Liquid Dish Soap
I filled an old squeeze bottle with approximately
2 cups liquid castile soap (Dr. Bronner's)
1/2 cup warm water
a few drops of essential oils (tea tree and lavender)
Mix well and wash away!
Tip: To cut through the greasiest dishes, let them soak in your sink filled with HOT water and 1/2 cup of salt. Then wash as usual. Vinegar and lemon juice also have degreasing properties.
I just made my first batch, I think I'll enjoy all my cleaning products better with Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Soap. I will use what I have, try again with the peppermint (mint and lavender sounds wonderful), and still buy green/safe products with coupons and discounts. I like knowing I can make all my own products but I still feel limited with my scents. Plus, I'm a sucker for the great packaging of 7th generation, Dapple, Mrs. Meyers... what can I say!? source.
Dish Washing Detergent
There are both liquid and powdered recipes, but here's the one I'm going to try (when I run out of what I'm using now):
1 Part Baking Soda
1 Part 20 Mule Borax (available at Walmart, cheap!)
Mix together and store in plastic container. Use 1 TSP-2 TBSP per load, figure out what works best for you. Sometimes using too much soap can leave a filmy residue. To help with that also, put vinegar in the "jet-dry" rinse compartment. source.
update: I just made my first batch, added 4-5 drops of Tea Tree Oil and put one Tbsp. in the compartment. I made sure to fill the rinse aid compartment with white vinegar. My first load came out great! I'm going to try 1 1/2 Tbsp. next time and see if that gets it a little bit cleaner without the residue. Very, very happy!!
Here is a link to Ten Homemade Laundry Detergents. This may be the last thing I make myself. I already have enough issues with my laundry, I'm not sure it's worth the time and effort and trial and error, for me. I already use All Clear detergent, and I'm looking into 7th Generation (powdered, then liquid). We'll see! I'm keeping my eyes peeled for clearances and coupons!
Fill an empty spray bottle with
Water, almost to the top
2 TBSP Dr. Bronners (or another castile soap)
A few drops of Tea Tree Oil
Optional: a few TBSP vinegar or 2 TBSP baking soda
Mix well. Spray and wipe. Be careful not to use too much vinegar on grout, it can start to eat away at it after many, many uses.
I found a great clearance, plus had a coupon for 7th Generation all-purpose spray cleaner at Babies R'Us. So I will be using that as well as my homemade kind! source.
I love this, works great! No streaking, easy and quick. I also use to wash produce before rinsing, and eating!
Pour 2 cups of vinegar and 5-10 drops of Tea Tree Oil. Sprinkle with baking powder just before scrubbing.
1/2 cup of 20 Mule Borax
I tried each recipe out today, one for each of my toilets. I definitely liked the vinegar and baking soda best because of the TTO smell. Much cleaner smelling and I think it cleaned just a tad bit better than the Borax. source.
Sprinkle Baking Soda over your carpets, let set 15-20 minutes and then vacuum. Makes a great deodorizer! source.
Five Basic Ingredients for Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes source.
Baking Soda - Cleans and deodorizes. Softens water to increase sudsing and cleaning power of soap. Good scouring powder.
Borax ("20 Mule Borax")- Cleans and deodorizes. Excellent disinfectant. Softens water. Available in the laundry section of most grocery stores.
Soap - Biodegrades safely and completely and is non-toxic. Sold as liquid, flakes, bar, or powder. Insist on soap without synthetic scents, colors, or other additives. Castile soap (made from vegetable oil) is a great buy.
Washing Soda - Cuts grease and removes stains. Disinfects. Softens water. Pure form "sodium carbonate." I haven't been able to find this anywhere locally.
White Vinegar - Kills 99% bacteria, 82% mold, and 80% of germs (viruses). Is powerfully antibacterial. Cuts through grease. source.
Lemon Juice - Antibacterial. Neutralizes vinegar scent. Natural bleaching agent. Cuts through grease. source.