It's finally time for some spring cleaning! Our house could use it too, winter, three kids, and a dog...Yeah, we need this!
I don't know about you, but reading the labels on cleaning products scares me...What if one of the kids gets into it? Not a risk I am willing to take. We have been using & making natural, organic, and homemade cleaners. I really like to make them and create new smells and new combinations! Here are a few of my everyday ones :
All Purpose Cleaner
1/2 teaspoon washing soda
2 teaspoons borax
2 cups hot waterCombine all the ingredients and the water into a spray bottle.
Shake well. The washing soda makes this formula a great grease cutter.
2 cups water
1/2 cup vinegar
Combine in a spray bottle.
Homemade Floor Cleaner
1 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water
5-10 drops tea tree oil (disinfectant is a must with babies)
Mix in your cleaning bucket and use this to clean vinyl type floors. I like to make a large batch of my favorite household cleaner. I make this in a gallon size container and fill spray bottles as I need it.
1 t BoraxHot water
10 drops of essential oil, optional
In a 16 spray bottle put vinegar, borax and hot water. Swish around until borax has dissolved. Add the drops of dish detergent and fill the rest of the bottle with water. Add the essential oil (I like using tea tree oil or lavender).
Toilet Bowl cleaner
1 Cup Baking Soda1 Cup Vinegar
Add in toilet bowl, allow it to fizz and leave for about a hour, then scrub and flush.
For extra soiled bowls add ½ cup washing soda.
2 cups Bar soap (grated) I love to use lavender natural soap, it smells fantastic! Use what you love!
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
2 cups Baking Soda
Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.
Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax, Baking Soda and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.
Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it! It will gel up. Also adding a cup of vinegar acts as a fantastic fabric softener!
Laundry Soap-Great for cloth diapers
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup baking Soda
1 cup vinegar
1-5 drops tea tree oil (optional)
Add while washer is filling with hot water.
My dipes come out smelling fresh and new every time, no matter how soiled they are, with no fading!!
I have also been adding extra freshness with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Geraniumwhich does No Animal Testing & that‘s a big deal to us! It makes my house smell like a big fresh rose garden...It is fabulous!
Happy spring Cleaning!!