This was one of my favorite Christmas gifts this year (and yes, the combination of birthday and holiday posts is going to take me right on through to February I suspect). A friend of mine made gift packs of her home made cleaning products, along with a recipe book of sorts for various cleaners and a guide to getting out different sorts of stains. Her husband works at a book bindery, so it was all done up very nicely.
I’ve been making my own cleaning products for many years now, though I will admit that the making of my own laundry detergent suddenly became a very low priority after moving into the Little House. This was enough of a spark to get me back on track. I think I like her laundry detergent recipe better then the one that I used way back when and now that I have it right at hand, I’m all set. The ingredients are so much safer then those of any commercially available alternatives, it works just as well and costs a whole lot less.
I tend to make my cleaners in a haphazard manner. I keep certain key elements on hand; baking soda, borax, white vinegar, a “natural” dish detergent and castile soap. I use table salt from time to time and occasionally herbs or essential oils to scent or fortify my blends. From there I mostly make things on an as needed basis. If I’m cleaning the stove top I’m likely to dump on some baking soda, maybe add a squirt of soap, sprinkle a bit of water on top and get to scrubbing. I’m finding that having her soft scrub on hand is a nice change of pace, it’s somehow more official and makes the job just a wee bit more pleasant. I think I might go back to preparing things in advance as I have in the past.
Do you have a favorite natural cleaning product recipe?? Feel free to share it in the comments! For me, I always keep on hand a spray bottle of 3 parts water, 1 part vinegar, with a squirt of dish soap and a few drops of tea tree oil. It’s the perfect disinfecting all-purpose cleaner. Happy (and healthy) cleaning!