Friday, January 16, 2009

Wonder spray!

A few months ago I did some library searches for homemade cleansers.
Ordered a few books from my local library, and found, for the most part, nothing I wanted to try.
I had already been making my own laundry soap for 3 years, and had, of course used a vinegar/water solution for mirrors and windows for quite a while.
I was looking for an all-purpose spray cleaner.
Something akin to Lysol.
I think I found it.
From "Clean House, Clean Planet" by Karen Logan....just the thing I was looking for.
Simple, few ingredients, of all...

In a 16 oz. trigger spray bottle...

Mix 2 TBL. of vinegar with 1 tsp borax (20 Mule Team Borax, found in the laundry soap area of your grocers...same ingredient I use in my homemade laundry soap)

Fill the rest of the bottle with very hot water.

Shake until borax is dissolved

Add 1/4 cup of dishwashing liquid

For fragrance you may add 10 -15 drops essential oil (lavender or lemon?) I did not.

They recommend using distilled water, as the minerals in your water may inhibit cleaning.
It is IMPORTANT to dissolve the borax in the hot water so that it won't clog the nozzle. And don't mix the vinegar and soap directly together, as the soap will clump up.


How to use.....
Spray and wipe.
Use as you would any other all-purpose cleaner.

Let me know if you try it.

How are YOU saving $$$ in the cleanser department?

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cityfarmer said...

does it come in 40 gallon drum sizes????
I need this from the tip of my chimney to the cellar door. waawaawaa.

I'm ready for new construction!

Bee said...

Thanks! Would you believe, I've had that book forever and have stopped consulting it for some reason!

Mrs. Peterson's Place said...

Hey!I use the same recipe (is a cleaner mixture called a recipe?). I love it. My family grumbles at the smell of pine when I use that, and I've noticed less grumbling when I use lemon oil. Must be a favorite and they are too excited to share. :-)

Have a great day.

God's peace,

Stephanie said...

I use vinegar and water for almost everything, but sometimes a little extra umphf would help. I have all these ingredients. Think I'll give it a try!

Farmchick said...

Sounds like a great idea...must try! Thanks!

Sincerely, Emily said...

hi - thank you for the recipe. I am going to mix this one up. Can I use commercial liquid dish soap for this recipe (still trying to use that up so I can make home made). Once mixed will it last several months? thanks again. Emily