Cleaning Products: Should you DIY or Buy?

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Moms are choosing more wisely when it comes to the cleaning products they use in their homes. Chemically based and heavily fragranced are on the out, while a shift towards more organic, sustainable choices makes its way in. If you turn to Pinterest to search for natural alternatives, you’ll find a DIY solution to every cleaning product imaginable. It’s very time consuming to test every do-it-yourself alternative, so I have done the work for you!

Some DIY products proved worth the time and effort to make, while others were better purchased.

Worth the DIY Effort:

All Purpose Cleaning Spray
Used frequently, this quick-mixing product is super easy to make. The non-toxic cleaning agents ensure that the surfaces of your home are safe for little hands.

Knot Genie Detangling Brush
  • Mix 2 cups warm water with ½ teaspoon of dish soap and 2 teaspoons baking soda. Slowly add in 4 tablespoons of vinegar. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance. (Tea Tree will add an antifungal boost.) Pour into clean spray bottle and shake before use on kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

  • You can also check out my recipe for a great mold and mildew cleaner!

    All Natural Glass Cleaner
    Instead of using a product filled with irritants, use this natural, two-ingredient solution to keep those mirrors and windows free of smudges.

  • You can simply combine 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup water into a spray bottle, using a microfiber cloth to wipe away.
  • If you find the vinegar smell to be too strong, check out my full recipe for scented glass cleaner with essential oils.

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    Air Freshener
    Most commercial air fresheners contain harmful chemicals known to trigger allergies and asthma. Keep your children and pets safe while keeping your home smelling fresh by whipping up this simple blend.

  • In an 8 ounce spray bottle combine ¾ cup distilled water, 2 tablespoons of vodka (rubbing alcohol will work, too), and 10 – 15 drops of your favorite essential oils.
  • I also like to diffuse essential oils to keep the house smelling fresh!

    Mixed Results

    Laundry Detergent
    Making DIY laundry detergent is definitely budget-saving, but also time consuming. Most recipes required grating down soap bars, and this takes time. If you don’t have the extra time, you may better off purchasing a detergent that boasts natural cleaning agents and stain-fighting results like Mrs. Meyer’s or Method 8x Laundry Detergent.

    More Practical to Purchase

    Toilet Bowl Cleaner
    Though the natural enzymes found in vinegar solutions do have the power to sanitize, they don’t always have the punch needed to combat build up, and the restroom is one place where an efficient cleaner is needed. No one like a dirty toilet!

    For a great clean that doesn’t compromise your eco-friendly product preferences, try Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaner.

    Wood Cleaner
    Mixing a solution of water, vinegar, and citrus essential oils is a popular DIY suggestion, but it doesn’t produce a streak free shine.

    Ditch the commercial brands that leave a waxy film, and opt for the non-toxic shine that Method Wood Cleaner offers instead.

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