I know this is way off the purpose of my blog, but I have some recipes, not for food, but cleaning products! It's spring and many people are spring cleaning and trying to save the earth at the same time.
I purchased this book a year ago, and have been making my own homemade cleaning products from the recipes in it! The book is called Better Basics For the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond. She has recipes for everything from all purpose cleaner to skin care products and everything in between. I purchased mine from Amazon.com. Annie also has a really nice blog with many helpful hints on green living at http://www.anniebbond.com/.
Now, if I could just get Triniti to do some cleaning for me. She's better at making messes than cleaning them.
The ingredients you will need to make these are; vinegar, baking soda, liquid dish soap and essential oils. I buy my vinegar and baking soda in large quantities at Sam's club. I use an earth friendly dish detergent called Seventh Generation. The essential oils can be purchased at most local health food stores or online. My favorite is lavender or lemon.
I thought I would share my two favorite recipes from the book. The first is an all purpose cleaner. I use it on windows, the laminate floor or any hard surfaces that need cleaning. I even use it in between my weekly cleaning in the bathroom for quick clean ups.
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent
2 cups water
A couple drops of essential oil
Mix all ingredients together and keep in a spray bottle. This is so economical!
My next favorite cleaner is the homemade soft scrub. This is so easy. Put 1/2 cup of baking soda in a bowl. Mix in enough liquid detergent to make the consistency of frosting. Then add some drops of essential oil. I store mine in a Tupperware type dish with a tight fitting lid. This cleans sinks wonderfully!
If you are looking for these types of cleaning products for your home, I highly recommend this book. You will save not only the environment, but tons of money!
Now, If I could just get those dogs to wipe their feet!