No, I haven't forgotten about you all! We have just been busy enjoying the summer weather and trying to find time to do some family things together. It seems like it gets harder to find family time as our kids get older, between different work schedules, travel, friends and hobbies, everyone is always going in a different direction. I have also spent a few days working on my UFO (un-finished objects) sewing box and helping a friend with some sewing. I finished up a stack of layering tank tops for my daughter and am working on a purse I cut a year and a half ago!
On to today's post--my favorite all purpose cleaner. I have been making my own cleaning products for years. I started making my own cleaners simply because we were on a limited budget and I disliked spending $4 for bathroom cleaner that smelled funny. A lot of my original recipes came from reading old magazines (even in the 60's women were trying to save money on cleaners) and books and then experimenting till I found something I liked and worked well for me.
1/2 C. vinegar* (a great disinfectant)
1 tsp. borax (add water softening properties)
1 tsp. liquid soap (use castille or dish detergent)
2 tsp. baking soda (add disinfecting and odor removing)
15 drops Tea Tree essential oil (a great antibacterial-antimicrobial oil) (Or use your favorite essential oil)
Fill bottle with warm water to within 1" of top.
Place top on bottle and shake gently to mix. Be sure to label your bottle.
~I use this spray for all my general purpose cleaning in the kitchen and bath.
*I use an orange vinegar--place orange peels in a jar and cover with white vinegar. The orange oils in the peels help break down grease, disinfect and add a pleasant smell. Add additional vinegar as needed. Replace peels every 3-4 months.
~This also works with lemon, lime or grapefruit rinds. Or use your favorite herbs for an herbal vinegar, lavender and thyme work well but make a dark colored vinegar (it doesn't stain).
~I use the orange vinegar straight for cleaning the greasy range hood and to clean our grill.