Working Mom to Homemaker

Embracing The Change

Recipes for 4 Main Cleaners

I’ve tried all kinds of store bought cleaners and in reality, they all kind of suck. Plus they are over priced. When I found this link on Pinterest, I was stoked. I made all four of these and couldn’t be happier with the results. It’s also much cheaper than buying cleaners off the shelf in the stores! Being on one income, we have to save money however we can.



Actual Pinterest Link

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.


Lavender Anti-Bacterial Spray

– 1 Cup water
– 20 drops lavender essential oil


All-Purpose Cleaner (Watch out for a reaction! It will bubble a lot.)

– 3 Tablespoons vinegar
– 1/2 Teaspoon washing soda
– 1/2 Teaspoon castile soap
– 2 Cups hot water


Grease Cutter 

– 2 Cups water
– 1/4 Cup castile soap
– 10 drops lavender oil


Bath, Sink, Tile Cleaner (Again, watch out for some bubbling.)
NOTE: Ideally, mix this one in a SQUIRT bottle, not a SPRAY bottle. It’s pretty thick and almost a paste.

– 2/3 Cup baking soda
– 1/2 Cup castile soap
– 2 Tablespoons vinegar
– 1/2 Cup water
– A few drops of Tea Tree oil


December 5, 2012 - Posted by | CLEANING

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