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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Natural Household Cleaners

Did you know that you can clean your house naturally without spending tons of money on household cleaners?

Here are some great tips to try!

Toilet cleaner: Vinegar and baking soda - Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of vinegar and a splash of white vinegar into the toilet bowl. It will begin to fizzzz. Now, scrub and flush! (A great science experiment / chore for kids!)

All purpose cleaner: White vinegar, baking soda, borax, water, spray bottle

1/2 teaspoon baking soda or washing soda
2 teaspoons borax
1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent
2 cups hot water

Shake and spray!

Another all purpose cleaner or glass cleaner: White vinegar, water, lemon essential oil, spray bottle

1 part vinegar
1 part water
a few drops of lemon essential oil for smell

Soft scrubber: Baking soda, water

Take baking soda and mix enough water into it to make a paste. That's it, now scrub!

Furniture polish: Olive oil, white vinegar,
lemon essential oil
1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
lemon essential oil for smell

Put it in a spray bottle and shake. WARNING: Do a test on the wood in a place that is unseen FIRST! Make sure this mixture is safe for the finish that is on your furniture.
You can use white vinegar for fabric softener and a rinse in your dishwasher!

Fabric softener:

Use 1 cup white vinegar during rinse cycle.
Mix a little common fabric softener (for smell) into a gallon of white vinegar. I just take an old fabric softener bottle and fill 2-3 inches with fabric softener and the rest with white vinegar. I use the cap to measure out during the rinse cycle.

Dishwasher rinse:

I put 1 - 2 cups (depending on how hard the water is) of white vinegar into the dishwasher while it is in the rinse cycle. You may need to experiment with this to get the right combination. This removes the soap residue and makes the dishes SHINE!

If you do dishes by hand you can make a rinse tub with water and a splash of vinegar to dip the dishes in after they are washed. This takes off soap residue and makes the dishes sparkle!

Do you have any other recipes? Please share them and I will put them into the post.

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