For several years now we have slowly reduced the amount of chemicals we use in the house. I think it started when the kiddos were smallish and we wanted to keep things out of their reach. But then the more I read about homemade cleaners, the more it made sense to me. We are exposed to enough crazy stuff in the environment, it just seemed like the right thing to do to eliminate in our own house as much as we could. We use zero chemicals in our garden because, let’s face it, we’re going to EAT that stuff! And we have sweet ladies in our yard laying us lovely eggs that we don’t want them exposed to anything either. (But to be honest, we have weeds the size of TX in our yard and more creeping charlie than grass….but you take the good with the bad.) My next venture will be in making our own laundry and hand soap, but for now this picture represents the only cleaning products that we have in the house. A mixture of any of them and water cleans just about anything. Oh, and they cost $4 TOTAL.
Vinegar is truly the most amazing solvent. Not only does it pickle your veggies and make salad dressing, but did your Hubby nuke some chili in the microwave? Mix some vinegar with water in a bowl and put in the microwave for 3 minutes, then simply wipe the inside clean. Kids spray toothpaste across the bathroom mirror? Mix vinegar with water in a spray bottle for cleaning glass and surfaces. Family drag in salt and mud on their boots and onto the floor? Mix vinegar with Dawn and water and wash them right on up. Mix vinegar with Dawn and water and clean your makeup brushes….and the list goes on and on and on.