By kate | January 21, 2011
Microcosm’s been BoingBoing’ed! Make Magazine editor and BoingBoing blogger Mark Frauenfelder posted about his experiments with the recipes in the wildly popular Microcosm book, Make Your Place, by Raleigh Briggs. One of our bestselling distro titles … and it’s probably going to sell even better now! Thanks Mark!
Here’s part of the post:
I went online and ordered all the necessary ingredients and equipment: funnels, plastic squeeze bottles, spray bottles, vinegar, borax, castille soap, baking soda, and oils of peppermint, tea tree, lavender, and eucalyptus. Most of the ingredients were inexpensive, except the oils, which were quite costly. Fortunately, the recipes called for just a few drops of the fragrant oils. A little goes a very long way. I estimate that home-made cleaning solutions cost about half as much as store bought products.
My two daughters (ages 7 and 13) and I made the all-purpose cleaner first. We combined water, castille soap, borax, the essential oils, and a bit of vinegar. It smelled good and I tested it on a sticky, crumb-covered countertop. The solution made short work of the mess.
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