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It is better for the earth to make your own cleaning products and keep them in reusable containers. Not only is this practice better for the earth and healthier for you, it’s also fun. I’m here to show you some simple cleaning supplies to tidy up your dorm.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Find a used squirt bottle and clean it thoroughly. Fill it halfway up with vinegar, then halfway with water. Vinegar naturally dissolves dirt and deodorizes smells. Add five drops of lemon or any essential oil you have lying around. This is more for aesthetic value. If vinegar isn’t your favorite smell you can counteract it with the essential oil. Close the bottle, shake up the mixture, and you’re ready to go. You can use this to remove stains, freshen a room, wipe windows, or clean dishes. For a stronger cleaning power use only white vinegar and essential oil.

Bath Cleaner

In a jar, mix baking soda, water, and essential oil until a paste is created. Spread this paste around your bathtub or sink to remove grime.

Body Wash

Don’t forget that you have to stay clean as well. For a no-frills body wash, mix coconut oil, raw honey, and liquid castile soap in a jar. This will keep you clean and moisturized.


Once again, coconut oil saves the day. Reuse one of your old shampoo bottles for this recipe. Mix coconut oil with Castile soap, sea salt, and essential oils. The coconut oil will make your hair soft, the soap will clean it, the sea salt will add volume, and the essential oils will make it smell nice. Shake the mixture and let it sit for 24 hours. Because of the moisturizing coconut oil, some hair types will be able to use this as an all-in-one shampoo and conditioner.   


Katie Gibson is the lifestyle editor for the Albany Student Press. She is also a DJ for WCDB.

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