I am all about saving money… and this truly is a super easy way to save some cash. Although maybe not a HUGE amount of cash. It still yields its savings… and for some weird reason, I enjoy making it ;) – who knows. It also isn’t filled with a lot of chemical junk that most surface cleaners contain…
Lets say you purchase this surface cleaner over at Walmart (SIMPLE GREEN All Purpose Cleaner). For $3.97 a bottle. If you used TWO of those bottles a month, the cost of surface cleaner would be around $95.00+ a year.
Also, in this particular case…
“Simple Green is far from green. It contains 2-butoxyethanol, a solvent that soaks through the skin and damages red blood cells; even more dangerous is that some people miss the fine print and don’t dilute it.” – source
So while the savings may not seem huge. Consider the damaging of red blood cells and so forth the real reason for trying my recipe ;-)
For this DIY Surface Cleaner you do need a few items that may seem expensive up front… but a little goes a long way!!
So here is what you need:
2 cups of warm water
2 tsp. Dr. Bronner Castile Soap (price ranges from $10-18.00 a bottle)
((( Dr. Bronners for those unfamiliar is a great cleaner for all sorts of uses.. you can even bathe with it! Here is a link to the Dr. Bronner website where you can research it a bit more… will also list ingredients in this particular Dr. Bronners under this….)))
—-Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Lavandin Extract, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Lavender Extract, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
* CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENT
** None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin
*** It is also certified NON GMO
1 tsp white vinegar (super cheap, I always have this on hand, so no purchase needed)
*Update: I no longer put white vinegar in it. I had someone comment saying that theirs began to thicken up for some reason. As if the vinegar reacted with the dr. bronners. I didn’t notice this the 1st few bottles… but the last time I made it, it did the same. So I omit this now. Left it up though for those who may wonder why it went away from the original post :)
Glass Bottle (never use plastic with lemon oil…)
Think about the amount you are using in each bottle of surface cleaner.
My Dr. Bronner bottle is years old… that stuff last so long. Because you only need 2 tsp. a batch, one bottle of Dr. Bronners could last you 3+ years. So for $18.00 you have saved a considerable amount on surface cleaner cost when you add up the cost of each $3.00+ bottle of normal surface cleaner. Hopefully this is making sense :)
The Lemon Essential Oil is a cost as well but I already had this oil in my oil collection… so I really didn’t have to purchase anything extra. There are lots of great uses for Lemon Essential Oil besides cleaning with it btw…
Here is a list of great uses for Lemon Oil Below:
Lemon is the first oil people think of when they want to clean their home. It has a bright, fresh feel to it that makes you feel clean again.
It helps treat many digestive problems including indigestion, intestinal parasites, and heartburn. It helps cleanse the lymphatic system, and helps stimulate and purifies the glands.
Because it helps the immune system (it may stimulate red and white blood cell formation), it is a key oil to help treat infectious diseases, colds, throat infections, asthma, bronchitis, and flu.
Lemon oil is stimulating to the brain. It clears thought and aids concentration. Is very helpful when treating circulatory issues including anemia, high blood pressure, nosebleeds (stops bleeding), poor circulation, and varicose veins, and it helps tighten blood vessels.
• #1 oil for treating gout
• Is a good oil for treating cellulitis and obesity.
• nervous conditions
• Is a great air disinfectant
• Due to its drying nature, Lemon is good for treating acne.
• Very similar properties to Lime. Can be used interchangeably
— Taken from The Rocky Mountain Oil Website.
If you only used this oil for kitchen cleaner, it last you a pretty long time :) – 8-10 drops a batch, is nothing.
I love this particular recipe. I have used many. Some turn out to soapy… some are to strong. Some aren’t strong enough. This one has been great so far and I love it! The glass bottle I got for about $3.00 at our Local Bread Becker store… (im spoiled by that store). I am pretty sure you can find these at Whole Foods though.
— Be sure to use my coupon code over at the Rocky Mountain Website on your first purchase. It will save you 10% The coupon expires the end of August… so use it while it is still available. The code is: wood10 —-
***Little tip to remember the ingredient amount for when you have to refill your bottle. Write the recipe on some duck tape or adhesive of choice and stick it to the bottle! I haven’t done this yet but plan too… since my memory often times fails me when it comes time to remix a batch… ****
Disclaimer: I was not paid or compensated for time or products used in this recipe. This is a recipe I use and just wanted to share. For those wanting to purchase Dr. Bronners, it is sold at most Target’s, Walgreens and whole foods. Its great stuff!!
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