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There are so many reasons to use homemade, natural cleaners but my personal reasons are because it is much healthier for us and because it is cost effective. I also like that I control the scent. I like a good smelling home. Smells make me happy. I like to coordinate my smells according to the time of year. I know I’m weird.
My favorite cleaner is my all purpose spray. I use it for all basic clean up. It does disinfect but if I need a bit more assurance that an area is bacteria free then I’ll use a bit of hydrogen peroxide.
I’ve tried many recipes but this is my favorite because:
- there is a little more vinegar in this recipe than I have seen in some others and I like that because that makes it a stronger disinfectant and I can smell the clean. DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE INITIAL VINEGAR SMELL. It goes away after a minute or two and leaves behind whatever scent of essential oils you use. I like smelling the vinegar immediately. It reminds me of when I used to watch my grandma clean and it gives me the immediate satisfaction of knowing that the cleaner is working.
- upon first wiping it leaves a slight white film. This will go away if you let it evaporate but I like it because it prompts me to wipe again ensuring that the area is thoroughly cleaned.
- 1/2 tsp of liquid castile soap or Sal’s Suds
- 1 tsp Borax
- 1 tsp of washing soda crystals
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 2 cups hot water
- 25-30 drops of essential oil
- 24 oz sprayer (I have found the best ones come from home improvement stores or craft stores)
Mix the castile soap, Borax, washing soda, and vinegar in a large bowl or measuring cup. Slowly add the water and stir. Allow it to cool and then add some essential oils. I am currently using Tea Tree and Eucalyptus. Using a funnel pour it into the spray bottle. Label your bottle.
To use simply spray the area to be cleaned and wipe with a dry cloth. Sit back, relax, and smile because you just benefited your family in a major way!
I like to personalize everything so I created my own labels. I have many of these labels (they coordinate) for other cleaners and such that I make and I will post them in upcoming weeks along with their respective recipes. Simply download your label of choice and insert it into your label making software (Word, Open Office, etc) and print on shipping labels.
Download labels here:
If you are not interested in chasing down ingredients or making your own you can now buy our handmade natural cleaning products from our Etsy Shop: Fleur de Posh Natural Cleaners on Etsy or visit our website: Fleur de Posh.
disclaimer: Since posting our base recipes on the blog we have greatly improved upon the process and ingredients we use. What you purchase will be slightly different from what is posted on this blog.