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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Lavender Lemon All-Purpose Cleaner

Hello friends! Here's hoping that you had a lovely weekend!

Tonight I want to share another cleaning product recipe, this time one for all-purpose cleaner...

I have been making my own for a long time, but it still seemed like something was missing. Then while visiting the blog "The Grocery Cart Challenge" I saw that her recipe included Borax.  Maybe that was the missing ingredient! I gave it a whirl, and I have been adding Borax to mine every since! Our recipes differ enough that I am going to go ahead and share mine {including Borax of course, thanks to Gayle} and you can find her recipe here! She has many amazing tips for cleaning on the cheap, and advice on saving money on groceries. It is an amazing blog, definitely a must-read!

Now I am all about how things smell, and  making your own cleaning products is even more fun when they include essential oils...Truly, the options are endless...everything from cinnamon to rosemary to geranium is available. And don't be afraid to mix up your scents, adding two or three different oils you like. 

Here is my all-purpose spray, made with my favorite essential oils combo...but you can substitute/add whatever oils you prefer in their place. Some oils will be stronger than others, and this is the case with the Lemon Myrtle, which is much more potent than any lavender I have tried so far. This means I just need to add less of it than I would the Lavender, and it goes further! :)


Lavender Lemon All-Purpose Cleaner

One tablespoon Borax
Two cups hot distilled water 
15 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Lemon Myrtle essential oil
Three tablespoons white vinegar
Two tablespoons rubbing alcohol {an emulsifier; helps keep the water and essential oils mixed}
One teaspoon castile soap {I use Dr. Bronner's, which can be found at Target or Super Supplements} 

 First mix the Borax and the hot water in a liquid measuring cup until dissolved. When it has cooled a little, add the rubbing alcohol and essential oils and mix these in. Add in the castile soap and white vinegar and mix the whole concoction well. Pour into your spray bottle and enjoy using! 

*Remember to shake the bottle well before each use, as even with the emulsifier added, the oils and water still tend to separate a little! 

And there you have your own homemade all-purpose cleaner, at just a fraction of the price of what you'd buy at the store! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a beautiful Monday!



Deborah said...

Wow that sounds easy Jenni!
I'm also "all about the fragrance" :)
Thanks somuch for sharing this with us.
I just recently discovered that we sell Mrs. Meyers at our Canadian Tire and I'm ecstatic!
A trip with my husband inside turned out to be a huge blessing for me!
I used to wait until I travelled down south to pick up some more!
I love their products and the smells are wonderful!
Have a great day sweetie!

Deborah xoxo

Farmgirl Paints said...

I bet it smells so good. Great idea.

Brandi said...

I bet your home smells wonderful after cleaning with lavender. I must try this for sure. I just started using rubbing alcohol to wipe things down. It works really well.

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

MMMMM anything with lavender I love..this sounds awesome! x0

Amy Kinser said...

I love making my own cleaners and I love lavender. This sounds like a great one that I will be trying.

Hope you are doing well.

janet said...

What a great idea. But just researched that borox is extremely toxic if exposed to borox dust, powder. Be careful!

janet said... See section under toxicity.

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