Get started making DIY cleaners & body care,
It might just be easier than you realize,
And all you need are 5 simple ingredients to get started & become a DIY pro.
Are you ready?
I get a lot & I mean a lot of messages, email & comments from people who say they would start making their own DIY products but it cost so much to get started, it requires so many products & it is so overwhelming. Well I am here to help you see starting is cheaper than a months worth of commercial cleaners, you only need to buy 5 basic items & most of them you probably already have, and do not stress & it should & is easy & does not have to be overwhelming.
DIY can be freeing if you let it with the power to mix ahead & control the toxins in your home or to mix as you go. There is almost no way to do it wrong, you customize it to fit you & your likes, thats part of the beauty of DIY recipes are just a guide you can change recipes, combine recipes & create recipes & feel good about it.
There are a lot of great reasons to use DIY cleaners & body care, they are cheap, safe & very effective, they are safe for the environment, they are safe to use around & on babies, children, elderly & pets too. Natural DIY cleaners (& body care too) build your immune system instead of break it down like commercial cleaners & many so-called natural cleaners. Commercial and Natural vs DIY cleaners and your immune system.
Below are just some basic recipes to get you started, you can find many more recipes using just these same 5 ingredients through out my blog if you click the links provided. For most people/families this is a month supply but on our house it is probably about 2 weeks worth (8 people).
5 cheap yet natural, safe & quality ingredients to mix match to become a DIY frugal cleaning pro & body care too, instead of expensive chemical cleaning solutions & toxic body care products.
OK so here is what you need:
- 1 gallon jug of white distilled vinegar
- 1 gallon jug of apple cider vinegar
- 1 32 oz bottle of simple hydrogen peroxide
- 1 bottle lemon juice (the from concentrate kind if you can find it)
- 4 one pound boxes of baking soda
- You might need several spray bottle or wash & re-use empty spray bottle until you are ready to buy some, you may also need a few seal tight containers, we also save containers for that as well (see my blog post on containers here).
What kind/brands? I use store brands of each of these, I do buy food grade peroxide for health but I use simple brown bottle cheap peroxide for cleaning & body care. I do buy Bragg Apple cider vinegar for health but regular store brand apple cider vinegar is perfect for body care & white vinegar is amazing for cleaning. I do use fresh lemons for health but the lemon juice is great for cleaning.
4 boxes of baking soda? You can start off with 1 box of baking soda if you prefer, I just tend to buy baking soda in fours because 1 I use for toothpaste, 1 I keep in the bathroom for body wash/hand wash & to use as no poo for hair & one is used for cleaning.
But you are asking what about essential oils? Essential oils are great to add if you already have them on hand, but for many adding them is a cost they can’t handle just getting started & they can also be part of the overwhelming issue with going DIY. You do not need essential oils, they are nice to have but even I run out before I can afford to buy more (I only buy them once a year, go here to 6 my top 6 essential oils).
Other ingredients: If you have been reading my blog you know there are plenty of other things you can use for DIY cleaning & body care, but there really is no need to rush out & buy them all at once. If you have them already then great add them into your DIY routine. If you do not don’t stress & add them slowly & figure what works best for you.
Cant stand the smell of vinegar: If you truly can not stand the smell of vinegar use lemon juice instead, or mix the lemon juice & vinegar. If you have rubbing alcohol & just can not stand the smell of the white vinegar multi purpose cleaner add a tbsp or 2 of rubbing alcohol to the spray bottle to help with the vinegar smell. (more info here: DIY Germ & Grime Fighting Recipe – Multi-Surface Cleaner without Vinegar)
Vinegar, white distilled vs apple cider vinegar: The general rule with vinegar is use Apple cider vinegar (ACV) for cooking, in food, for pickling & on or in your body only. Only use white vinegar for cleaning & anything not on or in your body (ACV can also be used for cleaning) White vinegar should never be consumed, or used in food & not for hair or skin. (info at the bottom here)
I will start off with cleaners using these 5 items above since that is usually where most people start out doing DIY anyhow.
White (distilled) vinegar: White vinegar is the preferred vinegar of cleaning, it is great for all surfaces including counters, toilets, walls, sinks, chrome, appliances stainless, floors, stove, tables, high chairs, tubs, glass, mirrors & even most wood & more, great for the whole house. (do not use vinegar on stone/granite). Vinegar for cleaning: Straight 5 percent solution of vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses).
Baking soda: just regular baking soda makes a great scouring agent when made into a paste or used in combo with the other products for cleaning different surfaces, it is a mild abrasive & is safe for most any surfaces & also is great at getting stains off & absorbing odors too. Baking soda made from soda ash or sodium carbonate, this mineral has the ability to balance the naturally made pH acidic and pH alkaline that resides in all living things. Including: bacteria, mold, mildew and a host of many other natural odor-causing organisms can be neutralized with the use of baking soda. (article). NEWSFLASH: Baking soda does not contain aluminum here & here. Here is info straight from Arm & Hammer’s Facebook page, where they responded to a question about Aluminum: Arm & Hammer Thanks for your question. We are happy to tell you that ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda does not contain aluminum, parabens, colorants or animal-derived ingredients. ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda is pure, versatile, effective, safe, and affordable for baking, household and personal care uses. Thanks for being an ARM & HAMMER fan!
Peroxide: Forget about bleach peroxide is amazing at killing germs & bacteria, far safer than bleach yet just as powerful, it is amazing for cleaning all surfaces & will not fade or leave bleach spots, clean chrome, stainless, mirrors, glass, counters appliances & more, great for the whole house.
