First, a bit of randomness.
- This morning, I enlisted my husband to help me put on a bed bug barrier thingie on my son’s mattress. Somehow, that evolved into a nearly three hour cleaning project.
- Our weekly grocery trip to Trader Joe’s has somehow become something my children really look forward to. Free samples, stickers, mini carts and yummy food, what’s not to love?
- While at Trader Joe’s, the cashier asked my five year old son what his favorite food was. His response: tofu, mushrooms, and popcorn.
- For an afternoon snack, my kids opted for popcorn, all natural gummy bears and wasabi flavored seaweed chips.
- I let my nearly two year old daughter pick out the color of polish for her toes. She picked turquoise and glitter. Then she insisted I paint my toes the same. Oh, my.
So after my post about making my own laundry soap, which I like more and more as I use it, a friend of mine asked for my various recipes of cleaning products. This is for you, Kristina!
To start, I started making my own cleaning products a few months ago. I’ve used “natural” cleansers for years and was quite pleased with what I used. However, my daughter started getting horrendous diaper rashes. Like open sore kind of rashes, and I couldn’t pin point the culprit. I kept a food diary for her in case it was allergy related, temporarily switch to paper diapers, did some major cloth diaper stripping, and somewhere along the line, I started wondering if my cleansers were leaving some kind of residual in the tub. That stirred up all kinds of thinking about the cleaning products I was using, which is what originally got me into seriously looking into homemade products. If you google making your own, vinegar is one of the top ingredients. I use vinegar to cook with, so I figured if it can be eaten, it’s pretty safe.
Now, I’m obsessed with vinegar.
Multi purpose cleanser: I use this on my sinks, kitchen counter, kitchen table, stove top, showers and bathtubs, the outside of the toilet (everything but the bowl), even my mirrors and windows in a pinch. Initially I was a little hesitant about using vinegar. For one, I don’t care for the smell, and two, I didn’t think diluted vinegar would be an effective cleanser. I’ve used this for about two months now, and I can honestly say that my house doesn’t smell like sauerkraut and that it is in fact is very clean. The vinegar does a great job at cutting through grease, crusted on food, etc., and it’s a natural antibacterial agent and mold killer.
- One part distilled white vinegar
- One part water
- An empty spray bottle
- One part vinegar, heated in the microwave for one minute
- One part dish soap
- An empty spray bottle
- 1 ½ cup of hot water
- -½ cup liquid castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s)
- -1 tablespoon of white vinegar
- -1 tablespoon of Arm&Hammer’s Super Washing Soda (used to thicken the soap)
- 1/4 cup Baking Soda
- 4 cups Water
- Essential oil (I did lemon juice for my first batch because I love citrus and it’s dirt cheap)
- Spray bottle
I still use a commercial toilet bowl cleanser, but I’ve been looking into recipes for that.
And that’s how I keep my home clean. Cheap, chemical free products that I can honestly say are effective cleaners.
Check out this link for all the fabulous things you can do with vinegar to keep a clean home! http://www.vinegartips.com/scripts/pageViewSec.asp?id=7