Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Homemade, Healthy All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

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.

12 comments:

CB said...

Sounds awesome! I will need to try this!

CB said...

Where do you get the castile soap?

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

You can get it from your health food store. It smells great and they have a bunch of different scents. A little bit goes a long way.

I can get it whole sale through Azure Standard, although they probably don't deliver to the Hawaii.

CB said...

Stacie, thank you!! I will have to check some of our local stores. I am not experienced at all with doing things "crunchy"...but I love learning new things. Especially things that help us to be healthier & better stewards. I love your newest blog about natural remedies. I definitely need to get the bruise treatment. My daughter's shins are COVERED in bruises!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Actually, I'm Jackie. Don't worry, I get that a lot, being an identical twin. It cracks me up that we get mixed up even in blogland- LOL!

If you can find a health food/supply co-op in your area you can save a lot of money on healthy "staples". Anytime I can save money and be healthier, as long as it isn't too time consuming, I'm willing to at least try it.

CB said...

Sorry, I knew that, it was very late here though (LOL) I'm laughing so hard!!!

Lisa Turner said...

Can you use clorox green works dish soap???

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Lisa,
Yes! Clorox Green is non-toxic and biodegradable. I would try using 1/4 cup of it for this recipe.

Blessings,
Jackie

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