I want to start cleaning my home with eco-friendly cleaning products.But what are some easy ones I can make using stuff I can find in my kitchen?Any recipes?
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Well,I put together:
3/4 cup Distilled Vinegar
1 Cup water
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice,
and ½ a teaspoon of baking soda.I put it in a regular spray bottle and shake it up,and it use it to clean up around the kitchen after I spill.And around the bathroom sink and counters.
I also put a little lavender oil in the bottle to give the spray a nice scent.
And to wash my windows and mirrors,I use water and a black and white piece of newspaper,instead of Windex.I also use lemon juice to get rid of grease on pans and the inside of the oven.You can use lemon juice and baking soda in the over,the baking soda will speed up the cleaning process.
Good Luck and Good Green!
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I use a lot of straight up organic white vinegar in a spray bottle for cleaning (the vinegars acidity is good for reducing bacteria and mould), and I also use a LOT of baking soda to clean almost anything!
I use a recycled old t shirt rag. I dampen it, sprinkle on some baking soda, and clean the tub, sinks, pots/pans…
I also use vinegar for odour control- put a dish of vinegar in your kitchen on a counter or something, and it absorbs odor from cooking, pets, etc…
Sometimes I also use pure vanilla extract for a homemade potpourri– put the vanilla on a few cotton balls and put them in a dish somewhere, and they will make the whole room smell like vanilla for a loooong time!
Use vinegar for cleaning your windows– spray it on, and wipe around then off with newspaper. recycle the newspaper…
Get the book ORGANIC HOUSEKEEPING (by Ellen Sandbeck) too, it’s AWESOME!!! TONS of recipes for organic housecleaning supplies, and everything from composting, housekeeping, pest control… well, it has everything!!
Some good websites:
I like this recipe — I’ve made several batches, one with tea tree oil, but I like it with lavender oil the best so far . . .
Use Less Stuff All-Purpose Cleaner
Source: “Better Basics for the Home”
by Anne Berthold-Bond (Three Rivers Press, 1999)
• 1 tsp baking soda (or Epsom salts)
• 2 tsp borax
• 1/2 tsp liquid soap
• 2 cups hot water
• several drops antiseptic essential oil (lavender is a favorite, others include sweet orange, lemongrass, rose, clove, eucalyptus, cinnamon, rosemary, birch, lavender or tea tree — all are natural antiseptic oils).
Combine the baking soda, borax, soap and essential oil in a spray bottle. Pour in the hot water, mixing well to dissolve the minerals, screw on the lid tightly and shake well. Label the bottle clearly, and as with all cleaning products (even the ones you make yourself), keep out of reach of children.
Note: Borax is available in the laundry aisle of most supermarkets. For liquid soap, use something mild like Castille soap, Ivory or Ecover. If you use a concentrated product like Sal Suds, use less than called for in the recipe.
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