As with any change in our household, the switch to homemade household cleaners came very gradually. Matt had started a personal finance website chronicling our personal mission to get out of debt. In the months that followed, I was approached with many requests to do things differently in the house. Matt’s aversion to the strong chemical smells of some of the cleaners I had been using prompted many discussions about making our own cleaners. The purpose was not only to save money, but also to move toward a “greener” lifestyle as we eliminated chemical-laden commercial cleaners from our home.
Laundry detergent was one of the first recipes we began researching and testing in our own home. I understood the cost breakdown, and believed it could save us money, but my biggest question regarding this and other household cleaners was always, “Will they work?” I did not have a passion (or even the slightest desire) to make my own cleaners for quite some time, believing that I could probably find green cleaners on sale and kill two birds with one stone. I made many excuses for failing to jump on the bandwagon right away.
It wasn’t until we purchased a small collection of essential oils that the “mad scientist” in me came alive. I did some reading about the beneficial properties of the oils in our collection, and discovered that many of them can accomplish the same thing my harsh store-bought disinfectants and cleaners did. Little by little I began including oils in my cleaning and was astounded at the simplicity of throwing together my very own cleaners. The amazing aromatherapy was just an added benefit to this do-it-yourself fun I was having. Oh, and the best part… the homemade cleaners actually worked! Not always the first time, but I kept searching and experimenting with combinations that eventually left my home sparkling clean and naturally scented. Once again, I had to humbly give credit to Matt who had been attempting to help me “see the light” regarding homemade cleaners for quite some time.
I am happy to pass along the recipes I found to be most successful in cleaning AND in saving money. For several of our favorite recipes we are including a “Savings” section in our homemade cleaner ebook to show you just how friendly making these cleaners can be to your budget. The recipes in the ebook have been tested and tweaked in our own home.
Using these recipes will help you save money, increase self-reliance, foster family togetherness, promote sustainability, express your creativity, make gifts for – and influence others, and of course… make you feel good about yourself in the process.
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