Thursday, July 26, 2012

Non Food Recipes

Here is a little something different. A few recipes for NON food type items. I like to make my own laundry detergent and am trying to be more "green". I know lots of people who are a lot greener than I, but I'm making an effort.

In this effort, I'd like to share a few recipes with you. I hope you find them useful.

Dish washing liquid

You will need a funnel, measuring cups, spoon, and a 24 oz bottle. Maybe a previous liquid dish soap bottle. Now you can recycle and be green :-)

2/3 cup liquid castile soap
3 tsp vegetable glycerin
5 drops tea tree essential oil
20 drops lemon essential oil
1/3 cup water

Using the funnel, pour the soap, glycerin, oils and water into the bottle. Shake well to emulsify. Place the bottle next to your sink and use on hands or dishes. The fragrant formula also helps clean your counter tops.

Toilet Bowl blaster

Now first I must say I have scrubbed my toilet and then popped in a denture tablet overnight, IF your toilet is clean, this works, if it is old and stained, it does not help but smells nice.

1/2 cup baking soda
10 drops tea tree essential oil
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar

Pour the baking soda directly into the toilet bowl, add oil and then the vinegar, in that order. Let the water effervesce for a few minutes, then scrub the bowl with a toilet brush.
No need to buy any other cleaner, what you need is in your kitchen.

Tub and tile scrub

You will need a funnel, measuring cup, spoons , 32 oz spray bottle, rubber gloves and a sponge

2 tsp borax
1/2 tsp liquid castile soap
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
3 cups hot water

Using the funnel pour the borax, soap and vinegar into the bottle, add the water. shake well to mix. Wear gloves and use the sponge to scrub, rinse well with water.

Antibacterial spray

use this to kill germs on sinks, vanities and toilet seats. White thyme oil can be expensive but it inhibits the growth of bacteria.

2 cups water
2 TBSP liquid castile soap
1 TBSP while thyme essential oil (
10 drops lavender essential oil

Using a funnel pour water, soap and oil into a spray bottle and let it sit for 20 minutes. Spray and wipe down surfaces to keep them free from germs.

Want to boost your cleaning power? Try out these double duty products that add some extra elbow grease where needed.

Club soda, add this to glass cleaner recipes for extra dirt lifting action, or dab it on a rag to make metal fixtures sparkle. It does not work if the club soda is flat.
Cream of tartar along with baking soda and lemon juice is a mildly abrasive grout cleaner.
Hydrogen peroxide to pinch hit for bleach on laundry stains. Wipe bathroom surfaces with white vinegar followed by a 3 to 1 water peroxide spray to kill germs as well.
Vodka, spritz this on ceramic bathroom tiles to remove pesky soap scum that cleaners didn't remove. Wait ten minutes and rinse clean.
Worcestershire sauce, mix this condiment into homemade furniture polish and apply to mask nicks and dents in dark finishes.
Soften fabrics with white vinegar, add it to the wash during the final rinse cycle instead of store bought fabric softener, NO your clothes will not smell funny and it works great. It also takes out odors and helps clean your machine.

HE friendly detergent
1/2 cup washing soda
/12 cup borax
1 bar natural soap, there are several on the market
grate this well
1/4 cup baking soda
15 drops lemon essential oil
Mix all these ingredients well and store in an air tight container. Shake or stir before using. Use 3 TBSP per load of laundry.

Stock your pantry with six staples: 
 *Baking soda: it is a great cleaner, deodorizer and cuts fatty acids in dirt/grease from clothing. Mix it with vinegar and lemon juice to lift soil and hard to clean items. It is gentle as a scouring and bleaching agent as well.
*Borax: sold in markets as a laundry booster, it cuts dirt, stops the growth of mold and mildew, softens water and deodorizes.
 *Castile soap: because it is made from olive oil, castile soap is purer and milder than most detergent based soaps.
 *Distilled white vinegar: this acid solution is powerful enough to dissolve mineral deposits from glass and acts as an adhesive solvent, a soap scum and stain remover, and a grease cutter, it even kills mold and mildew!
 *Lemon juice or rind, this fruit is a quick help. It is capable to deodorizer, de-grease and bleach.
 *Washing soda: this alkaline salt is touted for laundry use because it's an excellent water softener. It is also a powerful scourer, it is caustic, so wear gloves.

Heavenly scents:
*Grapefruit is an antibacterial disinfectant on its own; when paired with vinegar, it forms a mighty all purpose spray.
*Lavender, a well known insect repellent, has been shown to help treat people's skin conditions such as acne and eczema - which is why it's great for laundry.
* Lemon conditions wood, imparts shine, kills bacteria and is a mild astringent. Add a few drops to furniture polish and soap recipes.
* Tea tree, or Melaleuca alternifolia, is an extremely powerful fungicide. Mold and mildew don't stand a chance against it. It is also great for curing TOE fungus!
*White Thyme has been shown to stave off E.coli bacteria and is an all around antiseptic. Keep a thyme infused spray handy in the kitchen or bathroom.
* Eliminate streaks  and have crystal clear windows by wiping off cleanser with newspaper or paper coffee filters.

Floor wash

1 cup distilled white vinegar
1/2 cap full liquid castile soap
2 gallons warm water
Mix into a bucket and watch as the dirt if lifted off the floor while you mop. Let it air dry, no need to rinse.

Furniture polish

You will need a funnel, measuring cup and spoons, lidded 8 oz squirt bottle, microfiber cloth

2 TBSP olive oil
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1/4 tsp lemon oil or fresh lemon juice
Using the funnel pour the ingredients into the bottle. Shake well. Squirt onto a microfiber  cloth and wipe down wood furniture. Always go with the grain and evenly distribute polish. Remove any excess polish with a clean cloth.

Glass cleaner
3 cups water
2 TBSP rubbing alcohol
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
5 drops lavender essential oil (optional for scent)
1/2 TBSP liquid castile soap
Pour into a spray bottle, shake well and spray on windows , wipe with a newspaper for streak free shine.

Wall spritz

Meant for use on painted walls, this spray has germ killing  capabilities and can remove a variety of marks including  crayon

2 TBSP borax
3 cups warm water
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
6 drops grapefruit essential oil
1 tsp liquid castile soap
pour all into a spray bottle and shake to mix well. Use gloves when cleaning as it may irritate your hands. Lightly spray on walls and wipe with a damp clean sponge, rinsing as needed. Work from the bottom up so the streaks don't form.

All purpose grease cutter

This formula combines the antimicrobial and scouring powers of borax and washing soda - and good old soap and water-plus adds a lovely scent.

1 tsp washing soda
2 tsp borax
2 TBSP distilled white vinegar
2 1/2 cups hot water
5 drops lavender essential oil
7 drops lemon essential oil
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
Put on gloves, using a funnel pour ingredients (Except for soap)into a bottle large enough to hold 24 oz. Shake well and add soap, shake again. Spray on walls, counter tops and other surfaces. Wipe with a clean damp rag.

Any time you use a sponge, it can be cleaned by placing it in your dish washer with a load of dishes or in a microwave for 30 seconds to kill bacteria.


  1. Wow! that's such a good idea. I'venevermade my own cleansers, but if this works, it could save a fortune on packaging.

    1. Hi, yes it does save on packaging, land-fill space and your wallet. I spend less than $10 a year for laundry detergent alone! The cost will vary depending on where you live and where you purchase, but shop around, make a list of supplies needed and as you run out of a certain cleaner, refill the bottle with your own!