Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A simple recipe for cleaning

This seems like such a boring blog post, and cleaning is not the most exciting topic for anyone. It is necessary and a good thing to think about healthy and environmentally-friendly chemicals. For those of you who want to think about these kinds of things and want to save some money, too, this post is for you.

Mix up this simple formula and it will take the place of harsh cleaners. Use on hard surfaces. This is not for wood.

1/2 cup white vinegar
1 cup of water
A squirt or two pure Castile soap
A few drops of essential oil

Optional: 5 drops of grapefruit seed extract to make it antibacterial

Pour all into a spray bottle and shake occasionally to keep it mixed. This will take care of most cleaning needs.

A couple of other tips: Clean soap scum with washing soda and a scrubby sponge.

For windows: Put equal amounts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and use like any window cleaner.

Boring, yes, but cheap.


  1. Oh, I don't think this is boring at all! But what is washing soda?

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  3. Washing soda is almost the same as baking soda but a little stronger and you get it in larger quantities. I usually get mine at Kroger in the same aisle as the regular washing detergent. They have a number of natural and what I would consider "old-fashioned" products.