Sunday, November 20, 2011

Preparing the Home For Guests Naturally: My Collection of Homemade Cleaners

With the holidays suddenly upon us, I am scrambling to prepare my home for our out-of-town guests! Who's with me?

I've decided to gather a few of my most popular homemade cleaner recipes here in one place so as to serve as a reference for those of us in a mad rush to clean the toilets, the tub, the windows, the counters...

Also included here is a brand new recipe for a wood furniture dusting spray. You know I'm not down with paying for or using any of the commercial products out there made for dusting, so naturally I make my own.

Wood Furniture Dusting Spray

-1 cup water
-1 tsp. olive or jojoba oil
-1 tsp. liquid baby mild castile soap
-1/4 cup white vinegar
-15 drops sweet orange essential oil

Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl or spray bottle. Apply to lint-free cloth and dust away. Store remainder of mixture in glass jar or spray bottle. Will last indefinitely.  Note: If using in a spray bottle, shake bottle often as you are spraying in order to mix the oil in with the liquid.

My Collection of Homemade Cleaners
As long as you have...

1. Borax
2. Baking Soda
3. Super Washing Soda
4. White Vinegar
5. Castile Soap
6. Anti-Septic Essential Oils (i.e. tea tree oil, cinnamon leaf, lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass, sweet orange and clove)'ll be able to make all of these cleaners!

With these easy and frugal recipes you're sure to get the house spic-n-span in no time, without braking the bank!

How are you preparing your home for guests this week?

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At November 20, 2011 at 10:12 AM , Blogger Modern Day Redneck said...

I called it "Operation Clean Up". With the back to back projects of the Wood Shed and Solar Bathhouse, the back yard was a mess. I was embarrassed to have any customers over to the Mini Farm much less family.
We are now done. Everything is in it's place. Now for the house.

At November 20, 2011 at 11:23 AM , Blogger Amongst the aspen trees said...

If you do not have the baby castor soap is there a way to tone down the regular stuff to make it work in your recipes?

At November 20, 2011 at 2:43 PM , Anonymous Becky said...

You must have been reading my mind. I am in the process of converting to all homemade cleaners. I currently do a lot with vinegar, it's my favorite, but need to start replacing soaps, window cleaner, bathroom cleaners, etc. This is just perfectly timed for me. Thanks for sharing!

At November 21, 2011 at 4:28 AM , Blogger daisy said...

Thanks for posting these all in one place!

At November 21, 2011 at 9:46 AM , Blogger Anna said...

Thanks for posting these! I have especially been looking for a natural toilet bowl cleaner. That store bought stuff scares me!

At November 21, 2011 at 10:27 AM , OpenID Shay said...

Thanks for this! I needed it! Shay:)

At November 21, 2011 at 3:05 PM , Blogger Indio said...

I'm a big fan of baking soda, vinegar and castile soap for cleaning and deodorizing. A light shake of baking soda over the living room rug, absorbs food smells and leaves the rug scent free. The Costco size bag of baking soda call it a multi-purpose cleaner and I totally agree.
I use essential oils based on the season. I love the smell of lavender in Spring/summer so it is incorporated then and rosemary is the fall/winter scent. Sleeping on sheets that have been scented with lavender is heavenly.

At November 22, 2011 at 4:32 AM , Blogger Susan said...

I'm excited about this collection and can't wait to try these natural cleaners!

At November 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM , Blogger Amy said...

What a helpful collection! I have a couple recipes for household cleaners that I use, but I could definitely use more.

At November 24, 2011 at 6:11 AM , Anonymous Sherri said...

This is exactly what I've been looking for. Thank you so much!

Do I understand correctly that the spray bottles need to be glass? Not sure if I've seen those.

At November 24, 2011 at 6:21 AM , Anonymous Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable said...

@Sherri No the spray bottles can be anything:) You can even save the ones holding commercial products now for use later:)

At November 25, 2011 at 5:06 PM , Anonymous Jill@ said...

Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

Be sure to visit on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

At November 28, 2011 at 6:31 PM , Blogger Amy Bowman said...

You are featured again at AP Tuesday @ New Nostalgia! Thanks for linking up!!


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