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Homemade Cleaning Solutions for Every Part of your Homestead

Some think that you can’t have a truly “clean” environment when you live a homesteading lifestyle. However, natural cleaning remedies have just as many antibacterial properties as their man-made counterparts. They also don’t have any of the harsh chemicals, making them safer for both humans and animals. Making your own cleaners from home saves you a lot of money and it doesn’t even take much effort! Here’s how to clean each area of your home with Homemade Cleaning Solutions made from multi-purpose ingredients already in your pantry. 

Kitchen

Homesteading means a lot of preparing your own meals. Because of this, you want to make sure that your kitchen surfaces are as clean as possible. Making food on dirty countertops and cutting boards is one of the most common causes of food poisoning. Fortunately, you don’t need any harsh store-bought cleaners to kill these germs.

White vinegar is the perfect substance to use for disinfecting since it contains acetic acid. It can also cut through grease and grime that’s been sitting on kitchen surfaces for too long. Wiping down your counters with a water-vinegar mixture will kill any bacteria. To make them smell nice and fresh, you can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mix.

Dishes

Clean dishes and silverware are just as important as clean counters, if not more so! If you have a dishwasher, you can use your white vinegar/water mixture in place of regular dish soap. All you need are a couple of drops in the detergent holder. Next, fill it up most of the way with baking soda. Fill it the rest of the way with salt to prevent hard water build-up.

Don’t forget to clean the dishwasher itself once in a while! Place a bowl filled with vinegar on the top rack for one cycle. Next, mix one cup of baking soda with a drink mix or essential oil. This will make your dishwasher smell fresh while eliminating any lingering germs from your dishes.

Bathroom

The bathroom is probably the most notoriously dirty place in your household, so it’s important to keep it clean! To freshen up your shower, fill a spray bottle with baking soda, water, ammonia, and white vinegar. Let it sit for at least five minutes, then wipe the foam away with a wet towel.

Cleaning the toilet is also a breeze with natural cleaners. All you need to do is pour one cup of baking soda into the bowel and let it sit for an hour. Next, add a cup of vinegar. Let it work for a few more minutes, flush, and you’re done!

Floors

No matter what kind of floor you have, a natural cleaner can get the job done. For tiled floors, spray a vinegar-water mixture over the floor. Next, mix baking soda with water to create a paste for the grout. A thorough scrubbing will get rid of any mold or mildew.

For light carpet stains, dissolve two tablespoons of salt in white vinegar. If it’s a tough stain, you can also add a tablespoon of cornstarch. Always apply the mixture to the stain with a damp cloth and never pour it directly onto the carpet. Wooden floors are the easiest to clean: all you need is warm water and white vinegar!

Windows

Want the world to be able to see your newly spic-and-span house? Finish up by polishing those windows! For this, you’ll need a quarter cup each of rubbing alcohol and apple cider vinegar. Add two cups of hot water and a tablespoon of cornstarch.

Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and apply it to your windows. You’ll be able to wipe them down without any streaks and restore their original shine! 

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25 DIY Essential Oils To Use At Home

Essential oils are a terrific and affordable way to improve your life at home, from eliminating odors to helping those occasional bouts of insomnia.

There are many uses for essential oils and you can mix and match to help make your life easier and more productive, all with natural ingredients and no added chemicals.

Read on to learn about 25 do-it-yourself essential oils to use at home.

Bug Spray

 Etsy

During the summer months, many people turn to chemical-filled bug repellent, but with essential oils, you can fend off those pests with an all-natural bug spray.

Not only is it safer, but a bug spray of lavender, citronella, and peppermint essential oils smells better than anything you’ll find at the store.

Room Deodorizer

 All Things Mamma

Buying a room deodorizer is much more expensive than mixing your own using essential oils.

Simply grab a spray bottle and add water and a few drops of your favorite scent such as lemon, lavender, or cedarwood. You can use this deodorizer in any room to keep it smelling fresh.

 

Cleaning Spray

 DIY Network

Cleaning products can cost a lot of money and contain numerous chemicals. If anyone in your home is allergic to those chemicals, you could be causing them great discomfort without even knowing it.

Thankfully, a mixture of distilled white vinegar, water, and your favorite citrus essential oil is an excellent household cleaner.

Disinfectant

 The Well Essentials

Cold and flu season arrives during the winter months and instead of turning to a store-bought disinfectant spray, try this essential-oils-based one instead.

Fill a spray bottle with water, white vinegar, and essential oils such as tea tree oil and lavender and use it to disinfect your household surfaces.

Fabric Refresher

 Violet + Hazel

Pet owners know about the value of a good fabric refresher. These are used to keep your clothes and furniture smelling fresh and odor-free.

In a spray bottle, add baking soda with water and essential oils, then use it to keep everything in your home smelling clean.

Ant Spray

 Sophie Uliano

Ants are annoying pests that can ruin the food in your home. Most people turn to their favorite aerosol that can be full of toxic chemicals to ward off ants, but a better and more environmentally sound spray is available.

Add water, witch hazel, and peppermint oil to any area affected by ants and watch them disappear.

 

 

Hair Spray

 Traveling Hook Creative

Everyone knows that hair products can cost quite a bit when bought from the store or salon. A more affordable alternative exists, though, and it uses no chemicals.

