Ever taken a peek at the ingredient list or warning labels on the back of the average household cleaning product? It’s enough to keep even the biggest clean freak away from a sponge forever.
When it comes to getting your home spic and span, it’s best to go all natural, all the way. Otherwise, you could be exposing yourself (and everyone in the house) to harmful chemicals and substances that have been linked to skin irritation, respiratory problems, and even certain cancers.
Seasoned DIYers of the world probably already have all the ingredients they need to make non-toxic cleaning products. For everyone else, The Optimist Co. has done the dirty work by rounding up the essentials in one handy kit, including detailed instructions on how to make 11 effective household cleaners that won’t harm you or pollute indoor air.
Inside, you’ll find three fresh-smelling essential oils (lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree), one bottle of organic liquid castile soap, and two reusable 16-ounce spray bottles. You only need to supply a few pantry basics—white vinegar, club soda, and distilled water—and a little elbow grease.
Pick up the kit and you’ll be on your way to handcrafting everything from natural glass and surface cleaner to floor soap to a refreshing room mist. You can even whip up a gentle, non-toxic produce wash or pet shampoo!
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