There are so many reasons to make your own cleaners! If you are trying to save some money, making your own cleaners is definitely an easy way to save money while still maintaining a clean home. Or if you just want to avoid all the chemicals in your home, homemade cleaners are your life saver. Not only are homemade cleaners easy to make, they are also eco friendly and inexpensive. So if you are considering going green, you don't have to buy all the expensive brands, just make them yourself.
As a Christian, being a good steward of my environment is also very important for me. I don't believe in going so far to save extinct animals because that is God's job. On the other hand, I do believe it is my job to act responsibly and take care of the earth God has given us. Because of this, we as a family do our best to only use eco friendly and biodegradable products. We are definitely not where we should be, but we strive to get closer all the time. So making homemade cleaners have tons of benefits which I will tell below, but it also allows us to be a good steward.
These are some of the benefits that I have experienced in solely making my own cleaners:
- The smell is incredible! I know this may sound crazy, but I remember wearing gloves and wanting to wear to face mask while cleaning with harsh chemical cleaners. I mean even the intense ammonia smell in Windex is choking. In my youth, I always remember spraying down my bathroom, turning on the fan and walking out to let the fumes die down. With homemade, natural cleaners this is totally unnecessary. I just feel safer not having all those fumes in the house.
- No Poison Control Needed. Now that I have a little one, I am so thankful that all my cleaners are homemade. I can pronounce every ingredient and none of them are toxic to my little ones body. I still keep my cleaners out of the reach of little fingers, but it is nice to have the assurance that even if he got a hold of one, it would be okay.
- Super clean. I have experimented for awhile now with different cleaning recipes, some I liked and some I didn't. Over the past two years, I have pretty much just figured out what I really like and thrown together my own recipe. The result is a super clean house! My homemade cleaners in my own experience and opinion clean better than anything you can purchase in a store.
- Inexpensive. I buy my white vinegar and baking soda in bulk from Sam's Club for an incredible price, which makes my cleaners about a dollar or less on average. Which if you think about it, is a pretty amazing deal.
- Easy. Each recipe that I have is super simple and will take about three minutes or less to make.
These are some of the many benefits that I have experienced working with homemade cleaners. I also love the flexibility of being able to add what I want. For instance, during the winter months, I add Thieves oil to my all purpose cleaner to keep away viruses. So far this winter it has worked like a charm, no sickness. I also like to just experiment with different scents.
In the printable recipes that I have below, you can change around most things. In the glass cleaner, don't add oils or it will streaks your mirrors very badly, but you can take away the alcohol and still have an amazing cleaner. The added alcohol helps it to dry quickly leaving no residue, but the vinegar and water does great by itself too.
Also in the All Purpose Cleaner, you will want to do your own research on Borax. Some people are totally against it and think it unsafe. In my own study, I find it to be okay, and it cleans great, although the cleaner will be fine without it. Depending on where you live, you may find it difficult to get castille soap or just may want a cheaper option. This is by far the most expensive ingredient, but it is not replaced well. If you absolutely have to, you can substitute Dawn soap, but only this brand. The other brands do not work well at all. It performs well with this substitution, but in my experimentation the castille soap performs the best.
Well, I hope you enjoy the printable labels! I will be adding a toilet cleaner and soft scrub soon. I will also be doing a printable laundry soap recipe next week.