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Clean nearly everything in your house with simple and non-toxic ingredients.

Whether you're worried about the chemicals you're using, wanting to save money, or hoping to save yourself from all those horrible added dyes and fragrances - these recipes are for you!
 
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Step 1: Ingredients Used In These Recipes

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The recipes use very few ingredients, most of which you should have around the house! In addition, you'll need spray bottles and glass containers, depending on the recipe. You can reuse bottles from old cleaners - just make sure to clean them thoroughly! You can also buy cheap reusable ones from most grocery stores.

Step 2: All Purpose Cleaner

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What you'll need: Fill your spray bottle with 3 cups of water. Add the tablespoons of vinegar and the castile soap. (Make sure you add the soap AFTER the water, or it will get very sudsy and exciting.)

Now you'll add the essential oils. I like adding 10 drops of lemon and 10 of tea tree!

I use this in my kitchen and my bathroom with great success! It's amazing at getting the stove top clean, and I love how clean it gets my counters and tabletops. Also great for cleaning the fridge.

I recently started scaling down the soap and adding more vinegar. I like it a lot. I'm using closer to 1/8 cup of castile soap now. :) The extra vinegar cuts down on soap scum/residue, and using less soap has been just as effective, but with less bubbles to clean up.
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fgodwin3 years ago
Would vanilla essence work? Because then you could still drink some :D

Hilarious!

jessyratfink (author)  fgodwin3 years ago
I initially read this and worried about the color of the essence, but I think it would be since it would be diluted so much!
gluvit6 months ago
Great job
garnetgirl9 months ago
Thanks for the good info.
For really slow drains I follow the baking soda with a large pot of boiling water. I have also used boiling vinegar. Both yield good results.
indywave1 year ago
Go Green!!
wsmr1 year ago
thanks ;)
ogorir1 year ago
How did you manage to get Meijers isopropyl in Cali?
jessyratfink (author)  ogorir1 year ago
Magic!

( actually, this ible was made when I was still living in Louisville, KY :D )
el_lyn1 year ago
Hi,

Tried this out for the first time but had a slight problem, I used a lemon oil but it just rose to the surface. Any ideas?

jessyratfink (author)  el_lyn1 year ago
I had this problem a couple times - I found that if the gelatin was still super hot and liquidy, the oil would rise more often.

If you let it cool and start to congeal a bit, it works better, I think!

It's honestly I little hit and miss. I think sometimes the gelatin just doesn't want to play nice. :)
I make my own laundry detergent by mixing 1/2 a cup of borax and 1/2 a cup of washing soda in a gallon of water until it all dissolves, then melting 1 cup of grated sunlight bar pure soap into a medium pot of about 1 litre of water.
Mix the dissolved soap and borax/soda mixture together and let it sit for 12 hours.
Laundry soap for about 1 dollar.
Where do you find washing soda? I can't find it anywhere!
Hi, how much would you use for a large load in a front load washer. What a great idea
Thanks
i use about a cup of my homemade soap for a load in a toploader. it is low foaming soap so it works great for front loaders though
Love the work you've done! I'll definitely be following :)
MsJaxFla3 years ago
Hey Jesse! I use most of these and they are GREAT. I don't add the essential oils though, mainly because I don't have access to them without going out of my area. I wanted to ask you if you had tried this one yet or if any of your followers had tried it YET? I have not, because I keep forgetting to get the lemons and/or oranges to use in it. And now my car battery died and have to get a new battery.

2 liter plastic bottle
100 grams of brown sugar
1 liter of water
300 grams (total) of lemon and orange scraps
Sharpie because you have to put a date on it and let it ferment for 3 months.
And I worry about it exploding as well, you need to loosen the lid ever so often, so not real sure about trying it yet. lol

Sheryll & Critters.


Safe way to ferment the home made enzyme cleaner, is to put a balloon over the top of the bottle. Then it won't explode.
Thanks for reminding me, I meant to post that as an added thought and just got sidetracked and forgot. Like making homemade wine. And those vinyl gloves work as well. Just tie some twine around the neck of the bottle or use a rubber band. My ex boy friend always fussed about me saving stuff, but I reuse a lot of stuff. Partly because I was raised to reuse then recyle (my parents did this before it was fashionable) and partly cause I am rather broke all the time.
jessyratfink (author)  rpatzman3 years ago
Ah, that makes sense. Thanks for that - I was wondering the best way to do it!
Duh, the recipe is for Homemade Enzyme Cleaner. Sorry!
A hint for cloth towels.. You can cut and hem old sheets, or curtains from a thrift store for napkins and towels... this can save you a ton of money. I haven't bought paper towels in several years, and I don't miss throwing away all the money I used to spend on them.
Same with me.

