Green cleaning is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to DIY home projects that save money and make your home healthier for your and your family.
The list below has lots of green cleaning recipes, sure, but there are also a ton of cool DIY home projects to make your house more energy efficient to lower your bills. The best part about improving energy efficiency is that you don’t just reduce your power and gas bill. You reduce the amount of polluting coal and natural gas it takes to power your home. Boom! Pow!
18 DIY Home Projects
1. Make your own drain cleaner. Commercial drain cleaners are bad news, but you can whip up your own homemade drain cleaner with three ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
2. Infuse some vinegar. Nope, we’re not making a fancy salad. This infused vinegar works in any vinegar cleaning recipe, but it leaves a nice scent behind rather than the stereotypical vinegar smell that you probably associate with homemade green cleaners. Use it in any of the vinegar cleaning recipes on this list!
3. De-stink that fridge. Step away from the super toxic Febreze, y’all. Try these five natural remedies for a stinky fridge instead.
4. Make your own spray starch. Whether you’re pressing clothes from the wash or pressing fabric for a sewing project, spray starch is like magic for getting out annoying wrinkles. This homemade spray starch doesn’t have any toxic ingredients, and it costs less than the store-bought alternative.
5. Clean almost anything. All-purpose cleaner is great for everything from counters and tile to mirrors and windows. And this recipe only contains two ingredients!
6. Make your own cleaning wipes. Those Clorox wipes are packed with chemicals, and you create paper and plastic trash when you use them. Try our tutorial for making reusable cleaning wipes that create less waste and cost less money. All of the things!
7. Mix up some laundry soap. Eco-friendly laundry soaps are expensive, but this homemade laundry soap recipe costs around three cents a load. Not too shabby, my friends.
8. Try soapnuts. Don’t want to gather the ingredients for DIY laundry soap. Meet soapnuts. They’re like magic, and they for real grow on trees.
9. Get a really clean oven. Those foam oven cleaners are full of some serious bad-news chemicals. But you don’t need them! Check out how to clean your oven naturally.
10. Get behind that fridge. Cleaning your refrigerator coils is not sexy, but it does seriously boost your fridge’s efficiency. Here’s how to do it, step by step.
11. Make your own wood polish. Say goodbye to lemon Pledge and hello to two-ingredient wood polish that works! You can make this recipe vegan by using candelilla wax in place of beeswax.
12. Try some DIY natural pest control. Does the idea of the bug guy spraying chemicals all over your house squick you right out? These are some DIY options to keep bugs at bay.
13. Make homemade air freshener. Skip the Febreze and step away from the incense. You can create a healthy homemade air freshener and even customize the scent to suit your preferences.
14. Clean with essential oils. Most store-bought cleaners are scented with chemical “fragrance,” which is a blanket term that can refer to any number of harmful chemicals. Scent your homemade cleaners naturally with essential oils instead!
15. Deep clean your dryer. You know to clean the lint from your dryer each time you use it, but once in a while your dryer needs a deep cleaning. Getting every bit of lint out of your dryer makes it more efficient and makes it safer.
16. Grow some house plants. You know that air pollution is a problem outside, but the air inside your house can be just as toxic as the air outside. Growing beneficial house plants can help clean the air inside of your home.
17. Do some natural deep cleaning in the kitchen. From counters to floors to grout, there are simple green cleaners that you can use to replace the chemicals you’d find on store shelves. And essential oils boost these recipes’ cleaning power while making them smell great.
18. Give those drip pans some shine. Do you have an electric stove? Try this simple DIY trick to make it heat your food more efficiently. You only need one thing, and I bet that you have it in your kitchen already.
Essential oils photo via Shutterstock; all other photos via Crafting a Green World