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Posted: December 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Homemade All-Purpose Cleanerhomemade all purpose cleaner recipe

Ingredients

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar or white (non-GMO) vinegar
  • 20 drops essential oil (see below for options)

OR

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons castile soap
  • 20 drops essential oil (see below for options)

Instructions

  1. Pour ingredients into a spray bottle, preferably made of glass
  2. Shake well before use
  3. Store in a cool, dark place. (Essential oils oxidize in sunlight)

Choosing your essential oils:

In various studies, these oils have demonstrated potent antimicrobial properties. Some are more effective in killing e. coli, while others are more effective with salmonella, etc., so it’s best to use them blended together.

If there’s a particular strain you’re trying to target check out this study, but in general find that they all work well for run-of-the-mill house cooties.

For those of you with littles ones who like to “taste test,” the ones with asterisks are considered “generally recognized as safe” for internal use by the FDA.

Homemade Bathtub Cleaner

3 dozen eggshells to make about 3/4 cup of calcium powder
1/2 cup baking soda
15-20 drops of your favorite pure essential oil – I recommend something citrus-y

Rinse the eggshells well with plain tap water.

Meanwhile, place 3-4 gallons of water in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer, then carefully lower the eggshells into the water and let them cook for 10-12 minutes.

Remove the shells carefully and set them upside down on a baking sheet. Let them air dry for 8-12 hours, then place them in a 200° degree oven until they are completely bone dry, about 10 minutes.

Working in batches, place the shells in a coffee grinder and process until they are completely powdered.

Toss the finished calcium powder with the baking soda and essential oils and mix until the oils are well-distributed and no clumps exist.

Spoon into a pint-sized Mason jar, then lay a piece of plastic wire mesh over the mouth. Screw on the regular lid to fit very tightly and store in a cool, dark place. To use, merely remove the lid and rescrew on the ring to create a shaker. (You could also use a sprouting lid or anything else that strikes your fancy!)

 

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