Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Soaps and Cleaning Supplies!

1/2 liquid Castile soap
1 t borax
2 t baking soda
1 3/4 c very warm water
4 drops essential oil of choice, optional
Pour water into stainless steel bowl and add soap.  Stire well, then add the dry ingredients.  Add essential oil if desired.  Stire until well blended.  Store in a squeeze bottle and stir or shake before using.  If you have a stubborn stain on fiberglass or plastic surgace, add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to the mixture for extra stain-fighting power.
**For the essential oil, I use tea tree oil.  It is anti microbial and gives a nice clean scent.  

1/2 c witch hazel extract
1/2 c vinegar
2 t liquid castile soap
6 c warm water
4 drops essential oil, optional
Mix all ingredients together in large plastic jug and shake well.  To use, pour some into a plastic spray bottle. Shake well prior to each use and store in a cool, dark place.  Shelf life: 4-6 months.

1 c liquid castile soap
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t tea tree extract
2 T witch hazel extract
4 drops essential oil, optional
Mix the ingredients together in a spray bottle and shake gently.  This works well on stove and counter tops and the outside of refrigerators and microwaves.  Shelf life 6 mos.
If you need a stronger cleaner, replace the witch hazel extract with an equal amount of isopropyl alcohol.  

1/2 c baking soda
1/2 c powdered castile soap
1/4 c washing soda (sodium carbonate)
1/4 c borax
Mix dry ingredients together and store in tightly closed container.  Use about 1/2 c of this soap toa  load of laundry as you would with any commercial detergent.  Shelf life 12 mos.

1/2 c liquid castile soap
1/2 c water
1 t fresh lemon juice
3 drops tea tree extract
1/4 c white vinegar
Combine water and soap.  Sitr and then add lemon juice, tea tree extract and vinegar.  Stir until blended evenly and store in a squeeze bottle.  Use 2 Tablespoons per wash in a standard sized dishwasher.  Note:  Do not substitute convential liquid soap for the castile soap unless it is a "low sudsing" soap.  Regular soap will produce too many suds and overload the dishwasher.

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