Frugal DIY Natural Home Cleaners

Easy-As-It-Gets Cleaning Spray

Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in your favorite spray bottle and voila! You have a quick and easy, yet effective all-purpose spray. (do not use vinegar on marble/granite surfaces)

  Barb Crawford @creativecommons.com

Barb Crawford@creativecommons.com

Herbal Antimicrobial Spray

This potent antimicrobial all-purpose spray takes the easy-as-it-gets spray up a notch! Choose any combo of the following herbs (fresh or dried will both work): lavender, mint, lemongrass, citrus peels, thyme, rosemary, sage, cloves, or oregano. Loosely fill a quart jar with your herbs and cover with white vinegar. Allow it to sit 2 -3 weeks before straining. Pour the quart of infused vinegar into an empty gallon jug and fill the remaining with distilled water. Then, fill your favorite spray bottle with the herb-infused mixture to clean most surfaces (again, no vinegar on marble/granite).

Marble & Granite Spray

Mix 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol with 2 cups of water and add 1-2 tsp of castille soap or an all natural dish soap. The alcohol makes this quicker drying and a safe, neutral ph solution for cleaning marble and granite surfaces. Fill your favorite spray bottle and you’re ready to clean!

Window & Mirror Spray

1 ½ cups of water

1 ½  tbsp of above herbal vinegar (can sub plain white vinegar)

1 ½  tbsp rubbing alcohol

Mix and add to your favorite spray bottle! I’ve found windows and mirrors simply are best cleaned with microfiber window cloth.

     Chris Martin @CreativeCommoms.com

 

Chris Martin@CreativeCommoms.com

DIY Laundry Detergent

1 bar castille soap, grated

1 cup baking soda

1 cup washing soda

1 cup borax

Mix together and store in an airtight container. Use 1-2 tbsp per load.

 

 

 

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Gifts.com@creativecommons.org

Borax-Free Laundry Detergent

1 bar castille soap, grated

1 ½  cups washing soda

1 cup baking soda

½ cup  citric acid

¼ cup kosher salt

Mix together and store in an airtight container. Use 1-2 tbsp per load.

Both laundry detergent recipes work well in all types of washers. Just double check your manufacturer’s warranty info and recommendations.

 

Dishwasher Detergent

1 ½ cup citric acid

1 ½ cup washing soda

1 cup baking soda

½ cup kosher salt

OPTIONAL white vinegar for rinse dispenser

Mix all powder ingredients and store in an airtight jar. Use 1-2 tbsp per load. I’ve found for extra greasy and heavily soiled dishes, 3 drop of dish soap in the prewash compartment plus white vinegar in the rinse dispenser works perfectly. White vinegar can be used regularly for rinses.

***A QUICK NOTE ON ESSENTIAL OILS***

     verzog @creativecommons.org

 

verzog@creativecommons.org

You’ll see that my recipes don’t include essential oils. I like to use easy to find and common place ingredients in my recipes. Also, as an herbalist, I simply prefer whole plant materials as it provides a wider range of benefits. But, there is no harm in adding your favorite essential oils in moderation (5-10 drops is plenty for most every recipe I’ve shared) to add a lovely scent to your cleaners. I always, always recommend double checking contraindications before using any essential oil especially around children or pets. http://www.usingeossafely.com/ is my absolute favorite website for evidence based practices around eo use and safety.