Don’t Mix Dr. Bronner’s and Vinegar

dr. bronner's and vinegar

I love making my own cleaners and have been doing so for years. I’m always reading new recipes to see if I can improve on what I’m doing or make something new. Something I have noticed when reading green cleaning recipes is a lot of recipes calling for the use of Dr. Bronner’s (castile soap) and white vinegar. These are two of my very favorite cleaning tools but you can’t mix them!

This is where some science comes in, vinegar is an acid and castile soap is a base. When they react directly they basically cancel each other out. The vinegar takes the soap back to its original oils and makes it gross and curdled.

dr. bronner's and vinegar

What happens when you mix the two.

No matter what you add with them, if you mix them together they will reaction in this way. If you have ever not rinsed vinegar out of your coffee pot before making coffee and add milk to it, that’s what this reaction looks like, gross!

Instead of mixing these great ingredients together, making them pretty much useless, use them in the ways they work best. Clean whatever it is you are cleaning with the castile soap and hot water, rinse, then spray with vinegar (diluted, if you wish), wipe away the buildup. This even works on windows!

Did you know that you couldn’t mix these two items? What are your favorite ways to properly use them? Share in the comments below and be sure to check out my cleaning recipes.

 

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Fall Carpet Freshener

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 *This post contains affiliate links. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own*

Carpet can hold onto odors and leave your home smelling less than fresh. There are many carpet cleaning and freshening products out there but they often contain harmful chemicals like synthetic fragrance. Making your own is a cheap and safe alternative. This is my favorite version for fall.

Ingredients

Directions

Pour baking soda into jar, add essential oils, and shake well. Add bay leaf and close jar. When not using keep the lid without the holes on the jar to maintain the scent. To use simple sprinkle over the carpet, allow to sit for 15 minutes- 1 hour, and vacuum normally.

Tip: Use more or less of the essential oils to fit your tastes.

What are some of your favorite ways to freshen your home naturally? Share in the comments below or share on my Facebook page.

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DIY Fabric Refresher Spray

Popular fabric refresher sprays you can buy are full of some very toxic ingredients but you can make your own and avoid those ingredients. Making your own will also save you money and allow you to choose your own scent.

fabric refresher

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Vodka
  • 2 Tablespoons Baking soda
  • Essential Oils (start with around 20 drops and add more if needed)
  • 2 cup Water
  • Spray bottle
  1. Mix water, vodka, baking soda, and essential oils.
  2. Shake.
  3. Spray and see if the scent is the strength you want, add more if needed.
  4. That’s all! Be sure to shake before each use.

Couldn’t get a lot easier. The latest scent I made is a mix of lime, orange, and bergamot. It’s a lovely spring scent. I love to make peppermint for Christmas time and cinnamon and orange for fall. Coming up with your own scents can be a lot of fun if you have several essential oils to play around with. I watch for good sales and stock up on essential oils so I don’t have to spend too much at once.

If you make this I would love to hear what scent you use. Share in the comments below or on my Facebook page.

*This post is linked up to Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, be sure to check it out.

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