Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner That Works Like Magic

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Need a vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works magic on your family’s muck and mayhem? I have the absolute perfect 3-ingredient recipe!

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If your husband is like my husband, he can’t stand the smell of cleaning vinegar. And he most definitely lets you know he HATES it. In my case the complaints were almost as bad as when men get sick. You know those complaints. They get a cold and you’d think they were dying.

While the smell of cleaning vinegar does dissipate, there’s absolutely no relief from a complaint about the smell regardless of the essential oils I use to freshen the scent. On the flip side of that, you want to use non-toxic cleaning products in your home. And in an effort to use more natural cleaning products, vinegar has always been your go to thing.

So what do you do when you A.) want save money by making your own natural cleaning products and B.) your husband threatens you with divorce if you use vinegar just one more time? The good news is, you can keep your husband. The better news is, you can make a homemade vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works like magic.

I’m talking this stuff took wine stains off my laminate countertop that were two weeks old kind of magic. Not only that, but it smells simply AMAZING. And the fragrance, just a single to-die-for essential oil, was personally approved by my husband. He actually came home and COMMENTED on how great the house smelled. I mean wow, right?

Not only does my vinegar free all purpose cleaner require the purchase of just TWO products, you’ll find that these products last a long time and have so many more uses than just cleaning countertops! Plus they’re eco-friendly!

Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

800 mL/27 oz. distilled water
20 mL/.67 oz. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner
20 mL/.67 oz. 5-fold lemon essential oil

Instructions:

Measuring all ingredients by volume, add the water to a 28 oz. spray bottle then follow with Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner and the essential oil. Gently turn the bottle to mix.

If you don’t like strong scents you can halve the amount of essential oil used. (The usage rate of both the essential oil and Sal Suds is approximately 2.4%.) The amount called for in the recipe was enough to get a strong lemon fragrance that made the whole house smell fantastic.

If desired you can print out labels for your vinegar free all purpose cleaner here.

(For the BEST price on Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds, I purchase my Sal Suds from Thrive Market. Thrive Market offers wholesale prices on tons of natural, organic and eco-friendly products including food, vitamins, essential oils and household cleaning supplies. You can save 25% off your first purchase when you join risk free. Learn more here.)

How to Use Your Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner:

I used this specific vinegar free all purpose cleaner recipe to clean my bathroom and mirrors (without streaking,) to wipe down countertops and appliances as well as to mop my floor Swiffer style with an eco-friendly mop with reusable pads.

As this is a surfactant based cleaner, however, you’ll want to only use it on hard, sealed surfaces, painted or sealed (not waxed) wood or fabrics. For furniture and the like where you want to protect the finish, try this recipe using Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap in place of the Sal Suds. You can also use Sal Suds on fabrics to wash clothing as well as to spot treat stains.

Zap Red Wine Stains on Rugs + Countertops!

I’ve use this recipe to successfully clean red wine out of an outdoor rug as well as to remove wine stains from my laminate kitchen countertops. To clean my rug, I sparingly sprayed my vinegar free all purpose cleaner onto the stain and then rubbed it in with a rag dipped in hot water until the stain disappeared. (However, it is important to mention you do need to make sure you get all of the suds out of your rug or carpet when spot cleaning so that it doesn’t attract more dirt. You can learn more about cleaning your carpets using Sal Suds here.)

For the countertop, I heavily sprayed my vinegar free all purpose cleaner onto the wine stain and let it set. I then wiped the countertop down an hour or so later to find that the stain had magically disappeared. For tougher stains, you can repeat this step or simply let the cleaner sit on the stain longer. (You’ll want to spray enough cleaner on your countertop stain so that it forms a small puddle for best results.)

For lighter everyday cleaning, Dr Bronner’s recommends one tablespoon of Sal Suds per quart of water. You can then add lemon or other citrus based essential oils as desired for scent. (Pssst. A combination of lemon and peppermint essential oils will also deter spiders.)

You should find that my vinegar free all purpose cleaner also works better than a combination of vinegar, water and essential oils. As vinegar is primarily a degreaser, it just doesn’t have a lot of actual cleaning power.