Lemon juice: Like vinegar lemon juice has many of the same uses, there are differences between lemon juice & vinegar that is why they are both on the list, lemon is great mixed with any of the other products to.
Simple whole house multi purpose cleaner: 1 part white vinegar to 1 part pure water add to a spray bottle & get cleaning, some prefer straight vinegar for tough jobs. Great for everywhere
Another multi purpose cleaner: 1 part lemon juice, 1 part peroxide & 1 part distilled water. This is a great brightening whitening cleaner & is great on tubs & toilets & really the whole house. (keep in dark cupboard when not in use because of the peroxide in it).
Multi purpose cleaner: Simply add a spray bottle top right on the bottle of peroxide & clean everywhere, great for kitchens & bathroom, oh & inside your refrigerator yea. Great for stone & granite too.
Soft scrub/scouring powder: Mix baking soda with enough peroxide to make a paste & wha la, you have your own soft scrub, I like to make this as needed so it does not dry out. great for sinks, bathtubs, counters, stove tops & more.
Toilet cleaner: pour 1/4 cup baking soda in your toilet bowl, add 1/2 cup white vinegar & let it fizz then clean as normal.
Toilet cleaner #2: 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup peroxide then add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of either vinegar or lemon juice let fizz & clean.
Oven cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda on the areas to be cleaned then either pour warm white vinegar over & let fizz & sit several minutes then clean or let sit overnight if stuck on.
To hand wash dishes: simply add baking soda to hot water & wash your dishes, if you feel you need more than baking soda add some either peroxide, lemon juice, white vinegar or some of all 3 to the water.
For greasy dishes pots & pans: I simply shake on some baking soda on the damp surface & use a damp cloth to scrub it as it absorbs the grease, doing this is amazing for stainless pots, pans & tea pots & will even remove stains from them. I keep baking soda in a Parmesan cheese shaker on the back of the sink for just this reason
For Pizza stones, ice-cube trays, baking mats or anything that you should not use soap to wash: Use baking soda water to wash, & wash with a baking soda water paste for stuck on foods/stains.
Dishwasher: The amount varies per brand & age of machine as well as your water can change amount needed, so start off adding 1 tbsp of baking soda & add more or less as you see the need. For extra cleaning power add peroxide (or if this just does not work 1 tbsp of baking & 1 tbsp of Borax). Use lemon juice or white vinegar instead of Jet dry as a rinse aide, you can even use peroxide if you prefer.
Mop floors: add 1/2 to 1 cup white vinegar to warm mop water & mop away.
Clean & refresh bedding: simply mist bedding with peroxide or vinegar then sprinkle on baking soda & work in with a brush or broom & allow to sit several hours & sweep off or vacuum up.
To wash: Use 1/2 cup of baking soda (or more or less) to wash clothes. You can also bake your baking soda to create washing soda & use that instead, make your own here.
To soften clothes and as bleach alternative use peroxide or peroxide & lemon juice in the rinse cycle &/or bleach dispenser.
For stains: Use a toothbrush with baking soda & peroxide
Brush your teeth
Tooth powder: simply use straight baking soda to brush your teeth, safe enough to use every day & very effective
Toothpaste: Mix peroxide & baking soda into a paste & brush your teeth, safe enough to use daily & effective. I make only enough of this for a day or 2.
Mouthwash: 1 part peroxide, 1 part baking soda to 3 parts water & swish. If making extra store in an airtight container & use distilled water, make sure to keep out of sun light because of the peroxide.
Clean toothbrushes: soak in half & half peroxide & water, you can add a few pinches of baking soda if you want.
Shampoo: Wash with 1/4 tsp. to 2 tsp. of baking soda in 6 to 8 oz of hot water applied to dry hair & work into hair allowing to sit a few minutes before rinsing out. (does not lather but cleans well, adding the baking soda to hot water & stirring it in is the key to success. you can add 1 to 2 tsp of peroxide for extra cleaning power.
Conditioner: add 1 to 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice (or both) to 6 oz hot water& work into hair allowing to sit a few minutes before rinsing out. Again you can add 1 or 2 tsp of peroxide if you want.
Leave in styling conditioner: 1/2 to 1 tsp baking soda added to a couple cups warm water, pour over hair, dry as normal.
Deodorant is rather easy just add a bit of baking soda to your wet underarms (gently). Or spray on some apple cider vinegar, or peroxide or lemon juice they all make great deodorants.
Skin care, body wash, hand wash
Baking soda, apple cider vinegar, peroxide & lemon juice are all great for skin health & for evening out skin tone, for acne, pimples, blackheads, rashes, scars, hives & other skin issues.
Instead of soap or body wash use baking soda, it is great to use on skin & naturally exfoliates & is awesome for skin conditions.
Use vinegar as a face astringent & toner, you can also use lemon juice or peroxide for cleaning & toning.
To remove make up use baking soda & warm water in a paste
Use baking soda in warm water to wash dogs or other animals fur just like you would your own hair, you can also add peroxide, lemon juice &/or Apple cider vinegar.
Use baking soda in litter boxes to stop odor & use baking soda paste to clean up pet accidents. Sprinkle on pet bedding to clean & refresh, then vacuum up.
Use vinegar in a spray bottle to clean up pet accident & vomit & to spray on animals for odor & on bedding.
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