Monday, October 24, 2011

Green Cleaning Kit

Did you know that most synthetic cleaning products are based on age old formulas using natural ingredients that were passed down through the generations because the chemistry was right.  Going back to the original naturally derived ingredients is a way to making claning products that work, don't pollute and save you money.  Most are found in your kitchen cupboards. 

Non toxie cleaning can give you a deep feeling of gratification in knowing that your family's health is protected and that your home is a place for your bodies to rest and recuperate rather than promote harm.

Also as an added bonus, once for ounce homemade cleaning formulas cost about 1/10th the priced of their commercial counterpart!

Creamy Soft Scrubber

Simply pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting.  Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, and wash the surface.  This is the perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn't leave grit.

Window Cleaner

1/3 - 1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups water
spray bottle

Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up a bit, and use as you would a commercial brand.  The soap in this recipe is important.  It cuts the wax residue from the commercial brands you might have used in the past.

Oven Cleaner

1 cup or more baking soda
A squirt or two of liquid detergent

Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven,, then cover the grime with enough baking soda that the surface is totally white.  Sprinkle some more water over the top.  Let the mixture set overnight.  You can easily wipe up the grease the next morning because the grime will have loosened.  When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess, dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge, and wash the remaining residue from the oven.

All Purpose Spray Cleaner

1/2 teaspoon washing soda
A dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot tap water

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved.  Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.

Furniture Polish

1/2 teaspoon oil, such as olive
1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice

Mix the ingredients in a glass jar.  Dab a soft rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces.  Cover the glass jar and store indefinitely.

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