Well, I finally ran out of the all-purpose cleaner that I usually use, and rather than buy more I decided to make some on my own! I tried two different recipes and I really like them both so far…
All-Purpose Cleaner: Vinegar-Based
1. Add ten ounces of water to a spray bottle (I got mine at Lowe’s for less than $1.00 each).
2. Add ten ounces of white vinegar (I got mine at Sam’s Club for $1.79 per gallon, which makes ten ounces…carry the one…about $0.14)
Total Cost Per Ounce: $0.03
All-Purpose Cleaner: Castile Soap-Based
1. Put 25 ounces of hot water in a spray bottle.
2. Add 1/4 cup of liquid castile soap. I used Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Liquid Soap
because once again, tea tree = antibacterial! ($0.92).
3. Add 1/4 teaspoon of tea tree oil for good measure. ANTIBACTERIAL! ($0.19)
4. Put the top on and invert the spray bottle a few times to mix the ingredients. Do this gently so you don’t get lots of foam!
Total Cost Per Ounce = $0.04
While the castile soap-based cleaner is slightly more expensive than the vinegar-based, both are substantially cheaper than any commercial product you might find, not to mention that they are non-toxic to both humans and the environment.
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