Monday, June 11, 2012

Make Your Own Chemical Free Cleaning Products

Although, I’ve mostly fully recovered from being raised by a crazy hippy, I do still have some “crunchy, hippy, granola-y” tendencies; mostly when it comes to the use of chemicals in my home (I try to avoid it as much as possible).  Unfortunately, this is generally in direct conflict with my OCD, germophobe tendencies that compel me to constantly clean and disinfect everything in my house on a nearly daily basis. Yeah…I know…I confuse myself sometimes.

Thankfully, I am friends with some brilliant women, one of whom suggested that I make my own disinfecting cleaners using environmentally friendly, chemical free, household items.  I was skeptical that this would actually get things clean (at least my insane definition of clean), but I was definitely surprised by how effective these cleaners are, especially the glass cleaner, which I swear works better than anything commercially available.  I love the fact that no only do they work incredibly well, but I don’t have to worry about spraying them near Zac because they are totally chemical free!  The fact that these cleaners cost FAR less to make than what I can purchase at the store is a huge bonus. 

Anti-bacterial All Purpose Cleaner:
1 Cup White Vinegar
6 Tablespoons Castile Soap (I used the Dr. Bonner’s brand)
30 Drops Tea Tree Oil

I mixed the first three ingredients into an empty Clorox Cleanup bottle and then filled it the rest of the way with water.  The vinegar smell dissipates very quickly and just leaves a clean smell.

Glass Cleaner:
1 Cup White Vinegar
1 Cup Water
½ Cup Rubbing Alcohol
2 Tablespoons Dawn Dishwashing Detergent (use the original formula, blue kind only)

Mix everything into a reusable spray bottle and shake well.

You can find the formulas for more chemical free cleaners to make at home at my friend: Cat's blog.  I'll be testing out making my own laundry detergent this weekend, so I'll let you know how that went soon.

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