|Tea tree oil is missing because I found it RIGHT when I was mixing everything up.|
So, I've run into no less than I'd say about 12 different recipes for home made cleaners. When trying to decide on what to make my own with, I decided to stick with the basics that I found in each recipe and take and ditch things I figured I could live without (like lavender oil...I don't need to feel relaxed when cleaning *laugh*).
So, anyway, here's the VERY simple recipe I concocted and decided to try tonight. The basic ingredients are shown above, although I did throw in a change here and there. So, here's the recipe I came up with...
You will need:
- 1 Gallon Container (remember, recycled milk jugs are your friends. Personally I used a recycled iced tea container because I thought it looked cooler, but whatever you have works :)
- 1 container to mix your stuff up in to make your life easier (I used a liquid measuring cup since it had the nice spout on it)
- Empty Spray Bottles (to put your cleaners in. You can find little ones in the travel section at your local store for like 1.00)
And here's the "chemistry" part (okay, so it's the mixing part and there's not a lot of chemistry involved...give me my "mad scientist" fantasy here ;):
- 2 Tablespoons liquid castille soap (a lot of different recipes called for peppermint scented, but I only had unscented, so I went with that). Honestly you could probably use whatever dish soap you had around the house, but I was really going for "all natural" here for my peace of mind :).
- 10 to 15 drops sweet orange oil
- 15 to 20 drops lemon oil (unless you're using lemon scented dish soap...then you could probably omit this)
- 5 to 10 drops tea tree oil
- 1 gallon of hot water
Mix up the oils and soap in a liquid measuring cup or something with a spout. Fill up the liquid measuring cup 3/4 of the way full with hot water, stir to make sure all of your ingredients are combined and pour into gallon jug. Fill up gallon jug about 1/2 way with hot water, swish around to make sure ingredients are combined again (do not shake unless you want suds everywhere) and then fill up the rest of the way with hot water. This is what mine looked like when mixed up.
|I know, unimpressive as it looks, it does work ;)|
Now I put this stuff toe to toe with other natural cleaners I had cleaning up my kitchen (and no, I didn't show the sty my kitchen was after getting done cooking yesterday ;). My verdict? Really, other than having to let it sit a little bit longer (or use a bit more cleaner) than the other brands this stuff worked just fine and hey it's dirt cheap to make (if you added the vinegar for acidity, I bet that would help to alleviate this problem). Yes you're start up costs will cost you probably around 26.00 or so. But considering this stuff takes so little to make your costs MORE than make up for themselves. I mean with the materials above I have enough raw materials to make this cleaner for YEARS without having to invest in new oils or soap (mind you I plan to multi-task both the oils and the soap, but you get the idea ;).
So there you are folks. A super simple (although honestly there were simpler ones I'd read) cleaner recipe :). Good luck in your green adventures today. I'm going to bed!