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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Natural Deodorizing Homemade Lavender Linen Spray Recipe

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DIY Natural Deodorizing Homemade Lavender Linen Spray Recipe with Printable Labels

If you’re wanting to use more all natural products in your home but are still in search of an effective alternative to Febreeze that will neutralize tough odors then you’ll definitely want to try my natural deodorizing homemade lavender linen spray recipe! This natural homemade linen spray recipe knocks out tough odors – I use it on my dog’s bed! – and leaves behind a fresh, clean scent that comes from natural essential oils. While white distilled vinegar neutralizes even the toughest odors without that vinegar smell. Plus it’s super concentrated so a little goes a long way. Use it wherever you need to kick nasty odors or simply freshen up a room.

To make your own natural homemade lavender linen spray you’ll need a 4 oz. glass bottle with a fingertip mister, a 100ml glass beaker, a small funnel and the ingredients for the linen spray below. I also created free printable labels for this natural deodorizing eucalyptus and lavender linen spray that you can download below.

Natural Deodorizing Homemade Lavender Linen Spray Recipe with Printable Labels

Natural Lavender & Eucalyptus Linen Spray Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

4 fluid oz. (100 ml) white distilled vinegar
10 fluid ml eucalyptus essential oil
10 fluid ml lavender essential oil
5 fluid ml fir needle essential oil

Instructions:

Measure out the vinegar for your homemade lavender linen spray recipe in the beaker and then use the funnel to pour into your glass bottle. Repeat with each of the essential oils then screw on the lid and shake to mix. Spray onto clothing, furniture, fabrics and those stinky shoes to neutralize and eliminate tough odors. Shake before each use.

To label your homemade lavender linen spray recipe simply print out my Natural Deodorizing Lavender & Eucalyptus Linen Spray labels here. They’re free for personal use.

For more natural and green alternatives to everyday products you use in your home be sure to follow my DIY Lifestyle Tips board on Pinterest as well as my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest Board. Or follow Soap Deli News via Blog Lovin’ so you’re sure to never miss a post!

How to Use Neem Oil for Plants as a Natural Pesticide

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How to Use Neem Oil as a Natural Non-Toxic Garden Pesticide

Do you need a non-toxic natural pesticide alternative for your home and garden? Learn how to use neem oil for plants as a natural non-toxic pesticide!

In addition to neem oil’s many medicinal uses – for which I’ve already created multiple recipes for soap, shampoo, salves and lip balm – you can also use neem oil for plants in your garden as a natural broad spectrum pesticide. Neem oil is extracted from the seed of the tropical neem tree and contains thee active ingredient, azadirachtin, which acts as an insecticide, fungicide, and miticide.

You can use neem oil for plants in the garden as a natural, non-toxic pesticide to help control slugs, snails, fruit flies, white flies, squash bugs, Colorado potato beetles, Mexican bean beetles, Japanese beetles, aphids small leaf eating caterpillars and other harmful insects.

In your home it works against fleas, ticks, ants, bed bugs, dust mites and cockroaches as well as scabies mites.

Simply combine between .5% and 2% of neem oil to warm water depending on severity of infestation. (So for every 16 oz. of water by weight, you’d want to use between .08 oz. and .32 oz. neem oil.) For the garden you can also include insecticidal soap or detergent at .01% – .02% of the water amount. Use the solution within a day or two and then make up a new solution to use as needed. If you have an existing infestation drench soil and leaves and apply once a week until infestation clears. As a preventative measure, use the neem oil at .5% dilution with warm water once a month.

Also be sure to check my natural homemade skin care recipes that contain neem oil: Natural Neem Oil & Rosemary Salve Recipe, Natural Homemade Neem Oil Cold Process Soap Recipe, Homemade Neem Cream Recipe, Natural Topical Anti-Fungal Toenail Treatment, Homemade Cold Sore Therapy Lip Balm Recipe, Natural Homemade Dog Shampoo and my Lanolin & Neem Salve Recipe.

For more home and garden tips and recipes like this one, follow my DIY Lifestyle Tips board on Pinterest. Or keep up with all of my new projects and recipes by following me on Blog Lovin, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google + and Instagram!

Eco-Friendly Artterro DIY Collage Jewelry Craft Kit Giveaway

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Eco-Friendly Arrtterro Collage Jewelry Craft Kit Giveaway

Hooray for Earth Day! Celebrate Earth Day with Artterro who relaunched their line of eco-friendly art kits today! Now packaged in 100% recycled cardboard, Artterro’s art kit packaging features not only bright and colorful project ideas printed using green, soy based inks, but also a sturdy outer box that can be reused for other projects like a mailbox, birdhouse or even a special treasure box while the inner tray is perfect for reusing as a frame for finished art. Further, the bead bags used for packaging are also now biodegradable. Plus customers will find even more beautiful, completely natural materials in each kit like natural beads, felt, copper wire and even soy-based foam pad.

