What a wonderful weekend this was! My boyfriend’s mom, who has been traveling the world for three months, finally came home. So we got to spend Easter together and it was a really lovely day. I learned that I am really terrible at Easter egg hunts. But it was fun to spend together and we had a great time.
So- on to this week’s post! I set out to make a good all purpose cleaner. For a while now I have been using a store-bought all purpose cleaner that professes to be green and natural, but I still do not feel great about the ingredients. So it’s time to replace it!
It’s amazing how these brands charge you more for green cleaning products in stores, but when you make them at home they are usually cheaper than even the brand name products! One batch of this cleaner costs 21 cents (may vary slightly for you depending on how much your water costs- I grossly overestimated the cost of the water so it’s actually closer to 16 cents). That’s better than even the dollar store cleaner!
For this recipe you will need a few simple ingredients:
- Baking Soda: great all purpose cleaner, naturally deodorizes, gentle scrubber, absorbent
- Borax: natural disinfectant, natural deodorizer, contributes to the strength of other basic cleaners or buffers the pH of alkaline cleaners, naturally occurring mineral that is sustainably mined (keep away from children and pets and don’t ingest)
- Castile Soap: great all purpose cleaner, cuts grease, made with all natural vegetable oils and is biodegradable
- Your favorite essential oil (optional): for scent, and depending on the oil can also add other properties like antibacterial (I like lemon for my cleaning products)
Here is the full recipe:
I went to work with this cleaner in my kitchen and I am pretty happy with the results! It was able to loosen and clean even the crusty stuff on the counter without much work on my part. And it left my stovetop and counters looking nice and shiny!
I also put it to work in the bathroom- and it worked great in there too! All the ingredients in this cleaner are so versatile it is truly an all purpose cleaner- it can be used on counters, appliances, floors, plumbing fixtures, or whatever you can put your mind to.
Plus, it has the added benefit of not being harmful to your health or the environment. Could you ask for more from your all purpose cleaner? Well, I guess you could ask it to do the work itself, but I haven’t quite figured that one out yet.
If you want to try this cleaner, don’t forget to get your free printable label!