All purpose cleaner
I used the recipe in Clean House, Clean Planet to make an all purpose cleaner, I did a video of it, but I’ll write it out too for those who prefer to skip videos. The cleaner is so simple to make! Karen Logan warns us that the ingredients need to be added in exact order that she lists, and exactly as she describes, to prevent any of the ingredients from neutralizing eachother (it’s a science lesson too!). Learn more in the book.

All Purpose Cleaner:
In a 16-ounce spray bottle

Mix 2 tablespoons vinegar with 1 teaspoon borax, put in the spray bottle
Fill the rest of the way with hot filtered water (or distilled water if yours is very hard)
Mix well; the borax has to dissolve in this step or it will clog the nozzle
Next, add 1/4 cup liquid dish soap and 15 drops of essential oil (I used tangerine)

And it works. The day I made it, I used this all purpose cleaner for all these things, which it excelled at:

  • Removing dried kefir smoothie from the wall in the dining room (keeping it honest….)
  • Cleaning dirty prints off the wall, about 2-1/2 feet up around
  • Cleaning the dining table after eating eggs, liver, and smoothie.
  • Cleaning the smooth top stove.
  • Cleaning the tub, toilet, sink in the bathroom.

I decided I should do more videos because they’re a nice push out of my comfort zone ;) Hopefully they’ll improve! I have no idea why I’m more comfortable writing to you all than I am talking to you, but that’s just how it is right now, and I’d like it to change… so I’ll practice. Here’s my YouTube video. You can see my sourdough starter on the counter too, it’s under the napkin, and my kefir is up there doing it’s thing too. You can hear my little guy who’s just learning to talk. He loves to play with water, so that’s what he’s saying, ‘water. water. water.’

Do you make anything homemade to clean with?