All-Purpose Household Cleaner
Why I Love It:
- It takes less than five minutes to make and really works.
- I love how it leaves my bathroom smelling like a health food store because of the tea tree oil!
- It’s non-toxic so I can actually clean my bathroom when the kids are awake and I don’t have to freak out if they get some of the cleaner on their hands!
- It’s green so when it eventually comes out of my septic tank, it doesn’t pollute the ground and make it’s way into streams, harming wildlife.
Recipe (for 32 ounces)
It is true, it is not good to mix vinegar and castile soap because it will unsaponify the soap. As Lisa states in her blog, “In great part it’s due to the fact that vinegar is an acid and the castile soap is a base. They will directly react with each other and cancel each other out. So, instead of getting the best of both (the scum cutting ability of the vinegar and the dirt transporting ability of the soap), you’ll be getting the worst of something entirely new. The vinegar “unsaponifies” the soap, by which I mean that the vinegar takes the soap and reduces it back out to its original oils. So you end up with an oily, curdled, whitish mess. And this would be all over whatever it was you were trying to clean – your laundry or counters or dishes or whatever.” http://lisa.drbronner.com/?p=292
- (NOW REMOVED – see above) 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 tbsp. borax or baking soda (Borax is controversial – it does not harm the environment, but can cause reproductive toxicity in humans, according to the EWG. Baking soda is a fine alternative)
- 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap (green, fair-trade & organic soap!)
- 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 10 drops lavender oil (Amazon or Mountain Rose Herbs)
- 10 drops tea tree oil (Amazon or Mountain Rose Herbs)
Baking Soda Freshener
Why I Love It:
- Easy to make
- Super duper cheap
- Smells amazing and really works to remove stank nasty smells from upholstery and carpet
- Great to use in the bathtub and toilet bowl to remove yucky scum
A non-toxic and green disinfectant – who knew it could be done? If you’ve read anything about hand sanitizers and the antibacterial chemicals in soaps and other products like I have, you’re probably searching for a non-toxic alternative. Well, here it is and it’s WAY cheaper than what you’ll buy in the store!
Use this to spray on counter tops (and you don’t have to wipe off!), all over the bathroom, cutting boards and any other non-porous surface that needs some germ smothering. It also works very well on mold and mildew. I sprayed it on some mildewed window casings and the mildew wiped right out. I was amazed!
Why I Love It:
- Yep, you guessed it, CHEAP!
- Also easy to make and use
- Cruelty-free cleaner – and that includes humans!
Depending on what you have in your cabinet or want to buy, you can use both hydrogen peroxide and vinegar, or one of each. Both have powerful antibacterial properties that won’t harm ecosystems or your organs.
- Vinegar and/or peroxide
- 10-20 drops lavender oil (Amazon or Mountain Rose Herbs)*
- 10-20 drops tea tree oil (Amazon or Mountain Rose Herbs)*
In a 16 oz. container, fill it with either vinegar or peroxide or half of both for the most power. Then add your essential oils. Lightly shake and done!