Okay, so let’s jump right in to 31 Days to Green Clean today! I’m excited!
To begin with, you need the right tools, the right ingredients. It’s really pretty easy to use green and non-toxic cleaners all around your home if you have just a few simple ingredients on hand to use to make basic homemade cleaners.
Basic Homemade Cleaning Ingredients
- White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Castile Soap
- Tea Tree Oil
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Natural Dish Soap (I use Seventh Generation)
These are your basic necessary ingredients and will allow you to make all different kinds of homemade cleaners to use around your home. You should stock up on these, buying the largest containers that you can, and more than one at a time if they are on sale, so that you always have them on hand when you need to make a new batch of homemade cleaner.
The great thing about these ingredients is that most of them are very inexpensive! Green and homemade cleaning is not only better for you and your family, it will save you money too! The most expensive items are the castile soap and tea tree oil, but they are both very concentrated so a little goes a long way and a bottle will last you for quite a while. Also, they are both multi-functional, so you will get lots of use from them all around your home.
There are other ingredients that are nice to have on hand, like lemon juice and/or lemon or other citrus essential oil, washing soda, rubbing alcohol, and possibly Borax (some people do not feel comfortable using Borax, I use it for laundry and feel okay about it), but these are not essential for making everyday homemade cleaners.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be talking about how you can use these basic ingredients to clean all around your home. So the next time you’re running errands, make sure to stock up. Or if you’d rather order online, you can find all of these products in my Amazon store (but you can probably find better deals on most of the things at Target or the grocery store).
Do you keep these ingredients on hand for your homemade cleaning? Anything I missed that you would add to my list of basic ingredients?
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