Rebekah Greiman

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Comments - Kick the (Cleaner) Bucket: Clean Your Entire Home with Just Two Homemade Cleansers

Linden on Mar 14, 2017:

First off, I would like to say that I pinned this article because I found it inspirational in making my own cleaning products, and doing more research in how to clean my home with fewer products (I hate having things sit on shelves and never get used). However, I have done a lot of experimenting and research since pinning this.
1- It looks like you have laminate cabinets, which is why your vinegar solution is ok for your cabinets. Anyone with wood cabinets should use a very diluted vinegar solution (like 2 Tbsp per quart) or it will eat away the finish on any finished wood surface.
2- To actually clean everything in your home, you need more than 2 bottles, because different homes will have different surfaces, which need different treatments.
3- Essential oils of any kind are only effective at killing germs if used full strength. And who can afford that?? Google it, there are people who have done experiments, with petri dishes and everything.
4- Don't mix vinegar with soaps in the same bottle, ESPECIALLY oil-based soaps like castile. Even with dish soap, the vinegar will break it down, causing the oil to separate from the rest of the soap.

Nanette on Dec 15, 2014:

When cleaning mirrors always spay on the cloth you're cleaning with not on the mirror directly. (Ask any mirror specialist)

If you are using castile soap for cleaning, save yourself some money and male it yourself. It is a simple recipe and can be made in a crockpot. Once used for making soap don't use with food.

Kayla on Jan 07, 2014:

Hello, your all-purpose cleaner and anti-bacterial cleaner are perfect! But my friend has a cat at home, so I was wondering if I could use something else besides tea tree oil. Any suggestions? 

Anonymous on May 25, 2013:

Remember: If you have cats do not use tea tree oil! The all-purpose cleaner sounds great though!

Robyn on Apr 03, 2013:

I just wipe the undiluted lemon oil on the tiles and shower door with a soft rag. I don't put it on the floor because it would be too slippery.

Claudia on Apr 03, 2013:

Robyn, I also use Kirk's castile soap and Dr. Bronners. They are great. How to you apply the lemon oil? Do you dilute it? Spray it or wipe it on?

John on Apr 01, 2013:

To help minimize discoloration due to mold sticking to grout is to make sure your exhaust fan is used long enough and then make sure to open the doors to the shower so air can circulate to all the corners.  Before leaving the shower a quick squeege should be done to all flat surfaces. In order to remove the stain in the first place: stick cotton balls with bleach on them and just leave it there until it dries out.  May need to repeat this a few times a week but eventually it should go away.

deborah on Apr 01, 2013:

Any magic formulas for cleaning grout in the shower? I can't even get it clean with bleach.

Robyn on Apr 01, 2013:

If you use Castile soap only, you can can clean your shower with lemon oil. I buy Kirk's original coco castile soap at Meier (inexpensive), or Dr. Bronner's(not inexpensive, but nice). No more nasty harsh cleaners, and you don't even need to scrub.

Stephanie on Apr 01, 2013:

I love this! I use something similar: 3 parts vinegar, 1 part alchohol, and a few drops dish soap (I like to use the grease busting kinds). It's great for everything, including windows! And you don't have to air out the bleach smell afterwards, haha.

Claudia on Apr 01, 2013:

Granite countertop cleaner: 1/2 cup vodka, 1 1/2 cups water, 3 drops liquid castile soap, 3 - 5 dropw of essential oil (tea tree or eucalyptus.)  NOTE:  you should not use vinegar on granite.

Krissy on Apr 01, 2013:

My favorite recipe for homemade laminate floor cleaner is 1 cup rubbing alcohol, 2 cups vinegar and 3 cups water. It also works wonders for mirrors, glass and chrome and the alcohol is a disinfectant too. And I agree with Bee, microfiber cloths are the only way to go for that finishing shine

Cyndee on Apr 01, 2013:

I also use a similar all purpose cleaner, but add a drop or two of dish soap (I use 7 Generations).  Works great.  I like the idea of adding tea tree oil, but recognize that it does contain "chemicals", albeit natural ones; from one source, it contains -a-pinene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-phellandrene, a-terpinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, linalool, terpinen-4-ol and a-terpineol.  This doesn't trouble me, but I'm not sure 8 drops necessarily provides the antibacterial characteristics you are seeking.  If you've got a source for that. please present it - it's be useful to see.  

Deb on Apr 01, 2013:

I use a similar cleanser: 2 cups water; 3 tblsp vinegar; 1 tblsp borax powder; 1 tblsp dish soap;
1 drop essential oil (optional) I do like your mixture too less ingredients same results.

jessie on Mar 31, 2013:

I like to use the vinegar/water/lemon mix and baking soda to clean the tub. Wet the tub down with warm water (I guess you need a detachable shower head for this), spray the tub with the vinegar mixture and sprinkle generously with baking soda. Let sit for 20 - 30 minutes, scrub with a scrub brush and rinse. Works great!

Bee on Mar 27, 2013:

Using a microfibre cloth also helps cut down on elbow grease - works wonders with a vinegar cleaner, I add orange oil to mine for fragrance and extra cleaning power

LN on Mar 26, 2013:

Good stuff!
Remember though, you stand the risk of breaking the oven glass if you spray anything on it while it is hot. Been there, done that and it is not a cheap fix!

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