Homemade household cleaners

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Today I tossed all the toxic chemicals I have been cleaning with for years and made my own! I am done cleaning with poisons that I pay so much for and having to worry about my children or pet getting in them! These are the recipes I made this morning. For the essential oils, I bought them at whole foods and used these different scents: lemon, orange, lime, and mint (I love the combinations of lemon/mint, orange/mint, and lemon/lime) Oh my gosh I love the way our home smells!

Tile Floor Cleaner:
1 gal. Water
1/4 c. Blue dawn soap
1/8 c. White distilled vinegar
25 drops of Essential oils (optional)
**store in a one gal jug.

Glass Cleaner:
1 c. White vinegar
1 c. Water
8 drops essential oil
**combine all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle. Shake well before each use. Use like windex on glass or mirrors.

Bathtub & Shower Cleaning Gel:
1 c. White vinegar (hot)
1 c. Blue dawn dish soap
Essential oils (optional)
**place both in a squirt bottle, shampoo bottle works well, and shake to create a gel. Add essential oils and shake again. Squirt the solution all over your tub, allow to sit for a few minutes. Okay to leave sitting over night. Wipe off with a sponge or rag and rinse.

Toilet Cleaner (for the outside of the toilet):
1 tsp. borax
1 tsp. washing soda
1/2 c. White vinegar
2 c. Hot water
25 drops of essential oils (optional)
32 oz. spray bottle
**measure & mix borax, washing soda, & white vinegar in a large glass bowl. Heat the water & add slowly while stirring. Once the mixture has cooled, add your essential oils. Add the mixture to a clean plastic spray bottle.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
1 tbsp baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar
**sprinkle baking soda and scrub around, then add vinegar (will foam)
Can let sit over night or flush

All Purpose Spray Cleaner:
1 gal. Hot water
1 tbsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. blue dawn soap
Essential oils (optional)
(One batch filled two 32oz. Spray bottles and a juice container)

Shower spray:
4 tbsp. baking soda
4 c. Warm water
Essential oils (optional)
**dissolve baking soda in water & place in spray bottle with essential oils. Spray on surface to be cleaned and wipe with a damp cloth.

Dishwasher Detergent:
1 c. Borax
1 c. Arm & hammer washing soda
2 pkts sugar free lemonade koolaid
**mix together well in an air tight container. Add one tbsp to each load of dishes. One batch cleans 32 loads of dishes, I made a triple batch for 96 loads!

Rinse aid (jet dry):
White vinegar! Just pour a 1/2 cup of vinegar in place of jet dry for less than 10 cents instead of the $4 bottle of jet dry!

1/8 c. Of your fave fabric softener
2 tbsp. baking soda
Hot water (fill the remainder of the 32 oz. bottle)
**shake well. Let me tell you how shocked I was at how much money I had been spending on febreeze and the tiny amount of fabric softener it took to make a spray bottle of it!

Also have a homemade detergent recipe in another blog post.


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