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Gain control of what you spray on just about any surface of your home. This multi-use cleaner is safe even on granite and marble countertops and requires a few easy to find, simple yet effective ingredients.

TIME: 3 minutes
MAKES: 1 16oz bottle All-Purpose Cleaner
COSTS: about 30 cents

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp liquid castile or dish soap
  • 1 tsp borax*
  • 1/2 tsp washing soda*
  • 2 cups (16oz) warm water
  • 20 drops essential oil

*Borax and washing soda can be found in most grocery and hardware stores. You can also buy them as a set here.

EQUIPMENT:
Spray bottle ~ we’re partial to this one ; )
Funnel

DIRECTIONS:
1. Fill spray bottle with dry ingredients first, followed by warm water, soap, and essential oil.
2. Swirl to combine ingredients completely before your first spray.

TRY THIS:

  • No washing soda? Use baking soda, it’s close relative, or leave it out completely and be amazed at the cleaning power you’ll still have. (We’ve even had sparkling results with the bare-bones version: dish soap and water!)
  • All essential oils have antimicrobial properties, so choose your favorite scent and feel confident that you are helping rid your home of heeby geebies, regardless of what oil you choose. That being said, here are a few of our favorites:

Lavender = Relaxing
Tea Tree = Antimicrobial
Lemon = Uplifting, Degreasing
Orange = Degreasing
Thyme = Antimicrobial — Goes perfectly with orange oil!

PSSSST:
Borax, also known as sodium borate (NOT boric acid), is a naturally occurring mineral powder used in everything from cleaning supplies to pest control to beauty products.

Washing soda, aka, sodium carbonate or soda ash is made from minerals such as trona or limestone.  Its high alkalinity allows it to lift stains and grease with ease. You can even make washing soda yourself by heating baking soda in the oven to change its chemical composure, but that’s a story for another day.

*Like many household cleaning ingredients, these should not be ingested or come in contact with your eyes but are otherwise safe to use as a cleaning agent. Your safest bet is to wear gloves when mixing either of these ingredients.

WASTE NOT:

  • Dish soap bottles can be easily refilled in the bulk section of your local natural foods store. Next time you run out of soap, instead of recycling your bottle, refill it!
  • Do recycle your cardboard borax and washing soda containers, and if you find either ingredient in bulk, let us know!

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