DIY Cleaning Products

May 4, 2021
Conventional cleaning products tend to contain harsh chemicals that are toxic to aquatic life. Making your own is not only better for the environment, but also far cheaper.

First, let us start with something that is readily available and completely free: ivy. 

Ivy is a ‘saponin’, meaning it acts as a natural detergent and foaming substance. This beautiful green plant lifts grease, dirt and grime off of clothes, making them clean and odour-free. Some might call it white magic. 

1. Laundry Detergent

  • 50 leaves of climbing ivy
  • 4 cups of water
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil (or whatever oil you prefer!)

Simmer the rinsed ivy leaves in water for 15-20 minutes. Leave the mixture for 24 hours with the lid on. Decant the liquid into a jar and you have your very own laundry detergent. Use twice the amount of ivy as you would shop-bought laundry detergents.

  • Handful of ivy leaves
  • 1 sock with string

Cut up the leaves and put them in a sock. Tie the sock with string. Place in the machine with your clothes. 

2. Dishwashing Liquid

Second, vinegar. 

This sour-tasting liquid has often overlooked properties: it is antiviral and antibacterial, removing grease, grime and dirt with ease. Contrary to what the conventional cleaning market tells you, you do not need a museum of different products to maintain a clean home. You just need a few ingredients, with vinegar being one of the strongest contenders. 

1. Multipurpose Spray 

  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • Mint essential oil

Mix together. 

From here, things can begin to get a bit more complicated. But, I truly mean a bit. There are an array of DIY cleaning products out there on the Internet – from window cleaners to disinfectants to fabric softeners. The good thing is that, although targeting different parts of the home, they generally composed of a few simple ingredients:

  • Castile soap (liquid or bar)
  • White vinegar
  • Bicarbonate of soda 
  • Essential oils 

Combined in different proportions, these ingredients provide almost every cleaning service imaginable! Check out Earth Easy or Madeleine Olivia for more wonderful recipes on DIY cleaning products.

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