Cleaning Supplies Recipes.
Many people that I talk to have been interested in the Green Recipes that I use in my home and have suggested that I put them online. 
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Window Cleaner
2 Tablespoons Isopropyl Alcohol
2 Tablespoons Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Castile Soap
1 1/2 Cup Warm Water

Combine all ingredients together and let cool.  Use on any windows or mirrored surfaces.  

The Next Two Recipes originally came from Natural Home Magazine.  I have slightly modified the Recipe depending on my needs.
The beauty of these is that instead of going to the market and picking up another bottle, I just make it with ingredients already in my home.  Both Lavender and Tea Tree oil are known for their antimicrobial Properties  and Cloves are known to stop mold and mildew.

Kitchen Disinfecting Spray

2 Teaspoons Borax
4 Tablespoons of White Vinegar
4 Cups Hot Water
1 to 2 Bay Leaves
1/2 teaspoons Lavender Oil
1/4 teaspoons Tea Tree Oil
1/4 teaspoons Lemon Oil
1/4 teaspoon Clove Oil
1/4 teaspoon Coriander Oil

1.  Dissolve the Borax in the Hot Water and add the Bay leaves.  
2.  Once the Borax is dissolved and the water is warm add the rest of the ingredients and let cool.

3. Place in a spray bottle and use on cutting boards, kitchen counters, sinks, stove. etc... 

In the summer you can steep some pennyroyal mint dry herb in the hot water to help keep ants from invading your kitchen counters. 

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Bathroom Disinfecting Spray 

2 Teaspoons Borax
4 Tablespoons of White Vinegar
4 Cups Hot or Warm Water
1/2 teaspoons Lavender Oil
1/4 teaspoons Tea Tree Oil
1/4 teaspoons Pine Oil
1/4 teaspoon Clove Oil
1/4 Cup Liquid Soap (Glycerin, Castile your choice)

1.  Dissolve the Borax in the Hot or Warm Water. 
2.  Once the Borax is dissolved add the rest of the ingredients and let cool.
3. Place in a spray bottle and use in the bath tub, rim of the toilet, sink tops, handles and knobs, etc...

 If you haven't noticed by now Baking Soda runs the cleaning world in our house.  It is also a great scrub all by itself with a little water and elbow grease.  I've even cleaned my oven with baking soda and vinegar.  Watch the fumes though because there is a chemical reaction with these two natural products.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
2 Cups Baking Soda
1 Cup Borax
1/2 teaspoon Lavender Oil
1/4 teaspoon Pine Oil

1.  Mix ingredients together
2.  Put 1/2 cup to 1 Cup of mixture into the toilet bowl and use a toilet brush to clean.  You can also leave overnight for more cleaning action.  
According to the baking soda box this is also is good for your septic tank.  I love bonuses.  

This Recipe Come from  "The Herb Quarterly" Summer 2008 Issue.  

Tub Scrub
1 Cup Baking Soda
1/4 Cup Salt
10 Drops Tangerine Oil
5 Drops Lavender Oil

1.  Sprinkle in tub and scrub off dirt. 
2.  Rinse.

Laundry  Detergent Powder

8 Cups Baking Soda
6 Cups Borax
4 Cups Grated Soap (Castile or Ash solid soap)
2 teaspoons Lavender oil
1 Tablespoon Lemon Oil
1/4 teaspoon Tea Tree Oil
 1.  Combine all ingredients and use 1/8 Cup per load of laundry.  

This recipe is half of the original recipe From Natural Home Magazine.  Be sure that the soap you use doesn't have moisturizers or heavy oils because the could stain the clothing.  This Recipe is for One years for two people depending on how much laundry you do.  

I just Discovered Soap Nuts which is another natural alternative to Chemical Laundry Detergents.  

Dishwasher Detergent

Okay, this is a hard one.  If you have Hard Water you will get a milky film on you dishes.   I've tried many different formulas to have the dishes clear and just haven't found one. Some even suggested putting vinegar in the final wash but that still doesn't rinse the film off.   But my best recipe so far  I found at The New Homemaker and is as follows. 

1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Baking Soda
1/4 Cup Salt
1/4 Cup Citric Acid
30 Drops citrus essential oils-Lemon,
grapefruit, orange, tangerine, or a mix

1. Mix all together and use 2 Tablespoons per load. This recipe cleans 20 loads.  

Citric acid is available at brewing stores, I use www.mountainroseherbal.com, or you could use two packets of  lemonade or lemon Kool-aid.  Anything else will dye your dishwasher.  
I've also heard that bleach can degrade the plastic in the actual body of the dishwasher and isn't safe to use where vinegar isn't as caustic.  

Liquid  Soap

1 Cup Grated soap
3 Cups Hot Water

I was one to have the soft soap in my Kitchen and Bathroom but I didn't want the chemicals.  so I cleaned out the containers and followed the liquid soap recipe from "Natural Cleaning for you Home" by Casey Kellar.  Depending on the soap it can be watery or a little stringy but I control what goes into the soap.  I have also used up old bars of goats milk soap, lye soap and glycerin soap.  It's a great way to take a bar of soap and turn it into a liquid.   

Floor Cleaner for Tile or Vinyl Floors
This recipe comes from
"Natural Cleaning for you Home" by Casey Kellar. of course I have added my own twist to the recipe.

1 Cup Liquid Soap (1/4C grated Soap 3/4 Cu water)
1/4 Cup Fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
1/4 teaspoon Tea Tree Oil
1/4 teaspoon Lemon Oil
1/4 Teaspoon Clary Sage or Hyssop oil.

1. Put all ingredients together and shake well.
2.  Pour solution onto the floor and then wipe off.  For tough stains let soak a little and then wipe off.  

Storage Containers

To be Completely environmental I would have to say that using glass is the best storage container to use.  But if your klutzy, have kids or animals, it also might be a little unrealistic.  
I tend to save old plastic peanut butter jars, mayonnaise jars, and the like to store all my stuff in.  I have had glass and cleaning products all over the floor in smashed pieces and it's not fun.  So I recycle and reuse.  I have stopped using prepared parmesan cheese (fresh is so much better) but the old container is great for sprinkling baking soda all over my sink to clean it. 

I also write the recipes on the bottles with a sharp pen and record all recipes in a book including my experiments, good or bad.  I am constantly trying new recipes for beauty and for cleaning.
  I am also an advocate of research.  Don't take my word for it. Find at least five deferent sources that backs things up. 

 

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