A few months ago I went to my library's clean and green series on making your own eco-friendly cleaning products. They handed out samples of the all purpose spray cleaner and the soft scrub. I loved using them. They did not bother me physically like other cleaners do (headaches and such). I also tried the dishwasher powder, laundry soap, and the wood polish. All of them worked out great (however I prefer the results of the store bought dishwasher powder more). Well I ran out of my free samples and so I made replacements for them today. I also got to test out my new dishcloth and small scrubby. I used the all-purpose spray cleaner 1 recipe and the bathroom "soft scrub" cleanser recipe. My castile soap already had tea tree oil in it. The only essential oils that I have are lemon, peppermint, and pine, so I used them in the spray. I also added a few drops of the lemon to the soft scrub. The lemon is a antiseptic and antiviral essential oil. The pine is a disinfectant, air freshener, and bronchial health essential oil. The peppermint stimulates the senses and just smells good. Tea tree oil is a broad spectrum antimicrobial. After attending the class I learned that these essential oils work great together. The oils can be a little pricey, so I am slowly buying them. However with all the money that I am saving by making my own cleaners, its easier to splurge for the essential oils.
Some more cleaning tips: You can clean your toothbrushes by soaking them in mouthwash. By wiping your windows with newspaper when cleaning, you avoid streaks (I use the junk mail since I don't get the newspaper). Hot water and distilled white vinegar goes a long way when cleaning (vinegar dries odorless). Keep an old toothbrush on hand for cleaning between the bathroom tiles and around the faucets.