Homemade Cleaning Supplies that Work!

bottle of homemade cleaner, homemade cleaner

With the craziness of today’s world, I thought it could be helpful to share a couple of recipes for homemade cleaning supplies .  Life has it’s hiccups and having some alternatives up your sleeve is helpful.

It can be helpful to have some alternatives ready for “life’s hiccups.”

The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier is a favorite of mine.  I enjoy using the recipes because they are non- toxic, economical and kill the germs while keeping things clean.  If you have any of the following ingredients on hand, you can effectively clean your home.

Karyn’s book provides over 100 safe and easy herbal formulas for non-toxic cleansers. I have been using them since 2007 and can attest to the fact that they work well.  It might take me a few minutes to mix things up, but each lasts a long time and is cheaper than the cleaners I encounter in the store. A lot of her recipes call for adding essential oils.  If you don’t have those, just use what you have.  It will work okay.

Castile Soap, gallon of Castile soap
One gallon of Castile Soap cost us about $52, but we only use a couple tablespoons per cleaning recipe. It lasts for ever.

I use the following recipe for one of her homemade cleaning supplies when cleaning my kitchen floor.

  • 1 gallon hot water
  • 2 Tablespoons castile soap
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • ½ c. washing soda
  • 20 drops eucalyptus, peppermint, or tea tree essential oil

If I don’t have the essential oils, I just use the rest of the recipe and it works fine.

One could also use 2 cups of hot water to ¼ cup of Murphy’s soap for cleaning.  If you have the essential oils, add them to the mix. For cleaning essential oils do not need to be food grade.  Check out Karyn Siegel-Maier’s book, the Naturally Clean Home for more economical, easy recipes for keeping your home and family healthy and clean.


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