I think it's amazing that cleaning products can be made at home; not only are they less expensive in the long run, you also know what's going in them so they're healthier for your family and wonderfully green to boot!
My most recent love is this homemade soft scrub. I'm telling you it works AMAZINGLY and smells wonderful. Antibacterial due to the tea tree and lavender essential oils and whitening because of the baking soda - no need for ajax or comet with bleach ever again.
Here's what you'll need:
2 cups baking soda
1/2 cup Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap (I used peppermint)
10 drops tea tree oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp distilled white vinegar
In a large bowl, mix together the soda, castile soap, oils and water
The consistency will be like glossy cream cheese frosting. Once combined, add the vinegar. It will bubble up as it reacts with the soda - not to worry. Just make sure you don't add it until after you've mixed up the other ingredients or you'll get sludge and you want frosting.
Once everything is all mixed together, pour the scrub into a container. I used a wide-mouth mason jar and it's easy for me to get my hand through the opening. I just scoop it out and put on my sponge as needed. Another possibility is to use an empty squeeze bottle as your container. And if it gets a bit dry, just add a little water and shake it up.
It's silly...how excited I am about this stuff but I just think it's incredible. It's worked great on everything I've used it on so far: sinks, tubs, stove tops, toilets....I'm tellin' you! It's now a staple for me when I clean along with the all-purpose spray you see next to it in the picture below.
For that you'll need:
1/4 cup lemon juice (pulp and seeds strained out)
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 cup water
tea tree oil (optional)
lavender essential oil (optional)
1 tsp castile soap (optional)
While the oils and soap are optional here, I like to add them because it cuts the smell of the vinegar and adds antibacterial properties. Works great on counters, cabinets floors, trash cans; basically, wherever you'd use a store bought product.
Use these for yourself or give them as a hostess or housewarming gift with some natural sponges or cotton cleaning towels. Cute labels can be found here and more recipes here. My next endeavor? Liquid laundry soap and felted dryer balls!