5 DIY Natural Cleaning Products That Work

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Soap nuts in muslin bag with text 5 DIY homemade cleaning recipes you cannot live without any longer.

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Alright, so I’m not the recipe sharing type of person.  My kind of recipe involves measuring ingredients with my hand and throwing everything from the bottom drawer of the fridge into a pot and calling it dinner.  But I have been getting a lot of questions regarding how and what I use to clean my wood countertops, so I thought I’d share my quick cleanser recipe that is completely AWESOME and some of my other non-chemical laden cleaning concoctions and methods!  Here are 5 DIY natural cleaning products that work!  For Real Work!


homemade cleaning products

Not pretty, but effective.

 

Kid Friendly All-Purpose Cleanser

I knew I loved my cleanser, but for Christmas this past year, a relative gave us all hand-made wash cloths (which are amazing) and a bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s All Purpose Cleanser.  While it worked really well, smelled like heaven, and is ingredient approved- it just didn’t work like I was used to.  Hey, hey, I’m not hatin’- Just statin’

Let me give you a little background here.  I have three very messy, sticky, grimy, muddy, sometimes smelly, little ones in my house.  They all leave trails of muck behind them.  Not like weird muck, but you know, the regular kid dirt that all houses with children have.  

.  I do not.  Therefore, I need a really good cleanser.

Sometimes, I don’t get to cleaning up the breakfast table until well after lunch.  That’s just how we roll here On Bliss Street.  There are bubbles to be blown, swings to swing and wagons to ride in, estate sales to crash, and coffee to drink.  We don’t let silly little things like breakfast dishes slow us down.  With that said, sometimes we have some cereal bowls that need a little muscle to get them off the table.  I know, I know, don’t stare at me with your judging eyes, at least I’m sharing how I eventually clean it all up!

 

Here is the On Bliss Street Kid-Friendly All Purpose Cleanser Recipe:

  • 2 cups warm water-I don’t bother with distilled because we use this stuff so quickly.
  • 1/2 tsp. Washing Soda- find it in the laundry aisle.
  • 1 tsp. Castille Soap- We use Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Liquid Castille Soap and this size lasts forever. We use this for everything-including our bathing soap.  Here’s a tip-look at the J&J baby soap label and tell me you want to bath your baby in that…  No way! Sorry, off my soap box now- literally.
  • 20-25 drops of essential oil- I use a mix of Lavender , Rosemary, Lemon, and sometimes Tea Tree.  I’m known to go a little crazy with these so that my kitchen smells awesome when I clean.
  • Some bottle type vessel with spray nozzle

Directions:

  1. Add the warm water to your bottle.  I used to use an old glass apple cider vinegar bottle that I added a spray nozzle, but now I went back to plastic because the little loves to spray and clean EVERYTHING!
  2. Add the Washing Soda and mix around until it dissolves.
  3. Add the Castille Soap, don’t shake or it’ll get super sudsy.
  4. If the water is just warm and not hot, you can go ahead and add the oils.  If you add them to water that is too hot, you will damage all the goodness that they provide, like scent and anti-bacterial qualities.
  5. Swish your bottle and get cleaning.

For slightly stubborn messes, like the stuck on cereal bowl scenario- that one is real people- just spray some on and leave it for about 5 minutes, then come back and it wipes right off.

I also just write this recipe on the outside of the bottle so it’s right there when it get’s low.  Keep in mind, this does not prevent husbands from putting the empty bottle back in the cabinet.  Most of them still will not refill it for you.  Sorry- I can’t do magic, ride unicorns or talk to animals either.


 

Ridiculously Simple Window and Mirror Cleanser

This seriously is the most stupid easy cleaning concoction ever.  Period.

Glass Cleanser Recipe:

  • 4 cups water
  • 4 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 20 drops essential oil for scent mostly.

Mix that all together in a bottle with a squirt nozzle.  Now, there is some debate in my family on what you should use to actually clean the glass.  I use a microfiber cloth and love it.  I just buy the cheap ones in the automotive department and they work great.  My mom, on the other hand, swears that you should use newspapers for a streak free shine.  Whatever you have available- go for it.  Let me know which you like better.


Soap nuts

Soap nuts

 

Super Duper Hypo-Allergenic Laundry Detergent

Okay, so when we had baby #3, we decided to give cloth diapering a chance.  When you start researching all there is to cloth diapering- there is an entire movement out there people!  One that puts fleece against wool in a death match of leak proof-ness…It’s all very dramatic.  Anyway, you can’t use regular detergents on cloth diapers.  So we switched.  Plus, there is a ton of funky chemicals in laundry detergent and softner that are awful.  Now, if my son’s clothes get washed over at my mom’s, he gets a little rash from the detergent.

I have no real recipe- We use Soap Nuts.

Weird right?  But they are so amazing!  Our clothes are so clean and smell so fresh and here is the proof that there is no residue right here- When we go to laser tag, we are the only ones there that don’t have the weird streaky lines on our clothes under the black light.  That says something.

