May 10, 2011

➹ Homemade Cleaning Supplies ▻ Part 1 ➷

I mentioned that Z and I have incorporated a years' supply of cleaning and hygiene products as a part of our food storage. I discussed how to keep track of what you've bought and buying on sale, but now let's talk cleaners.

I thought a lot about how I wanted to store all these cleaning products in our home- how much, where, which ones. In the end I surprised even myself with the answer.  We've decided to store the items that go into cleaners so that we can make our own, store less toxins in the condo, make anything we want as we need it.

Recipes can be found all over the Internet- but here are the basics you'll need to start:

Liquid Castile Soup, Washing Soda, White Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Borax, Baking Soda, Olive Oil

With these items you can clean just about anything- and they're pretty stinkin' cheap too!

Homemade  Laundry Detergent- All Natural

1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1 bar (of grated) Castile Soap 
Just grate a dried out bar of soap and mix in with other ingredients in reusable container .
Use  2-3 tbsp per load depending on its size.

Homemade Surface Spray- All Natural
2 tsp Borax
1/4 tsp Liquid Castile soap
16 oz Spray Bottle
Hot Water 

Furniture Polish 
 1/2 tsp Olive Oil
1/4 cup Vinegar or Lemon Juice
Mix in a glass jar and use rag to polish surfaces.

Floor Cleaner
1 cup Vinegar
2 Gallons Warm Water 
Toilet Cleaner 
Baking Soda or Borax
Liquid Castile Soap
Dishwasher Detergent
2 cups Borax
2 cups Baking Soda
4 packages Lemon Unsweetened Kool-Aid or 1/2 cup Citric Acid

Window/Glass Cleaner
 5 parts Water to 1 part White Vinegar
Spray Bottle 

 Carpet and Stain Remover
 1 part Borax
10 parts Warm Water 
Spray Bottle
Mix and then spray on stain, wait 5-10 minutes and blot clean.

That's the basics! Isn't this the perfect project to put in cute bottles and make some homemade labels? Do you see it?
I do! Let me know if you have any questions,  have recipes to add, or want some more recipes from me.

I'll be back tomorrow from my trip. Gotta get my projects going!! Woot Woot!

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