I went back in time to high school chemistry and updated my Queen of Green cleaning recipes! Because mixing an acid with a base creates a (not dangerous) acid-base neutralization reaction.
My favourite green cleaning ingredients are vinegar (acid) and castile soap (base). When the two are mixed, they neutralize each other. Have you witnessed the white curdling? That's the vinegar "unsaponifing" the castile soap, taking it back to its original oils. It's a common mistake.
Why didn't I tell you sooner?
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I've used my two faithful recipes — All-purpose scour and All-purpose spray — for years to clean my sink, tub and floors.
Then I read a blog by Lisa Bronner of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps. She says "Dr. Bronner's Castile soap and vinegar are a fabulous one, two punch. One after the other. Not at the same time."
So mix up a new batch of All-purpose scour and All-purpose spray with my revised recipes.
After cleaning with the above solutions, wipe surfaces — counters, tubs, tile and sinks — with a spray bottle of vinegar (straight-up for tough jobs or 50:50 with water) as a "chaser".
Please forgive my leading you astray.
To make it up to you, I'll send a bottle of Mountain Sky liquid castile soap to anyone commenting on this blog with a green cleaning recipe of your own. (And the winner is Jenelle!).
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green