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Diy Basic Antiseptic Cleanser – Annie’s Advice

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Spray bottleIf you use this great formula you save about $7.66 for this one cleaner alone. (And it asks for essential oils, too, which aren’t cheap!)

Not only does this preparation clean, but the essential oils disinfect and provide a natural fragrance.
Makes 2 cups
Cost for 2 cups:
– DIY = $0.84
– Store Bought = $8.50

Up to 1 teaspoon antiseptic essential oil (thyme, sweet orange, lemongrass, rose, clove, eucalyptus, cinnamon, rosemary, birch, lavender, or tea tree)
1 teaspoon washing soda
1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent
2 cups hot water

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake to dissolve and to blend the minerals. I like to spray this cleanser onto a surface, then leave it for 15 minutes or so before I wipe it up with a rag, to give the essential oil’s antiseptic qualities time to work.

Takes about 1 minute to prepare, shelf life is indefinite; just store in spray bottle or in a glass jar with a screw top.

For more ways to save money cleaning, see Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009). www.greenchicafe.com/ebooks/ebook-cleaning-for-pennies”>Cleaning for Pennies.

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  • Jane C. says:

    What a wonderful-smelling antiseptic! I would like to know, though, if baking soda can abe substituted for washing soda?? Jane C.

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