Adventures in DIY Cleaning

22 May

Lately I have been feeling ‘pinspired’ to create my own cleaning solution. Why? Because it is cheap and non-toxic and green. Also because I’m not good at cleaning so I figured this would help me be awesome at cleaning. And I think I was right!

You can check out these links to see lots of combinations of natural ingredients for different types of cleaning projects.

I kind of took all of this information and decided to make my own concoction for an all purpose cleaner. I purchased a plastic spray bottle from Target which actually has some cleaning recipes printed right on the bottle, so obviously this trend is catching on.

diy cleaning solution

I filled it up with 1 part warm water and 1 part distilled white vinegar.

I also dropped in a couple of tablespoons of Dr. Bronner’s soap for good measure. Hey, if John and Sherry use it, then it must be awesome! This was the most expensive thing I bought and I’m not certain it was entirely necessary, but it has so many uses (you can water it down and use as hand soap and even face wash) I figured it wouldn’t hurt to have it on hand. And the ingredients are pretty awesome.

I used this solution by itself on the countertop, vanity, shower door and toilets. I sprinkled some baking powder before spraying on the tub and shower floor and sink for some extra scrubbing power.

It was a success!! Got rid of soap scum, stains, and just got everything squeaky clean. Oh yeah and I used a microfiber cloth for scrubbing everything (except the toilet, used the toilet brush for that).  I haven’t tried it on glass yet, but when I do I think I will use vinegar and water without the added soap.

I feel  a lot better that I’m not breathing in tons of crazy fumes when cleaning now. Do you have any other good recipes for DIY cleaners?

4 Responses to “Adventures in DIY Cleaning”

  1. Stacey 22. May, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    I’m so glad you are back! I love getting on here and reading your post. I might have to make my own cleaning solution as well. Sounds like it’s working out great.

  2. Leah 23. May, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Thanks Stacey, it is good to be back! Thank you for reading :)

  3. Andrea 04. Jun, 2012 at 12:29 am #

    Hi! I’m lovin reading your blog, Leah. And I had to chuckle when I found myself laughing and nodding to your John and Sherry reference…I love them! They are pretty much geniuses in my book.

  4. Leah 04. Jun, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    Andrea – I know right?? Haha. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!!

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