I admit, I used to think people who try to eliminate all the toxins in their home were a little nuts. Then I had a baby who has extremely sensitive skin along with eczema and some food allergies… whatever they are (we are hoping she grows out of them). Once I get going with something… I get obsessed with researching it. It’s impossible to eliminate ALL toxins from your life. So I’ll also admit that I probably won’t change EVERYTHING we use. I looked up a DIY laundry “soap” and that was a huge fail. I think it failed for a reason though… I did some more research after we failed miserably at making it and found out that it isn’t very effective. People were stripping their clean loads of laundry (that they cleaned using their DIY laundry soap) and the water was black. Look it up. It’s horrifying. So we will just be purchasing a more gentle detergent.
So far, I have made a foaming hand soap, an all purpose cleaner that I use for basic clean ups, a window/glass cleaner, a scrub for the stove top, and a cleaning paste for pans. ALL of which work very well! My father-in-law put my hand soap to the test by greasing his hands up with his truck and using my soap to wash his hands. While it DOES take a little more work to remove tough substances like car grease from your hands, he was pleasantly surprised at how well it did!
Foaming Hand Soap: My foaming soap dispenser can hold a little over 8oz of water. SO I measured 8 oz of distilled water and put in 2 tbsp of Dr. Bronner’s lavender castile soap. Shake it up and you got a natural hand soap with no harsh chemicals or irritants!
All Purpose Cleaner: 2 cups of distilled water with 2 1/2 tbsp of the lavender castile soap. It may seem like not enough soap, but the castile soap is SUPER concentrated. You don’t need that much of it for it to work really well. You can add some of your essential oils that have disinfectant properties!
Window/Glass Cleaner: 2 cups of distilled water, 1/4 of a cup of distilled white vinegar, 1/4 of a cup of isopropyl alcohol, 1 Tbsp of cornstarch, and some orange essential oil. It works AMAZING. Why cornstarch? Thanks to someone else doing the science for me, they figured out that putting some cornstarch in the mixture prevents streaks from forming on the glass.
Stove-Top Scrub: Mix 1 Tbsp of baking soda, 1 Tbsp of salt, and 1 Tbsp of water until you make a paste. Dab a wash cloth into it and start scrubbing! It works like a charm.
Cleaning paste: We had a baking pan that had burnt sauce all over it. No matter how hard I scrubbed and no matter what cleaner I used… it was NOT coming off. I mixed 1/4 of a cup of baking soda and a few squirts of hydrogen peroxide until I made a paste. I spread it out all over the pan and let it sit for a couple hours. Over time I noticed the white paste was turning brown. It was lifting the stains! I rinsed it off and with a few extra scrubs to the really bad parts… it looked so much better. Not completely since it’s a pretty old pan, but pretty damn good!
A few things to note…
- SO MANY people are mixing castile soap with the white vinegar. Why not, right? It sounds like a powerhouse household cleaner. It isn’t. Soap is a base and vinegar is acidic… mix them together and they cancel each other out. So please research before you try mixing anything you see on Pinterest. That goes for the famous “vinegar and baking soda” as well… you’re basically creating salt water.
- Vinegar should NOT be used on granite. Again, vinegar is ACIDIC. It can damage the sealant on your granite as well as dull the finish.
- Won’t the vinegar make your house smell bad? That’s where the essential oils come in! Plus, once vinegar dries, you won’t smell it anymore and your house will be squeaky clean 😉
- You can use essential oils for these mixtures. It is best to buy GLASS spray bottles if you are choosing to use them, especially citrus oils. (I use the amber glass spray bottles that are in the featured photo for this blog post. You can get them on amazon)! I don’t know much about essential oils because I’m not a HUGE fan of them… but I do know some plastics are safe to use. You can look up how to get a hold of those safe plastics.
- Distilled water is better than tap water when creating household cleaning products. You have a higher chance of introducing bacteria to your mixtures with the tap.
If I make any more cleaning items I will be sure to blog about them! If you try these, let me know how they turn out!