Natural Cleaners

When someone says "I made my own cleaner today", most people respond with an exaggerated, "WHOA!"  It sounds impressive - and it is; making your own cleaners is a positive choice for your home and the environment. 

The ingredients you will need can all be found at your local supermarket.  I tend to buy in bulk and I find that Costco, Sam's Club or Smart & Final are the best places to do so.

Here is a list of items you will need to make your own cleaners.
  1. White Vinegar
  2. Baking Soda
  3. Lemon Juice
  4. Borax
  5. Washing Soda
  6. Rubbing Alcohol
  7. Cornstarch
  8. Mineral Oil
  9. Coarse Salt - Sea Salt is great
  10. Toothpaste
I suggest you getting a spray bottle (or recycle some you already use now) and put a cleaner solution in every part of your home.  That way cleaning up messes or wiping down counters and mirrors are as easy as reaching under the counter. 

Everyday Vinegar Solution
Half vinegar
Half water

Window/Glass Cleaner

1 cup strong black tea
3 TBS Vinegar
Use this as your ratio, so if you use 3 cups of tea, you'd add 9 TBS of Vinegar.

Stove, Oven, Sink and Toilet Bowl Cleaner
2 TBS of baking soda and hot water or you can sprinkle the soda on a damp sponge and wipe. From experience I've learned that it's best to first put baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub, then wipe clean.

Carpet Deodorizer
Two parts cornmeal with one part borax.
Sprinkle generously over carpet, wait one hour then vacuum

** If the smell of vinegar bothers you, you may squeeze some lemon juice in your bottle and it will dilute the smell. Or if you happen to have any Essential oils, you may add a few drops of that as well.  Since I've been cleaning with vinegar for awhile I've grow to actually like the smell; it's completely gone within a few minutes.

To view my two different laundry soap recipes go here or here.

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