What Else Can You Use Sal Suds For?

Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner is actually super versatile. And because most household cleaning uses call for so little of it, you’ll not only be surprised by how long it lasts, but also the savings from the products it replaces.

Wash + Spot Treat Laundry

To wash clothes in a top loading washer, use 2-3 Tablespoons of Sal Suds for a large load in place of your usual laundry detergent. For whites or extra funky smelling clothing, you can also add 1/2 cup baking soda to the wash cycle followed by one cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle. (Don’t add them both during the wash cycle or they cancel each other out.) For front loading HE washers, simply halve these amounts.

Wash Dishes + Veggies

To make a veggie wash add one drop of Sal Suds to a bowl of water. Then dunk your produce into the bowl, swish and rinse.

Or, to wash dishes, use a half teaspoon of Sal Suds in a sink of water. You can also use one drop of Sal Suds to wash a single pot.

Alternately you can create your own dish soap by combining 1/2 cup Sal Suds with 1/2 cup white vinegar,  1/2 cup warm distilled water, 1 tsp. citric acid (or lemon juice,) 2 tsp. kosher salt and 20 drops of essential oil.

Combine Sal Suds, vinegar and citric acid in a bowl and mix. In a separate bowl, combine the salt and warm water.

Once the bowl with the salt dissolves, stir in the mixture from the bowl with the Sal Suds. Add essentials oils then continuing stirring until the dish soap thickens. Then pour into a reusable dish soap container and use as you would regular dish soap.

Mop Floors + Clean Your Car

For mopping floors (using a mop and water bucket) as well as for washing cars, combine a half Tablespoon of Sal Suds to 3 gallons of hot water. Just be sure to add the Sal Suds to your bucket after you fill it with water.

Got it? Maybe? Don’t worry about trying to remember all of this. While I’d love you to bookmark this page for reference later on, the truth is, most of these recipes are on the back of the Sal Suds bottle for quick and easy reference. How nice is that?

Now not only can you enjoy a cleaner, healthier home, but you can also enjoy a happier husband!

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DIY All Purpose Cleaner in Chocolate Mint

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Learn how to make your own simple DIY all purpose cleaner for a safe, non-toxic way to clean your home! You can stick to a normal “clean” essential oil blend when making your own DIY all purpose cleaner, but you really don’t have to! I scented my DIY all purpose cleaner in a fresh and fun chocolate mint scent instead.

DIY All Purpose Cleaner in Chocolate Mint! Learn how to make your own simple DIY all purpose cleaner for a safe, non-toxic way to clean your home! You can stick to a normal "clean" essential oil blend when making your own DIY all purpose cleaner, but you really don't have to! I scented my DIY all purpose cleaner in a fresh and fun chocolate mint scent instead.

I recently ran out of my regular Method all purpose cleaner and decided rather than buying more, I would make my own diy all purpose cleaner with ingredients I already had on hand. I re-used the Method cleaner container I already had by simply cleaning it out with a little Dawn dish liquid and water, then added my ingredients for the perfect easy to use and easy to make diy kitchen and household cleaner.

I did a little research for a good existing DIY all purpose cleaner first and found one on Fabulously Frugal. I ended up adapting it a bit in order to add some fun fragrance to my cleaner that gets used primarily in the kitchen. The result? A Chocolate Mint Scented All Purpose Kitchen Cleaner!

DIY All Purpose Cleaner in Chocolate Mint

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons borax
1 teaspoon washing soda
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 cups hot distilled water
1/2 teaspoon of Dawn dish liquid
1/4 teaspoon chocolate devil’s food cake fragrance oil
1/4 teaspoon Japanese peppermint oil

Tools + Materials:

a funnel
measuring cups/spoons
a clean, empty spray bottle (feel free to recycle!)

DIY All Purpose Cleaner in Chocolate Mint! Learn how to make your own simple DIY all purpose cleaner for a safe, non-toxic way to clean your home! You can stick to a normal "clean" essential oil blend when making your own DIY all purpose cleaner, but you really don't have to! I scented my DIY all purpose cleaner in a fresh and fun chocolate mint scent instead.

