When purchasing my cleaning supplies, it would take a minimum of an hour, by the time I drove to the store, make my purchases and returned home. In addition to the cost of the supplies, there was the cost of gas. In the first six months of making my own products, I saved approximately $60.00.
Now, all I need are a few basic ingredients which only need to replenish once or twice a year. The Multi-Purpose Cleaner and the "Soft Scrub" can be made and ready to use within minutes. The Automatic Dishwashing Powder takes approximately fifteen minutes to make.
These recipes were modified for my locale, which has soft water. Feel free to tweak them anyway you like, for your own local requirements.
8 oz. White Vinegar
4 drops Tree Tea essential oil
4 drops Lemon essential oil
Place in a spray bottle and shake well before each use.
[Tree tea oil is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Lemon oil is a degreaser and kills germs.]
1/4 cup Baking Soda
1/4 cup Liquid Castile Soap
1-2 drops Tree Tea oil (optional)
Mix together in a small container to make a paste.
[Note: This works best if mixed fresh each time.]
Automatic Dishwashing Powder
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing soda
1/4 cup Salt
5 packets Lemon Kool-aide, unsweetened
Mix well and store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
[One of the key ingredients in all dishwasher soap is citric acid. Lemon Kool-aide is an excellent and inexpensive source of citric acid and it has a nice lemon scent.]
Have fun as you explore making your own home cleaning supplies.