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Why You Should Make Your Own Cleaning Products and Two Bathroom Cleaners to Get You Started

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Homemade cleaning products are very popular in DIY circles. But their cost, safety, and quality make basic, homemade cleaners ideal for every home. Experimental Wifery explains why and gives you two great “recipes” to get you started.

  • Homemade cleaners are cost-effective. The ingredients for homemade cleaners aren’t always as cheap or easy to come by as DIYers would have you believe. And, because you have to buy the ingredients in bulk, they often seem expensive. But the overall cost of a homemade cleaner is about the same per use as the stuff you buy at the grocery store. For example, A bottle of Lysol costs about 40 cents a cleaning. Homemade toilet bowl cleaner costs about 50.
  • Homemade cleaners are safer. Common household cleaners like bleach, air fresheners, and laundry detergents often contain cancer-causing chemicals you probably don’t want in your home. Homemade cleaners come from non-toxic ingredients—many use baking soda, which is so non-toxic we eat it. (Not all homemade cleaning ingredients are edible, so be sure to keep all cleaning products away from children!) Most of the ingredients for homemade cleaners even come in biodegradable, cardboard packaging.
  • Homemade cleaners give you a sense of pride. Housekeeping is often a least favorite task because it is the least appreciated. When you made your own cleaning products, you get the chance to experiment and create. It may sound silly, but cleaning with a product you made yourself really does feel more rewarding.

Ready to give homemade cleaning a try? These two formulas will get your bathroom into tiptop shape. Buy ingredients in bulk to get more bang for your buck.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil(optional*)
  1. Pour the baking soda, vinegar, and essential oil (if you’re using it) straight into the bowl.
  2. Clean with your toilet bowl brush like normal.

All-Purpose Bathroom Spray

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup of castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon of tea tree essential oil (optional—but highly recommended)*
  • 10 drops of eucalyptus (smells healthy, like cough drops) or peppermint oil*
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a plastic spray bottle. Use an empty spray bottle from a store-bought cleaning product to be extra eco-friendly.
  2. Spray the back, seat, and underside of the toilet.
  3. Wipe clean with a damp cloth or sponge.

*Some essential oils, including tea tree and peppermint oil, are potentially toxic for pets. Be sure to protect your pet’s health by checking with a vet before using essential oils in your home. And always keep essential oils out children’s reach.

Interested in more homemade cleaning products? I highly recommend The Naturally Clean Home. If you’re not ready to take the plunge by making your own products, check out one of my favorite Etsy vendors, Nothing But Soap, who sells high-quality, homemade products.

6 responses »

  1. I’ll try these, thanks! This is such a good post – lots of people are allergic to commercial fragrances (my mum is) and they’ve been known to cause nasty reactions in children with asthma, so it is great to have alternatives. Thanks!

  2. This is great. I have been looking for a bathroom spray “recipe” for a while. Thanks!

    • Another easy switch to make is to homemade laundry detergent. Certain chemicals in commercial detergents can irritate skin and make clothes fade faster. Homemade detergent also allows you to add a fragrance of your choice if you like.

  3. Do not use Tea Tree Oil if you have cats. It is toxic to them.

  4. Raquel Simone

    How effective is this against mold and bacteria? I’m all about doing as much as possible homemade or homegrown, but with cleaning products it worries me. I’ve also run into some trendy DIYers that upon further research have turned out to be either harmful or ineffective.


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