Liquid castile is good for mopping floors (linoleum, hardwood, tile, etc.) 1.5 teaspoons per gallon of water. Alternately, you can use vinegar and water for mopping but vinegar is pretty strong stuff and I prefer not to.
I've used baking soda and vinegar as a crud buster for really stubborn burns in the oven (like overflow from a fruit pie or cobbler). But for general oven cleaning, usually I do an ammonia solution that acts like easy-off. I leave the solution in the oven overnight, and the crud wipes right off the next morning.
Vinegar is a good rinse agent in your dishwasher. Cheaper than Jet Dry and just as good. Also good for a general cleanout of your dishwasher.
Liquid castile soap + baking soda makes a good scrubbing paste for tile or bathroom surfaces. It's similar to Soft Scrub cleaner, just without the bleach.
Castile soap and hot water is a good crud buster on stove tops and vent hoods.
Some people like to clean surfaces with a half vinegar/half water solution. My DH can't stand the smell, so I use a castile soap cleaning solution followed by hydrogen peroxide to sanitize.
I know people who use Dr. Bronner's castile soap as a laundry detergent, but I prefer the recipe with 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda, and 1 bar Fels Naphtha.
Washing soda is pretty serious stuff. I use it in applications where the strength is an advantage, like laundry soap, but washing can (theoretically and actually) peel paint off walls and wax off floors--so I try to avoid cleaning with it unless it's a really serious job that baking soda or Bar Keeper's Friend can't handle. I used to use washing soda in my homemade dishwasher detergent, but I've since gone back to the commercial dishwasher detergent.
Last edited by jn4jenny; Jul. 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM.
Washing soda is baking soda that has been baked. I use baking soda, washing soda, borax (equal amounts of each) and Zote soap for laundry. I include Fels Naptha sometimes too.
My clothes are cleaner, softer, better smelling and I don't get any irritation from the detergent.
I wipe down most surfaces with the three poweders (equal amounts of each) and haven't ever had problems. I still use bleach in the toilets, but hydrogen perioxide for all other bleaching type uses. I think that I spend about $6-8 for 2 months of laundry and cleaning supplies now. Good for you for going green
It amazes me the friends I have that want/use household cleaners that are chemical free, yet continue to use store bought soap on their bodies.
I've gone exclusively to goat milk soap, and gotten several friends, co-workers and family members converted as well. It is all natural (except ones that use fragrance oil), the glycerin remains in the soap, and my skin has never been better. Some places do offer laundry soap, although I haven't tried it yet. Now, it isn't as inexpensive as store bought soap, but to me it is worth it. They don't lather as much, because it is the chemicals that create the lather - but I feel squeaky clean after using it.
I'll attach a few links to places I've used & like. I bought some at a local farmers market that was awful - so beware, there is icky soap out there too. I also use GM lotion and body butter.
You can google goat milk soap and get a lot more places. Also, quite a few are on facebook. I've only bought from maybe 2 places that I didn't care for. I can't remember the names now. But the above are all tried & true.
Last edited by CindyB59; Jul. 8, 2012 at 02:22 PM.
I've ordered all-natural soaps and other products from a place in TN, Rainwater Farm, that I absolutely love. I never realized how drying regular soap was until I started using this in its place--now my skin is so soft. It seems expensive, but a bar lasts a very long time. I have not tried the laundry detergent yet but am really tempted.
The packaging is really nice, too, and people always love to receive these soaps as gifts, especially once they find out these are handmade.
I mix my own carpet powder using equal parts Borax and Baking Soda. Then I add a few drops of whatever scented oil I like at the moment. Sprinkle on your carpets and let sit for 30 minutes before vaccuming.
I'm just getting into making my own cleaning supplies. I can't find Fels Naptha locally, so I might need to buy it online. I use a mix of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to clean my counters, and it took a bit to get used to the smell. I use baking soda a vinegar to "destink" the kitchen sink drain. I wonder if I could add a drop of a citrus essential oil to change the fragrance a little. I want to make my own laundry detergent, but I have a Costco sized tub of soap that is going to take me forever to use up!
I've been making my own soap for almost a year now, and I'm hooked! It's so nice to know what I"m putting on my skin, and to be able to customize it. I love goats milk! It is great for your skin. I just started using shampoo bars, and the jury is still out on that one. I'm also starting to experiment making my own mineral make up.
If anyone wants to learn how to make their own soap I have some great video tutorials I can point them to!