I’ve been thoroughly enjoying learning to make my own household cleaners. I mentioned the other day that I’ve been researching and trying different combinations to see what works best for me. There are a million different ‘recipes’ floating around Pinterest – some people swear by one and think another is useless and vice versa. So keep in mind that much of this is trial and error. You have to find what works best for you.
Here is what I found to be the best All Purpose Cleaner:
- Take an empty spray bottle (you can even clean out and recycle one that used to hold your store-bought cleaners)
- Add 2 cups warm water
- Add 1 teaspoon Borax
- Add 1/2 teaspoon washing soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Castile Soap (or regular Dawn – I have tried it both ways)
- 15-20 drops tea tree oil (this is an all natural disinfectant and it is antibacterial!
Slowly shake the bottle to combine ingredients and it is ready to use. The warm water does make a difference, but the cleaner can actually be heated in the microwave for a few seconds every time you’re ready to use it and it’ll work just as well!
I’ve used this on my kitchen counters, bathroom counters, wiping down the toilets, doors, the refrigerator (inside and out), and several other places. Because it is natural I have no worries giving it to my children and asking them to wipe something clean. I admit that it takes a moment to adjust to the different smell. So many of the store-bought products are full of chemicals that make them smell like sunshine and laundry and tropical mango vacations. This just smells clean. There are no special dyes or chemicals to mask anything so it really is almost a ‘nothing’ smell. And that is much better for us anyway!