Cleaning Tips

SHOPPING LIST FOR RECIPES:

To make the cleaners below, you’ll need the following:

• Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate), a sodium salt
• Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate), related to baking soda
• White Distilled Vinegar, an acid
• Liquid Castille Soap, (Olive, Coconut, and other vegetable oils)
• Organic Soap Flakes (Organic Coconut and Soy or Palm)
• Organic Food Grade Vegetable Gylcerin, natural component of fats and oils.
• Borax (Sodium Borate Decahydrate), sodium and boron- a natural mineral
• Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2), naturally occuring water like liquid
• Vodka
• Citric Acid, bitter acid found in fruits
• Essential Oils (yeah, doTERRA!)
• Kosher Salt
• Glass Spray Bottles, Containers, Mixing Bowls

Most of these ingredients can be found in your grocery store. A few might need a visit to Amazon or other internet retailer. Start up cost to get these ingredients might seem overwhelming. But, the cost per use remains significantly less than retail cleaners. They last a LONG time and you can use them in many ways around your home.

Also, it’s a good idea to ditch the paper towell use as much as possible. Try microfiber clothes for cleaning. They are great!

 

Basic Sink Cleaner Recipe
 
1/4 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Vinegar
3 drops lavender, rosemary, lemon, lime or orange essential oilCombine all ingredients. Rinse sink well with hot water. Pour the cleaner in the sink and wipe with a sponge or cloth.  Rinse again with hot water.

 
 
Dishwasher Rinse Agent
Vinegar
Lemon Essential OilFill rinse dispenser with vinegar and add 5 drops lemon essential oil.

 
All Purpose Cleaner
 
2 Cups boiling water
2 TBSP White Vinegar
1/2 tsp dish soap
1tsp baking soda
5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
 
-Mix baking soda, water and dish soap together with essential oils.
-Place container inside a bigger bowl.  Add Vinegar. Mix
-Save over flow and just use the spray bottle and add the over flow to it after you are done cleaning.
 
Washing Soap Recipe 1 (for Machines including HE):
 
1 bar of shaved soap (Fels Naptha, Octagon)
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup of washing soda
3 drops essential oil
 
-If using warm or hot water just add 1-2 TBSP of powder to the wash.
-If using cold water disolve the 1-2 TBSP of powder in hot water to be sure it distributes through the clothing properly.
-You won’t see a lot of suds, but your clothes will be spectaculary clean.

Clothes Washing Powder Recipe 2 (for Machines including HE):

16 cups Baking Soda
12 cups Borax
8 cups Soap Flakes
3 tblsp Essential Oil of choice, i.e. Lavender, Lemon, Grapefruit, etc.

Combine ingredients, mix with a wire wisk. Use 1/8 cup per load.
Makes enough to last a family of 4 one year.  Can reduce the recipe by 1/4 for a smaller batch.

 

Fabric Softener:

1 cup Water
1 cup Baking Soda
2 cups White Vinegar
20 drops Essential Oil of choice

Choose a container big enough to accomidate the chemical reaction of the Baking Soda and Vinegar. Combine ingredients starting with water, essential oils, and baking soda. Add vinegar slowing to avoid volcano effect.

Use 1/2 cup in the rinse cycle or wet a washcloth and throw into the dryer with your clothes.

 

Air/Linen Spray:

1/4 cup unflavored Vodka
3 1/2 cups Filtered Water
20 drops Essential oils of choice- Lavender, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, etc.

In a small bowl, mix vodka and essential oil together. The alcohol works as an emulsifier, allowing the oil and water to mix evenly.

Pour the oil-vodka mix into the spray bottle, add the water and shake. Shake before using.

 

Dish Soap:

1 1/2 cup Hot Water
1/2 Castille Soap
1 tbsp White Vinegar
1 tbsp Washing Soda
1 tbsp Soap Flakes
10 drops each Lemon Essential Oil

Combine castille soap, vinegar, washing soda, and soap flakes into a large bowl and add in the hot water. Whisk the mixture until ingredients are well blended and soap flakes have dissolved. Allow mixture to cool completely stirring occasionally. Add the Lemon oil after mixture has cooled.

 

Dishwasher Detergent:

1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
1/2 cup Kosher Salt
1/2 cup Citric Acid
20 drops Lemon Essential Oil

Mix together salt and essential oils till combined. Add other ingredients and stir. Store tightly covered in a glass jar. Use one tablespoon per load with hot water.

All Purpose Cleaner:

1 cup Water
1 cup Vinegar
2 tsp Liquid Castille Soap
25 drops Essential Oil of choice, i.e. OnGuard, Lemon, Melaleuca, etc.

Add all ingredients into a glass spray bottle. Shake before using.

 

Creamy Soft Scrub:

1/2 cup Baking Soda
Liquid Castille Soap
1 tsp Vegetable Glycerin
Essential oils of choice, i.e. Add Melaleuca for a mold killer, Lemon for shine, etc.

Pour baking soda in a bowl. Add castille soap a little at a time to make a frosting like texture. Add in your essential oils and glycerin. Store in a sealed glass jar.

 

Window/Mirror Cleaner:

1/4 -1/2 tsp Liquid Castille Soap
3 tblsp Vinegar
2 cups Water
10 drops Essential Oil of Choice- Peppermint, Lemon, Orange

Pour ingredients into a spray bottle, shake and use.

 

Wood Cleaner:

1/4 cup White Vinegar
1/4 cup Water
1/2 tsp Liquid Castille Soap
1/8 tsp Olive Oil
10 drops Orange or Lemon oil

Combine ingredients and pour into spray bottle.

 

Wood & Stainless Steel Polish:

Olive Oil
10 drops Orange or Lemon Essential Oil

Combine ingredients, use a soft cloth to wipe then buff surfaces.

 

Fruit and Vegetable Wash:

1 cup Water
1 cup White Vinegar
1 tbsp Baking Soda
10 drops each Grapefruit & Lemon Essential Oil

Combine ingredients and pour into spray bottle.

 

I get my glass containers and spray bottles at AromaTools.

 

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