It’s more true now than ever: we’re spending much of our time in our homes. As a result of this, a lot of us have experienced a “cleaning itch” multiplied times 100. When it comes to tidying up, DIY and eco-friendly cleaning products can benefit both your health and home.
With concerns about the many potential health risks related to toxins, it’s always good to know what ingredients contribute to your household cleaning (and carbon footprint) and making sure they are chemical-free. Read on for our favorite green and natural way to cleaning your home that’ll also lessen your impact on the environment in the process.
Creating your own multi-purpose cleaner
Can you guess which product in your kitchen that you could be utilizing more in your everyday cleaning? It’s dishwashing liquid! It makes as a great base for an multi-purpose cleaner. Because it is pretty viscous, many think dish detergent too foamy to be used for anything other than cleaning dishes. However, liquid dish detergent is a green cleaning powerhouse and makes for a perfect ingredient in a natural cleaner.
What you’ll need:
- An empty reusable 16-ounce spray bottle
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tablespoon of simple dish liquid
- White vinegar (optional)
- Your choice of essential oil
- To create this mixture, you’ll first need to grab your empty reusable spray bottle. I recommend completely filling the bottle (about 2 cups of water) and leaving enough room to stir or shake without spilling.
- Next, add a tablespoon of dish liquid. Be sure to use a simple detergent with a short list of ingredients. Many DIYers like to include white vinegar to reduce foaming, but you can always decrease the soap amount or add, depending on the job.
- Shake well. Let the mixture sit for two or three minutes.
- If you want a little bit more fragrance, add a few drops (3-5) of essential oil. Look for essentials oils on the ingredients list for fragrance. If you’re sensitive to fragrances, feel free to opt out altogether.
This general household cleaner will freshen up and naturally disinfect nearly all surfaces, except for glass. It will also remove everyday house cleaners from your shopping list! You’ll still find yourself with ample supply of liquid detergent left over for dishes and a long-lasting bottle of all-purpose cleaner.
With so much emphasis on preservation due to the shifting global climate, there are many opportunities to reduce the toxic load in your environment. DIY, eco-friendly cleaning doesn’t have to be overwhelming or complicated to do. The best method is to always do what works for you, get creative, and do a little good for the greater good.