Save Money, Save the Planet, and Save Your Health

2:54 AM Posted by Piera Jolly

We all know how important it is to lead a greener life, but this can sometimes be expensive. One way to help the planet, build a stronger immune system, and save money is to make your household cleaners. The chemicals typically used in household cleaners are known poisons, carcinogens, respiratory irritants, neurotoxins, and hormone disruptors. About 10% of all poison control calls are due to ingestion of household cleaners-2/3's of these involve children. Household cleaners have also been associated to wheezing and asthma problems in children. The EPA has found that our indoor air is often 2 to 5 times more polluted than outside air. One of the main culprits are chemicals in our cleaners. We also send these chemicals down our drains and they pollute our lakes and rivers. Making your own cleaners is really one of the best, easiest, and cheapest ways of reducing the toxic load in your body and home and helping our planet. I know this sounds like a PITA, but I just did it yesterday and it was easy. Best of all, it was super cheap to do, they are actually effective, and they look pretty cute too! I spent about $30 for all of the supplies. This includes all of the ingredients, two essential oils, and spray bottles. I have enough to make cleaners for at least 6 months to a year! I paid $1 for the spray bottles at The Dollar Store and made the labels on my computer.

These are the cleaners I made:

Glass Cleaner
1 cup distilled white vinegar
2 cups water
1/2 tsp dish soap
10-15 drops essential oil
Spray Bottle

All Purpose Cleaner
1/2 tsp washing soda
1/2 tsp liquid Castille soap
2 cups hot water
10-15 drops essential oil
Spray Bottle

Hydrogen Peroxide
10-15 drops essential oil
Spray Bottle

Hardwood Floor Cleaner
4-5 Tbsp Murphy's Oil Soap
2 Cups Water
Spray Bottle

Furniture Polish
2 cups oil (vegetable or olive)
1 squeezed lemon
15 drops of lemon essential oil

Air Deodorizer
1 tsp baking soda
1tsp vinegar
2 cups water
10 drops essential oil
Spray Bottle


  1. Irene said...

    Thanks for sharing these. I spend too much at the grocery store on cleaners just because of convenience sake. Maybe if I do what you did and make some batches of different cleaners, I will quit buying those chemically laden and expensive cleaners!

  2. deb said...

    I am so glad you posted that because I can never remember what goes into homemade household cleaners. Thanks!

  3. Carrie said...

    These are all very interesting concoctions, I might have to try some. Thanks! Carrie
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  4. Pamela said...

    I recently purchased the stuff to make my own laundry detergent. Haven't run out of the manufactured stuff yet but I will soon. Now I'll have to try these!

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  5. Angie said...

    These are great! Thanks! I bet that glass cleaner works better than Windex!

  6. Kim said...

    Wow! Love these tips on cleaners. I'll definitely have to give some of these a try. By the way, I have left you an award on my Kimmi's Krazy World blog...stop by anytime and pick it up.
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