Ever wish you really could consolidate cleaners and use something truly inexpensive, "green", and that actually works? Me too, which is why the following recipes are tried and true in my arsenal.
1 cup rubbing alcohol (preferably with higher than 70% alcohol)
1 cup distilled water
1 tablespoon vinegar
Store in a spray bottle.
When you first start wiping, it looks as if it is going to stay wet and cloudy, then all of a sudden BAM! crystal clear. I also prefer to use newspaper but it works fine with paper towels.
1/2 cup mineral oil
8 tablespoons vinegar
about 20 drops of lemon essential oil
Can be stored in a spray bottle, be sure to shake before each use.
All Purpose Cleaner
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon borax
1 cup hot distilled water
Mix together until borax is dissolved. Pour into at least a 16oz spray bottle.
Add 1/4 cup castile soap and 15 drops of essential oil (I like peppermint or lavender) and fill the bottle to the top with distilled water. Put spray top on and shake. Give it a shake before each use.
Spray Disinfectant Cleaner
In a 16 oz spray bottle, add 3 tablespoons liquid castile soap and 30 drops tea tree oil. Fill to the top with distilled water. Shake before each use.
Why do these work? Vinegar, tea tree oil and borax all have natural disinfectant properties. They were used for years and years and years before someone convinced us we need to spend a lot for cleaners in pretty packages with cute commercials. I use the cleaners through the whole house, from the kitchen, to the bathrooms, to the laundry, everywhere.
I will admit to a failure...Dishwasher Detergent. I have tried several recipes and they work at first, but then our dishes develop a film. Personally, I think it is related to the hardness of our water and less to the recipe. Still working on this one, and will get it solved...need to tweak the vinegar and a few other ingredients.
Anyone care to hear about deodorant and toothpaste?