It can be difficult to pick up where one left off in the crafting of essential oils if it’s been a while. After pulling out my oils and supplies, I discovered many of my eye droppers, used for applying the oils themselves, were dirty. Not wanting to clean them with a commercial detergent (an irony if ever there was one in trying to clean one’s home naturally), I decided to make my first back-to-basics project the creation of an herbal degreaser.
Immediately I discovered I needed a new supply of liquid castile soap. Knowing I could find some at Whole Foods – a local health food chain – I was shocked to discover the price for a 16 oz. bottle had risen to $9.99 since my last purchase a few years ago. Knowing any savings I could find on the internet would be offset by shipping charges, I bit the bullet and got it anyway. I’ll just have to be determined to make it last.
The recipe I am using is from a treasured book I picked up many, many years ago called, “The Naturally Clean Home” by Karyn Siegel-Maier. The “Herbal Appliance Degreaser” recipe on page 49 is the one I used and consists of water, oil-based soap and 10 drops rosemary, lavender or citrus essential oil. I’d like to note here that the book does say you can used Murphy’s oil soap and I probably should have read that before I ran out and got the castile, but I knew I’d need the castile for other projects. I have more faith in Dr. Bronner’s being natural than I do Murphy’s, anyway.
Let me know in the comments if you want the full recipe and I will post it, or if you have or get the book, let me know what you thought of the recipe when you tried it and if you have any variations or tweaks to it that worked for you, I would love to hear about them.