All I do is stick 5 or so Soap Nuts into the little bag that comes with them and toss it in the washer, transfer it to the dryer with your clothes and dry it.  Take it out with the clean clothes and reuse 5-6 times.  I have 2 bags that I rotate on laundry days.  The only thing is you have to wash everything on warm to activate the soap nuts.  It doesn’t bother me, but I go in spurts where I go a little crazy and I’m convinced that the warm water laundry is inflating our gas bill by hundreds of dollars- For those times, this is what I do…

Recipe for Liquid Soap nut laundry soap

  1. Add about 20 Soap Nutsto a pot of 2 cups of water on the stove.  Bring to a slow boil, but WATCH IT CLOSELY, it will suds up and boil over like your stuck in a Charles in Charge episode.
  2. While it’s boiling, periodically use a potato masher to smash and press the soap nuts to release all of the saponin soapy stuff from them.  Do this for about 20 minutes.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of water and simmer for another 10 minutes- continue mashing and smashing the goodness out of them.
  4. Add 1/2 cup water and simmer for the last 10 minutes, smashing and pressing.
  5. Strain liquid into a bowl and let cool on the countertop.  I usually leave for a while and forget about it for an hour or so.
  6. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.

To use for Laundry with cold water

  • Put your clothes in the washer and throw in 2 soap nut ice cubes, press start and your done.  Finished.  Easy right?
homemade dryer balls with lavender essential oil

homemade dryer balls with lavender essential oil

Dryer Softner

Wool Dryer Balls.  Nuff said.  You don’t need softner if you use these.  I have 3 that just stay in my dryer all the time.  Plus, they are fun for impromptu juggling extravaganzas mid- laundry switching.  I add like 5- 10 drops of Lavender oil to each one each load in the dryer and our clothes smell SOOOO GOOD!  I don’t even mind standing near my Mom when she comes to help fold…  Eh hem…

I make my own dryer balls too.  Super easy.

DIY Dryer Ball Instructions

  • Piece of wool felt
  • Wool Roving
  • old nylon stocking
  • washer and dryer
  1. Cut a strip of wool felt and wind it up into a ball.  Tuck the end in so that it is tight.
  2. Take the wool roving and spread it out thin.  Continue wrapping and wrapping the wool roving around your wool felt ball.  Continue doing this until you have a tennis ball sized wool ball.  It doesn’t have to be super tight, but try to tuck in all the loose ends.
  3. Now holding the wool ball in your palm, shove it all the way down to the toe of the nylon stocking.  Tie a tight knot above the ball, allowing the nylon to squeeze the wool ball tightly to keep the ball form.
  4. Repeat in the nylon stocking with as many dryer balls as you want to make.  You’ll essentially have a dryer ball sausage.  Wool ball, knot, wool ball, knot….
  5. Put sausage in the washer either alone on the speed cycle or with your whites, but it has to be super hot water.
  6. Then put in the dryer.
  7. Repeat the washer with super hot water one more time.
  8. Then dryer.
  9. Then the easiest way to remove is to cut the nylon at the knots.  Now you have felted dryer balls for a fraction of the cost of buying them.  Nice right!  Mine have lasted almost 3 years now and I use them every drying cycle and juggling session 😉

 

To clean fruits and veggies.

I’m kind of freaky about our produce.  We buy organic so it’s not the pesticides, but it’s the thought of all of the grocery shoppers who touch and squeeze everything.  Ewww…  So I wash the produce before it goes in my fridge.  This is quite and endeavor, but I’m happy afterwards that the kiddos can just grab whatever they want to eat from the fridge without a problem.  Plus, my fridge is clean.

Cleaning Fruits and Veggies Method

What you’ll need:

  • Peroxide in a spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • strainer
  • bowl
  • large clean towel
  1. I put the the veggies in my dish drainer and spray on all sides with peroxide.  Allow to sit for 10 minutes.  Enough time to get all of our meat in the freezer and the kids involved in something that isn’t under my feet.
  2. Place vinegar into the bowl and transfer veggies to that bowl for 10 minutes- I have a strainer/bowl set so the strainer fits in the bowl.  I put it inside the vinegar bowl so I just have to lift the strainer full of veggies out to rinse.
  3. Rinse well and dump out onto the towel.  Blot dry and place in whatever you want to store them in.  I’m slowly switching completely to glass (  There is a great documentary on Netflix that will BLOW YOUR MIND.) so I use glass storage containers.

So, there it is.  What I use to clean.  I know, you didn’t think that I just bought my products at the store did you?  Not when I can DIY my way through them!  Plus, I think mine work better than most of the natural cleaning products I’ve tried.  Plus, these work great and I don’t have to worry about the little one drinking something toxic from under the sink-(Peroxide is kept up high)!

I hope you give these a try and find that you want to make the switch from chemical laden products to ones that are safer and healthier for you and your family :)



4 comments

  • http://HomeIsWhereBlissIs.com HomeiswhereBlissis Meadow Blis

    Awesome post. I’ve been wanting to make my own laundry detergent for a long time now. I didn’t even think of the other cleaners. Our house will never be the same!

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      That is so awesome! We have basically been chemical free in our house for so long now that when I smell bleach or air freshener it is so strong! Thank you so much for reading!

  • grammyweezy

    How many ice cubes does this usually make? I ended up with very little liquid- I wonder if I let too much boil off?

    • http://onblissstreet.com Erica

      Hi Grammyweezy, This usually gives me around 24 ice cubes. Now you just have some really concentrated detergent :) Let them melt, add some water and re-freeze. They should be fine :) Really, it’s a super forgiving recipe and the detergent works great in HE washers.