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While watching the evening news last night, I noticed a story about how Consumer Reports had just tested several different household cleaners, including some "green" ones. One of the ones that was tested was Seventh Generation, which I can't stand. Have you ever tried that stuff? It smells like thyme, which annoys my senses, and doesn't clean up stuck-on messes. Heck, it doesn't even loosen the grime so that it is scrubbable.
Last summer, I started making my own all-purpose cleaner, which I adore. In a spray bottle, I combine the following:
- 1 scoop borax
- 1 scoop baking soda
- 1 cup vinegar
I use this for everything except my windows and mirrors. I'm still a Windex girl for that. Plus, I use The Works on my toilet bowls. But, I don't buy nearly as many cleaners as I used to.
The best thing about it is that it is cheap enough to make so that I don't have a hissy fit everytime Katie decides to help me "clean" something. And, there is so little borax in the mixture that I don't have to call poison control should she squirt some on her hand and try to eat it (she never has, thank goodness.... but I'm sure it wouldn't be nearly as harmful as Chlorox.)