Monday, September 5, 2011

Homemade cleaners are for me!

So growing up, my family never made our own cleaners, BUT since I have grown up gotten married, I have realized how expensive things are in the real aspect of having to buy things for my own household. Having my own household now plus thinking about how gross store bought are, I started looking for different things that I could made on my own. More cost effective + better for me (i.e. no chemicals I can't pronounce) sounded like a great thing to me so I started with an all purpose cleaner that a friend of mine, Elise, blogged about. I made it and started cleaning with it. I love it. Really. 
It is a vinegar water solution and the recipe is as follows:
 All- Purpose Cleaner:

  • 1 Cup distilled white vinegar 
  • 20 drops of essential oil
  • 2 cups of purified  water
               Shake to mix together and start using

Window Cleaner:

  • 1 Cup distilled white vinegar
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil
  • 1 cup purified water
Shake to mix together and start using

If you want a cost break down, Elise has done it on her page so I won't do it for you here. 

Another homemade cleaner I started using is homemade furniture polish. I made it up this morning and used it for the first time and really like it as well! 
The recipe for it is:

  • 1 cup olive oil 
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
Mix together in a bowl or a spray bottle and use! 

I used the all purpose cleaner and then the furniture polish on our coffee table and was very pleased with the results. I really should have done before and after pictures. There was candle wax and just plain dirt on the table and it really took it off and made the table shine. 
The table is a little oily but I think that will subside as the table should soak up the oil. I will let you know how it goes. 

Another project that I will be working on in the near future is homemade laundry soap. I have not done this yet but I found a recipe that should take less than 10 minutes to make and will be .05 a load/ 64 loads a batch. When I try it and if I like it I will let you know. Until then.