Paperback: 223 pages
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Original edition (December 1, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5 x 0.7 inches
This handy little book has a lot of recipees for cleaning supplies you can make at home. Published in 1999 and re-released in 2008, Siegel-Maier keeps it simple and sweet, which was perfect for me as I endeavored to mix my own cleaning supplies for the first time. In addition to a wealth of formulas for cleaning supplies, Siegel-Maier has a hearty index of stores and websites where you can purchase the supplies needed to mix up her wonderfully non-toxic brews.
Here are a couple of my favorites:
Tub & Tile Soft Scrubber
A used plastic dishwashing liquid or shampoo bottle with a squirt top is an ideal container for your scrubber. I typically use an old Vitamen Water bottle.
* 1 cup baking soda
* 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
* 2 vitamin C tablets, crushed
* 3-5 drops eucalyptus or tea tree essential oil
Combine baking soda, castile soap, vitamin C, and essential oil in plastic bottle. Add just enough water to make a smooth liquid paste. Shake or stir to mix. Apply paste to surface and rub with a damp cloth or sponge until area is clean. Rinse several times with water.
Basic Liquid Laundry Soap
Dr. Brommr’s, one of the most popular liquid castile soaps, is available in a variety of scents today, if you wish to skip adding your own essential oils.
* 2 1/4 cups liquid castile soap
* 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
* 1 tablespoon glycerin
* 3/4 cup water
* 10-15 drops essential oil of your choice
Combine all ingredients into a plastic container or squirt bottle. Shake once or twice before adding to the wash. To use, add 1/4 cup over average load; 1/2 cup for extra large or heavily soiled loads.
Originally posted on 2010-01-28