Washing Soda (found in your grocery store in the laundry aisle)
Borax (also in the laundry aisle)
White Distilled Vinegar, made from grain not petroleum products (learn to read labels)
Pure Liquid Castile Soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Vegetable Glycerin (available in most pharmacies)
Assorted Essential Oils, as desired
NOTE: Be sure to label your containers clearly, when making your products.
20 drops pure essential oil of Lavender
Pour the water into a spray bottle. Add the lavender essential oil and shake to blend. Spray on the surface and let set for at least 15 minutes, or don’t rinse at all. Since essential oils do not integrate with the water, shake well each time before using. May add a few Tablespoons of vodka, to help incorporate the essential oil, if desired.
Makes: 1 cup spray
Shelf Life: Indefinite
½ teaspoon liquid castile soap
2 cups hot water
May add up to 10 drops of Essential Oil, such as Tea Tree, Sweet Orange, Lemon or Lavender, if desired. Combine all ingredients with the hot water in a pint or larger spray bottle. Shake to blend. Spritz the area every foot or so, and wipe clean with a clean soft rag as you go. For difficult dirt, spray and leave the cleanser on the surface for five minutes or so before wiping. Works great for cleaning little handprints on walls and painted woodwork!
CREAMY SOFT SCRUB:
Store in a sealed glass jar, to keep the product moist. Scoop the mixture onto a wet sponge or cloth, and wipe the surface. Let dry, then wipe off with a dampened cloth and polish with dry cloth. This is the perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit. Works great for shining glass stove tops.
Essential oils are extremely powerful, and should never be used straight on the skin, although recently some suppliers claim it is safe. I use all essential oils in a carrier oil. My essential oil reference of choice is Valerie Worwood's, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. Quoting Valerie Worwood: "Unlike chemical drugs, essential oils do not remain in the body. They leave no toxins behind. And essential oils make much more sense as air fresheners than commercial products, as they cleanse the air by altering the structure of the molecules creating the smells, rather than masking the unwanted smells. When we are looking for alternatives to toxic products in our homes and in our lives, essential oils are a convenient, practical, and pleasant solution."
I use essential oils in a small plug-in device made by Aura Cacia, that has a pad to absorb a couple of drops of the oil and dispense it gently into the air. I have one in each of my bathrooms, and there is even one made for use in a vehicle's cigarette lighter spot. I listed a recipe for Thieves' Blend Essential Oil in a prior blog post, and make sure I freshen the oil every time I am exposed to any viruses, or if I am expecting company. I haven't caught a cold in years, and I think it is due to the Thieves' Blend. Sometimes, I even put a drop or two on a cotton ball and slip it into a chest pocket (or into my bra) so that the warmth of my body continues to release the aromatherapy benefits for a couple of days.
Now for the teaser... I may be posting another natural laundry tool very soon... when I have tested it myself. Tonight, we set our clocks ahead an hour. My oldest daughter was not happy, saying she will now go to work in darkness again. I will appreciate the extra hour of daylight in the evening, because I am seldom up early enough to be affected by the lack of sun in the morning! There are, after all, some benefits to being retired!