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14 Eco-Friendly Products That Can Be Made at Home

We often use all kinds of things around the home each day without even thinking about it. It can be tough to imagine that all of these products add up and affect our impact on the world. Thankfully, there are some eco-friendly products that can be made at home to help us do our bit for the planet. We’ve covered a little bit of everything, from detergent through to glue and stain removers. These eco-friendly products will change your life!

DIY de-icer

Are you tired of scraping your windscreen every morning? Perhaps you want to make life easier for yourself, but you want to do it in a more eco-friendly way? Amazingly, this DIY de-icer spray melts stubborn ice in a few seconds and can even remove snow or ice from locks.

It just takes two simple ingredients and a spray bottle and voila! All of your ice worries should be gone. Check out Mom 4 Real’s post to find detailed instructions about how to make your own.

Lemon-scented dishwasher detergent

Let’s face it; most of us associate the smell of lemons with cleanliness. Now, you can bring the two together once more thanks to this lemon-scented dishwasher detergent. The best bit? It doesn’t take too much effort to create this eco-friendly alternative.

You’ll have to add some chopped lemons to water and boil for around 20 minutes. After you’ve removed the rind and blended the syrup with some more water, there’s a little more boiling before you’re good to go, but Bren Did has all the details.

DIY oven cleaner

How does cleaning your oven while you sleep sound? Yeah, that’s what we thought, too. One Good Thing has an incredible recipe for eco-friendly oven cleaner that means we can save ourselves plenty of time and money. Most of the ingredients, like water, dish soap, and ammonia, can be found around the home.

The cleaner works better the longer it’s left. All you need to do is wipe your oven clean and it might not be long before all of those burnt-on pieces of food and grime are gone from your life.

Homemade yoga mat cleaner

Whether you want to expand your exercise regime or you love to bend yourself into pretzel-like shapes on a daily basis, there’s a good chance that it’s been a long time since you’re cleaned your yoga mat. You’ll need a mixture of white vinegar, filtered water, and essential oils all shaken in a spray bottle to make life easier.

Life at Cloverhill explains that this mixture is excellent for removing any build-up from all of those routines as well as leaving it smelling fresh and ready to go for your next class.

Homemade air freshener

Creating your own air freshener has so many benefits. It means that you can choose any scents that you like while also being a more eco-friendly alternative than many other brands on the market. It’s a win-win situation.

Clean My Space has a ton of scent ideas to fill your home as well as detailed instructions about how to create the mixture. Once you have your smells chosen, mix it all up, boil it down, and pour into a sealable mason jar because who doesn’t love a mason jar?

Bug repellent

As much as many of us love the warmer weather, it brings something that most of us could do without: bugs. Have no fear; Primally Inspired has done the hard work for us and created a homemade bug repellent to keep the beasts at bay without any effect on the environment.

There are a host of options depending on the kind of smells that you like and what bugs you want to keep away. For example, rose geranium is floral and keeps ticks away from your pets while cedarwood, cinnamon, and rosemary smells like a campfire without attracting any unwanted guests.

DIY washing up liquid

One of the toughest things about looking for eco-friendly products that can be made at home is having to go through plenty of trials and errors before you find a recipe that works.

Thankfully, Mommypotamus has done all the hard work for us with their recipe for DIY washing up liquid. Hopefully, your homemade version should last longer, save you some pennies, and help you feel a little better about protecting the environment all at the same time.

Foaming hand soap

Foaming hand soap is something that has taken the world by storm. It can feel like our hands are having a little treat all of their own every time we wash our hands. Would you believe that this recipe from Chiot’s Run only uses two ingredients?

It’s quicker to use than a typical bar of soap and uses a lot less soap. You need to make sure that you don’t add the water too quickly to the mixture or the mixture could foam up and overflow. As if that wasn’t enough, you can even use it for washing up. Could things get any better?

Homemade plant insecticide

Although we want to keep our plants safe, we don’t want to harm the environment, right? Thankfully, there is an eco-friendly product that can be made at home to keep your veggies safe.

Sweet Peas and Pumpkins uses all-natural ingredients, such as red pepper flakes and garlic to keep bugs at bay. To top it off, the mixture even helps to keep deer and bunnies away from your vegetable patch, too. You just need to add the mix to water and dish soap before spraying it over your beloved plants.

DIY polymer clay

There are so many reasons that we might need some polymer clay in our lives. It’s excellent for making trinkets and decorations for around the house as well as a way to entertain the kids on a rainy day.

As if that wasn’t enough, this eco-friendly version uses simple household ingredients, including lemon juice, mineral oil – such as baby oil – cornstarch, and white glue. You can make as much or as little as you like depending on the size of your project. It only takes a few days to dry before you can get creative with some paint.

Homemade stain remover

It turns out that we can get not one, not two, but three homemade stain remover recipes thanks to Imperfect Homemaking. That’s right; Kelly has summed up three recipes that she put to the test in a side-by-side experiment.

Although Kelly was impressed with all three of the results, she has given us the methods for all of them so that we can decide for ourselves. They all work just like other stain removers. They’re just more eco-friendly! Simply spray them over the stain, leave them to settle, and put your clothes into the washing machine to see the results for yourself.

Homemade window cleaner

Window cleaners are great for removing all of the dirt and grime that somehow gets on our windows – how?! – but they are often filled with chemicals that can harm the environment. It turns out that you only need lemon juice, white vinegar, and hot water to get your windows sparkling again.

Becca Pistrelli has all the details that you need to make the solution. Make sure that you shake the mixture vigorously before spraying it over your windows and wiping it away with a newspaper or cloth.

DIY clothes starch

Do you need your collar to look sharp for an interview? Perhaps you’re sewing and need the materials to be a little more robust? Whatever the case, starch can be a savior. This homemade option is cheaper and avoids having to use any unwanted chemicals.

Crafting a Green World explains that we need to mix between one and three teaspoons of cornflour to every one cup of water, depending on how stiff you want your starch. It really is that simple!

Homemade glue

Producing glue can have a significant impact on the environment. Not anymore. The Hippy Homemaker has five – yes, five – incredible recipes for all kinds of glue that we can use around the home while still being eco-friendly. There’s everything from waterproof glue to collage glue and everything in between.

To top it off, the recipes are either gluten-free, vegan-friendly, or both! You just need a few simple ingredients that can be found in most stores to make the perfect glue alternative.

Whether you love to dive headfirst into a project or you want to find a way to help the world without giving up your everyday routine, there are plenty of eco-friendly products that can be made at home. Who knows? It might not be long before you have an alternative that makes you wonder where it has been your entire life.

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