In a spray bottle mix purified water, organic or coconut sugar, and your choice of essential oils. Not only does this work like other hair sprays, but it’s also better for your hair and the environment.

Lice Repellant

 The Healthy

When your children start school, lice can be a common problem. All it takes is one classmate to have lice and suddenly your child is in danger of coming home with the bug.

One essential oil mix that can prevent lice from attaching to hair is water, vodka, essential oils, and neem oil. Spray this into your child’s hair every morning to protect them from lice.

 

 

Mold Spray

 One Essential Community

Mold and mildew is a common household problem, especially in humid environments like your bathroom.

Mold can cause health problems, so a mixture of white vinegar, tea tree oil, and lemon essential oil can be used to cut through all of that mold and mildew build-up.

Breath Spray

 Amazon

Nobody likes bad breath. No matter what time of day, bad breath is demoralizing, putting both the speaker and listener in an awkward position. 

To eliminate bad breath, just take a few drops of peppermint or spearmint oils and mix them with water. Thankfully, essential oils are non-toxic, so even if you swallow some, you won’t be harmed.

 

Perfume

 Think Oily

Perfume is one of the most expensive luxury items for personal use.

With essential oils, however, you can mix your own special fragrance at a fraction of the cost. Your homemade perfume will last longer and cost you less than any perfume on the market.

Bathroom Freshener

 Simply Self Storage

The bathroom is one of the most difficult rooms in a home to keep clean and fresh.

Several companies have produced their own version of bathroom fresheners, but one made with essential oils mixed with water can go a long way in killing odors and germs.

Yoga Mat Cleaner

 Etsy

Those who practice yoga regularly understand the need for a yoga mat cleaner.

Unfortunately, commercial cleaners aren’t cheap so a good essential-oils-based cleaner is a great way to keep your yoga mat clean and ready for your next session. Simply spray your mat and wipe off the oils.

Sleep Spray

 Etsy

Insomnia is a problem that affects many adults. Whether it’s stress at work or too much caffeine throughout the day, not being able to fall asleep is never fun.

Lavender essential oils are known for their relaxing properties and can be mixed with water and other oils to provide a safe way to fall asleep more easily.

 

 

Cat Deterrent

 Apartment Therapy

Although cats are some of the best pets to have, sometimes they can get a naughty streak in them by scratching up your furniture.

Clear dish liquid, water, and eucalyptus essential oils can be used as a sprayed deterrent. It’s safe for your feline friend, but it will tell them to stay away.

Body Spray

 Buddha Groove

A nice body spray is always welcome at the start or end of a long day. With essential oils, you can make your own according to your own scent preferences.

Just add a few drops of your favorite scent to water for a refreshing body spray.

 

Hair De-tangler

 biome

Avoid the high costs of hair care products by creating your own with essential oils. Hair de-tangler sprays can cost a small fortune if you’re not careful.

Instead, use lavender and cedarwood essential oils along with vegetable glycerin and rosemary for a powerful hair de-tangler that smells great.

Makeup Setting Spray

 Hello Glow

Ensuring that your makeup stays on all day is no easy task, especially if you have sensitive skin.

However, a combination of vegetable glycerin, water, and your choice of fragrant essential oils will keep your makeup on all day, without the irritation caused by other commercial products.

 

Countertop Cleaner

 Bev Cooks

Making your own countertop cleaning spray is easier than you think. Fill a bottle with water then add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Kitchen cleaning products are usually scented with a citrus-like lemon or orange, which you can use in your own safer and cheaper cleaner.

Fly Spray

 Mary’s Tack & Feed

If you’re besieged by flies and don’t want to use toxic fly traps, try this spray instead. A non-toxic mixture of peppermint, basil, and rosemary essential oils with dish soap, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar is a safe way to rid yourself of flies.

It’s safe to use on animals, too, so your furry friends don’t have to deal with those pests, either.

 

Holiday Spray

 Old Orchard Beach/Saco Adult and Community Education

When the holiday season kicks into high gear, many of us have loved ones visiting our homes for extended periods of time.

Along with holiday music and food, you can help set the mood in your home with freshly sprayed holiday scents.

Use essential oils like peppermint, cinnamon, or orange to create a more festive atmosphere for your guests.

DIY Febreze

 Home Made Lovely

Lots of people love Febreze, the all-purpose spray that eliminates odors and freshens up your home. Unfortunately, Febreze is chock full of chemicals.

With essentials oils you can create your own Febreze-style spray that smells great, lasts for hours, and, best of all, is non-toxic.

 

Mattress Cleaner

 Health Starts in the Kitchen

Never worry about bed bugs again with this simple yet effective mattress cleaner.

Add water, vodka, and your choice of essential oils, then spray it onto your mattress and bed linens.

It’ll keep everything clean and prevent dust and allergens from gathering on your bedding.

Kitchen Deodorizer

 Elite Daily

Sometimes we love to cook meals that have strong smelling odors, both in the kitchen and in the trash can.

Spray a combination of distilled water, witch hazel, and peppermint essential oil to eliminate all of those food-related odors in the kitchen.

 

Moisturizer

 Kale & Caramel

After taking a shower or bath, it’s nice to mist yourself with a moisturizing spray made of water, grape seed oil, vegetable glycerin, and your favorite essential oil.

It’s a welcome touch of relaxation for your freshly washed self and you can use it whenever you need some extra moisturizer.