i am slowly switching all my cleaners, detergents, etc. to homemade ones. my neighbour and i have collaborated on this endeavour, and we have made liquid laundry detergent (previously posted), all-purpose cleaner and dishwasher detergent (i will post this recipe too, but i cannot find it in my folder of recipes, therefore it must be at my neighbours!).
for the laundry soap and dishwasher detergent our supplies cost approximately $25 (CDN), and that is enough supplies for approximately five recipies. The recipes make enough laundry detergent for at least 5o loads and dishwasher detergent for 35-40 loads.
for the all-purpose cleaner recipe below, the ingredients cost is approximately $25 (the Borax is used in all three recipes). One recipe made two large spray bottles full, and half a 4L milk jug. Plenty for a while.
homemade all-purpose cleaner
1 gallon (16 cups) hot water
1/2 c. white vinegar
1/2 c. castile soap (liquid)
1 tbsp borax
10 drops essential oil (optional)
combine all ingredients and mix well to avoid small chunks. pour into spray bottle.
the brand of castile soap i purchased was already scented (tea tree oil), so i did not add the essential oils to the recipe.
note: i read that vinegar is not to be used on granite counter tops as it can break down the minerals in granite (i did not know this until today and have previously used this recipe on my granite), therefore this cleaner should not be used on your granite because it does include vinegar. i did, however, find a recipe that is granite-friendly, which i will post this week.