Clean, Naturally…

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.

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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.

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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!

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6 thoughts on “Clean, Naturally…

  1. Jenna

    Yay!! I love making my own cleaning potions. My favorite all-purpose recipe is very similar to yours…only I add a dash of Citra-Solv too. The kids LOVE spraying it on the sinks/counters/tub where a little baking soda has been sprinkled and watching it bubble up before they scrub.
    I just use Castile soap for handwashing dishes and am looking for a laundry soap recipe if you have one to share. :-)
    I love the new blog…it’s every bit as warm and cozy as the last one.
    Blessings to you!
    Jenna

  2. Kimberley

    Vinegar and club soda are my two favorite stain removers! I think white vinegar is a wonder product…a little through the coffee maker from time to time (then a water cycle or 2!) keeps the machine working well (a necessity for me!)…club soda for stains…red wine on the rug? No problem even cranberry selzter works well in a pinch!

    I love your new space…happy blogging!

  3. Tania

    What a wonderful Christmas gift! I would have been wholly pleased with that! I have spray bottles all ready to be filled with homemade cleaners but keep putting off making them.

  4. Amanda

    When I have the time I don’t waste any and make some natural cleaning products myself. When I do not however Citra Solv is an obvious choice, it’s natural and it works great!

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