Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Live green, save green!

       Make your own spray disinfectant.......

               Awhile back my family and I decided to try to lessen our environmental impact while living more frugally. We have started our own family garden, started cooking meals from scratch as much as possible, and have been making our own cleaning products.  Now, if you are anything like me, you are probably thinking to yourself, “I’ll spend the $2.75 and buy something that I’m sure works”. But, for just pennies, yes pennies, you can have a disinfectant spray cleaner that is not only green, but frugal as well.

                For this cleaner you will need:
·         2 tsp baking soda
·         2 tsp borax
·         4 Tbsp vinegar
·         4 c. hot water

Simply add the baking soda, borax, and vinegar in a spray bottle. You can either reuse an old spray bottle when through with it (making sure to clean thoroughly) or buy a cheap one at the dollar store for a buck. Slowly add 4 cups of hot water to dissolve all the ingredients. Put the spray nozzle on and shake to mix ingredients.
I have used this recipe in the bathroom, outdoors, on glass, and in the kitchen. Everywhere I would use our old spray cleaners, and have had fantastic results. I do not worry about spraying it near kids or pets, and I know that it is safe to use around food.
That’s it. A good tip to ensure that ANYONE can mix up a new batch when you are running low is to write the “recipe” on the bottle. I have done this on all of my bottles of cleaning solutions, and even our nine year old is able to replace an empty bottle.


  1. Hi, thank you for the wonderful comment about the Chunky Pandora Style bracelet. I'm stopping by to follow ya!

    Hope to see you back next week for the hop!

    Have a great Wednesday!


  2. I am doing this same thing right now! In fact, my current post is all about this. I am going back to the old fashioned products, just like you.

  3. Thank You for sharing that great (green) idea,..... But how do I get the OVEN!?!?(lol)

  4. I am your newest follower on GFC,networked blogs and I requested your friendship on Facebook :-) Just popping in on Hump Day From the Wired Blog Hop!
    Aprils Lifestyle Show

    I to am big on using everyday items for cleaning. I use Vinegar for everything LOL!

  5. I am a new follower via GFC, Facebook and Networked Blogs. I found you through Relax and Make Friends Blog Hop. Hope you can stop by my blog and follow back.

  6. Following from the Follow Me Back Wednesday Blog Hop. Can't wait for you to stop by my blog :D


  7. That so smart to make your own. I've been using Seventh Generation and Mrs. Meyers products lately, but definitely cheaper to make your own.

    Happy Wednesday! Found you through the Relax and Make Friends Blog Hop!

  8. Hi! Found you through the Monster Blog Hop. I had no idea you could make your own cleaning products! How frugal! Love it :-)

    Following on GFC. Stop by my site anytime. I love comments!


  9. This is an absolutely better idea than some of the stuff on the market. Very good for the earth too! New follower from Wayback Wednesday blog hop!

  10. Just followed you and love your idea on the cleaning solutions....I will definatly try it.
    Take a look at mine and follow if you would like...

    Bonded With Love by Marianne

  11. I have been making my own now for too many years to count. I like to add some essential oils to my cleaner solution. Most of them have antibiotic properties. I like tea tree and lavender oils. Glad to see another mom on the Green Team

  12. I know I should do this but I really don't. I will however, buy natural handmade cleaners from other. Does that count?

    I'm a new GFC follower from Nicole's Random Blog Hop. http://www.grandmasguidetolife.blogspot.com

  13. I'm gonna give this a try! On top of everything else, it's nice to be able to mix up your own from products in the house rather than having to run out to the store. Found you through the Santa's Gift Shoppe Year link party.

  14. I am your new GFC and Networked blog follower from Rachel's blog hop.
    Please, stop by http://luckyangelandgiveaways.blogspot.com/
    and Thank you!

  15. Hello! I'm here on the Cup of Joe blog hop. I'm following you and hope you will follow me too.

  16. I am printing this out to try! Thanks for sharing on NOBH! It looks great and easy!

  17. Thank you for linking up with our Show Off Your Crafty Side blog hop.. great post!

    have a good one!


  18. We are in the same frugal boat. I don't buy anything processed because we are GFCFSF...and the cleaner thing has been a part of our routine as well since before my son was before in 2007.

    Thanks for linking up at Creative Juice. Hope to see you back tonight!

  19. Hi,

    New follower from the blog hop please comes follow me back :)

  20. I make my own laundry detergent and I love it, and now I have to try this out!