DIY natural cleaning products

Cleaning your house shouldn’t expose your family to a host of chemicals.

After all, your goal is clean – not toxic. But since companies are not required to list the ingredients of house cleaning products (not in the US anyway), it’s hard to know exactly what you are inviting into your home.

So why not make your own?

It’s easier than you might think. And ridiculously cheap.

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Here’s how we keep things clean around here. 

Most of the ingredients are in your kitchen or laundry room already. Now you just need to learn some new tricks to use them!

Cheap, easy, natural DIY cleaners. {Clean. The LuSa Organics Blog}

DIY LAUNDRY SOAP

Ingredients

  • Natural bar soap
  • Borax
  • Baking Soda
  • Washing Soda

I shared this recipe with you two years ago and you went gaga for it! Because, who knew it was so darn easy to make laundry soap?!

Every few weeks the kids and I grate a couple of bars of our soap, mix in baking soda, washing soda, and borax, and we’re set for the month! It’s ridiculously easy. And yeah, cheap. Even if you do use the most amazing soap on Earth, like I do.

Oh, yeah.

And you can even make your own washing soda if you can’t find any at your local stores.

My laundry soap recipe is here.

DIY LAUNDRY PRETREATER

Ingredients

  • Light-colored bar of soap (no dark or bright colored bars or soaps with exfoliants)

For machine washable clothing only.

Moisten stained area on fabric. Rub with bar soap to coat stained area. Wash as usual with the warmest water for your fabric.

Check stain before drying, and repeat if needed.

Cheap, easy, natural DIY cleaners. {Clean. The LuSa Organics Blog}

DIY CITRUS ALL PURPOSE CLEANER

Ingredients:

  • White vinegar
  • Fresh citrus peels from 1-3 oranges, tangerines, lemons, etc.

This one is even easier than the laundry soap!

Fill a mason jar with citrus peels and add enough vinegar to cover. (Weigh down the peels with a smaller jar if they are floating out of the liquid.) In one to two weeks, pour off the vinegar into a clean jar and compost the peels.

Transfer to a spray bottle if you have one, and use to clean floors, tubs, tile, showers, counters, and more.

I use this all. the. time.

THE BEST WINDOW CLEANER IS NO WINDOW CLEANER

Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Microfiber cloth

I’ve tried ever DIY window cleaner recipe I could find. Dozens, I tell you. Dozens.

And I didn’t love a one.

Nor do I love the store-bought natural incarnations of the horrid blue stuff my mom uses. (Man that blue stuff works. But it is loaded with ammonia, fragrance oils, and dyes. Nothing I want to breathe nor rub over every glassy surface in my house.)

So after giving up on washing windows forever more, I hit the jackpot at our local hardware store. It is the humble microfiber cloth. Oh. My. Goodness.

For the first time in my live I’m loving washing windows. Though the kids are a bit crazy over this cloth too, and usually beat me to it.

And now I wash windows with… water. And my cloth. And I squeal with delight. For real. Ditch the blue spray and buy a microfiber cloth. It’s all you need.

(One disclaimer for you tactile people: it feels really freaky in your hand. Sort of like it’s snagging on every microscopic skin cell you’ve ever had. I got over it. If you can’t, just wear gloves.)

Cheap, easy, natural DIY cleaners. {Clean. The LuSa Organics Blog}

HOMEMADE DISINFECTANT

Ingredients

  • White vinegar

Really! That’s all you need. Can you believe it? Yup. The acidity of vinegar it is one of the best disinfectants around.

Here’s how: Just wipe down contaminated area with undiluted vinegar and allow to dry. Make you wonder why you had that other stuff around, doesn’t it?

And by avoiding antibacterial agents, you won’t be contributing to the development of antibacterial-resistant super bugs. And that’s good for everyone.

Feel free to substitute All Purpose Citrus Cleanser for white vinegar.

No more nasty bleach!

DIY FLOOR CLEANER

Ingredients:

  • Vinegar or Citrus All Purpose Cleaner (above)
  • Water
  • Essential Oils (optional)
  • Squirt of unscented dish soap (optional)

When I clean my floors I have a pretty basic routine. I fill a bucket with warm water, add a carefully measured glug of vinegar (glug!) and a few drops of my favorite essential oil blend – Cranky Pants. It’s all I need! If the floor is horrifying (okay, mine often is) add a wee squirt of natural dish soap, too.

Smells great and it works even better. What more do you need?

Use your favorite essential oil blend or try a few drops of sweet orange eo.

Cheap, easy, natural DIY cleaners. {Clean. The LuSa Organics Blog}

 DIY SINK & TUB SCRUB

Ingredients:

  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Liquid unscented dish soap (optional)

Sprinkle your sink or tub with baking soda. A couple of TB is enough for the sink, maybe 1/4 cup for the tub. Moisten with a splash of vinegar or spray it from your handy spritz bottle, all around the surface you are cleaning. The baking soda and vinegar will react and fizz up. Fun! Now scrub the fizzing/fizzled paste around the tub and rinse. Clean!

