We make our own cleaning supplies here at Aunty’s Child Care!
Check out our laundry soap recipe and try it at home! Homemade laundry soap works better than store bought (it cleans cloth diapers wonderfully), and is unbelievably inexpensive and easy to make!!! Save money, save the earth, and smell and smell great too.
Here are my FAVORITE DIY cleaners! There is a link at the bottom of the page for more cleaners. All you really need are a few simple ingredients and a basic understanding of how they work. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask!
NOTES: I use citrus soaked vinegar for the disinfectant and all purpose scrub. You cannot use it for window cleaner as the orange essence will leave streaks. The citrus vinegar is made by simply placing orange (or lemon or grapefruit) peels in a jar, pour vinegar to cover and let soak for 2 weeks. The castile soap I prefer is Dr Bronner’s and can be purchased in aisle 17 at Target in small bottles. I buy unscented as I buy it by the gallon from amazon.com, but I also like peppermint and lavender. I make the scrub in empty Greek yogurt containers (my daycare kids love Greek yogurt).
All Purpose Cleaner:
2c Hot Water
1/2c Castile Soap
32 oz spray bottle
All ingredients are added directly into the spray bottle. First add the borax, then the hot water and swirl until the borax is dissolved. Then add the castile soap. Add water SLOWLY until the bottle reaches 32 oz. NOTE – separation is natural, just swirl it up before you use it.
All Purpose Disinfectant:
1 part vinegar to 3 parts water.
5-8 drops of essential oil OR citrus soaked vinegar instead
If using a 32 oz spray bottle, first add 8 oz of vinegar. I use vinegar that has been soaked in orange peels for a yummy scent. Fill the bottle up to the 32 oz marker with water. If you want, add 5-8 drops of essential oil.
All Purpose Citrus Scrub:
¼cup of Castile soap
1 cup of baking soda
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp vinegar. I like the citrus soaked vinegar
Essential oil is optional. You can use 2-3 drops any scent instead of the citrus vinegar.
Mix the baking soda, water and castile soap with a spoon. ADD THE VINEGAR LAST. Mix well. Scrub away!
Better than OxyClean Liquid Laundry Stain Remover:
1 cup water
1/2½ cup hydrogen peroxide
1/2½ cup baking soda
Mix well and apply. Let sit a minimum of 10 minutes before washing.
Better than Windex:
Equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle.
NOTE: if you have been using commercial cleaners like Windex, you first need to wipe down your windows with Hydrogen Peroxide to remove the residue that those cleaners leave behind. Otherwise you will have streaks for the first few times you use the natural cleaner. Simply put some peroxide on a paper towel or soft cloth and wipe down your windows. Then use the vinegar solution to clean.
Here is a HUGE list of natural cleaners!