Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cleanliness is next to Godliness

At least that's what they say (wink).

If your house is like my house, or maybe it's not because you don't have three kids (wink again), it's a battle to maintain cleanliness. Spills, more spills, endless kitchen messes, the list goes on.

Prior to completely selling out to this frugal, sustainable lifestyle we went through the gamut of commercial cleaners and disinfectants. When I think about the money we spent in this single area, it almost makes me nauseated. What makes it worse, is the knowledge that I now have regarding the use of these anti-bacterial, highly toxic cleaners. But, I'll let you do the research and make up your own mind.

Some of you may already be aware of these truths and have opted to use "greener" products. The problem you run into here is cost. They're just to stinkin' expensive! And, if you think like me, you see that these products are made by the same companies that make the other mainstream products. So, you end up still giving them your money!

Fortunately, there is a way in which to clean your home that is low-impact, frugal, and safe for your family. It's actually very easy and you'll find your creative self rising to the surface.

Here are a few more reasons to make your own all-purpose cleaner:
-Chemicals found in commercial cleaners are harmful to the nervous and respiratory systems.
-Huge savings!
-This all-purpose cleaner is much gentler for those with various sensitivities.
-Safer for kids and animals.
-The ingredients of the cleaner are gentle on the Earth.

Okay so here it is...the recipe that I use for my all-purpose cleaner. It's seriously the best cleaner I've ever, ever used.

2 teaspoon of castile soap
5 tablespoons of vinegar (just use the cheap white vinegar)
2 1/2 teaspoons of borax

-Mix with 4 cups of hot water.
-Add 1 teaspoon of essential oils for kicks. You can use a mixture of two or just one. Oils that I've tried are eucalyptus, lavender, sweet orange or peppermint (eucalyptus and lavender go nicely together).
-I also add about a 1/4 of a teaspoon of tea tree oil for its anti-septic benefits.

Now, load your cleaner into a spray bottle, and use it on anything besides glass.

I imagine the day that I am not making this once a week due to the fact that the kids are all grown up. But somehow I think I'll be missing these days.

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At September 15, 2011 at 7:44 PM , Blogger Crystal said...

I am gonna make this up! I have been wanting to try and get "greener" cleaners but they do cost a ton! With the kiddo's migraines that started last January and Vitiligo I figure who knows WHAT is going on in our "chemical" world that could be hurting instead of helping! Excited to try it and hopefully toss the rest! Will this clean toilets too?

At September 15, 2011 at 9:23 PM , Anonymous Andrea said...

Hey Crystal! Yes, use away on the toilets. Let me know what you think. I promise you'll be amazed. And as for throwing out the rest...we did:)

At September 19, 2011 at 3:07 PM , Anonymous Stephanie Dietz said...

I used something just like this but the peppermint castile and it was so awesome. And my whole house smelled so good and clean. I even adapted it to a recipe for liquid clothes washing detergent and it is great on stains. Thanks for the post.

At September 19, 2011 at 3:49 PM , Anonymous Andrea said...

Hi Stephanie! Yes, I love it! It's all about using what supplies you have on hand. All you really need is castile soap, baking soda, washing soda, and vinegar and you can make about any cleaner necessary for the home.

I too have made the recipe with peppermint castile. It's especially my favorite during the holidays:) Great idea with using it on stains! That's brilliant...I'm going to try it.

At September 26, 2011 at 8:38 PM , Anonymous Turia :] said...

Would this work on stainless steel?

At September 27, 2011 at 5:21 PM , Blogger Patti said...

I have all the ingredients on hand so since tomorrow's cleaning day I think I'll mix up a batch and give it a try. Thanks!

At October 3, 2011 at 7:30 PM , Blogger ~Sara said...

This is what I use for my all purpose cleaner. I love it! I buy the peppermint castile soap so then I don't have to use my own essential oils.

At October 24, 2011 at 1:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do you find castile soap?
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At October 24, 2011 at 1:58 PM , Anonymous Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable said...

@Anonymous I find mine at my local Target. Also check your health food store. Here's my Amazon store affiliate link if you cant find it locally:


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