Everyone knows that today’s cleaning products, for the most part, are made with harsh chemicals. I recently found out that a floor product I used before vacuuming was actually a carcinogen to my pets.
All cleaning products still need to be kept out of the reach of pets and children. However, the natural products used to make your own, will leave your house with no carcinogens and cost less.
Here are some easy, inexpensive recipes for cleaning products that are natural and chemical free:
Got smells in your dishwasher? It may be that your expensive soap is leaving residue in the crevices and molding.
Dishwasher Powder Detergent
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup Super Washing Soda
- 15 – 18 drops scented essential oil (best choices are lemon or citrus)
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Pour into a glass container with a lid. Plastic is too flimsy and may wear from the ingredients.
Place 1 tablespoon per load in the dish detergent compartment and run as usual
Disinfecting Liquid Cleaner
- 1 32 oz. bottle of white vinegar
- 35-40 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 15-20 drops brightening orange essential oil
- Add essential oils to the vinegar. Put into sealed container and shake to mix.
- Put into a sealed container; can store for 2 months.
- Pour 1/2 cup of cleaner into a spray bottle. Add 2 cups of water. Shake to mix.
- This is a good spray for counter tops, sinks, tables, appliances and any where you have a solid surface that needs disinfecting.
- Let spray sit on surface for 10 minutes. Wipe clean with damp sponge or cloth.
- 1/2 Cup Washing Soda
- 1/2 Cup 20 Mule Team Borax
- 1/3 of a bar of Fels Naptha soap grated (I chunked it & blended in food processor)
- 5 gallon clean bucket
- 1 gallon clean water jugs (empty)
- Cap/cup from store-bought liquid soap – if you didn’t keep one from your last store purchase of liquid soap, ask a friend. Most people just toss them and will be sure to have one ready to go.
- Melt the Fels Naptha soap in 3 cups of water on medium heat at a simmer until melted. Caution! If you let it come to a boil, it will bubble over.
- Add the Borax and Washing Soda until they are dissolved
- Add the melted soap mixture to your 5 gallon bucket filled with 3 gallons of water
- Stir well, let it for 24 hours
- After you have waited at least 25 hours, you will see that the soap has begun to set
- Stir it well and pour into the gallon water jugs and cover to be air tight. Stores up to 3 months.
Measure one capful for each load.
Recipe is adjustable so you can make less if you don’t have as many laundry loads as those with bigger families.
Get clean, stay healthy