Thursday, December 11, 2008

Natural Cleaning Recipes

One of the biggest ways most people introduce harmful toxins into their homes is through cleaning products. Commercial cleaning products are loaded with poisons that are harmful to your health and to the environment. What to do? Make you own homemade natural cleaners using mainly ingredients you already have in your home! Don't try to switch all at once. Make your homemade solutions one at a time as you use up the store bought cleaner. And while you're at it, ditch the paper towels. Save old holey socks, and cut them down the side to use for cleaning rags. Worn out T-shirts, and other old clothes also work well for cleaning rags. To clean mirrors, use newspaper. Here are some recipes that we use to get you started. Remember to always label your containers!

Scouring Powder
Mix equal parts baking soda, salt, and borax in an airtight container. Use to clean sinks, bathtub, counters.

Antibacterial Spray Cleaner
1 teaspoon borax
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups hot water
1/4 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil
1/4 teaspoon lavender essential oil
3 drops tea tree essential oil
Mix all ingredients and pour into a spray bottle.

Drain Opener
Pour 1 cup baking soda down the drain, then add 1 cup hot vinegar. Wait a few minutes before flushing the drain with about a quart of very hot water. Repeat if necesary. This process, cutting down to 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar is also excellent for keeping garbage disposals clean

To clean floors combine 1/4 cup vinegar with 1/2 gallon hot water. If a stronger disinfectant is required, add five drops tea tree essential oil.

For more natural cleaning recipes and ideas, visit these sites.
Frugal Fun
Natural Healthy Home Cleaning Tips

1 comment:

David and Susan Sifford said...

Thank you very much for posting these, Emily! I am so thankful to be learning about all of these natural and frugal ways to clean in a much healthier manner.

Mrs. Sifford