If your surface is stupid nasty dirty you can add a squirt of dish soap to your rag before you begin.

If your sink handles have horrible gunk around them, soak a clean rag in vinegar, encircle the nasty fixture, and let it sit. By the time you clean the rest of the bathroom it should be easily wiped away.

Look how much less gross your house is. And it cost you like eight cents! Cha-ching!

 DIY TOILET BOWL CLEANER

Ingredients:

  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Liquid unscented dish soap (optional)

Toss 1/4 Cup of baking soda into your toilet. Scrub around with your brush, then add a healthy glug of vinegar. (1/2 Cup or more). Scrub with your brush. It will fizz. Let it sit until your other cleaning is done, then flush.

 

In truth, these recipes do not mean my house is always spotless. Quite the opposite. But when we clean, we mean business. And no toxins are left behind when we’re done.

So there you have it! Cleaning, cheap and green. What’s not to love? (Okay, maybe toilet cleaning…)

 

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DIY laundry soap

DIY laundry soap. | Clean. : : the LuSa Organics Blog

DIY laundry soap. | Clean. : : the LuSa Organics Blog

In my organic body care company we make a lot of soap. A lot.

So I made a habit of making our own laundry soap seven years ago and we never looked back. Our clothes are clean, smell fresh, and each load costs a fraction of what purchased laundry soap costs.

Plus knowing each ingredient that goes into our laundry? That’s a peace of mind you simply can’t buy.

I’ve been using LüSa Organics bar soap exclusively for our soap (for the obvious reason that: we make it!) and we love the results. One bar is enough for weeks worth or laundry soap. And because we offer our scratch-and-dent soaps for sale on the cheap, it’s even more affordable than using a first-quality bar.

Our soaps are made with organic base oils and scented with essential oils – never synthetic fragrances. (If you’re using a different brand, do check your ingredients list to make sure you aren’t adding ingredients you don’t want to your laundry.) Most bars of “soap” that you find in stores today, as well as most laundry “soap”, however, is actually synthetic detergent, and not soap at all.

Who knew? I’m all for clean clothes but I prefer the most natural route possible.

So quick & easy homemade laundry soap it is.

There are only three additional ingredients to turn natural bar soap into laundry soap and all can be found at your local grocery store (I’ve included afflinks below for those who prefer): baking soda, borax, and washing soda.

Baking soda is a natural odor remover. Borax softens water. Washing soda is chemically similar to baking soda but is a much stronger base (high pH) and helps neutralize the natural moisturizers found in soap.

DIY laundry soap. | Clean. : : the LuSa Organics Blog

DIY laundry soap. | Clean. : : the LuSa Organics Blog

Two thoughts before we begin regarding soap selection:

  • All LüSa Organics soaps are appropriate for homemade laundry soap, and I developed this recipe with our soaps in mind. If you opt for another brand of soap, select soaps that do not contain synthetic colorants, fragrance oils, or large bits of ground herbs.
  • If you are mixing different soap varieties choose scents that harmonize with each other. (For the batch below, we used a lavender soap and a eucalyptus bar.)

DIY laundry soap. | Clean. : : the LuSa Organics Blog

How to Make Laundry Soap

Materials and Equipment:

  • Natural bar soap, approximately 4 to 5 ounces (to make 2 cups) (One large or two medium bars)
  • 2/3 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 1/3 cup Washing Soda
  • Essential Oils (optional – I normally reach for one of these three blends)
  • Box grater
  • Food processor (optional)
  • Mixing bowl, reserved for non-food use
  • Mixing spoon, reserved for non-food use
  • Storage jar

DIY laundry soap. | Clean. : : the LuSa Organics Blog

DIY laundry soap. | Clean. : : the LuSa Organics Blog

DIY laundry soap. | Clean. : : the LuSa Organics Blog

Instructions:

  1. Gather your materials and equipment. You may consider wearing your gloves and dust mask as we’ll be working with powders and alkaline materials (washing soda).
  2. Grate soap on the fine side of a box grater or process through your food processor fitted with the fine grater blade. Go for the finest shreds possible as they will dissolve easily in your washing machine. (Note: 4 ounces of well-cured soap will make approximately 2 C of grated soap.) If desired you may process the grated soap a second time in your food processor for an even finer powder.
  3. Measure grated soap into mixing bowl. Add additional ingredients and stir well to combine. Check scent. If desired add additional essential oils to boost the scent of your soap (a few drops is plenty).
  4. Transfer to storage jar. That’s it!

Shake jar occasionally to keep powder from separating from soap if your gratings (like mine) are medium size. Use two to three tablespoons per load, and add a splash of vinegar to your washer in the fabric softener cup for your freshest, cleanest clothes yet.

Homemade laundry soap is low-sudsing and is safe for use in most HE (High Efficiency) washing machines.

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