One of the cool things about cleaning products is that the majority of them have similar ingredients. This means that if you get a few products that you purchase to make one type of cleaner, you can likely use them to make others.
For example, washing soda is great to combine with liquid castile soap for dish soap. You can also add a ¼ cup of washing soda to your laundry to help get a deep clean on your clothes. Liquid castile is another one of those ingredients. You can use it on its own for dish soap, hand soap, or body wash.
While it’s great to make your cleaning products, there are so many great companies out there now that make effective cleaners that I love. If I were only able to give one piece of advice when it comes to cleaning products, I would say invest in cleaner concentrates.
Cleaner concentrates allow you to use 1-3 tbsp of cleaner and mix with filtered water and fill an entire glass bottle with cleaner. This makes them economical and more sustainable for the environment (and helps you reduce plastic!) I love Rocky Mountain Oils’ cleaner concentrate and Branch Basics.
Beware of greenwashing. The market for natural, safer products is growing, and with that comes marketing that can make products appear more natural and less toxic than they actually are. You can’t trust a label. You want to make sure you look up the product in the EWG app or Made Safe.