Cleaning house

A few weeks ago, I found some Green Beaver Castile soap and remembered my sister saying she makes all her soaps out of one 'base soap’. Huh, guess she was onto something because now I’m ALL about it!

Well, it’s been about a month since we’ve been using Green Beaver baby products in our home. And in that time, I’ve been motivated to address all of our cleaning products and (ever so slowly) going through all of them and getting rid of the yucky ones and keeping the natural ones. Can I just say, why on earth do we have SO many cleaning products? I have like three of everything… in the broom closet, under the kitchen sink, in the downstairs bathroom and don’t even get me started about the doubles! 

I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I was so focused for YEARS on saving a dollar or two on whatever brand of cleaning products was on sale versus even reading the labels and seeing what’s inside and what I am spreading all over our home. My kids are licking chemicals! I’m preparing food on surfaces covered in who knows what, cooking our dinners in an oven cleaned by something so toxic you need a mask to clean with the stuff! Plus, I probably spent a whole lot more money because I had a cleaner for basically everything—windows, dishes, dishwasher, toilet, sinks, counters, the oven, etc. etc. etc. Why is it just now that I’m realizing I could have been doing it differently? And for probably a lot less money. (insert emoji of girl hitting herself in the head with her hand).

“Why on earth do we have SO many cleaning products?”

A few weeks ago, I found some Green Beaver Castile soap and remembered my sister saying she makes all her soaps out of one 'base soap’. Huh, guess she was onto something because now I’m ALL about it! You can buy Castile soap get at health stores, most grocery stores like Thrifty Foods, Whole Foods, London drugs or even a soap dispensary and make tons of bases for home and personal care. Add in some pure essential oils to the mix and there really isn’t much else you need. Really all you need is some old rags (I use old socks or cloth napkins that are stained) and a container to mix your concoction in and you’re good to go! I have heard of people doing this for years and avoided it because it seemed too “hard”. How silly was I!? It is actually so darn easy.

To prove it, here are some of the awesome things I have made with the Green Beaver Castile soap I actually found at Marshall’s of all places! 

  • Multipurpose Cleaner
  • Disposable Disinfecting wipes
  • Scouring Scrubs 
  • Floor Cleaner
  • Dusting Spray
  • Foaming Hand soap

There are tons of different ways to make all of these, but I am having so much fun with it, I thought I’d share my favourite one - the Multipurpose Cleaner… cuz I use it for everything! Enjoy!

The Multipurpose Cleaner

  • Fill a 32-ounce bottle almost to the top (maybe 1-2 fingers worth of extra space at the top) - I use a bottle with a spray top- bought a bunch on Amazon!
  • Add about 2 Tbsp of Castile Soap (scented or unscented)
  • Add 10-20 drops of tea tree oil (apparently it has some antimicrobial properties - I used to use it in the diaper pail of my cloth diapers and it worked taking away the smell like a hot damn!)
  • Shake it all to combine!
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