13 Must-Have-Supplies to Naturally Clean Your Home | Save Money with These Natural Products
Learn how to DIY Natural Cleaning Supplies to clean your home naturally on a budget. I am always trying to find ways to reduce toxic chemicals in my home and this list of must have items to naturally clean your home is comprehensive and budget friendly. This list will give you the basic outline of the supplies you need to DIY your own natural household cleaners will help you minimize your cleaning supplies, declutter your home, and save you money.
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Over the past two years, it has been a goal of mine to start swapping out cleaning supplies to more natural products. I have found that it is much easier to DIY these products than to spend a ton of money at the store trying to buy the most eco-friendly supplies out there. Another lesson I learned, was that many of the supplies have the exact same ingredients, making the process even that much easier! This made my minimalism journey easier too :)
It’s important to remember that everyone’s definition of minimalist is a personal one. What I have to clean in my home may be different from what you have to clean in your home. You might be very tied to a specific way to clean something and that is totally okay!
My definition of minimalism is balancing having only what you need for a specific task and keeping myself sane. As a mother of (soon to be) two, I need to find ways to have less stuff and also be less stressed. Usually these things go hand in hand, but sometimes buying a different product
Use the links below to find easy and effective natural cleaning recipes!
EASY DIY NATURAL PRODUCT RECIPES
I don’t personally DIY much else (a few things coming to the blog soon though!!), but I’m confident if there is something else you want to DIY, you will have all of the supplies you need to make that happen!
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This is a great list to help you get started on your journey to naturally cleaning your home. You will find that these items are more cost effective and each of the DIY recipes takes only a few minutes to complete. You could DIY all of your cleaining in under an hour!
13 Must Have Items for Natural Cleaning Supplies
1. Distilled Water
For long term storage, it is best to use distilled water to limit possible bacteria growth.
I have to be honest, I HATE the smell of vinegar. So even though I try not to use it all the time, it is 5% acetic acid so it fights against bacteria. It cannot be used on granite or marble, so just be careful on your home surfaces! You should not combine vinegar with castile soap, baking soda, or hydrogen peroxide.
3. Castile Soap
Castile Soap is a vegetable-based soap made of good quality ingredients. It is gentle on the skin and very good at cleaning up dirt, grease, and other germs. I use Dr. Bronner's brand! I am seeing it more and more in various grocery stores too! This soap can be used on just about anything from your skin, to laundry, children, and pets. Also, be careful: Don’t combine your castile soap with vinegar. I love this kind!
Essential Oils are natural oils typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or source from which it was extracted, according to Google.. Plant Therapy, defines an essential oil, “An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation, often by using steam.”
Brands: Do your research, but you want to make sure you are getting good quality pure oils. I use Plant Therapy (available on amazon) or NOW brands for mine for good prices and good quality! If you have a Doterra or Young Living friend - you might want to support them, I just am not a personal fan of MLMs.
Vegetable Glycerin a plant based triglyceride mixture. Vegetable Glycerin is added to home products because it is a substance that attracts moisture to the skin. It is added to our homemade products because it helps moisturize the skin (hello dish washing!) I use this kind!
6. Baking Soda
Baking Soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a naturally occurring substance that is most widely used as a leavening agent in baked goods. Baking can also be used to fight against dirt, grease, and odors and has been used as a cleaning agent since ancient Egyptian times! Since you can purchase a box for like $1, it is one of the most economical home remedies to keep in your stash! You can even use it in your personal hygiene routine. You can find it in the baking aisle of your local grocery store!
7. Super Washing Soda
Washing Soda, or Sodium Carbonate, is a highly alkaline substance that is great for fighting grease and other tough messes. It can also be used to fight against hard water, since it binds to the minerals, and it can boost your effectiveness of your laundry soap! It can be found in the laundry section of most stores and I usually find it for about $3 a box.
Vodka is great for drinks, but also great for killing germs, mildew, or even mold. You can also use it to help shine your galss! It can be used to kill odors too.
Rubbing alcohol is great to use in homemade cleaners due to it’s anti-ceptic nature and you can use vodka or rubbing alcohol interchangeably in cleaning recipes.
9. Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel is a plant based Astringent that contains chemicals called tannins. When applied directly to the skin, Witch Hazel might help reduce swelling, help repair broken skin, and fight bacteria. I love to use it as a toner and anti-itch remedy and really really LOVE this brand!
10. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba Oil is a wonderful carrier oil with great skin and hair benefits. I use it in almost all of my natural products that on my skin! You can also find Jojoba Oil at Trader Joe's!
11. Olive Oil
You probably already have some in your kitchen, but it’s great to use in dusting spray and for furniture polish too. It’s also a great way to cleanse your skin!
12. Hydrogen Peroxide
I remember when my mom would put Hydrogen Peroxide on my strawberries as a kid and I thought it was the worst thing ever! Now, I think it’s great when it’s all bubbly and I can see the wound getting clean LOL Hydrogen Peroxide is obviously good for those boo boos but also to help with your dirty laundry! Don’t mix it with vinegar and it should be stored in a cool, dark place.
13. Spray Bottles
I like to use these amber glass bottles because a lot of my products have essential oils which are sensitive to light. But any spray bottle will do!