Monday, May 23, 2011

And still we clean...

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.  

Window Cleaner

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.

Furniture Polish

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?  


  1. yes.. deodorant and tooth paste please!! I found some pest control tricks... shall I forward them to you?

  2. Deoderant please!! I use that recipe for furniture polish but have been using lavender oil instead of the lemon. Thanks for the tips.

  3. Teen Daughter recently explained that she shouldn't have to help with housework so often, because the chemical exposure was probably harmful. Won't she be pleased to know there are less toxic alternatives! (I suspect not, actually. I fear it's more about the work than about the cleaners!)

  4. Thanks for the recipes again! This is just fantastic!

    And Rebecca, I hope you post your pest control tricks here for us all too!

  5. I've been waiting for these. With Partner's breathing issues less chemicals will probably be better for him.



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