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We all know that the majority of items used to clean homes today are packed full of hazardous chemicals and they can be a bit pricey. I started making my own cleaners mostly to save money and avoiding the chemicals was just a bonus. I am super glad I started to make my own cleaners though because now I don’t have to worry about my children getting into anything harmful. There are people who make a cleaner for every surface of their home, but I’m a lazy person so I like to keep things simple. I’ve learned water and some elbow grease can go a long way.
All purpose Cleaner
- 2 cups of water
- ½ cup White vinegar
- 1 tsp. dish soap (I like Dr. Bronner’s)
- 1 tsp. Baking soda
- Spray bottle
Simply mix all ingredients in your spray bottle and get started. An easy way to keep up with the recipe is to write it on the spray bottle. If you do not want to buy essential oils you can make your own citrus vinegar to have an all natural fragrant cleaner. Walmart is going to be the cheapest place to find the vinegar, baking soda, and dish soap if you need to watch your spending.
- Orange, lemon, or lime peels
- White vinegar
- Mason jar
Fill your mason jar with the peels then pour the white vinegar in and let it sit. The longer you let it sit the more infused your mixture will be. Once satisfied, remove the peels and you now have citrus vinegar.
I pour about a tbsp of each into the toilet and let it sit while I clean the rest of the bathroom. Right before I leave the bathroom I scrub the toilet bowl. If for some reason I am ever out of these ingredients I just scrub the bowl really good. It’s seemed to work fine in a pinch.
- Hot water
- Dish soap
- Lemon essential oil (optional)
I have a mixture of laminate, tile, and hardwood in my house. This recipe works for all three surfaces. When I mop I fill the sink with hot water and add 1 cup of vinegar and about a tbsp of dish soap. You can add lemon or other citrus essential oil if you would like. The citrus vinegar would be perfect for this.
Pour ingredients into spray bottle and start cleaning!
- ½ cup Baking Soda
- 1 cup Washing Soda
- ¼ cup Citric Acid
- ½ cup salt (any salt)
- 30-40 drops of Essential oil, any scent. (optional)
- Airtight Container
Pour all the ingredients in an airtight container and stir it up. Use 2-3 tsp per load. The salt helps to soften hard water. Vinegar makes a great rinsing agent to add to your dishwasher.