Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

The co-op carries a wide variety of great cleaning products that are free of the harsh synthetic chemicals of conventional cleaners, but here are few you can make yourself.

Dish Soap

Prep: 2 minutes

Makes: 16 ounces

2/3 cup liquid Castile soap

3 teaspoon vegetable glycerin

5 drops tea-tree essential oil

20 drops lemon essential oil

1 1/3 cups water

Using funnel, pour soap, glycerin, tea-tree oil, lemon oil and water into a recycled dish soap bottle. Shake well to emulsify. Use on your dishes, or other miscellaneous cleaning.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Prep: 2 min.

Yield: 1 cup (enough for 1 use)

½ cup baking soda

10 drops tea-tree essential oil

½ cup distilled white vinegar

Pour baking soda directly into the toilet bowl, add oil, then vinegar— in that order. Let water effervesce for several minutes, then scrub bowl with brush. Flush.

Antibacterial spray

Prep: 2 minutes

Yield: 18 ounces (a 2- to 3-month supply)

2 cups water

2 Tablespoons liquid Castile soap

1 Tablespoon white thyme essential oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

Using a funnel, pour water, soap and oils into a 24-ounce spray bottle. Shake. Spray and let sit for 20 minutes. Wipe down surfaces with damp cloth.

All-purpose cleaner

Prep: 5 minutes

Yield: Approximately 24 ounces

1 teaspoon washing soda

2 teaspoons borax

2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

2½ cups hot water

5 drops lavender essential oil

7 drops lemon essential oil

¼ cup liquid Castile soap

Put on gloves. Using funnel, pour washing soda, borax, vinegar, water and oils into 24-ounce spray bottle. Shake well, add soap and shake again. Spray on walls, countertops and other surfaces. Wipe with damp sponge.

Furniture polish

Prep: 1½ min.

Yield: 3 ounces

2 tablespoons olive oil

¼ cup distilled white vinegar

¼ teaspoons lemon oil (or fresh lemon juice)

Using funnel, pour olive oil, vinegar and lemon oil into a small squirt bottle. Shake well to emulsify. Squirt polish onto microfiber cloth and rub onto finished-wood furniture. Always go with the grain and evenly distribute polish. Remove any excess polish with a clean cloth.

Wall Cleaner

Prep: 3 minutes

Yield: 30 ounces

2 tablespoons borax

3 cups warm water

½ cup distilled white vinegar

6 drops grapefruit essential oil

1 teaspoons liquid Castile soap

Using funnel, add borax, water, vinegar and oil to bottle. Shake well to emulsify. Add soap. Shake well. Put on gloves. Lightly spray on painted walls and wipe with a damp sponge, rinsing sponge as needed. (Work from the bottom up so streaks don’t form.)