>> Thursday, July 17, 2014
New house, new + many more surfaces to clean. We had all but depleted our homemade cleaning stash while moving out of our old place. So, Stephen and I took some time to replenish our stores within the last week. Mixing everything together at once got me thinking I should share the mixes we use all in one handy post.
Here we go!
I'd say we've been making our own cleaning supplies on and off for the last 4 years. Mostly on for the last 2, though we do get lazy about it on occasion. What keeps me using the natural stuff time and time again is its effectiveness paired with the cost savings. There are lots of recipes and mixes for green cleaners out there, but we choose to make the ones that require the fewest, most LIKE ingredients, if that makes sense.
The first natural cleaner we made was an all-purpose spray cleaner. Now, I suppose I should also mention that we like to use a large stash of bar mops/rags for all our cleaning. We have a bin in our kitchen where we store the dirty rags and wash them once or twice a week. I'll get into some more specifics of our cleaning routine in another post.
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups distilled vinegar
- 20-40 drops essential oils
I use a similar mixture for windows and glass but add a few tablespoons of alcohol for a streak-free finish. I was skeptical, but it works like a charm.
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- distilled vinegar to rinse
Oh, and these days I'm digging eucalyptus and peppermint. If you find you're getting a residue after dishes have washed, you can consider adding some acidic ingredients to help -- we haven't had enough of an issue for it to matter.
DISH SOAP DANDY
- 2 cups Dr. Bronner's or other castile soap
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup borax
- 1/4 cup coarse salt
This one is right off the back of the borax box: Simply toss 1/4 cup borax in your toilet bowl and scrub around with a brush. Let sit for 30 minutes to overnight and then flush for a super clean toilet.
In my next cleaning post, I'll tackle some laundry soap options and a few more specialized cleaners like wood spray and magic eraser alternatives. And in yet another post, I'll delve into the personal care DIY stuff we're doing these days. It goes beyond the No Shampoo Method, and we've been trying some new stuff that has worked . . . and other things that, well, haven't!
What's your favorite DIY green cleaner?
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