Homemade cleaner recipes

Earth Day Cleaner Recipes 2012

Disinfectant for kitchen or bathroom surfaces

20-30 drops rosemary or tea tree essential oil
¼ cup alcohol
4 cups distilled water

  • Dissolve essential oil in alcohol.
  • Blend in distilled water.
  • Store in airtight plastic or glass spray bottle.

Hand Spritzer Anti-bacterial Spray

(Rosemary and tea tree essential oils have antibacterial properties)

¼ cup witch hazel extract
¼ cup aloe vera gel
1 tsp. vegetable glycerin
1 tbsp. alcohol
10 drops tea tree oil or rosemary essential oil

Mix all ingredients together, mix by shaking in lidded glass jar.
Put in small spray bottles.
Spray hands as needed.

Alternate ingredients:
¾ cup vodka
¼ cup witch hazel
About 50 drops essential oils like tea tree or rosemary

Be aware that young children may lick their fingers and be affected by the alcohol content of these spritzers. Commercial products contain alcohol also. There are other ingredients in commercial products that may not be good for us - and especially not good for children.

Soap and water may be better than hand sanitizers.
Use sanitizers prudently. Wash hands often with soap that is NOT antibacterial.

Liquid Hand Soap Recipe

This is for a foaming pump.

4 oz. distilled or purified water
2 tbsp. liquid castile soap - plain or scented
If using an unscented castile soap, 10 drops of essential oils can be added
1 tsp. glycerin (Optional. Used to create a moisturizing soap.)

Mix well before use.

Dr. Bronner’s brand liquid castile soap is available locally. It is very good quality. The cost may seem high but very little is used so many refills are in each bottle.

Diaper Wipes

Resealable container or heavy sealable plastic bag.
1 roll of good quality paper towels such as Bounty Select a Size
2 cups boiling water
1 tbsp. Castile soap (some are scented ie. Dr. Bronners peppermint or almond)
1-1/2 tsp. oil such as canola, almond or olive oil

  • Cut roll of paper towels in half cross-wise with a serrated knife. Remove the cardboard center from the middle. - OR - Separate all towels and put in pile.
  • Place you paper towels in a re-sealable container or in a bowl if it will be stored into a plastic bag.
  • Mix water, Castile soap and oil. Stir well
  • Pour the mixture over the paper towels in the container. If wish to keep in a plastic bag, pour hot liquid over towels in a bowl and put in plastic bag when cooled.

Liquid Clothes Soap

For each 5 gallons of water, add:

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup Dr. Bronners Sal Suds

Mix thoroughly.
Use between 2 tbsp. and ¼ cup per load.
Produces low suds

Powdered Clothes Detergent

2 cups finely grated soap (Fels Naptha Heavy Duty Laundry Soap) using a food processor works well
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax

Mix well and store in airtight plastic container.
Use 2 tbsp. per load. Produces low suds.

Dishwasher Detergent

1 part non-iodized salt
1 part washing soda
1 part borax

Mix thoroughly. Use same amounts as commercial brands.



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