Herby Cleaning part 2 All purpose Cleaners + June 19, 2013 18:24

This is Part 2 of the recipe low down, on frugally herbally fun DIY cleaners to keep you, your family and your home happy healthy and clean:

Dish Washer Detergent:

A SIMPLE RECIPE & MAKING OF A BATCH

Each batch yields 20 ounces of resulting product which you should store in some type of container you were going to dispose of.  I suggest something 1 gallon size or smaller so you can fit it under your kitchen sink; old coffee cans work great.  Feel free to double the batch, or multiply it accordingly to create any amount you’d like.

 Into a 32 ounce container – add 1 cup of borax:
Add 1 cup of washing soda:
Add 1/2 cup of citric acid (double for hard water):
Add 1/2 cup of kosher salt:
Put the lid on & shake it up good: When you do a load use 1 tablespoon of detergent per load (you can use a heaping tablespoon if you feel the need, but I do not).

This detergent will clump together but it doesn’t matter… just scoop out your tablespoon & forget about the clumps!  It clumps because of the citric acid.

 

Fill your rinse agent dispenser with white vinegar. J


ALL-PURPOSE SPRAY CLEANER:

1/2 teaspoon washing soda
A dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot tap water

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.

 

All-Purpose Cleaner II:

2T vinegar

1 t Borax

Hot water

a few drops of a mild dish detergent

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 orange or lavender). 

 

WINDOW CLEANER:

1/4-1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups water
Spray bottle

Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up a bit, and use as you would a commercial brand. The soap in this recipe is important. It cuts the wax residue from the commercial brands you might have used in the past.

 

CREAMY SOFT SCRUBBER:

Simply pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, and wash the surface, or add to flip top bottle to store for later. This is the perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn't leave grit.

Note: Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store in a sealed glass jar, to keep the product moist. Otherwise just make as much as you need at a time.