Do-It-Yourself Household Cleaning Products
1 c. Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
¼ c. citric acid- available where quality bulk foods are sold
¼ c. coarse salt
10-15 drops of essential oil- lemon or orange is great for cleaning
Mix the first three ingredients together in an airtight container. Add essential oil. Mix well.
Rinse Aid: Fill rinse compartment with undiluted vinegar. It’s safe, effective and costs only pennies!
All Purpose Cleaner
¼-1/2 c. organic white vinegar
2 T. baking soda
Elbow grease is optional, use on tough jobs!
Several drops of lemon essential oil- be cautious of oils as they can stain.
Spray bottle- Always use glass as essential oils may cause chemicals to leach from plastic. (link)
Water- enough to fill a quart bottle
Add vinegar and baking soda to a quart bottle. Sprinkle a couple drops of essential oil and enough water to fill bottle. Shake well. Do not be concerned with the vinegar smell as it will fade and disappear.
Vinegar helps to remove stains, cuts through grease and grime and dispels odors. It is a staple in household cleaning.
Why baking soda?
Baking soda is a powerhouse when it comes to cleaning. It is a potent deodorizer and stain remover. And also has anti-bacterial properties and should be a staple in your cleaning basket.
Use on counters, sinks, bath tubs, and anywhere you need extra scrubbing help.
1 c. baking soda- buy in bulk if possible
½ c. washing soda
½ c. salt (non-iodized)- buy in bulk. Avoid common table salt which is toxic
5 drops of essential oil- lemon is typically used for its fresh, clean scent optional
Pour ingredients into a jar. A pint glass jar works well.
Mix well. For a convenient shaker, poke holes in the top.
Wet area prior to cleaning. If your job is really big and dirty, pour or spray undiluted vinegar on area. Vinegar is a powerhouse when it comes to cleaning.
Sprinkle cleanser over area and let sit for at least 5 minutes.
Scrub with a sturdy brush.
Rinse with vinegar if you have a really dirty job to tackle.
Note: May scratch delicate surfaces. Test a small area prior to using.
Glass Cleaner DIY
¼ c. white vinegar
¼ c. rubbing alcohol
1 T. cornstarch- Buy GMO-free and support the organic industry (as it grows, prices come down)
2 c. warm-hot water
Mix well in a spray bottle. Shake well before using. If you’re familiar with cornstarch you know it tends to puddle up.
This non-toxic glass cleaner costs virtually pennies, 50c at most, not including spray bottle.