4 homemade cleaners that really work!

Welcome back to “You're Welcome” Wednesday where I share a creative tip with you that is bound to make you say…THANKS!
Today I am posting some homemade cleaners found on Macheesmo. He swears they work (his wife is a neat freak) and once you've made the initial investment, you can make cleaner out of the supplies for years! Sounds like a good idea to me 🙂
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homemade cleaners

This was easier than I thought it would be.
One of Betsy’s goals for the year was to ditch some of our standard cleaners that we use around the house and make them!  Honestly, I was a bit skeptical about this project mainly because I wasn’t sure that homemade cleaners would really get the job done.
And my lovely wife is a bit of a neat freak so there’s no way she would use something that didn’t perform well.
So a couple of weekends ago she went out and bought a few staple ingredients and some empty spray bottles and we spent a few minutes mixing up four different homemade cleaners that have since replaced 90% of the cleaners we use around the house.
For the last few weeks we’ve been using them now and I’ve been so impressed by how well they are working, I thought I’d share them all with you in case any of you are interested in ditching the chemicals.
The Cost of Cleaning. The thing about homemade cleaners is that the initial start-up costs might seem a bit high.  A tiny bottle of lavender oil (.5 ounces), for example, will run you $7-$8.  But the thing to remember is that for each batch of cleaning solution, you’ll be using literally just a few drops of oil.
I would guess we spent around $30 on our homemade cleaning supplies for these four solutions, but now we have enough supplies to last us years.  By the time we run out of lavender oil, for example, our cost per bottle for these cleaners will be reduces to cents.
ingredients

Basic stuff.

Most of the recipes involve castile soap and a few drops of essential oils.  These are the pricey items and the ones that you won’t need to buy very often even if you make a ton of these solutions.
For the recipes I’m giving in this post, you’ll need the below items.  You can find all of these at your local supermarket or health food store or you can grab them from Amazon.  I’ve included links to the amazon pages.
– Castile Soap –  An all-natural soap that’s surprisingly strong.  A few drops go a long way.  We like the lavender scent, but they have others available.
– Lavender Oil – A natural anti-bacterial oil that smells wonderful.
– Tea Tree Oil – A natural oil that cleanses and disinfects.
– Washing Soda – Sodium Carbonate which is just a strong base that works great as a laundry detergent.  It has a million uses around the house.
Mixing the Solutions. If you’re going to do this, definitely buy new, clean plastic bottles.  Don’t use old bottles as the trace chemicals in them might react badly.
Also, I’d recommend getting some labels because while they are all different, these solutions all look a bit similar.
The Recipes!
Let’s start with an easy one.
Lavender Anti-Bacterial Spray
– 1 Cup water
– 20 drops lavender essential oil
Easy right?!  It’s smells great and lavender is very high in linalool which is naturally antibacterial.
adding oil

Just a few drops…
The next recipe is the one that we use the most which is the all-purpose cleaner.  It’s our daily cleaner now on everything from counters to floors.

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