Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A green "soft scrub" all-purpose cleaner

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Handmade (Alcohol-free) Liquid Soap
This is a great "soft scrub" for counters, sinks, tubs, shower stalls, etc. You can optionally add an essential oil to scent. It's important to use liquid soap, not detergent, because detergent makes it much harder to rinse. Castile soap is best. It's great to use this and know you're saving money while being kind to your lungs and the planet at the same time! I got this recipe from Karen Logan's book, "Clean House, Clean Planet" (a great book!). You can add a few drops of tea tree oil to make it disinfectant and use it for a toilet bowl cleaner.

1 2/3 cups baking soda

1/2 cup liquid soap
1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1. Stir liquid soap into baking soda.
2. Add the water, and stir to be as smooth as possible.
3. Add the vinegar and stir again.
4. Pour into a squeeze bottle. (recycle a cleaned ketchup or syrup bottle)
5. Shake well before using, and keep tightly closed between uses.

You can find natural liquid "castile" soap at many health food stores or you could try the Savon Shoppe Liquid soap base. This is a liquid soap concentrate. The base comes with simple diluting instructions and more simple recipes.

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1 comment:

HeatherScent said...

Thank-you! I think I will try this recipe.