Making your own homemade cleaning products is the best way you can reduce so much plastic waste. There is a lot of plastic junk that comes with our shampoo bottles, the mask we apply on our hair, the face wash we keep on chin ageing every 2 weeks, be it the dishwashers or the glass cleaning and bottles, the floor cleaning products or soap bottles.
We tend to invest a lot on these products because we think that it is a necessity to purchase the consumer good. Homemade cleaning products are natural, from your kitchen and gives you a sense of satisfaction on the type of ingredient you have used in your mixture. Homemade cleaning products can also be modified with the range of your necessity so it’s always a go-to thing currently.
And in these trying times of pandemic , when superstores have limited accessibility, homemade cleaning products works wonders.
WHAT IS HOME MADE CLEANING PRODUCTS
Essential products that we make ourselves at home using our own natural kitchen ingredients and then store them in good quality recyclable or bio-degradable bottles is the whole purposes of DIY HOMEMADE CLEANING PRODUCTS. This is the easiest way for an eco-friendly approach to waste less, create less trash, reducing the consumption of plastic bottles and getting rid of all the harmful chemicals and preservations.
Also this helps us save lots of unnecessary expenditures and money. Homemade cleaning products also give you the know-how of the various naturally beneficial products available in your home. Homemade cleaning products help you in the long run in various things like balancing the things at home, food intake and food selection and also helps us be chemical and preservation free.
FACTS ON HOMEMADE CLEANING PRODUCTS
Why we are insisting on homemade cleaning products :
Do you know that more than 552 million shampoo bottles could be ending up in landfills every year; the number of shampoo bottles thrown out in the United States every year could fill 1164 football fields and only 1 in 5 people consistently recycle items from the bathroom.
WHAT IS CONSUMER GOODS
Consumer good is the good that is bought by the consumers on a daily basis from the superstores. The popular buying of consumers good comes from the ease of availability, their low costing, low involvement, it targets the mass and is readily available. Consumer goods are the products that are bought for individual and household chores.
Consumer goods are of two types…single-use and durable use..mostly shampoos, soaps, cleaning products, etc all come under single-use consumer products. Here’s why to reduce their consumption is very important. And that is why making homemade cleaning products become so important for your everyday lifestyle.
How can you help just by making your own homemade cleaning products
1.Homemade cleaning products can help the environment
2 It’s takes out lot of plastic waste
3. Saves you money
4. Reduce waste in landfills
5. Enhance your skincare
6. Less exposure to chemicals
7. Open the door for Eco friendly living
8. Helps in zero waste lifestyle
9. Help the planet to achieve sustainability
10. Help you simplify and minimalist your approach
Support local community
BASIC THINGS YOU NEED ALONG WITH OTHER RECIPE INGREDIENTS
The basic things that need to be kept in mind when you make your mind to DIY your homemade cleaning products is that you need a clear approach of reducing plastic waste and panic buying. Organise your things, label them, see what you actually need and how much you need. List down all the essentials that you and your family needs on a daily basis and then track down the products you can make at home to reduce your consumption. This will help you a lot in not making too much or too less for yourself.
Homemade cleaning products will also give you an idea of exact things you really need in your lifestyle. It will save you some money and time and eventually lead you to lead a minimalism and SUSTAINABLE lifestyle. We will discuss the basic recipes on how you can make things at home using very basic and low-cost ingredients. There are so many ways to make different types of cleaning products at home.
This blog will give you a STARTER RECIPES OR BASIC RECIPES to start making your homemade cleaning products. This is like beginners guide on how you can just start within these recipes and then master them later when you think that it is working well with you.
We have compiled the list of all essential items you need in your everyday life and below are the homemade cleaning products you need to make all your kitchen, bathroom and everyday essentials.
KITCHEN – HOMEMADE CLEANING PRODUCTS
1. DISHWASHER POWDER / CUBES
Kitchen dishwasher is one you use to clean your dishes in the sink. The dishwasher is a key thing that is used in the kitchen. So here is how you can make a simple detergent powder or cube (if anyone prefers) that for your dirty utensils
1 cup Baking soda – Cuts out hard stains
1cup washing soda – Cleaner
1/2 cup sea salt – make waster soft, act as a scrubber,
For tabs or Solid Cubes
Drops of Lemon – antibacterial, smells good.
This is a super easy recipe to quickly make a dishwasher at home. Just mix all the ingredients and store it in an airtight container. You can start applying it with the help of an eco-friendly brush.
Just in case you are wondering to make detergent taps cubes then just add drops of lemon and white vinegar and start putting them in an ice tray. Dry them for 24 hours in a cool dry place. After that, you can take out the cubes and store it the boxes. Super convenient and very easy to make.
