For some reason I am revolted by perfumed consumer products and it
irritates the hell out of me that I can't find any cleaning or
personal hygiene products that aren't overloaded with synthetic
fragrances. Now I try to make my own semi-homemade cleaning
products using scent-free ingredients.
Isopropyl alcohol and ammonia solution are the best cleaners in the
world, used separately or in combination. A mixture of roughly
equal parts isopropanol, ammonia, and water produces the perfect
surface cleaner which leaves no residue and cleans glass better than
Windex only with no blue dye or cheap industrial perfume and a
whole lot cheaper. Alter the three ingredients to taste, even a
very dilute solution is useful to wipe dust off teevee equipment.
The combination with less ammonia and more alcohol or just alcohol
can be used to clean your skin when bathing isn't possible. Fill a
spray bottle with the alcohol and water with just as much (clear!)
ammonia you can stand, spray on a clean paper or cloth towel, then
wipe your face, underarms, or whatever is oily and smelly. It also
makes a good surface sanitizing spray because no bacteria or virus
could withstand the combination and because it also evaporates
away completely leaving no residue.
Then there's glycerin. I've become addicted to unscented glycerin
soap, and liquid glycerin is also good to add to regular liquid
dish soap because it created more substantial lather. Glycerin
seems to act as a lubricant between surface and dirt and lets the
dirt be washed away. Glycerin soap dissolved in hot water makes a
wonderful bubblebath solution, and adding extra glycerine creates
the most luxurious hypoallergenic skin soaks imaginable.
I'm going to plug Kirk's coconut oil soap because it is awesome and
cleans so thoroughly that after I come out of the shower even my
farts are odorless. Add some glycerine soap to the lather and it
moisturizes your skin and hair and everything rinses away so clean.
For laundry it is whatever fragrance-free brand like All or Purex
or Tide Free, along with lots and lots and lots of borax and baking
soda, and varying amounts of oxygen powder bleach. Chlorine has
been banished since it gives me a sore throat.
For mopping floors an incredible floor-cleaning solution can be
made by mixing unscented laundry detergent with Pine-Sol and
ammonia. I know the Pine-Sol is scented, but I like it and if
you don't then the laundry detergent is still great and cheap and
it requires no rinsing because it isn't slippery like dish soap.
Baking soda is also useful for brushing teeth, though I always add
some Tom's toothpaste to make it more palatable. Oh, and don't
forget the hydrogen peroxide rinse before brushing, letting it fizz
between your teeth for a few minutes before sandblasting them with
the baking soda. Baking soda also is good for cleaning silver
jewelry, rubbing it over the metal with your fingers to remove soil
and polish at the same time.
So far I haven't found a satisfactory unscented dish soap. I've
always used Ajax because it mixes with ammonia and alcohol and
because the lemon scent isn't offensive to me, but I do wish it
came in a fragrance-free version.