Sheri Ann Richerson's exotic gardening, elegant cooking, crafty creations, food preservation and animal husbandry... all on two and a half acres in Marion, Indiana!

Experimental Homesteader Newsletter Sign Up Form

to our mailing list

Email Format
  • Email Address

    Experimental Homesteader
    YouTube Channel
    - Please Subscribe!

    homemade household cleaners

    Disclosure/Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I received many of the products mentioned in these blog posts for free or at a reduced price in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This blog is written by Sheri Ann Richerson. Any guest posts are clearly marked with the guest authors name! All photos and blog posts are copyright. Do not republish any of the photos or blog posts without written consent. Sharing on social media is fine. Thank you for understanding!

    Creamy Soft Scrub Cleanser – this is perfect for cleaning bathtubs and sinks.


    Baking Soda

    Vegetable Glycerin – optional

    Liquid Detergent



    Pour one-half cup of baking soda into a bowl. Add enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge and wash the surface. This recipe rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit.  You can add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store it in a sealed glass jar to keep the product moist. Otherwise just make as much as you need at a time.


    Eucalyptus-Mint Disinfecting Soap –  This soap is great for cleaning dishes, floors, stoves, sinks, and hands.

    5 cups grated castile soap

    ½ cup baking soda

    1 tsp. borax

    1 tsp. eucalyptus oil

    6 cups hot peppermint tea, made with 6 tbsp. fresh peppermint or 8-12 tea bags

    Place the castile soap in a 3-quart stainless steel saucepan. Add the tea mixing well. If you are making the tea with fresh herbs bring the water to a boil, add in the tea bags and simmer for 10 minutes then strain.

    Simmer very low for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the baking soda, borax, and eucalyptus oil. Stir well to blend all the ingredients.

    Store the soap in a plastic jug or squirt bottle. Shake well before using.


    Natural Mold Killers


    Tea Tree

    Nothing natural works for mold and mildew as well as this tea tree essential oil. Note that

    the smell of tea tree oil is very strong, but it will dissipate in a few days.

    2 teaspoons tea tree oil

    2 cups water

    Combine these ingredients in a spray bottle using a funnel to make sure the water gets

    into the bottle then add the tea tree oil, shake to blend and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse. You can store whatever is left in the bottle. Just make sure to shake it up each time before you use it.


    Vinegar Spray

    Essential oil

    Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82 percent of mold. Pour some white distilled vinegar

    straight into a spray bottle, add a few drops of essential oil and spray on the moldy area.

    Let it set without rinsing. The smell will dissipate in a few hours.