Dish Soap- have used Mrs. Meyers, but it doesn't clean as well as Dawn
Dish Washer Detergent - 7th generation
General Cleaner (counter tops) - 1/2 white vinegar 1/2 water, 4 drops lavendar oil, 4 drops lemon oil, 2 drops orange oil and 6 drops tea tree oil - I use this on EVERYTHING.
Pledge - orange oil diluted with water, or Earth friendly
Windex - vinegar-water mix
Toilet Bowl Cleaner - baking soda, bleach on occasion
Spray Bleach - vinegar-water mix
Shower/Tub Cleaner for grout and for soap scum - baking soda (peroxcide for tough stains)
Laundry Detergent for a front loader - TIDE free
Bleach for Laundry - baking soda or SHOUT
Dryer Sheets - wool dryer ball
Spot Cleaner for spills on carpet and upholstery - we use wet wipes
Stain Remover - depends on the stain, a rinse in cold water gets most out
Laminate Wood Floor Cleaner - just use plain old water no vinegar on wood or wood laminate, want to make sure the floors stay very dry or they warp
Vinyl Floor Cleaner - same deal, really hot water (steam mop)
Carpet Cleaner - steam mop (steam only) to freshen, most carpet company's have an eco clean option
Disinfectant - don't use unless sick and then I use full strength lysol in massive quanities, I've also used this recipe
2 Cups Water
1/4 Cup White Vinegar
1/4 tsp. Tea Tree Oil
1/4 tsp. Lavender Oil
in a spray bottle
Also for things like
Shampoo - Burt's Bees!
Conditioner - same
Deodorant - Dove
Make Up - bareMinerals, AVEDA, and MaryKay mishmash (LOVEJane Irydale)
Face Wash - cold process castile bar soap (homemade here)
Body Soap - homemade bar soap
Bubble Bath for Children - Johnson & Johnson, aveda makes a natural one available at Walmart
Children’s body/hair wash - homemade bar soap
Liquid Hand Soap - Cleanwell Orange/Vanilla
My suggestion, if you can't find it in your town, go to Amazon.com and look for it. You can sign up for Amazon mom, which gives you subscriber discounts (you can change, modify, or delete at any time without penalty) and free two day shipping. The cost is often less (paper products tend to run more I've found) than the store. You can get 4 Cleanwell soaps for $16 when each sells for $7 at whole foods. Also good for diapers...etc. I've found it a good way to get natural eco products at a good cost.
I have a Haan steam mop. It's only water and I can use it anywhere wood, laminiate, tile, vinyl, carpet even to freshen up/sanitize bedding and furniture. I love that you just wash your mop pads, and it doesn't take cleaning products. Those really gunk up your floors!
Check out this site, I've used these recipes at one time or another. But, the time it took make them...well, with three little ones all under four...I'd rather buy the product. Maybe one day I'll go back to making my own...
Also, the effective ingredient in Cleanwell is thyme oil, I'd see if you could find that as well and add it to the vinegar and water mix. I can't find it locally, but the thyme oil makes Cleanwells antibacterial spray 4x more effective than Purell.
Edited by ranisamy - 3/15/11 at 11:58am