Natural Cleaning Tips
"Green" cleaning doesn't have to cost a lot of green, if you know what we mean. Save a buck or two while kicking chemicals to the curb with these homemade cleaners. Make Mama Earth proud.
Why Homemade Cleaners?
Mindy Pennybacker, editor of The Green Guide, says that “[it's] quite a bit more expensive to use commercial products than to use products that work just as well and are already in your cupboards.”
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Mixing up your own homemade cleaners is a great way to reduce toxin exposure in your home. Here are a few items you’ll need to make your own cleaners: Baking soda; Dish soap; White vinegar; Washing soda; Bon Ami cleanser; and Clean squirt bottles.
To make glass cleaner, in spray bottle combine:
-1/4 cup vinegar
-1/2 teaspoon dish detergent or liquid soap
-2 cups water
To make all-purpose cleaner, in a spray bottle combine:
-1/2 teaspoon washing soda
-a squirt of liquid soap
-2 cups hot tap water
Shake until washing soda dissolves.
Soft Scrubbing Cleanser
To make a soft scrubbing cleanser, use baking soda mixed with dish soap to a creamy texture. This is great for washing counters and tubs.
Also, for cleaning floors, toilets or any surface, an equal mix of white vinegar and hot water will kill germs very efficiently. Add baking soda for a scrubbing action. Essential oils can be added to any of the “recipes” to make them smell good.
For bathroom odors, Robin Rice of Robbie’s Kitchen suggests placing an opened box of baking soda behind the toilet to absorb those oh-so-smelly stinky smells. Here are some other tried-and-true natural tips from Robin…
Crayon on Walls or Washable Wallpaper
Try using a hair dryer on crayon marks—it heats the wax and wipes away instantly. If the color remains, like red usually does, wet a cloth with bleach and wipe.
Fish or Other Food Odors
Cooking can leave lingering odors throughout the house, especially fish. To get rid of the smell, place a bowl of white vinegar on the counter for a few hours. The odor will disappear for good.
Pet Urine on Carpet
Combine 1/3 cup white vinegar with 2/3 cup water and dab it on stain, rinse with clean water, and blot until dry. Once the area is totally dry (at least 24 hours), sprinkle entire carpet with baking soda or rug deodorizer. Vacuum after a few hours.
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