We also talked about making housecleaning products from household items, and basically it was an ode to baking soda and vinegar. SHOCK. Here are the recipes:
Annemarie’s Magical All-Purpose Cleaner
1 part water
1 part vinegar
a blob of dish soap (I use Sunlight)
Clean all the things!
More Complicated But Also Good All-Purpose Cleaner
-1 part vinegar
-1 part water
-dollop of dish soap
-3/4 c. Distilled White Vinegar
-1 c. Hydrogen Peroxide
-1 1/2 tsp. Castille Soap (Such as Dr. Bronner )
-30 drops Tea Tree Oil
-30 drops Essential Oil of choice (like lavender, lemongrass, rosemary, lemon verbena, spearmint, clove, cinnamon, anise, sage, grapefruit, lemon, or lime)
-water to fill
-Use baking soda as an abrasive to scour stainless steel pots and sinks, and to scrub scum off your tub
-Use Borax to clean your toilet – buy it in the laundry aisle, bottom shelf, green box
-To clean cast iron, cover with kosher salt and scour with a dry sponge
-For musty odours (from thrifted stuff, foot/body odour in clothing, etc) cover in kitty litter and leave overnight (Source)
-Rub half a lemon on wooden cutting boards, counters, and sinks to clean and get rid of bacteria
-I flush my sinks with boiling water regularly, and sometimes dump baking soda down, then vinegar, and after it’s fizzed out, a big kettle of boiling water.
A Note On Vinegar
You can infuse your vinegar with citrus peels to improve the smell and add the grease-fighting power of citrus oil.
To make: Stuff the peelings of 4-6 oranges (or other citrus) into a glass quart canning jar. Cover with vinegar and seal with a lid. Shake every once in a while for 1-2 weeks. Strain out peelings. When finished the vinegar should be a dark orange/green/yellow color.
It is okay to start the jar with your first peelings and add more to the vinegar as you eat them. Just be sure to leave room in the jar for the peelings when you pour the vinegar.
Use this in any of the recipes below in the place of white vinegar.
Liquid Laundry Detergent
4 Litres warm water
1 Cup washing soda
1 Cup Borax
¼ Cup Baking Soda
Mix all ingredients together in a container (I use an old vinegar jug).
Use ½ Cup per load, mix before each use.
If you use disposable diapers cover the bottom of the garbage in baking soda and this will help get rid of the smell. You can pour more in if you need to.
If you are using cloth diapers you can soak them in ¼ Cup baking soda and/or ¼ Cup vinegar in 5 Litres of water.
Keep in mind that vinegar weakens the PUL covers and is really hard on the elastic.
Dissolve baking soda in the baby’s bathwater let the baby soak and then air out the bum as much as you can.
Use coconut oil to moisturize baby’s bottom before putting a diaper back on.
¼ Cup aloe vera gel
2 drops Tea Tree Oil
2 Cups hot water
Stir or shake until this recipe is well mixed. Don’t use until the mixture cools. Spritz on wipe before using if in spray bottle. Swish solution around over wipes if using a wipes box.