The New Year always makes me want to clean the house. Fresh start, clean slate, all that jazz. I don’t want to spend a fortune on fancy cleaners that won’t kill me, and I’m not going to cheap out and buy stuff that will aggravate my asthma. My solution is to largely make my own cleaning supplies. I’ve posted before about my DIY Body Care. I’m equally low tech when it comes to a dirty kitchen sink. Here are 10 of my top picks to have on hand to whip up a whole host of useful cleaning agents.
Vinegar – Yea, it’s stinky, and not very sexy. But, it does come in bulk at the store. It can even be made if you have the right type of container, some waste fruit and some patience. Apple Cider Vinegar is good as a hair rinse, and a face tonic. Regular old white vinegar works well on grimy sinks and drains.
Baking Soda – Useful in baking of course, this powder can do some amazing things to your cleaning routines. It can scrub a sink clean when used as a paste. Don’t stop there, ovens, counter tops and floor can all be cleaned with it. It can be used as an antacid and a deodorant. It can be used to put out small kitchen fires. Make a sports drink by mixing it with boiled water, salt, and Kool-Aid.
Corn Starch – This is one I keep around as a dampness absorber. Armpits, groin, feet, baby bottoms. What ever you’re mixing up, reach for the corn starch to absorb wetness.
Herbs – Scent can be soothing, especially if the cleaner is a daily ritual. There are bulk herb suppliers out there, I like Mountain Rose Herbs. Ground up in a mortar and pestle they can be added to most concoctions in your favorite combinations.
Lemons – Or other citrus, the oils in their rinds are both scented and beneficial in cleaning. They can remove scents from cutting boards and fridges. They can brighten aluminum. Lemon juice can lighten hair and skin naturally.
Salts – Epsom and sea salt and even regular table salt can be helpful for scrubbing. Epsom salts are great for tomato plants, and great for soaking sore feet. Sea salt can make a gentle cleanser for piercings and mouth cuts.
Dr Bronson’s Soap – This is another great multi-use item. There are DIY recipes for everything from dish soap to mopping soap to laundry soap using Dr. Bronner’s.
What about you? What do you keep around for DIY cleaning and grooming?
You never know when 3 weeks of snow and ice will keep you trapped at home. Be prapared to keep things clean. DIY is the way to go. Shout out in the comments if you have a favorite recipe.
– Calamity Jane