipe in powder form or transform them into tablets. Use lemon and tea tree essential oils or customize the smell with other oils such as lavender. This recipe is extremely easy and customizable!

Directions:

  1. Mix together washing soda, baking soda, salt, and citric acid.
  2. Add in specified drops of tea tree and lemon essential oils.
  3. FOR DISHWASHER POWDER you can stop here and add 1 Tbs. of powder per load.
  4. FOR TABLETS add 1 Tbs. of water and continue mixing.
  5. Add mixture to mold of your choice (I use ice cube trays).
  6. Let sit for at least 24 hours or until dry.
  7. Use 1 tablet per load.

NOTE: Dishwasher tablets should NEVER be consumed. Ensure your tablets or powder are properly stored in an air tight container and kept away from children. Label your container to ensure its contents are not mistaken.

Click this link to see how simple making your own tablets really is!

You might be wondering what cleaning power essential oils have and whether or not you have other options when it comes to making your own cleaning supplies. I’m happy to report that you do have other options! Tea tree and lemon are commonly known for their antiviral and antibacterial properties. However, you are not limited to just these. I like this combination because it works really well for degreasing dishes. I also like scents such as pine, lavender, and orange. Click this link to see other great essential oil combinations!

Toilet Cleaner:

  • 1 Cup Baking Soda
  • ½ Cup Citric Acid
  • 40 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • ½ Tsp. White Vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Silicone Trays

I have always had a passion for using products and food that are organic, good for our health, and good for the environment. A lot of people aren’t educated on how negative of an impact chemicals can have on our bodies. My goal on this page is to make people aware of these negative impacts and then inspire people to make their own products. There is a perception that making your own cleaning supplies will be really hard but I hope these recipes will show you how easy it can really be. One great thing about these products is they last a really long time. One batch of dishwasher tablets can last months!

Directions:

  1. Mix together baking soda, citric acid, and essential oil.
  2. Slowly add in vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
  3. Mix together until ingredients are blended well and mixture clumps.
  4. Spoon concoction into silicone trays.
  5. Let dry at least 24 hours before removing from tray.
  6. Store in an airtight container until ready for use.
  7. Drop 1 bomb into the toilet per clean.

As previously mentioned, these products should NEVER be consumed. Keep in an airtight and clearly labeled container that is kept out of reach of children. Make sure everyone in your household, including guests are educated on your product and that it should never be consumed.

Why Should Your Cleaning Products be Chemical Free?

Have you ever experienced a headache, irritated eyes, or throat while cleaning? Then you may be using cleaning products that are deteriorating your health!!! Here are several common ingredients most likely lurking in your cupboards right now that are harmful to not only yourself but the lives of your loved ones!

  1. Phthalates
  2. Perchloroethylene or “PERC”
  3. Triclosan
  4. Butoxyethanol
  5. Ammonia
  6. Chlorine
  7. Sodium Hydroxide

To learn more about chemicals you shouldn’t be using to clean your home and why they can be so detrimental to your health click here.

All Purpose Cleaner:

  • 3 Drops Liquid Castile Soap
  • 1/4 Cup Washing Soda
  • 1 Cup White Vinegar
  • 4 Drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 8 Drops Essential Oil for Scent

Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle and use as needed.

I hope these recipes have peaked your interest in making your own DIY cleaning supplies! Any product you have in your cupboards right now can be replaced by something healthier, cheaper, that you can most likely make yourself. Your home will not only be healthier but left smelling great with all of these essential oils! If you aren’t interested in making any of these cleaning supplies yourself there are great alternative brands available at the stores. Some brands I recommend are Dr. Meyers, Seventh Generation, and Method. Some of these products have more ingredients than I prefer but it’s definitely better than using products like bleach. Get started today!