Saturday, September 13, 2008

Experimenting with Homemade Household Cleaners

All Purpose Cleaner

2T vinegar

1 t Borax (I used a Tablespoon)

Hot water

a few drops of dish detergent

10-15 drops of essential oil (optional)

I used a funnel to add the ingredients into a 16 oz spray bottle using orange for my essential oil.

I also added a splash of hydrogen peroxide because I have heard it is a good substitute for bleach and I am a bit of a bleach fanatic but I am trying to cut back.

Glass Cleaner

1/4 cup vinegar or 1 Tbsp lemon juice (I used both)

2+ cups water

I used a 16oz spray bottle for this too and added several drops of lavender essential oil.

I cleaned a few items with both of the above recipes and they seemed to do the trick for a fraction of the cost.
Now I am off to make some more liquid laundry detergent.
That last batch lasted a month and I do a fair share of laundry here. I think this formula works as good as any store bought detergent and I have been asked by a couple people if you can use these in the front loaders and I just read that people do use this recipe and do not have any issues so I'd say yes. I have also read that some people double the amounts of washing soda and borax, I have not because I felt it cleaned my clothes good as is.
I have always preferred liquid laundry detergent over powder but I do use the dry formula I made up on whites (when I use warm water). I added eucalyptus essential oil to the last batch and it made it smell really good but I think I will hold off this time because you have to use about 1/2 - 1 oz which can be pricey as essential oils aren't cheap.
My next experiment will be on bar soaps. I am waiting for one of my friends to e-mail me with her goat soap recipe. Do any of you have any soap recipes to share?

A final note click here to see why we are better off eating home grown or local foods. What is this world coming to?


Anonymous said...

How fun!

Erica said...

That article is sickening. On a side note and to add to it, always check your labels on your food. SO many food products found in grocery stores come from China. Even with shipping it oversea's, it's still cheaper. Saddening.

I still have not tried the homemade laundry detergent, but I LOVE homemade natural cleaners. We use infused vinegar for almost all our cleaning.

Or I add some essential oils to baking soda when the toilet or tub need a good scrubbing. Can't beat it!

Anonymous said...

My wife and her grandmother swear by using vinegar to clean. They clean absolutely everything with it. Great recipes.... said...

I clicked the link to the homemade laundry detergent. It didn't go anywhere. Where does your recipe come from?

I have one on my site that I love!

Those cleaners are all super!!!

I love my green cleaners!