Saturday, February 16, 2013

Natural and Homemade Cleaners

I had an email from a reader asking about what I use to clean my home with.  Do I use store bought cleaners or homemade?  Well, I use a mix of both depending on what I'm cleaning up.  Below is a picture of my arsenal of cleaners (baking soda not pictured).

LifeTree Home Soap - This is a general purpose cleaner that I use for mopping tile, cleaning the tub, and scrubbing just about anything.  It's super condensed so a little goes a long way.

Biokleen and Seventh Generation Dish Liquid - I alternate between these because they smell different and I'm weird that way.  However once the Seventh Generation is gone I'm going to just stick with Biokleen.

Biokleen Toilet Scrub -  Other than baking soda and a pumice stone, I will never use another toilet bowl cleaner again.  This cleans my toilet like it's magic, plus it smells like peppermint.  When your toilet smells like peppermint the rest of your bathroom seems cleaner.

Seventh Generation Multi-Purpose spray - I recently bought this and so far I like it.  I use it to clean around my toilet and bathroom sink and counter.

For homemade cleaners I use a secret ingredient... vodka.  I tried vinegar, but the smell bothered me and it just didn't work as well as I liked.  A 50/50 mix of vodka and water cleans glass and mirrors better and Windex.  It also shines faucets and stainless steel beautifully.  You could substitute rubbing alcohol for the vodka.

For a multi-purpose spray I use:

50/50 water and vodka
10 drops tea tree oil
8 drops essential oil for smell (right now I'm using sweet orange)

I use this mainly in the kitchen because tea tree oil is effective against bacteria and viruses that may linger on cutting boards or counters.  This is the first cleaner that didn't leave streaks on my cupboards.  

It feels wonderful being able to clean my home without a chemical or bleach smell.  Do you have any natural cleaners that you can't live without?

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  1. I make all my cleaners. I like your idea. I might just do it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I hadn't heard about the vodka tip before, thanks! I'll bet your cleaner smells really good with the sweet orange essential oil. I will have to look for the Biokleen products.

  3. I LOVE homemade cleaners! I'm definitely trying this!


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