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Plant based all purpose cleaner and dish soap

This is fairly simple, no I’m not joking.. However it takes a bit of work. Now I know we are used to having cleaners made for us, to have them at our disposal. Well guess what most of those cleaners are toxic. The bottles are just tossed into the trash and you open a new one. So not only are they toxic, but it’s wasteful. I know some are thinking that so what if they’re toxic.. Imagine this.. A child finds a bottle of drain cleaner and drinks it. What happens to that child is the stuff of nightmares if he/she doesn’t die. Same if a child consumes bleach or laundry soap, or cleaning products.

You absolutely do not need all of those products being sold to you. There are a handful of basics you should keep in your home.

  • The list is as follows:
  • Baking soda
  • distilled vinegar (apple cider isn’t good for cleaning, but great for hair.)
  • Hemp antibacterial castile soap (tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint for example)
  • Hemp castile soap – scent of choice
  • salt (kosher or sea salt)
  • extras include:
  • borax
  • citric acid (food grade)
  • washing soda
  • Lemons and oranges

Side note: I also keep oregano oil on hand, it’s a natural antibiotic.

So for the cleaner here is what you will need.

  • 1 gallon of distilled white vinegar
  • 5/6 lemons or oranges ( you could probably combine them both but I keep them separated into different bottles.)

Remove the skins from the fruits and place into the skins into vinegar, don’t add the whole fruit or it will be sticky and not clean very well. I leave my solution under my sink for one to two weeks. I give them a good turn when I remember too. It’s not a necessity just something I like to do. I also label my bottles with the date so I can keep track. Once the two weeks is up, take a spray bottle (reuse one if you have it laying around, just rinse it out good with hot water. Especially if it was a bottle with a toxic cleaner in it.) Fill the bottle half way with the vinegar and fill the rest with filtered water, add a teaspoon of antibacterial soap and give it a gentle shake. Remember to shake gently every time you use it. These natural products tend to settle. That’s all there is to it really.

Now for my dish soap

this is so so simple, here’s all you have to do, it’s a 1:1 soap to water ratio

  • 2 cups antibacterial hemp castile soap
  • 1 cup regular scented or unscented hemp castile soap
  • 3 cups filtered water

Now this mix will be much thinner than you’re used too, I assure you it works just as well if not better than the store bought stuff. Just mix all the ingredients together in the bottle and gently shake it. I’m still reusing an old store bought bottle, the top cap is gone but it still has the pouring spout so it’s working just as well. That’s all y’all have to do.

Bonus-

my simple drain cleaner – you’ll need

  1. enough baking soda to fill the drain
  2. a boiling pot (or two) of vinegar and water brought to a full boil

Make sure you fill the drain with baking soda but you don’t pack it into the drain. Bring to a boil the vinegar and water, it doesn’t have to be filtered water, tap water will work just fine. Be carful pouring the hot water down the drain. Doing this should get rid and kill drain flies. I also do this every couple months.

These methods are simple and safe, but be smart you still don’t want to get vinegar into your eyes. and because I need to say it, keep all cleaning products and solutions away from your kids. This is common sense but, ya never know.

Reuse, reuse, reuse. I cannot stress it enough. There is no need to buy a bottle if you have one or two laying around. Also don’t throw the gallon jug out, that can be used to put laundry soap in, or anything else you can think to use it for.

Another side note, I am putting together a way to sell my products hopefully at farmers markets coming this Spring and Summer.