Make your own cleaning products.

(from ParkCityGreen.org)

It’s very simple and economical to make your own cleaning products from basic ingredients you probably already have in your home. The most important ingredients are baking soda, vinegar and water, which will clean almost anything.

Here’s a list of good ingredients to have on hand for natural, non-toxic cleaning:

  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Borax
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (3% concentration)
  • Club Soda (plain)
  • Lemon Juice
  • Liquid Castile Soap
  • Corn Meal
  • Olive Oil or Walnut Oil
  • Toothpaste
  • Pure Essential Oils – like lavender, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass and tea tree oils

With all of these ingredients you can make your own natural and non-toxic cleaning supplies, which cost a lot less as well.

All-Purpose Cleaner:

This cleaner can be used for just about every surface in your home, from kitchen counters and appliances to bathroom surfaces and walls.

Put 2 Tbsp. white vinegar and 1 tsp. borax into a 16 oz. spray bottle. Fill the rest with very hot water and shake to blend until the borax is dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of liquid castile soap only after you’ve completed the above steps. If you want to scent your spray, also add 10–15 drops of an essential oil, such as lavender, lemongrass, thyme, eucalyptus, rosemary, rose or clove. The spray will keep indefinitely. For an even simpler solution, try cleaning with two cups of club soda in a spray bottle.

Carpet Cleaner:

To clean and disinfect your carpet, blend 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup borax, and 1 cup cornmeal. Sprinkle mixture over rug and rub with a cloth. Let rest for several hours or overnight, then vacuum. An even simpler way to clean your carpet is to sprinkle plain baking soda on your carpet, let rest for an hour and then vacuum up. You can also add dry lavender buds to the baking soda for an extra fresh smell.

To remove stains from your carpet, mix 1/4 cup liquid castile soap and 1/3 cup water in a blender until foamy. Spread the mixture on the carpet and let sit for a few minutes, then scrub the stain with a brush or clean rag. Also, club soda will remove many acidic stains, like coffee, wine or juice. To deal with big carpet spills, pour cornmeal on the spill, wait 15 minutes, then vacuum.

Hard Floor Cleaner:

This solution can be used for all hard floors (except when directed by the manufacturer to avoid even mild detergents).

Combine 1/4 liquid castile soap, up to 1/2 cup white vinegar or lemon juice, and 2 gallons of warm water in a large plastic bucket. Use with a mop or sponge.

Glass Cleaner:

To make your windows shine, you can simply use club soda in a spray bottle.  Add 1 tsp. of lemon juice to increase your window cleaner’s degreasing power. Leftover newspaper works very well to reduce streaks.

Bathroom Surface Cleaner:

You can use the all-purpose cleaners recommended above or, for even simpler bathroom cleaning, use baking soda or borax as a scouring powder. For a softer scrub, combine 1/2 cup baking soda with enough liquid soap to achieve a frosting-like consistency. You may want to add 5-10 drops of an essential oil for fragrance. Club soda works wonders on plumbing fixtures.

Toilet Cleaner:

Sprinkle baking soda or borax, or pour white vinegar into the toilet, and let sit for a few minutes. Scrub with a good toilet brush.

Oven Cleaner:

Cover the oven floor with baking soda, spray with water until very damp, and let set overnight. Spray with water every few hours before you go to bed to keep damp. In the morning, clean out the baking soda and the stuck-on gunk will be loosened and ready to scrub off.

Drain Cleaner:

Put two tablespoons of baking soda into/over the drain of your sink or tub. Then pour one cup of vinegar on the baking soda. This will begin to fizz a lot and is completely normal. Wait a few minutes, and then pour a kettle of boiling water over the soda/vinegar residue.

Mold Remover:

Combine 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar with 1 cup water. Spray on mold and do not rinse. You can also treat mold with a spray mixture of 2 tsp. tea tree oil and 2 cups water.

Wood Polish:

To polish wood furniture, dab olive oil or walnut oil onto a soft cloth and rub.

Silver Polish:

Just put some toothpaste on an old toothbrush or wet cloth and go to town. When you’re done polishing, rinse the item well in warm water and then dry with a soft cloth.

 

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