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  1. This sounds great. I have always wanted to make my own cleaning solution – why are cleaning solutions so dang expensive anyway???? As usual, I will benefit form your experimentation and perfection fo the formula. Thanks for the recipe.


    1. They are expensive, aren’t they? Plus, I don’t like all of the packaging. I do like the manufacturers who give you an option for a big refill container or even a concentrate version. Cleaners have a lot of water in them, too, so we’re paying for containers and water – well, and some chemicals. I can’t wait to hear how this works for you, Annie!

  2. Cheryl

    Could I add Dawn Dishwashing Liquid instead of the Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap, or is there something special about the Dr. Bronner’s soap?


    1. Cheryl, I’m sure you could – try it!
      Here’s the thing…Dr. Bronner’s is very low-foaming so I would try very little dishwashing liquid at first. You can always add more but you can’t take it away.
      The other angle is the organic/natural-ness of the product. Dr. Bronner’s is all natural and organic but if that doesn’t matter to you then the Dawn dishwashing detergent is a fine alternative.
      Good luck! Please let me know how it turns out ~

  3. Karen G.

    A person after my own heart…. Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap is a budget-friendly household and personal-care favorite. I store it in the quart-size bottles and stock-up when I find it at a good price (locally or on-line). I’ve never paid full price for it and generally keep 2-3 in storage.

    I also keep a spritz bottle mixture of water and alcohol in the bathrooms and use it all the time to wipe down all surfaces, handles, door knob…. Pure alcohol can remove paint or harm some surfaces, so I generally use a 50/50 mixture.

    You can also make your own “hand sanitizer”:
    2/3 cup Isopropyl alcohol 91%
    1/3 cup aloe vera gel
    Essential oil in your choice of fragrance (optional)

    For my weekly cleaning (surfaces and floors) I prefer a steam cleaner to avoid chemical cleaners entirely.


    1. Karen,
      Great tips – as usual! I’ve wondered about the steam cleaners and how they might work on my wood floors. Do you use them on your wood floors?
      Thanks for the hand sanitizer recipe, too.
      I love Dr. Bronner’s and just made hand soap with one of the peppermint bars. It smells so good!
      Thanks, Karen.

      1. Karen G.

        Personally, I wouldn’t use steam for cleaning a wood floor, although you will find differences of opinions on the subject. After years of taking care of wood flooring, it’s key to avoid water on it as much as possible, which would include steam. We’ve always cleaned ours with window cleaner and a soft rag – per instructions from the installer. Steam cleaners actually leave very little moisture on surfaces and the surfaces dry in minutes.

  4. Kathy

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! Do you use this on your kitchen countertops?


    1. Kathy,
      I do use it on my counter-tops. I have granite counter tops and sealed butcher block wood and use it on both surfaces.
      Thanks for stopping by, Kathy!

  5. Brenda L.W.

    I just watched your video on Yahoo and hopped over here. I love your blog! In our house we try to live green and I have tried so many homemade cleaning recipes. The one thing I want to share is that there is a growing concern about using Borax due to reproductive issues. I feel that if THAT is an issue, then what problems will be discovered later? Here is a link http://www.enviroblog.org/2011/02/borax-not-the-green-alternative-its-cracked-up-to-be.html
    Just thought I’d share.


    1. Brenda,
      Thanks for leaving a comment and sending me the link. I use Borax and hadn’t read about those ingredients. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  6. Martha

    Hi Sara,

    I had all those ingredients on-hand, and made my first batch of the cleaning solution. I love the smell of the Dr. Bronner’s products–especially the peppermint ones! So far I am very happy with your recipe. The only thing I have noticed is that it practically freezes under my sink at night. When I get up to use it (yes, I clean with it everyday), I have to shake it up really well to break up the big chunks that have formed. I live in AZ, so it can’t possibly be actually freezing. Do you think the combo of ingredients just separates when sitting for a while? BTW, I love your blog, and and thrilled that I have found it. I put it in my “Favorites”! Keep the great ideas and recipes coming.


    1. Martha,
      Well the good news is – my house isn’t as cold as I think it is! 😉 I’m so excited you made the cleaner.
      I love the smell of the Dr. Bronner’s also but I do believe that’s what makes the chunks. Shaking is the best way to eliminate and the other approach is ignoring. At the end of batch, I just shake out the “chunks” and use them to clean with baking soda. It makes a good paste for cleaning out my bathtub. You could skip the Dr. Bronner’s as well but I like the cleaning properties it adds and the smell is nice.
      I just made liquid hand soap with a bar of Dr. Bronner’s soap. It smells yummy! I’m testing it right now because my first batch was too stringy.
      :) thank you for adding GG on your favorites!


    1. Kendal,
      Thank you so much! This is exactly what is going on with my cleaner. I plan to revamp my spray cleaner situation and will post about it soon. Thank you for sending the link.

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