Eco-friendly Natural Artterro Art Kits for Kids

Here’s a peek inside Artterro’s Collage Jewelry Kit that I received featuring wooden pendants, beads and a bangle bracelet that you can embellish and decoupage with a wide variety of papers and beads included within this kit. The kit also includes cotton cord, jewelry findings for necklaces and earrings, two brushes, glaze and instructions.

DIY Decoupage Jewelry and Bangle Bracelet

For this project, Hunter, from down the street came over to lend some of her creativity. Her favorite project was the bangle bracelet.

How to Make Decoupage Collage Jewelry

For this project she used a brush to “paint” on Artterro’s gloss glaze onto the wooden bangle, applying decorative tissue papers onto the glaze and then painting over them.

DIY Decoupage Collage Bracelet for Kids

She repeated this all the way around the wooden bangle bracelet until it was completely covered, then allowed it to dry.

How to Make DIY Collage Decoupage Jewelry

She applied the same method to the pendants she turned into necklaces. She also glued bead onto some of these as well.

Artterro's Eco-Friendly Kids Collage Jewelry Art Kit

DIY Decoupage Collage Jewelry Kit from Artterro

Here Hunter is decoupaging the beads for earrings.

DIY Collage Jewelry and Craft Kit Giveaway

Interested in trying Artterro’s Eco-Friendly Collage Jewelry Art Kit for you and your family? Simply enter via Rafflecopter below through May 8th, 2014. One winner will receive a DIY Collage Jewelry Kit valued at $29 suitable for ages 8 and up.

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DIY Lemongrass & Sage Bath Bomb Recipe

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DIY Homemade Lemongrass and Sage Bath Bomb Recipe

With this year’s polar vortex dipping South I’m pretty much over winter at this point. So I thought that instead of sharing another winter DIY,  I’d instead share a spring inspired DIY bath project to remind us of what’s ahead. And hopefully it won’t take too terribly long because these 1°F temps are definitely not something we are used to here in Southwestern Virginia! While it’s finally warming up a bit, we are expecting some freezing rain in the morning. I’m going to pretend the weatherman was pulling a prank, however, and instead give you a rather fresh and green homemade bath bomb recipe to add some fun to your bath. Besides, isn’t a bath the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day?

Homemade Fresh Spring DIY Lemongrass and Sage Bath Bomb RecipeDIY Lemongrass & Sage Bath Bombs

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2.25 oz. citric acid
4.5 oz. baking soda
1 oz. argan oil
.5 oz. kaolin clay (also called white cosmetic clay)
2.25 ml Lemongrass Sage fragrance oil
pinch of chromium green oxide powder

Supplies:

digital kitchen scale
Leaf Wax Tart Mold
glass bowl or large glass measuring cup
graduated plastic transfer pipette
fork

Instructions:

Weigh out all of the dry ingredients – the baking soda, citric acid, clay and pigment – using a digital kitchen scale and combine in a glass bowl. Mix ingredients thoroughly with a fork.

Weigh out the argan oil – chosen for it’s intense moisturizing benefits! – and drizzle over the dry ingredients. Then measure out the fragrance oil using a plastic transfer pipette and add to the dry ingredients as well.

Use the fork to thoroughly combine all ingredients together and mix until all dry ingredients have been fully incorporated with the oil and fragrance.

How to Make Homemade Bath Bombs – DIY Lemongrass and Sage Bath Bomb Recipe in a Leaf Mold for SpringNow firmly press the bath bomb ingredients into each cavity of the leaf mold. Press firmly to ensure they are packed as much as possible into each cavity of the mold. Then allow to dry overnight.

The next day you can gently press each bath bomb from the mold’s cavities. Then package and store in a cool, dry location until use.

These were a lot easier to make than I had thought they would be as I’ve heard horror stories of bath bombs fizzing up in the process of making them. I experienced no fizzing and did not see any need to spritz with witch hazel.

This recipe will yield approximately nine, 1 oz. “leafy” green bath bombs perfect for spring wedding favors or as homemade gifts for Easter baskets. To use simply drop 2-3 bath bombs into warm bath water and enjoy!

For more fun DIY bath and beauty recipes, be sure to follow my DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest. You can also keep up with all of my new concoctions by following Soap Deli News blog on Blog Lovin’, facebook, twitter and instagram!