For this magic concoction I have found that a little bit of Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds goes a long way–like your whole house is clean with only using a teaspoon of solution and some water. Sal Suds is great because it’s concentrated, a bottle will cost you about $8.00 and it will last you 6 months to a year depending on A) how messy your house is and B) how long you put up with the mess before you clean.
The main cleaning agent in Sal Suds is Sodium Laurel Sulfate, which is sometimes considered a controversial ingredient. If not prepared properly it can cause skin irritations like rashes, however Dr. Bronner’s formula uses coconut fatty acids (Coco-Betaine) to counter act any possible skin reactions. I have the most sensitive skin on the planet and have used this for years without any noticeable reactions. If you are concerned about it you could use gloves to clean with as an added precaution.
As an added bonus to this great product, I love the scent that comes from the combination of fir and spruce oils in the cleaner. My house smells like a forest after I’m done cleaning and I couldn’t be happier–much better then the bleach smell most cleaners have.
How to make your own personal whole-house cleaner:
Find (or purchase) a 16 ounce spray bottle (I used an old apple cider vinegar bottle with a spray top I salvaged from a cleaner I tossed)
Add 2 teaspoons of the Sal Suds to the container
Fill 90% full with water (to avoid making a mess)
Tah-Dah! You have a whole house cleaning spray that will last through a few weeks worth of scrubbing. This spray works on every surface in your house-even wood!