I just can not see spending the money. I do once in a blue moon (like once a year) buy paper for drying meat for cooking. And even then a nicely washed cloth towel, used just for that works great.

I found that men (sorry guys) I would have over as guests used to use paper towels like there was NO tomorrow, so I just quit buying them. They are forced to use a washable towel that way. lol
jessyratfink (author)  MsJaxFla3 years ago
Oh, wow, that sounds intense! I have not tried anything like that yet. I did do some googling, though, and they seem pretty popular. I saw a couple sites selling them for a ton of money - so they must work pretty well!

I think I'd like to give this a go. Next time I get a bottle big enough to make it in, I think I'll try. :)
bluidego2 years ago
oh also I use RAIN vodka for this it is the best
bluidego2 years ago
I have been doing this with vodka for years. Although I didn't ever see it as ghetto. Essential oils are pricey and way better than anything febreeze puts out!
pmahler12 years ago
You can order castile soap easily from Amazon.com for $5-$10 =)
mcorriveau3 years ago
I would be careful with some essential oils. Peppermint, in particular can be harmful to cats so it's a poor choice to deodorize your couch if you have one that likes to lay on it.
vortexmax3 years ago
Better look up the toxicity factor on IPA (Rubbing Alcohol) Is is flammable and toxic,handle with care keep out long reach of children.Vodka to expensive to waste on cleaning.Use it to clean your throat but not to much.Other then this good stuff.
actually... Vodka is WAY cheaper then some alternatives... This isn't just a smell good spray, its a deodorizer... and Vodka is brilliant for that oddly enough. I use it to remove sweat stink in shoes, and cat piss smells... great for spraying down furniture that you've gotten of craigslist and whatnot...

You don't need the kinda Vodka you'd buy to enjoy drinking, that nasty bottom shelf swill will work just fine for this.
I just made this with cheap vodka, lavender and grapefruit essential oils. My sheets smell incredible. Thank you!!
Ingridpin3 years ago
There is any substitute for the castile soap to make it? I can't easily find it where I live in... :/
kieRAWR3 years ago
Does anyone have tips on cleaning kitchen floors? For some reason my roomate is a messy chef and believes simply swiping at a spill with a papertowel will clean it. The spot is still sticky! They purchased a Swiffer WetJet, but are taking it with them when they move out soon.

Should I just use the all-purpose cleaner? The flooring looks pretty sturdy, not linoleum (sp?)
First off I don't like swiffers. Get yourself a mop & bucket & rubber gloves & a spray bottle of your fav. all purpose cleaner & water. If it's wood DON'T use ammonia & don't over-wet it, it just damages the wood.

1st vacuum - most of the yuck is hair - people moult just like animals- it'll be way quicker to vac or sweep if u prefer.

I go around & clean the edges & corners of the room just spray around the edges wait a few minutes for the yuck to break down then mop - that's the worst area done! .
Then do the remaining area- spraying & mopping & rinsing the mop now & then. When finished make sure u wash the mop in clean water & cleaner, rinse & stand it mop up- outside if possible or in the tub until it's dry & it'll last ages not like those germy sponge mops, don't like them either : ).

jessyratfink (author)  kieRAWR3 years ago
I use the all purpose cleaner on my floor all the time - both wood and vinyl - with no problems. :)

A mix of vinegar and water with a little soap can work on most floors too, and especially in kitchens where things can get greasy and nasty.
BluWriter3 years ago
Awesome instructable! Thanks so much for this. *-* <3 It's going to be really handy. :D
bluemoon63 years ago
I do this but I use an Alka-Selzer tablet and it works wonders----just make sure that the water is almost boiling that you use to flush the solution down the drain!!!!!!!!!!!!
bluemoon63 years ago
Amazing this is so...simple-thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111
poori_kanna3 years ago
u can also try water + vinegar overnight in the pot ... the muck comes out cleaner and there's no smell ... :) i also spray my pots in vinegar and rinse if i'd cooked eggs/meat in them. there won't be any leftover smell :D
Nice recipes! I also wanted to mention that essential oils are very strong anti viral and antibiotic. Last summer I had a staph infection and I read that tea tree or lemon grass oil kills all staph including MRSA. Using similar ingredients as yours I made a liquid that I used topically that seemed to really work well. Of course I was also on major antibiotics but my topical remedy seemed to work better than the prescribed topical ointment. Thanks!
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