21 days to a more natural home series part 4 — all purpose cleaner

all natural home seriesIn day 4 of our series we are going to make the product you will probably use most of the time.  Your all natural all-purpose cleaner.

This is a very simple and plain product that is easy to make.   It is very inexpensive and will work just as well as your bottle of store disinfectant.

I use this for cleaning my bathrooms, kitchens, and floors.  It has many uses and works great. I no longer have to worry that my baby can’t touch something I have just wiped because he might get chemicals on his hands.  It is natural and safe.  I love it!

As with every new change in your life, this has some things that you will notice differently than your “name brand store cleaners.”  At first spray it smells like vinegar but will dissipate and leave behind your essential oil smell.  Also if you wipe it and it leaves streaks know that they will evaporate and leave nothing behind.  The only flaws I notice.

Ready to make some???

Grab your spray bottle and items you purchased yesterday to make this cleaner.  I make mine directly into the spray bottle, no need to make a mess.

Pour the following into the spray bottle in the order given:

  • 4 cups of hot tap water
  • 2 teaspoons of Dr.Bronners castile soap
  • 2 teaspoons of borax
  • 1 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 15 drops of essential oils–I like to use orange or peppermint for this
  • 1/4 teaspoon of tea tree oil

Next you carefully are going to add 5 Tablespoons of vinegar to the bottle.  Add it slowly as it will fizz up.  Continue adding until done, then fill the rest of the bottle with warm water.

Give the bottle a couple of turns and shakes and you are ready to use your product.




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13 responses to “21 days to a more natural home series part 4 — all purpose cleaner

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  3. Jaime Miller

    I love this recipe! I have been using a similar one for years. It works great and is so cheap! One of my favorite oil combinations is lavender and peppermint. I add them to sifted baking soda and make a great carpet spinkle for a quick freshening up too. Love it! 🙂

    • Oh my goodness it is you, my best friend from growing up:) So good to hear from you. Hope you like what you see.

      • Jaime Miller

        Yep! It’s me! 🙂 You’ve done a wonderful job on this blog, Amy. You should be so proud! There are so many wonderful tips on here. It’s a great tool for a busy mom! 🙂

        • Thank you so much, it has been a long time that I have been able to do anything, I feel like now it is my time to encourage other mothers that are in the same situation that I have been in. I am glad you are around:)

  4. I am trying out your recipes and gathering my ingredients… the Dr. Bronner’s I purchased is peppermint scented. Should I also add the essential oil to the mix?

    • Excellent, no I would not add the extra essential oils. I will probably purchase the peppermint soap the next time around as well,to save on having to buy the essential oils. Good luck.

      • Jaime Miller

        I agree. I use the lavender soap once in a while too. It’s always nice to save a step where you can. 🙂

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  6. Hello, I love your series on a more natural and frugal approach to keeping a household clean and safe (especially for the little ones 🙂 ), but I have a question, I see you use Borax.. isn’t that the same type of chemical used in the cleaners from the store?

    • hello Helena,
      Borax—is one of those questions is it friend or foe? This is what I have found out about Borax. Borax is is a naturally occurring mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water. The EPA says this: In its chemicalWATCH Factsheet, the organization Beyond Pesticides says this about boric acid and its related compounds: “Boric acid is a low-toxicity, non-volatile mineral with insecticidal, fungicidal, and herbicidal properties. It has long been embraced as a safer alternative to highly volatile, synthetic chemical pesticides.”
      There are some health risks associated with the use of borax. Therefore, it should be used with caution. It is important to note, however, that even table salt can be hazardous if ingested at high levels.

      Given the small amount of borax used in homemade laundry powder and automatic dishwashing powder, the benefits may outweigh the risks. Since 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture is all that is needed per load, the amount of borax used is minimal. Compare this with the high amounts of petroleum-based chemicals present in conventional products.

      When you make your all natural homemade cleaners, the amount of borax is very minimal that I would not be concerned. Now I would not use this if I were making homemade beauty products as you would be having it come directly in contact with your hair and skin. There are many more other alternatives to use.

      I think it is all about being informed, do the research look around at what Borax is all about. I have found the risks to be minimal and feel very confident in sharing that we use this. I know all the chemical based things we used previously and the amount we use now is pretty much zero.

      I wish you the best on your endeavor to make your home more all natural.:)

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