DIY All Purpose Cleaner: Cheap, Safe, Effective (With Printable Label)
Sunday, March 3, 2013
If you would have told me five years ago that I’d be making my own cleaning supplies, I probably would have laughed at you. Honestly when the subject comes up, I instantly think of one of two images. 1. My sweet great aunt using a vat of lard to make soap on the farm. or 2. Fight Club. Those are definitely two drastically different scenarios, but still equally different from anything I thought I’d be doing. Now that I know how incredibly simple it is (and that you don’t have to use lard), I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner.
This recipe for all purpose cleaner is ridiculously easy, super cheap, environmentally friendly, kid safe AND effective. This formula smells so much better than straight vinegar and it’s great for cutting grease and grime on a stove top or busting through hard water stains on the sink. And, it’s gentle enough to use on the wood furniture and laminate floors (just so long as you don’t saturate them). I use it for EVERYTHING!
You won’t believe this, but when I calculated the cost, it came out to be about 80-cents for a 32 ounce bottle of cleaner. (not counting the initial investment of the bottle)
Here’s what you need
32-ounce glass or sturdy plastic bottle (I bought a glass bottle online from aromatools.com…you can use plastic, but the ones from grocery/dollar store are crap)
4 tsp Borax
1/2 tsp Liquid Castile soap
3 drops of OnGuard or Theives essential oil blend
In a 32 ounce measuring cup or bowl, add borax, liquid castile soap and OnGuard. Fill to the 31 ounce mark with warm water and whisk together till all the borax is dissolved. Pour into your spray bottle and shake each time before using.
Update: I decided to make a simple label for this cleaner. It’s formatted for 4×2 inch labels, but you can easily print it on plain white paper and affix to your bottle with clear tape or Mod Podge.
*when I first made this cleaner, I used about 40 drops of whatever oil I had on hand. But then I read that there is ongoing research suggesting that you only need 3 drops of doTERRA’s OnGuard, the individual oils are not as effective as the blend, and that adding more might actually reduce the effectiveness. Preliminary results from this study by doTERRA advisory board member and microbiologist, Jennifer Eddins, SM(ASCP), also suggests that using OnGuard can not only kill germs such as MRSA, but it can prevent them from growing for up to 7 days. If that’s not enough, an additional study was published by PubMed in November 2010 about the effectiveness of OnGuard against the flu virus, particularly H1N1 (or swine flu). This study found that OnGuard was able to kill viruses (something antibacterial solutions cannot do) and reduce viral replication by up to 90%. That was enough to get me on board with OnGuard.