Being Vegan isn’t just about the food. Veganism is a lifestyle, a commitment to animal safety, a commitment to your own health, and a commitment to the environment.
For this month’s For The Family activity, how about we introduce our family members to some easy, cheap, and effective DIY cleaners?
I could spell these recipes out myself, as they’re simplistic and I’ve used most of these myself (except for three, I’ll point them out to you), but I’d like to go ahead and give credit to some of the other bloggers on the internet for sharing some great recipes! Here are some links to my favorites:
This is the most straightforward DIY All-Purpose cleaner recipe and it’s the one I go for the most. Generally speaking, I try to avoid using dish detergents or other ingredients in my DIY cleaners since I’m trying to avoid using harsh chemicals
which are usually in those detergents, like seriously why are they in those recipes if that’s what they’re trying to avoid?! Blows my mind. This one’s a goodie.
Now, I’ve yet to make my own laundry detergent. I’ve been looking for a good one for a while now, and this is the one I’m going for. Like the blogger, I’m extremely sensitive to artificial fragrances and most chemicals. This one has no borax, no chemicals. I will be using unscented castile soap, but otherwise, this is what I’m going to try. If anyone else does, please let me know how it works for you!
This is another new one for me, but one I’m in love with. I’ve been eyeballing DIY bath bomb recipes (example), and this is basically a simplified bath bomb recipe that’s been adapted to clean your toilet. I love it! So convenient!
This one is a goodie it’s and one I love to use on my devices. It can also be used to clean eyeglasses. Recipes like this demonstrate perfectly that many companies attempt to market to us a “super special product that your device/tool can use” when in all actuality, they’re easy to clean with simple ingredients.
Glass cleaners are, however, an example of a cleaner that needs a little more finessing. Sure, you can use vinegar, water, and a little castile soap, using newspaper to try to avoid streaking, but this recipe takes the gamble out of it, which is great. No streaks today, gosh dangit. Convenient as heck.
This is the final new one for me. My mother had always been wildly against using bleach for fear of the residue ruining the plethora of black clothing in her wardrobe, but this recipe seems to be a wonderful alternative to it. Also, it’s not a massively toxic brew that isn’t in any way good for your health. Double win! I’ll be sure to give this a try on my fiance’s white dress shirts.
I hope these recipes will help kick start a new kind of cleaning for our families.