2. DISHWASHER LIQUID
Dishwasher liquid is used to wash your dishes. Some people prefer liquid over the powder or the bars. So here is the quick recipe for the same.
120ml white vinegar – cuts down grease
1 cup Baking soda – removes hard stains
1 cup washing soda – cleaner
2 Tsp of lemon drops
10-15 drops of essential oil any choice
Mix all the ingredients and start putting in water. The bubbles will start to come out. Let them settle down. After the liquid is settled poured it in a container. Just give it a quick mix once you start to rinse your utensils. Any essential oil of your choice will help the kitchen utensils smells very good.
3. KITCHEN-TOP CLEANER
Kitchen tops are generally oily, sticky and dirty as most of the hassle full works start there and is done there. So cleaning the kitchen slab/top becomes very important. So to make a quick kitchen top cleaner liquid , here is what you need.
300 ml Distilled water
150 ml White vinegar
10 drops of Tea tree Essential Oil / Any other of your choice
Few drops of lemon for antibacterial
Mix all the ingredients and store them in a spray bottle. This spray smells beautiful and it’s very easy to make. Cleans all the grease stains on your kitchen top and smells amazing.
BATHROOM – HOMEMADE CLEANING PRODUCTS
Toothpaste is one thing that is used all the time in the bathroom. So much of plastic is used every time we buy tubes of toothpaste.
Related : 70 ways to live eco-friendly way.
1 Cup Baking soda
2 tbsps Coconut oil
1/2 Cup Sea Salt
5-10 drops of Peppermint essential oil
Take a glass jar and mix all the above ingredients. Peppermint will give it a very fresh and minty touch and sea salt and baking soda will cleanse the teeth. Coconut oil gives lustre and shine to your pearly white teeth.
The shampoo has many recipes and there are so many different ways you can make shampoo for your hair type. Dry hair needs a certain type of oils to nourish your hair, oily scalp and dry scalp all have different requirements but to generalise the shampoo recipe hers how you can quickly make one for your hair.
150 ml Coconut Cream
4 tbsp Aloe Vera gel – This reduces its storage life but if you are making a small batch this is a great ingredient for your hair.
20 drops Essential oil of your choice
1 tbsp Olive oil
300 ml Castile soap
Read more : What is Castile soap
Mix all the ingredients and store it in the bottle. Aloe Vera gives shine and growth to your hair, coconut creme moisturise the scalp and hair, olive oil gives them natural oil and shine, essential oils provide all the fragrances and added nutrition to your shampoo. Castile soap acts as a complete cleansing agent and gives it a much-required lather. This homemade cleaning products recipe of a shampoo is a bomb.
6. BODY SCRUB
A body scrub is used to remove that extra purity in your body and make s your skin soft and nourished. Here is one of the many homemade cleaning products recipes that can be used to make to make a super cool body scrub. The best part about this scrub is that the ingredients used in the recipe can be used individually also to use as a scrub.
1 tbsp Coffee
1 tbsp Oats
1 tea spoon dried orange peel
1 tea spoon brown sugar
Mix all the ingredients and make orange coffee scrub for your body and face to enhance your skincare range. This is a great scrub recipe for all body types. You can add a dash of honey instead of orange dried peel if you don’t want a relatively hard body scrub. Both work wonders.
7. FACE MASK/PACK
Face mask replaces numerous skincare range products that you buy from a beauty store. The face mask doesn’t have one recipe but like shampoos, this can be made with so many different types of products like honey, egg whites, aloe vera, oat milk, coconut creme, green tea, potato, tomato and what not. Here is also a cool recipe that is not very common but has wonderful effects on the skin.
2 tbsps Gram Flour
1 tbsps Creme
Pinch of organic Turmeric
Mix all the ingredients and apply on the face. It helps get the glow to the face. Brighten the skin and milk creme moisturise the skin deeply.
8. HAIR MASK/PACK
This is a simple mask for all types of hair type which can aggressively reduce all your plastic packaged product that has hair masks and serums packed with preservatives. Here’s a quick recipe for a go-to hair mask.
1/2 Cup Coconut milk
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 Egg white
1 tbsp Honey
1 Capsule of vitamin E
Mix all ingredients and apply it on wet hair. Keep it for half an hour and then rinse it with warm water. This is one of my favourite homemade cleaning products.
9. LIP BALM
Lip balm and moisturizing your lips is a very important part of everyday routine. So why invest in a lip balm filled in a single-use lip roller. Why not make one of your own. So here is the recipe.
3 tbsp Beeswax
1/2 tbsp Honey
1/2 tbsp Coconut oil
5 drops of Essential oil of your choice
Mix all the ingredients and look for an old roller, clean the same and fill the roller with the above mixture. This lip balm is very moisturizing and keeps the lip moist and hydrated.
