I just bought this book called, "Clean Planet, Clean Earth", and I thought I'd share an all-purpose cleaner spray recipe with you all. This is much more kid-safe than traditional cleaners and it will save you money!
Alice Wonder Spray
16 oz spray bottle (we used 32 oz from the $1 store)
Mix 2 tbsp of vinegar w/ 1 tsp borax. Fill the rest of the bottle with very hot water. Swirl (don't shake) until the borax is dissolved. Add the 1/4 cup of liquid castile soap OR 1/8 cup liquid Dawn dish washing soap. To scent (optional) add 10-15 drops of essential oil (we used tea tree oil). You can use combination lavender and lemon if desired.
Use filtered, purified or distilled water due to minerals in tap water.
It is important to dissolve the borax in hot water so that it doesn't clog the spray nozzle. Don't mix the soap and vinegar directly together, because the soap will clump up. Please follow the order of the recipe by mixing the vinegar, borax and water first and adding the soap last.
Spray and wipe. Use this as you would any other spray, refrigerator, walls, tile, shower and toilets. For really tough jobs, spray with Alice's Wonder Soap, let it sit for 5 minutes. If it still won't come off, sprinkle some baking soda or straight borax powder on area, the scrub. My husband was amazed how it got the hard water stains off our tub. Can also use on carpets and mattresses to get urine/excrement out.
Safe to use on carpets, laminates, enamel, porceline, tile and mattresses, but not wood finishes. It will streak if you use it on windows or stainless steel.