I’ll let you in on a little secret: up until 2 years ago, I’d never made my own cleaners. OK, so maybe not earth shattering, but considering that every green expert on the internet does it, I did feel like a bit of an outcast. Why hadn’t I tried homemade cleaners yet? The excuses list has changed over time, starting with not knowing you could make your own cleaners. It then evolved to no time, too lazy, I already have cleaning products so why bother, too many recipes to choose from… sound familiar?
And then, one day, my friend made me a batch of laundry detergent. To make sure it was all it was cracked up to be, I tested it on my baby’s cloth diapers. And you know what? It worked! And then I used it on the kids’ clothes, and it worked there too. And for the last two years, I use it on all of our laundry and love it.
And so, building on the success of the laundry detergent, I decided I would see what other homemade cleaners I could switch to. As someone who isn’t typically into DIY, I figured that I would try it out, maybe write a post and that would be it. Boy, was I wrong. 2 years later, my cleaning caddy consists of reused bottles, mason jars, and refillable spray bottles.
I’ve tweaked the recipes along the way and I am surprisingly pleased as punch with my home made concoctions!
You can find the recipes for home made cleaners that really work here. Given the recent news about the downsides of borax, I’ve added an option to make the cleaners with or without borax. You can decide whether you want to avoid borax or not, but I do find it’s a good stepping stone if you’re going from conventional cleaners straight to homemade.
My favourite homemade recipe by far is the tub and tile scrub – it does a great job at the ring o’ grime left by 2 kids after summer days of sunscreen and dirt. Also surprising is the toilet cleaner – and much less toxic than the conventional stuff.
Never in a million years would I have thought I’d be so excited about cleaners, let alone ones that I make myself. So even if you’re not a DIYer, I encourage you to give them a shot. Here are the recipes. And if you’re not into DIY, here’s my list of storebought brands that are actually green vs just greenwashed >> download now.