Over the last few years I’ve been more interested in using more natural cleaners in our home. We eat almost no processed foods and have wanted to transition using less chemicals in our cleaning supplies for many of the same reasons. However, after quite a few failed products, I became little more skeptical that natural cleaners do as good of a job as the chemical filled cleaners. We tried a number of really expensive laundry soaps that left our clothes smelling bad and one to many body washes that didn’t seem to leave us feeling clean. I started to give up until I read some more information one day about how unnatural the chemicals are that we clean with. I decided to give it one more try and found this recipe that seemed simple and believable as a basic cleaner. I’ve been using this recipe now for over six months and I continue to be impressed. It’s been like a gateway drug to other natural cleaners that actually work! It’s super easy to make yourself, smells great, and works really well for a number of purposes.
Here’s the simple recipe:
2 cups water
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
2 squirts of natural dish soap
20 drops of essential oil (sweet orange or grapefruit are nice!)
Mix them up in a squirt bottle, and that’s it!
Since using this recipe I’ve moved on to find a few others that work really well. A great resource has been the Hands-On Home book by Erica Strauss. The book includes a great DIY recipe for a greasy grime spray, an acidic bathroom cleaner, and a carpet refresher. I’ve actually really enjoyed cleaning more since getting to make all of these cleaners on my own (although I’m sure that will wear off sooner or later).