For those of you who follow my regular blog, please don’t go away! I am diverting from my normal posts for a series on DIY natural cleaning products. I want to break it into a series of posts so that people can easily find information on specific products later. If you aren’t interested in this topic, please don’t unfollow this blog. I will return to my regular programming after this cleaning intermission. Email followers, you will probably get a series of about 10 emails in pretty rapid succession as I plan to post these all at once. Once the initial flurry is finished, my blog life will return to normal. As soon as I get all the posts uploaded, the product list below will link to the related post.
Today’s Advice to My Beautiful Daughters – Take care of your environment and take care of you.
A few weeks ago, I started researching natural cleaning products of the DIY variety. I don’t know exactly what prompted it. For a long time, I have made the effort to buy cleaning products that are labeled as environmentally friendly or “green” but they are expensive and I wasn’t convinced they were as good as they were purported to be (with the exception of the REALLY expensive stuff that I couldn’t bring myself to spend the money on). I was inconsistent to say the least. Then a few months ago, my cousin, who has a great blog, wrote a post about DIY laundry detergent. At the time, that seemed just a little over the top. But I didn’t forget it. I think she gets the credit for getting my wheels turning.
Pinterest is a great source of information, so I started pinning and researching and pinning some more. I created a board for all the stuff I was finding. I noticed that there were lots of common elements to the products. Some had more focus on natural, others had more focus on DIY and saving money. I decided to focus my research on DIY AND natural.
First, I’ll mention my key learning and then I will get into the actual products I have made and how I adjusted them to make them work after my first try. First, I learned that vinegar is the bomb! It does just about everything. It disinfects, it sanitizes, it softens, it cleans and it is cheap! I learned that baking soda is both a softener and can be an abrasive (like for sink cleaning). I learned that Borax is a natural element that has been used for cleaning for a long long time. I learned that washing soda is just baking soda that has been baked (or something like that). This process increases its cleaning properties but maintains the natural characteristics. I learned that essential oils have all kinds of aromatic, disinfecting and cleaning properties as well. There are TONS out there. I’ll tell you more about the ones I settled on later. Essential oils are the only pricey ingredient that I have used. Everything else that goes into these are either things I already have in my pantry or were very inexpensive. All of the products could be made without them for the truly budget conscious, but I think they make a big difference in how my house smells. In other words, the aromatics were important to me, especially since I learned that my kids hate the smell of vinegar.
Pinterest was great for finding lots of information, but when I got ready to actually make my first batch of products, I found it to be a bit disorganized. Lots of sites list multiple products in a single post (or pin) and I started to have trouble finding the things I wanted to make in the midst of all the noise. Because I had pinned everything I thought had promise or good information, I couldn’t find the things I wanted to make easily. For that reason, I will be breaking this into a series of posts. This is the introduction. After this, I will make one post per product so things don’t get lost in the shuffle. It will also be the way I re-organize my own boards on Pinterest so my adjustments are easy for me to find later.
The products that I will be detailing are: