Thursday, August 2, 2012

all purpose cleaner

Some of you may remember my post from a few weeks ago about making your own laundry detergent. I got so much feedback from that post I decided to keep the trend going and today post about all purpose cleaners. I have already discussed the benefits of making your own cleaners so today I am just going to share how!

There are many variations for how to make an all purpose cleaner including using borax or baking soda but my favorite so far has been this:

16 oz Spray Bottle*
2 t Castile Soap
2 Cups Water
3 T White Distille Vinegar

With this variation the castile soap serves as a detergent while the vinegar disinfects and deodorizes. If you are very sensitive to smell you can also add an essential oil (tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil are popular for this purpose). 

Start with a 16 oz spray bottle and add the castile soap and water. Then just add the vinegar and you are ready to clean! Be sure to add the vinegar last because adding the castile soap to a mix of vinegar and water can cause curdling.

If you are looking to do some serious scrubbing power you can also try this all purpose scrub: 

1/2 Cup Baking Soda
1 T Liquid Soap
1 Lemon

Pour the baking soda into a bowl and add just enough liquid soap to make a creamy paste. Spread mixture on the flat side of half of a lemon, and scrub. The lemon acts as a sponge and leaves a natural citrus scent. Use a damp rag or sponge to wipe away any residue. You'll find the paste will stay moist for a few hours.

*Don't have a spray bottle? Try an old glass bottle

sources: green living, whole living

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