Making your own cleaning products and air fresheners might be more beneficial than you think. Not only are you going to save a lot of money, but have you ever noticed that on the back of some of your regular household cleaning products, it says not to use on edible surfaces? What are we really spraying in our homes and inhaling (and possibly accidentally ingesting)?


By making your own household items, you can ensure that you know exactly what is in them — while saving a bunch of money! Here are some incredibly easy products to make with items you probably already have in your home.


Make your own surface cleaner: Why pay for a bottle of water with chemicals in it, when you can make your own natural product at home that works just as well?


Add two cups of water and one-half cup of white vinegar to a spray bottle. Add 20 drops of tea tree oil and 20 drops of either lavender oil or lemon oil (depending on what scent you prefer). Screw on the top, shake the bottle, and you have your very own surface cleaning product! Simply spray and wipe your counters.


Make your own room spray: Natural room sprays can completely change the feel of your home. They smell amazing, and you do not have to worry about what harsh chemicals you might be inhaling. Not to mention, you can customize it in any way you would like!


98193199You will need a metal spray bottle, essential oil or herbs, and witch hazel. You can find witch hazel at your local drug store or on Amazon. If you want to try something different, get the rosewater witch hazel, as it adds the nice rose smell to your room spray. The brand “Thayers” on Amazon has a few other scents they mix in with their witch hazel (like aloe vera cucumber and lavender).


Take your metal spray bottle (metal works much better, but a plastic one will work, too), and fill it a little over half way with water, then fill the rest with witch hazel. Once you have done that, add any essential oil you would like to complete the scent, or add some herbs to your spray bottle.


Experiment with different scents, and see what you like! If you do not know where to begin, try water, the rosewater witch hazel, and a few extra drops of rosewater, if you like the scent of roses. Otherwise, try water, witch hazel, and add a stem or two of lavender with a few drops of lavender oil, if you prefer the scent of lavender.


Make your own simmering stovetop potpourri: This is quite possibly the quickest and easiest way to scent your home. If you are looking for a more tropical scent, look no further. Throw out the overpriced potpourri and try this fragrance trick!


Simply put three-fourths cup of water in a medium saucepan. Squeeze a wedge of lime, and throw it in the pot. Add a tablespoon of coconut extract. Boil all the ingredients together, and soon the scent will transport you to a beach in the Bahamas.


What do you think of these natural ways to clean and freshen your home? What other combinations of natural products do you make at home? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!