Note: I like to use Japanese triple distilled peppermint oil because it smells more like peppermint candy and doesn’t have that medicinal smell. The more peppermint essential oil is distilled, the more candy-like it will smell. Though you can use any peppermint essential oil of your choice.

If chocolate mint isn’t your scent of choice, you can simply substitute the chocolate fragrance oil for a grapefruit essential or fragrance oil for Grapefruit Mint All Purpose Cleaner. Or try lemon essential oil and peppermint essential oil for a fabulously fresh DIY Lemon Mint Kitchen Cleaner. (There’s also alway eucalyptus mint, apple mint, orange mint, or something entirely different!)

A great place to buy all natural, organic essential oils for your recipes is Mountain Rose Herbs.)

Instructions:

Use a funnel to add the washing soda and borax to your spray bottle. Then add your 1/2 cup of vinegar. (This does result in some foaming, but it should not foam over the lid of the container.) Once the foam settles, add the Dawn dish liquid, followed by two cups of hot water. (I found the water helps the dish liquid wash completely out of the funnel into the spray container.)

Follow with the fragrance or essential oils of your choice. Replace the spray top and shake well to mix. Voila! You now have a fun scented all purpose cleaner to use in your kitchen, bath or anywhere else in your home you desire!

To use, simply spray on and wipe off. You can also use sticker labels to make your own labels for your cleaner to keep track of what’s in your bottles. Also be sure to check out the DIY Homemade Shower Cleaner Recipe!

Although this recipe calls for very little washing soda and borax, you can use these same ingredients in your own homemade laundry detergent – you’ll find a DIY laundry detergent recipe here – or simply add to your regular wash for brighter, cleaner clothing!

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Vinegar and Baking Soda – The Natural Drain Cleaner

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Baking soda and vinegar. Natures natural, non-toxic cleaners. I am still amazed by how well these two things together clean and deodorize. Plus they’re cheaper than commercial toxic cleaning options on the market!
When we had a funky odor that didn’t seem to want to go away in the linen closet in the new apartment we just moved into, we put a small dish of baking soda in the closet. The next morning all the odors were gone. This also works great in fridges and freezers!
When our drains get slow, we simply pour 1/4 – 1/2 Cup of baking soda down the drain.
Then follow with 1/2 Cup or more of white distilled vinegar. The vinegar and baking soda combined will fizz, helping to naturally clear drains without toxins and are safe for pipes. Let fizz for several minutes, then follow with hot water – or water you’ve brought just to a boil – down the drain to rinse free the baking soda and vinegar. This doesn’t work on severely clogged drains or for drains with standing water. If that’s the case, you’ll need to first remove the clog. But if you do this natural baking soda and vinegar method monthly or whenever drains just start to get slow, it will help to prevent them from clogging again! Plus it’s much cheaper than buying toxic drain cleaners.
And, if you buy your baking soda in bulk from a source like Mountain Rose Herbs, you’ll save even more! You can buy a pound of baking soda from Mountain Rose Herbs for just $2.75 and use it in cooking and baking, to scrub pots and pans as well as for general household cleaning. You can even use it to make your own deodorant and toothpaste! Much cheaper than buying little boxes one at a time! (Buy more and save more! 5lb. is just $11.75.) I also buy vinegar in gallon containers locally.
Be sure to check out the article, Over 100 Ways to Use Baking Soda at Hubpages.com, for more ideas on ways to use baking soda. You may also like Good Housekeeping’s article, Spring Cleaning the DIY Way.
In what ways do you use vinegar and baking soda?

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions – What’s Your Take on the Mop and Bucket?

