Saturday, December 3, 2016
DIY household cleaner update: the Dawn and vinegar "magic" shower cleaner
Round 1 (Followed the recipe to the letter): It cleaned well, left the shower super slippery.
Round 2( Followed other's recommendations to do a 2 part to one part formulation): cleaned just as well, much less slippery
Round 3(Followed the 2-1 ratio previously trialed but this time, I used my regular dish soap): works just as well as Dawn.
The take away: just use whatever dish soap you feel works well for your water and use less than originally recommended.
I spend $2/gallon on white vinegar and $1/50 oz bottle of LA's awesome dish soap. I use 6 oz of soap (12 cents) and 12 o of vinegar (12 cents). I clean 3 full bathrooms once a week and a powder room twice a week using this Magic cleaner. A mixed up bottle lasts me approx 2 weeks. Add tax on the soap and round it off to 50 cents/month for bathroom cleaner. Yeah, I'll keep doing this. I still have some generic "Tilex" for mildew/bathroom mold. Once gone, I'll move to just a generic bleach solution.
On the general cleaning front, I still vacuum once/week, Swiffer on off days (no vacuum) using up bulk stock of disposible paper pads or a dry mop with a removable, washable head (I bought a second one). I also plan on repurposing some microfiber cleaning cloths to use on the Swiffer mop once the disposible pads are gone. I dust once/week and am using up spray Pledge. I will then go back to lemon oil on a flannel rag.
Dr Bronners mixed up with water is my kitchen cleaner. Murphy's oil soap for once/month wood floor cleaning.
I am using up the last of my Windex, will move to a homemade formulation.
I stopped buying paper towels years ago, continue to rely heavily upon my stash of cleaning rags (repurposed cotton clothing and towels).
I spend so little on cleaning costs, which is really nice.