I spent about an hour gathering, and organizing all of my cleaning products today. I found a few empty bottles to clean and use for my homemade products and a small spray bottle I used for produce wash. I found a lot of products that I don't want to use anymore but kept them in the back of my cleaning basket. I don't want to throw away a bunch of stuff that can be recycled or should be disposed of in a certain way, so until I can research that a little more, I'm just tucking them away at the back.
First, I used a few homemade recipes from Frugal Wellness (a new found, awesome blog)! I found a bottle of Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild liquid soap on sale at Target this week, 32 oz. for $6.48. I also picked up a 4 pack of Flour Sack Towels, a reusable replacement for paper towels. I already had white vinegar in my pantry, and the only essential oil I have right now is Eucalyptus oil, so I cleaned my whole house with those few ingredients today!
All-Purpose Cleaner: I mixed 50/50 Water and White Vinegar, with a few drops of Eucalyptus (soon I'll be buying Tea Tree, Lavender, Peppermint and Jojoba Oils), and a squirt of Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild Soap. I sort of mixed these few ideas from some of the recipes I've found online for homemade non-toxic cleaning products. I filled one 28 oz. spray bottle with this mixture and labeled it All-Purpose Cleaner.
Produce Wash Spray: I filled a 5 oz. spray bottle with 3 parts water 1 part vinegar and labeled it Produce Wash Spray (which I haven't had a chance to try out yet).
Then I cut one of my four flour sacks into 4 dish rags and 2 cleaning rags (a little bigger than a dish rag). I sprayed down both bathrooms first, toilets, tubs, sinks and counters. Then I cleaned the entire kitchen, and dusted the rest of the house before heading back to the bathrooms to finish up.
I am pleasantly surprised! I watched this homemade concoction wipe away sink scum, dried food on the stove and completely clean the toilets too! Wow! I almost couldn't believe that this could be healthy for my family (breathing in and touching), naturally anti-bacterial (lavender and tea tree oil would add to that as well), and clean too!
The only "con" is that the smell of Dr. Bronner's Baby Mild Soap takes a little getting used to. I'm very excited to try the Lavender scent (I already have the Peppermint in a bar soap, smells so fresh!). I think having some better essential oils mixed in would help as well.
I am very excited! I'm planning to make my own hand soap, gel and baby wash in the next few weeks, as I slowly gather the ingredients.
*Revision: After cutting up one of my flour sack towels, I would advise that you either hand wash and line dry or hem the edges of your cut up towels. Mine ran through the normal wash and dry cycle and I spent about ten minutes cutting off all of the loose strings. Just FYI. =)