Stickin’ It to the (Cleaning) Man

December 7, 2009 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

It may possibly be a short hop from environmental thriftiness to a mental condition, but in addition to making my own deodorant, I also make my own countertop cleaner.

This was very contentious–I started out believing all the many sources that say you can just use vinegar and water (which maybe you can if you are a) less of a slob, and b) not conjoined with Mr. Dame), but it didn’t clean baked-on gunk well enough for Mr. Dame’s liking. He’d bust out the CLR at the drop of a hat, which ran counter to the initial intent.

So, I hunted high and low for a good recipe for counter cleaner. There are millions of them, but this is one I like, and it works. Quantities are to fit the spray bottle I have; your mileage may vary.

1) Gather your stuff. You’ll need Borax (in the laundry aisle), castille soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s Lavender, because it smells clean), essential oils (lavender is nice; also this time I added orange oil, which goes nicely with lavender; tea tree is anti-bacterial; superhippies like oil of oregano, but it seems too expensive to clean a countertop with to me.)

2) measure 3 cups of warm water, add 1.5 tbsp of borax, 1.5 tsp of castille soap, and 1-1.5 tsp of essential oils.

3) Whoosh it around until the borax dissolves. I use a whisk. It will look cloudyish.

4) Pour it into a spray bottle. Clean your counters, stove top, fridge, etc. with it.

And I am so freakin’ excited about this tutorial for making your own laundry detergent. SO excited. Weirdly enough, Mr. Dame has jumped on the home made cleanser bandwagon, and asked me all this weekend if we were going to make laundry detergent. Can’t wait!)

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