You can add a few drops of essential oils to natural ingredients such as distilled white vinegar, lime/lemon juice, or spring water to create a quick cleaning product that does not harm you or your family – while it is incredibly effective against dirt and bacteria. Here are some ideas:
1 cup washing soda
(sodium carbonate/soda ash)
or baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
1 cup borax (sodium borate)
1⁄2 cup salt (sodium chloride)
1⁄2 cup citric acid (2-hydroxypropane-1,2,3-tricarboxylic acid)
** Optional extra: 1 tsp (5ml) lemon or lime essential oil.
1. If using essential oil, mix together the first 3 ingredients and add the oil to this portion of the mixture, mixing it very well. (Adding a liquid, like essential oil, can make the citric acid fizz a bit and cause clumping of the powder mixture, so it is added afterwards to minimise this risk.)
2. Add the citric acid portion, mix well and store in an airtight container. If not using essential oil, just mix the dry ingredients together and store in an airtight container. Use 1 tbsp per dishwasher load.
Rinse aid: 2 tbsp of vinegar.
‘Our house is clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy.’ ~ Author unknown.