We're sharing some recipes in the kitchen today but they're not for our beloved tummies. Instead, we're whipping up homemade cleaners using just a few natural and inexpensive ingredients, some of which may already be in your pantry!
Not only are we keeping the kitchen clean, we're making sure it's safe for ourselves, children, pets and the environment.
For our DIY cleaners, we use Dr. Bronner's Unscented Baby Mild Pure Castille Soap which is fair-trade, organic and great for acne-prone or sensitive skin.
Ingredients you need:
- Baking Soda
- White Vinegar
- Castille Liquid Soap
- Olive Oil
- Essential Oils (of your choice)
Supplies you need:
- Spray bottles
- Soap dispensers, squeeze bottles or mason jars
- Funnel (or a steady hand and a lot of confidence)
- Measuring spoons
- Labels or masking tape and permanent marker
Homemade Hand Soap
A super simple liquid hand soap recipe that is mild enough for children, acne and sensitive skin.
- Mix 1 part Castille Liquid Soap to 4 parts water (e.g. 1/2 cup soap + 2 cups water)
- Pour into a soap dispenser and label. (For the time being, I cut out a mason jar lid to fit the foaming pump from a leftover bottle of soap)
Homemade Dish Soap
A natural gentle solution that allows you to wash dishes without having to wear rubber gloves! (FYI: this soap is for handwashing dishes only and not for the dishwasher.)
- Mix 1 part Castille Liquid Soap to 10 parts water.
- Pour into a bottle or jar and label.
Homemade Stovetop Cleaning Paste
A less toxic alternative solution to cut through grease and tough stains on the stovetop.
- Mix 1 part Olive Oil to 2 parts Baking Soda in a jar and label.
- Apply to stovetop and let it set overnight.
- Wipe away the cleaning paste in the morning with a damp cloth.
- Spray and do a final wipe using the Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner.
Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
An environmentally-friendly substitute to cleaning your kitchen surfaces. Spray and wipe counters, tables, cupboards and appliances.
- Mix equal parts of White Vinegar and Water in a spray bottle and label.
- You may choose to add a few drops of essential oils for a nice scent (lavendar or lemon would be nice!). Not necessary if you don't mind the temporary smell of vinegar.
Homemade Air Freshener
Naturally combat odours and brighten up the kitchen with this easy and fragrant concoction.
- Mix 15-20 drops of essential oils (your choice) with 1 tbsp of Baking Soda in a large bowl.
- Add 2 cups of water and mix until dissolved.
- Pour into spray bottle and label.
Do you use DIY cleaners in your home? Let us know in the comments below!