Thursday, February 13, 2014

Homemade Cleaning Solutions

~Cleaning Spray~

What you need:
Spray Bottle
Vinegar
Water
Essential Oil (optional)

I keep a spray bottle filled with part vinegar and part water. I use it every single day, I don't know how many times. It's used to clean up spills, on the dining room table, kitchen counters, windows, mopping up the floor...even spraying the dog if he won't stop barking. :) I've read and heard it said that you need to use newspaper when washing windows with vinegar to prevent streaks. Yes, it streaks as you clean it, but it usually dries fine. If I don't wipe it good enough, I see smears, especially on bathroom mirrors, but generally that doesn't happen. If you want, add in 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil. Mmmm! Personally I like to use lemon or cinnamon.

~Air Freshener~ -

What you need:
Spray Bottle
Water
Essential Oils

Fill a spray bottle with water, add in 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil and spritz away, all over your house! Fun for the kids to do. :)

 ~Dishwasher Detergant and General Cleaner~

What you need:
Jar or container of choice
Borax
Baking Soda
Citric Acid or Koolaid Lemonade
Salt
Citrus Essentail Oil, your choice

I found this recipe online and love it! Mix together in your jar or whatever container you choose 1 cup Borax, 1 cup Baking Soda, 1/4 cup citric acid OR 2 Packets Koolaide Lemonade,  (use only lemon otherwise you'll dye your dishwasher),  1/4 cup salt, 30 drops citrus essential oil - lemon, grapefruit, organge, tangerine or a combination Put the ingredients in a jar and shake well to mix. For the dishwasher use 2-3 heaping tablespoons. For using as a general cleaning, use as needed. I keep a spoon in my jar and sprinkle a couple of spoonfuls and then add more if I need it. Its great to use in sinks and toilets.
http://www.thenewhomemaker.com/dishwasherpowder

                                         Some of my Littles helping me make Laundry Soap


~Laundry Soap~

What you need:
Container
Fels Naptha Soap
Washing Soda
Borax
Water

Soooo easy to make!!! There are quite a few recipes for making it, but this is the one I use. Thefamilyhomestead.com is a very helpful site! I was so exited when I found her recipe for laundry soap! Grate 1/3 of the bar of Fels Naptha soap and put it into a medium sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat until the soap melts. Next add 1/2 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups HOT water into bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Add in 1 gallon plus 6 cups water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. I used to use my cheese grater, but then I got a five gallon bucket and I double the recipe. Grating half a bar of soap with a hand grater seems to take forever! Now I use my food processor to do it. Takes seconds to accomplish the task now. :)

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