Hawaiian Breeze Paint Thinner . . .
Doesn’t quite have the right ring to it, does it? And yet when several top laundry products/ air fresheners were tested they were found to contain at least one chemical labeled as toxic or hazardous by federal law, including the active ingredient in paint thinner. (source)
Interestingly, none of the chemicals were listed on the label, and five of the six products emitted chemicals which are considered by the Environmental Protection Agency to have no safe exposure level.”
Take a deep breath and smell the irony with me.
Now For The GOOD News
You don’t need toxic chemicals or expensive and sometimes questionable organic cleaners to get things REALLY clean. You don’t even need fancy ingredients to make your own. Though most homemade formulas use the same basic ingredients, there’s often a trick to getting them to work. In my ebook, DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes, I explain:
Why so many homemade recipes don’t work
How to make cleaners that DO!!
Today I’m going to share an a recipe from the book and let you know how to save 25% just in time for spring cleaning.
DIY Citrus Splash All-Purpose Cleaner
Mood lifting, stress-busting citrus essential oils are the superstars of this formula, but the cheap- yet-effective white vinegar is a close second. Why? Because contrary to what chemical companies might like you to believe, humble vinegar has been proven to be effective against a variety of bacteria, viruses and mold, including E. coli and the flu virus.
Cost Savings Analysis
Store-bought “eco-friendly” cleaners – which often contain questionable ingredients – cost an average of $0.12 per ounce.
Here’s the breakdown for this recipe:
- Water – Cost varies, but roughly $0.01 for the total recipe
- Vinegar – About $0.05 per ounce
- Essential oil – Prices will vary depending on brand and type, but mine came to about $0.01 total for the recipe
Total store bought cost – About $3.84 for 32 ounces
Total homemade cost – About $1.62 for 32 ounces
That’s a savings of 50%, and no questionable ingredients!
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 1 cup white vinegar or citrus infused white vinegar
- 20-40 drops citrus essential oil (sweet orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit)
To Make: Combine all ingredients in spray bottle.
To Use: Shake before using, then spray on surface and wipe clean with a soft cloth.
Storage: Store away from heat and sunlight. Because essential oils oxidize when exposed to heat and sunlight it is best to keep them in dark glass bottles or a dark cabinet.
Looking For More Recipes?
DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes is a 167 page guide that will show you how easy it is to make your own cleaning products, like:
- Pink Lemonade Dishwasher Detergent
- Powdered Laundry Detergent
- Glass Cleaner
- Goo and Gunk Remover
- Fruit and Veggie Wash
- Liquid Dish Soap
- Ruby Red Grapefruit Soft Scrub
- Oven Cleaner
- Tub and Tile Cleaner
- Lemon and Rosemary Dusting Spray
- Leather Conditioner
- Stainless Steel Cleaner