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If you’ve contemplated adopting a greener, more Eco-friendly lifestyle, but thought it would be too difficult – think again – small steps can have a big impact on your health and the environment. For instance, have you ever thought about making your own natural household cleaners? After all, some of the chemicals in popular cleaning products are highly toxic and when you add up the cost of purchasing them on a regular basis – it’s easy to see why people might decide to make their own.
What are the benefits of making your own household cleaners?
- Save Money
- Better for your health
- Better for the environment
- Less toxic to children and pets
Check out the books and articles below to try your hand at making a variety of natural homemade cleaners.
Books on Natural Cleaners
|Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster--and Loving Your Home Every Day by Melissa Maker|
Clean My Space takes the chore out of cleaning with Melissa’s incredible tips and cleaning hacks (the power of pretreating!) her lightning fast 5-10 minute “express clean” routines for every room when time is tightest, and her techniques for cleaning even the most daunting places and spaces. And a big bonus: Melissa gives guidance on the best non-toxic, eco-conscious cleaning products and offers natural cleaning solution recipes you can make at home using essential oils to soothe and refresh. With Melissa’s simple groundbreaking method you can truly live in a cleaner, more cheerful, and calming home all the time.
Homemade Cleaners: Quick and Easy, Toxic-Free Recipes to Replace Your Kitchen Cleaner, Bathroom Disinfectant, Laundry Detergent, Bleach, Bug Killer, Air Freshner and More by Mandy O'Brien and Dionna Ford|
Simple Steps to a Naturally Clean Home. Toxic chemicals are found in almost all commercial cleaners the very products you buy to make your home hygenic and healthy. Homemade Cleaners offers a better solution. Its tips, tricks and formulas guarantee to make your home sparkling and germ-free.
Homemade Cleaners features over 150 recipes that are:
The Herbal Handbook for Home and Health: 501 Recipes for Healthy Living, Green Cleaning, and Natural Beauty by Pip Waller|
Make your own stain removers, laundry detergent, fabric softeners, window & glass cleaner, room freshener, furniture polish, oven cleaner, throat lozenges, cough medicine, mouthwash, toothpaste, pet supplies, insect repellent, cordials, wines, syrups, teas, baked goods, soap, lip balm, mascara, shaving cream, facial masks, body sprays.
Planet Home: Conscious Choices for Cleaning and Greening the World You Care About Most by Jeffrey Hollender|
Presents strategies for maintaining a healthy home while engaging in environmentally responsible practices, outlining a lifestyle program based on scientific principles that explains how to understand the connection between individual habits and planet health.
The Organically Clean Home: 150 Everyday Organic Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself - the Natural, Chemical-Free Way by Becky Rapinchuk, cleanmama.net|
The Organically Clean Home features 150 easy-to-make recipes for cleaning products filled with all-natural ingredients you can trust (and actually pronounce!). From dishwasher detergent to antibacterial wipes, America's favorite cleaning blogger Becky Rapinchuk guides you through the steps needed to make these everyday necessities -- without spending a fortune.
Green Up Your Cleanup by Jill Potvin Schoff|
Green Up Your Cleanup includes helpful advice and cleanser "recipes" that explains how to eliminate toxic-chemical household cleaning agents from your life and replace them with natural, and often homemade solutions. Inspired by the author's experience as a mother of an allergic child, the book includes anecdotal information that led her to natural cleaning solutions and has "green facts," "smart tips," and informational sidebars generously sprinkled throughout the text.
The book is divided into three parts, "The Basics," "Inside Jobs," and "Dirty Jobs," and covers everything from green-cleaning the kitchen to green-cleaning the car. A handy size and a spiral binding make it easy to keep on hand as a reference as you do the chores.
Clean Home, Green Home: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Eco-Friendly Homekeeping by Kimberly Delaney|
A visual handbook of Eco-friendly housekeeping solutions presents quick, efficient, and safe cleaning options for every room in the home, explaining how to get a clean, germ-free home without the use of unhealthy chemicals, in a guide that includes recipes for homemade cleaning products, facts about product ingredients, and more than four hundred color photographs.
Articles - DIY Natural Cleaners
DIY Household Cleaners You Can Make in 5 Minutes or Less by Karen B. Gibbs - Today
9 Cleaners You Can Make Yourself: The Key Ingredients You Need Just Might be Hiding in Your Pantry by Heloise - Good Housekeeping
10 All-Natural, DIY Cleaners to Scrub Every Inch of Your Home: Try these simple, green recipes you can make yourself by Stephanie Sisco - Real Simple
30 DIY Green Cleaners + Room-By-Room Green Cleaning Guide by Dana Raidt - Hello Glow
Make These 69 DIY Cleaning Products For Pennies by Sarah Lipoff - POPSUGAR