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4 Better Alternatives to Common Household Cleaners

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Bowl with dish towels, lemons, vinegar, and olive oil
Tired of using the same old expensive mainstream household cleaners? Take a look below at these four simple, cost-effective alternative DIY cleaning solutions recipes that you can make yourself all with three ingredients or less. Chances are you’ll have most of what you need lying around the house already!

1. Air Freshener

Synthetic fragrances are dangerous culprits. They may smell nice, but the chemicals they contain can disrupt your body’s natural functions and wreak havoc on your sys-tem. Ditch the “Fresh Scent” aerosol spray for a nurturing mixture of spring water and essential oils. Keep in mind different oils serve different purposes. For example, Lav-ender and sage make a lovely stress-relieving room spray, whereas lemon and berga-mot are a great deodorizing duo. Make sure you’re purchasing 100% pure, organic es-sential oils. Although somewhat pricey, they are well worth it and a little bit goes a long way. Combine water and essential oils in a small spray bottle and shake well before use.

The supplies

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 10 drops essential oils

Homemade citrus cleaner with orange

2. All Purpose

Castile soap consists of a gentle formula usually containing a type of vegetable or co-conut oil, and sodium hydroxide. This soap can be used for just about anything you can imagine; body wash, laundry detergent, dish soap, and for this convenient, disin-fecting all-purpose cleaning solution. Place formula in a glass bottle and store in a cool, dark place as essential oils will oxidize when exposed to sunlight. Shake well be-fore each use.

The supplies

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 teaspoons castile soap
  • 20 drops of tea tree or citrus essential oil

TIP: Turn almost any glass bottle into a perfect vessel by replacing the cap with a spray nozzle (I used an old molasses bottle).

3. Glass Cleaner

This solution may not be that electric blue that begs us to believe its “non-toxic” label, but this Windex replacement will work just as well, if not better. Use this cleaner on mir-rors, windows, and glass cabinetry.

The supplies

  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1/3 cup white/distilled vinegar
  • filtered water to fill remainder of 16 ounce spray bottle

Don’t worry, the vinegar smell doesn’t linger once the surface has dried. If your nose is especially sensitive just add a few drops of your favorite citrus essential oil to balance it out.

Box of baking soda spilled on counter

4. Ajax Alternative

Baking soda is another one of those multipurpose miracles. From teeth whitener to odor absorber, there’s nothing baking soda can’t do. It’s one of the most effective, yet gentle ingredients when it comes to household cleaning. This DIY soft scrub can brighten your sink, tub, or any surface in your home that needs a little TLC. Mix well and store in an air tight mason jar.

The supplies

  • 3 tablespoons castile soap
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 15 drops essential oil (preferably citrus)

I hope these homespun potions will put money back in your pockets and give you peace of mind. Do you have any of your own DIY cleaning solution recipes? Let us know about them below!

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