Becoming self-sufficient is one big learning process filled with trials and errors. Mixing my own cleaning products is just another aspect of self-sufficiency we continue to expand on. The experimentation began as I worked to remove as many chemicals from our home as possible. Making home-made house products turned out to be extremely cost effective, quick, and easy. I have found that four basic ingredients help serve the many cleaning needs of our house.
Borax*Washing Soda*Baking Soda*Vinegar
I have a basic solution for just about every household chore using the above ingredients. Below are a few of the things I make or use along with a few of the fails I’ve had through this adventure.
- Dishwasher detergent– As I’ve shared in the past, this took me a while to perfect, but I have found one that works well in our machine.
- Laundry detergent– I use this recipe for laundry detergent. One recipe lasts us about 6 months for two active adults. My husband spends a great deal of time outside and working with rocks. His clothes come home filthy and this detergent gets them fresh and clean without a problem. *I add about ½ cup of lemon for whites.
- Floor cleaner- I clean the floors with a mix of borax and water. Since I don’t own a mop I have to clean the floors with a rag and this mix doesn’t kill my oober sensitive skin.
- Toilets- I sprinkle borax in the bowl, let it sit a few minutes, and clean with the toilet brush. It gets the job done and I’m not choking on bleach once I finish.
- Tub- I use baking soda and vinegar on the tub. I have an old parmesan shaker filled with baking soda and a large spray bottle with vinegar. I sprinkle, spray, let it sit, and scrub. Again, this works well, doesn’t choke me, and doesn’t hurt my skin.
- Windows- I have yet to run out of window cleaner, but when I do, I plan to use a mix of water, dish detergent and vinegar.
- Dish soap- Again, the mammoth sized dish soap we purchased on Costco over two years ago still isn’t empty. I have read a series of mixed reviews about dish soap. I’ll be researching this heavily when the time comes.
I’ve even made homemade bar soap and tried to remove the shampoo from our home. The bar soap was fun to make, but the shampoo was a failure I’m about to give a second try. Like everything else, we are still learning a lot about making our own home goods, but we’ve come a long way!