Wednesday, April 17, 2013

{Homemade} dusting spray, multi-purpose cleaner, floor cleaner, and baby wipes

Last time I wrote about {Homemade} laundry detergent, sunscreen, face rinse, and body lotion. This time I'm going to write about dusting spray, multi-purpose cleaner, floor cleaner, and baby wipes. 


Dusting spray- You have to keep shaking the bottle as you are using it because the oil separates from the other ingredients, but really, it's no big deal. This is the original link where I found the recipe.

1 cup filtered water
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp liquid castile soap

Combine all ingredients in a small spray bottle. The vinegar really cuts through all the gross caked-on dust, olive oil leaves the furniture nicely polished. 


Multi-purpose cleaner- This stuff is amazing. Really. The vinegar and essential oil kill all the germs, the vinegar makes sure there aren't any streaks, the essential oil leaves you with a nice scent in the end.... amazing. This cleaner will replace a whole lot of chemical cleaners in your house- bathroom cleaner, glass cleaner, kitchen cleaner, floor cleaner, I even use it on my glass cooktop. Multi-purpose to the max. Here is the original link.

1 part filtered water
1 part white vinegar
20 drops tea tree essential oil
20 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops lemon essential oil

Mix all ingredients and use on almost everything to clean.

Some tips: The husband doesn't like the strong vinegar smell, that's partly why there are so many drops of essential oil. If that's the case for you too, you might try more water and less vinegar. 

If you would prefer a soap-based multi-purpose cleaner, try this next recipe. Original link found here. 

2 cups filtered water
3 Tbsp liquid castile soap

Some tips: Concerned that soap isn't enough to kill all the germs, just click the link above. It is full of good information on germs, soap, and essential oils. If you want to increase the germ-killing power of this recipe, just add tea tree, lemon, or lavender essential oil. // Also, this recipe would probably be better to use if you have granite or marble counter tops, since you can't use vinegar on those surfaces. 


Floor cleaner- This is a wonderful soap-based floor cleaner. It is just enough soap to clean the floors, but not too much that you would need to rinse.

2 quarts filtered water
1 Tbsp liquid castile soap
20 drops essential oil

Combine all ingredients and use to mop floors. No rinsing necessary.

Some tips: I use this recipe as a refill for my Swiffer Wet Jet. Don't know how to take the cap off? Click here. Just rinse out the container, fill it with this floor cleaner recipe, and twist the cap back on. // Another tip about those Swiffer Wet Jet pads. If you want a cheaper option than buying the actual pads, just use feminine pads, the extra thick ones. Gross? Maybe. Useful and cheap? Yep. // Want to know how to make reusable Swiffer Wet Jet pad? Click here. (Also, if anyone knows how to sew and wants to make me a couple of those, please, go right ahead. I don't have any sewing skills but really want some.) 


Baby wipes- I like this recipe because they are so gentle on a baby's skin, they actually work, they are super cheap, and they are disposable. Original link found here.

1 large cylindrical tupperware 
1 roll of extra thick paper towels, cut in half
2 cups filtered water
2 tsp liquid castile soap
2 tsp olive oil

Cut the paper towels in half with a serrated knife. Combine water, soap, and oil in tupperware. Place half of paper towel in tupperware, jagged side down. Put lid on tupperware. You might need to turn the paper towels over after a while, so that the liquid gets absorbed all over. Once paper towels are completely soaked, remove the cardboard tube. Pull first wipe from middle of roll.

Some tips: Use extra thick paper towels, preferably dye-free. 


Next time, reusable toilet paper.

Just kidding. That is kind of gross, although I am very intrigued. 

So, did you make any of the homemade cleaners from last time? Do you think you'll make any of these?


Kara said...

I used your laundry detergent recipe for quite a while. It was very inexpensive. I'm definitely going to try some of these new ones.

Marley said...

I use one similar to your recipe for the multi purpose and not sure if you've posted a glass cleaner recipe but also quite simple. Since I have excema, my skin always breaks into rashes when I use OTC cleaning supplies.Now I can have a clean house AND healthy skin! Keep on sharing :)

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