Homemade Cleaning Products Part 1
Today I would like to share some non-vinegar based cleaning products. Personally I have a hard time with the smell of vinegar and I do not associate that smell with cleaning. French fries yes, clean house, no.
Castile soap is a plant based soap with no animal bi-products.
Never mix acids with Castile soap. (Lemon juice, vinegar etc.)
You can use Castile soap to wash floors, clean vegetables, do dishes etc. There are so many ways it can be used! I recommend visiting the “Dr. Bonner’s” website. This is the most popular brand of castile soap. https://www.drbronner.com/DBMS/category/LIQUIDSOAP.html This is where you will find all the info including other uses. I will be getting to the many uses of this amazing natural product over the next few posts.
No need for harsh chemicals to disinfect hard surfaces. (Always do a spot check in an inconspicuous spot to be sure the spray is compatible with your surface. You should do this will all products even store bought.)
2 cups of water
2 Tbsp. Castile soap (Check your health food store)
1 tablespoon white thyme essential oil (my health food store doesn’t carry this one but it’s available on amazon).
10 drops lavender essential oil
Using a funnel pour into the bottle the water, soap and oils. Give it a good shake. Spray your surface, let sit 20 minutes and wipe down with a microfiber cloth. (Dollar stores have these).
Always shake before use.
To Disinfect Cutting Boards
This is especially helpful if you don’t have a dishwasher (which gets so hot everything is disinfected) or your board can’t go in the dishwasher (such as wooden boards).
For wood or plastic simply cut a lemon in half and rub down the whole board. You can add coarse salt if you need more scrubbing power.
Lemon juice gets rid of mold, mildew and grease. It can also shine hard surfaces!
Next week we will move on to non-vinegar glass cleaner and dish soap and more uses for Castile soap.