Now, this is very different from all homemade cleaning products. This is very personal and one of my favourites. Experimenting with moisturizes and using different ways to make them is my favourite thing. Here’s a very basic and minimalist recipe to make a starter moisturizer.
1 cup Shea Butter
4 tbsps of Any nourishing oils of your choice – Almond oil, jojoba, avocado etc
This is an added bonus on this DIY homemade cleaning products series. Who needs a moisturiser when you have all the required oils and butter available to nourish your skin at your home.
11. SHAVING CREAM
Men and women need shaving cream equally so why invest in outside products when you can make it very easily at home. See below.
1/2 cup Castile soap
1/2 cup Shea butter
10 drops of Essential oil
1 tbsp Coconut or olive oil
To make a simple shaving cream at home you just. We’d hand full of ingredients and store it in an airtight container..nothing can stop you for not buying unnecessary plastic consumer products from superstores. Super simple to make, nourishing to the skin and handy.
This one is a luxury recipe on homemade cleaning products. Many of you prefer high-end perfumes and I see no harm in using the same. But below is the recipe you can make yourself to use a homemade spray to use in everyday life when you are working, at home reading and just relaxing.
10 drops of Essential oil
1/2 cup Shea butter
2 tbsps Coconut oil
2 tbsps Arrowroot powder or cornstarch powder
No more body odour because all you need is some butter, oils and nice fragment oils of your choice. Simple isn’t it.
13. MOUTH FRESHENER
A very must and super easy to make. Mouth freshener is one thing everyone needs in a day. So a quick recipe for you all.
2 cups Water
15-20 drops of Peppermint essential oil
2-3 pieces Dried Lemon peels
Pinch of salt
This one is luxury but to make a mouth fresher for your bathroom shelve is super simple and super easy…basically just 1 ingredient recipe rest is just saltwater and few lemon peels.
Soap making is an art and has certain proportions to come up together to become a beautifully cured soap.
Related : How to make soap at home easily.
GENERAL USE – HOMEMADE CLEANING PRODUCTS
15. MULTIPURPOSE FLOOR CLEANER
To clean, to mop and to disinfect your floor of the house is a crucial day to day activity. Here’s the recipe for the same.
2 cups White Vinegar
4 cups Water
1/2 cup Rubbing alcohol
2 cups Liquid dish soap / liquid Castile soap
20 drops of Peppermint essential oil
1/2 Borax Powder
Mix it up all and use it a strong floor cleaning agent. This is a multi-surface cleaner recipe, can be used on all floor types.
16. GLASS CLEANER
This one is for all glass types and can be made using very simple ingredients. Try it out.
150ml Rubbing alcohol – 70-80% Concentration
200ml Distilled water
120ml white vinegar / apple cider vinegar
10 drops of any essential oil – Eucalyptus /Optional
Glass cleaner is also super simple and effective and obviously with no preservatives what so ever. So simple to make, this recipe just requires you to mix all the above ingredients in one spray bottle and you can store it for 2-3 months if not opened frequently. Great isn’t it.
17. LAUNDRY DETERGENT
Just plug in your machine and chuck the below-given recipe of the laundry. Your clothes will come out shining and clean. So here is the recipe.
1/2 cup Borax
2 cups Washing soda
1/4 cup Baking soda
2 cups Castile soap
18. FLOOR SCRUBBER
Just in case you have some stubborn dirt on the floor you can try to use this recipe to remove the same.
1/Cup Borax Powder
1/2 Lemon juice
1 cup sea salt
19. ROOM FRESHER
To freshen up your space and surrounding, this recipe is a bomb, Try this out.
1/5 cup Rubbing Alcohol/vodka
2 cups Water
20 drops of different Essential oils
20. CLOTHES SCENTS
This is actually not a recipe but an added ingredient in your laundry detergent. If you like your washed clothes to smell like your favourite scent.
Then just mixing salt and essential oil to your washing laundry detergent in the washing machine will add a dash of the scent..but this can be done only at the time you are washing your clothes, not before that.
CONCLUSION – DIY YOUR OWN CLEANING PRODUCTS – LESSEN THE BURDEN
Minimalism takes lots of things out of your lifestyle which looking into normal scenarios might be very important to you but in the long run, doesn’t really hold any importance. Consumer products are also the same. It gives you an urgent need of survival, and puts you through, that surviving without it becomes hard task but actually even in remotely located places and villages these things are inaccessible still things are just going fine and in fact good.
Homemade cleaning products IS A VERY REGULAR ACTIVITY AT PLACES WHERE THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE READILY.
So I think we should try to DIY our own homemade cleaning products to save money, reduce plastic, help Mother nature following a minimalist approach and simplify our lives.
Next time you enter your bathroom or you enter the kitchen you should be able to see all your homemade cleaning products with different flavours and usage. Isn’t it a great feeling 🙂