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Now that Scott and I have settled into the new apartment, I just have to say – I had forgotten how expensive aluminum foil is. And there will be not Swiffer anything in my household. Not only is it too expensive, but SO not eco-friendly.
Libman Freedom Spray Mop from Amazon

My ex took the Swiffer with him when we split. I figured I could always buy a new one. However, when it came time to buy new cleaning supplies for the new apartment, I found I didn’t want a new Swiffer mop. Not only are the cleaning solution and pads too pricey for my new budget, but it’s a lot of waste going back into the environment. So I really gave a look at the available mops when trying to choose an alternative solution. I first tried the Libman Freedom Spray Mop as it was the closet to what I had become accustomed to after using Swiffer products for so many years. The concept seemed great – washable, re-usable pads and a canister to fill with your own cleaning solution – however, the sprayer on mine didn’t work at all and I ended up returning it. Plus, my boyfriend Scott wasn’t that fond of it for cleaning the nitty gritty and getting into corners. What he wanted was a commercial, standard run of the mill mop and bucket like they use in the restaurant where he works. So I ended up buying him a Clorox Cotton Twist Mop instead which was the closet thing I could find at Target. (Which, btw, he also hates and says would take forever to clean any kind of floor space. Guess I’ll have to find a “real” mop at Home Depot.)

Swiffer Re-Usable Pads from The Herb Companion

However, for quick cleanings lugging out a mop and bucket isn’t always the best solution. Therefore I’m kind of digging the DIY Washable Swiffer alternative from The Herb Companion. Basically you can take a Swiffer Sweeper or any similar type of sweeper or mop and create your own re-usable, washable pads with an old towel, some minor sewing and some ribbon. Then make your own Herbal Floor Cleaner by combining some liquid soap, distilled white vinegar, water, and some lavender essential oil. (The full instructions and recipe can be found at The Herb Companion.) If you’re sweetie is like mine, however, and just cannot stand the smell of lavender, try substituting the lavender essential oil with other essential oils known for their cleaning and disinfecting power such as lemon, orange, lime and tea tree oil. (Note that tea tree oil is toxic to cats if ingested.) You can find bulk, organic essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs.

So, what solutions do you use to stay green, stay clean, and save money?

Here are some of the ideas suggested to me by friends and fans on facebook. (But I’d love to hear more so feel free to comment!)

Amazing Uses for Household Products

Books are some of the best resources. Amanda recommended to me the Amazing Uses for Household Products, 5-Book Library: Aluminum Foil, Baking Soda, Lemon Juice, Salt, Vinegar.

Jennifer recommended making my own laundry soap. Now this something I have done in the past, but I really hate grating soap. Maybe I can assign this duty to my son.

Laura uses a Shark Steam Mop with washable pads. Apparently these go on sale down to about $30 around Christmas. Megzy also uses a steam mop and makes her own diy vinegar/baking soda cleaners.

Aubrey uses washcloths instead of paper towels. I actually have washable, re-usable napkins that I bought from KenilworthPlace on etsy back in 2009. (The problem is getting people to use them because “they’re so pretty.”)

I also like the diy gunk remover recipe found on Rosy Blu’s blog – it contains nothing but coconut oil and baking soda and works like Goo Gone but without the toxic irritants.

For more great tips, check out my DIY Lifestyles Tips Board on Pinterest. And don’t forget to comment with your own suggestions. I’d love to hear what you use to clean your own floors!

Homemade Eco-Friendly Dishwasher Detergent Recipe – For Clear Dishes Even in Hard Water!

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If you’re a regular reader of Soap Deli News, then you know by know that you can make your own diy laundry detergent that not only works great, but saves you money. But did you also know that you can make your own homemade dishwasher detergent?
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Simply Designing Blog shares a handmade dishwasher detergent recipe that not only works, but works even in hard water! Her diy recipe results in clean, clear dishes – not the cloudy dishes she had before as a result of hard water. What she calls her “miracle recipe” includes borax, washing soda, salt, and Lemi Shine. Lemi Shine is available at most major big box stores, like Target and Wal-Mart, and grocery stores, like Kroger in my area, and is made with all natural ingredients. It’s environmentally friendly and is completely free of phosphates, so you can feel good about using it. You can grab the recipe for Simply Designing’s eco-friendly dishwasher detergent here.