Why make your own home cleaning products?
1) It’s good for your health. While you’re cleaning you come in contact with many different chemicals on your skin and through your mouth and nose. It’s not just one exposure that is the concern, it’s the cumulative effect. Toxins build up in your body over time and are stored in our cells.
Store bought products contain safe amounts of each individual ingredient, but when mixed with many other cleaning supplies the combination may not be safe. If you make your own, you won’t be handling and inhaling toxic fumes while you clean.
2. It’s good for the environment – First, no more empty containers will be going into the recycling, or worse yet the trash. Second, no more harmful chemicals going down our drains and into the water supply. Many municipal water filtration systems are not designed to remove those types of chemicals. Therefor, they end up back in our water supply. What comes around goes around – whatever we put down the drain will come back in one way or another.
A few things to keep in mind when working with homemade cleaning products…….
1) Residue – The first few times you use home cleaning products (especially window cleaner) you may notice some residue. There are two reasons for this. First, there is build-up from your previous cleaner that becomes visible. Second, homemade cleaners require a little extra elbow grease. You will have to work that sponge or rag (hopefully not paper towel) a little more, but it’s worth it.
2) Essential Oils – Although they are natural, they can be quite potent, so make sure to wear gloves when working with Lavender and Tea Tree Oil.
Essential Oils are a great way to add natural fragrance and power to your homemade cleaning products.
They can add a powerful punch of antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties as well as many other benefits.
Here is a quick guide to some common essential oils you can use in home cleaning products.
My advice is use what you like to smell. Lately I’ve been using mainly lavender and the house smells amazing after a cleaning!
I usually buy my oils at our local health food store, or you can buy the same brand on-line at Aura Cacia.
Here’s a quick list of some of the most common Essential Oils used in home cleaning products.
Chamomile Antibiotic, Antibacterial
Cinnamon - Antiviral, Antiseptic
Citronella – Antibacterial
Clove – Antibiotic, Antiviral
Cypress – Antibacterial
Eucalyptus – Antibacterial, Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antifungal
Ginger – Antibacterial
Lavender – Antibacterial, Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antifungal, Antiseptic
(Use Gloves when working with Lavender)
Lemon – Antibacterial, Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antifungal, Antiseptic
Lemongrass – Antibacterial, Antiseptic
Lemon verbena – Antibacterial
Lime – Antibacterial, Antibiotic
Nutmeg – Antibiotic
Orange – Antibacterial. Most contains d-limonene which has been linked to cancer.
Oregano – Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antiseptic, Anti-infectious
Patouli – Antibiotic, Antifungal
Pine – Antibiotic, Antibacterial, Deodorizer, Antiseptic
Rosemary – Antibacterial, Antiseptic
Sage – Antifungal, Antibacterial
Sandalwood – Antifungal, Antiviral, Antibacterial
Savory – Antifungal
Spearmint – Antibacterial
Tea Tree – Antibacterial, Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antifungal, Antiseptic
(use gloves when working with tea tree oil)
Thyme – Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal, Antiseptic
Vervain – Antibacterial
Wintergreen – Antibacterial