Today was all about organizing and re-stocking my cleaning supplies. I had this little wire basket that worked great to tidy up my dish washing supplies near the sink and I just love having everything in one spot.

It seems like I ran out of everything all at once this week.  While getting this ready for stocking up I got to thinking how pleased I am with the progress I made this past year on my cleaning supplies.  I have not bought any high priced cleaning products all year since I made everything homemade.  The only product I still buy is dish soap and that is only because I have not found a recipe I am happy with yet.

I have tried many recipes and different formulas this year and I have settled on one that I use as a base and then use that for all my other cleaning chores by altering it for the job I am doing.

This is the base laundry soap I have been using.

3 gallons Water (hot)
1 Bar Fels-Naptha grated
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
2 TBS Glycerin

Melt bar soap over medium-low heat topped with 1/2 gallon of water, stir until soap is melted.
In a large pail, pour 2.5 gallons of hot water, add melted soap mixture, washing soda, borax and glycerin. Mix well. As it cools it will thicken and may need stirred or shaken before you use it.

Use 1/2 cup per full load.

Bathroom / kitchen cleaner

1 cup base laundry soap
2 cups baking soda
10 drops of tea tree oil

Shake well and store in an air tight container.  Pour on cleaning rag and use on sinks, tubs and showers.

Floor cleaner

1/2 cup base laundry soap
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 gallons hot water