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12 Cleaning Items You Should Stop Buying at the Supermarket..and start making at home!

Buying cleaning products at the supermarket is extremely convenient so there’s really no reason why you should stop buying them.

Unless you’re trying to keep your home as non-toxic as possible.

It’s impossible to make your home completely free of harmful chemicals, but you can make little decisions and those little efforts will eventually add up. Making your own cleaners is a great way to start!

If you want to keep your house clean while reducing your family’s exposure to harmful chemicals, try these homemade cleaners:

1. Cleaning Wipes

I use wipes for everythaaang. But even though I find it extremely useful, I also feel like I’m throwing bills away whenever I use it. Which is why I’ve resorted to making my own cleaning wipes instead.14 Cleaning Items You Should Stop Buying at the Supermarket | Stay At Home Mum

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Round plastic food storage container with firm fitting lid
  • full-sized paper towels
  • A drill to poke a hole through the top of the container or knife to slice an opening.
  • A bread knife
  • Measuring cups
  • 1/2 cup Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol (available from chemists)
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

How to make homemade cleaning wipes:

1. Drill a hole on top of the lid. Place a block of wood underneath the lid to support it and drill a good 1cm hole at the centre. Make sure the hole is nice and clean and doesn’t have any sharp plastic bits on top otherwise it might tear the paper towel. If it does, use a small piece of sandpaper to get rid of the sharp bits.

3. Get a roll of paper towel and cut it into two toilet paper-sized rolls. Use a bread knife to do this. It will take a minute or two to get through the roll, but try and cut it as neatly as possible.

4. Place one of the halves into the bottom of the container. The other half is for a refill later on.

5. Mix the rubbing alcohol, water and white vinegar together then using a measuring cup, gently pour the cleaning solution over the top of the paper towels. You will usually need about two cups of the solution depending on the thickness and quality of the paper towels you are using.

6. Place the lid on top and leave it to absorb overnight.

7. In the morning, open your container and gently pull out the cardboard middle of the roll.

8. Find the end of the roll in the middle where you just pulled out the cardboard.

9. Thread it through the hole in the lid and pull gently and you’re done!


2. Air Fresheners

Here’s why I decided to make my own air fresheners. The one I buy at the supermarket irritates my nose so much, I end up sneezing the entire day!

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via theprairiehomestead.com

YOU WILL NEED:

  • a spray bottle (preferably 8oz)
  • 3/4 cup water (tap or distilled water)
  • 2 tbsps vodka (or rubbing alcohol or real vanilla extract)
  • 2-3 essential oils

To make the air freshener, just pour all the ingredients in the spray and shake! Check out really great essential oil combinations here!


3. Drain Cleaner

I’ve tried this drain buster recipe from Popsugar and it’s amazing! The things you need can be easily found in your home, too!

14 Cleaning Items You Should Stop Buying at the Supermarket | Stay At Home Mum
via popsugar.com.au

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cream of tartar

How to unclog the drain:

  1. Mix the salt, baking powder and cream of tartar in a jar or any container. Shake together.
  2. Before pouring the drain cleaner, make sure you have removed the drain tap, gave it a good clean and free of particles like food bits and hair.
  3. Wipe the surroundings of the drain with a paper towel. Pour the drain Sprinkle the drain cleaner down the clogged drain.
  4. After that, pour down boiling water on the drain. Then leave it without using the drain for an hour. Rinse with cool water.
  5. To keep your drain free-flowing, do this every week leaving the drain unused overnight.

4. Dishwashing Liquid

REMINDER: This one’s for the sink, not the dishwasher!

14 Cleaning Items You Should Stop Buying at the Supermarket | Stay At Home Mum

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1/4 cup soap flakes
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup glycerine
  • 10 – 15 drops lemon or orange essential oil

How to make your own dishwashing liquid:

  1. In a glass jar, just mix the soap flakes and hot water together and stir until the snowflakes dissolve.
  2. Add glycerine when the water has cooled down a bit and then add the essential oil while stirring.
  3. As the liquid cools it will turn into a gel-like texture so make sure to stir it well.
  4. Pour into an old empty shampoo or dishwashing liquid bottle.

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