Monday, June 14, 2010

Homemade Cleaning Products


Interested in cutting down your oil consumption? Feeling helpless and angry about the Gulf oil spill? There is something you can do. Make your own green cleaning products; it's quick, easy and will save you money. If you can't afford to purchase green products in the store you can make cleaning products with the following recipes. Green cleaning products are healthier for you, your family and cheaper then toxic store bought cleaners. You'll also save money by making your own cleaning products and in today's economy saving every penny we can is a good thing. This is how our Grandma's used to clean during the Great Depression and I think it's time we go back to basics.

Homemade Spray Cleaner:

Vinegar shouldn’t be used on marble countertops.

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water

Use in the kitchen to clean countertops, lightly soiled range surfaces and back-splash areas. In the bathroom use vinegar spray to clean countertops, floors and exterior surfaces of the toilet. For really tough bathroom surfaces such as shower walls you can heat the solution in the microwave until barely hot. Spray the shower walls generously with the warmed solution and let sit for 10-15 minutes, then scrub and rinse.

Undiluted Vinegar:

You can also use vinegar right out of the bottle for cleaning. You can use undiluted vinegar to scrub out the inside of your toilets. First you'll need to dump a bucket of water into the toilet to drain it of water. Pour the vinegar around the bowl and scrub with a toilet brush. This helps remove stains and odor. To remove any remaining hard water stains you can use a pumice stone. Clogged shower heads can also be cleaned with white vinegar. Pour 1/4-1/2 cup vinegar into a plastic zip log bag, put in the shower head and then secure the bag shut with a rubber band. Let it soak for at least 2 hours or overnight, then rinse it and buff the shower head till it shines.

You can add 1 cup of undiluted white vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washer instead of using a commercial fabric softener. White vinegar softens clothes and cuts down detergent residue.

Baking Soda:

Baking soda has a natural deodorizing properties and mild abrasive action makes it a great replacement for harsh scouring products you can buy at the store.

Dampen a sponge and sprinkle it with baking soda. You can then scrub grimy bathtub rings, vanities or remove food deposits from your kitchen sink. For tougher areas make a paste of water and baking soda. Rub this onto an area of a sink or tub, let sit for 10-20 minutes. The soap scum, dirt and deposits will easily be removed.

Rubbing Alcohol:

Isopropyl alcohol is the base for a homemade evaporating cleaner that will rival the window cleaners you can purchase at the store. This mixture can be used on mirrors, chrome fixtures, windows and for shiny finishes on hard-surface ceramic tiles.

Window Cleaner Recipe

In a spray bottle mix:

1 cup rubbing (isopropyl alcohol)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon white vinegar

Ammonia:

Also makes a great window and all-purpose cleaner. You'll need a non-sudsing varieity of household ammonia for the following ammonia recipes.

Strong Glass Cleaner Recipe

mix in a spray bottle:

1 cup rubbing alcohol
1 cup water
1 tablespoon of clear, non-sudsing ammonia

Strong All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe

mix in a spray bottle:

1 tablespoon clear, non sudsing-ammonia
1 tablespoon laundry detergent
2 cups water

Furniture Polish

You can avoid the dangers of using a silicone oil based furniture polish and sprays found at the store. Silicone oil penetrates tiny cracks in furniture finish and enters the wood. This can cause problems if you ever need to refinish the piece of furniture.

Furniture Polish Recipe

mix in spray bottle:

1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice

Shake mixture well and apply a small amount to a flannel cleaning rag or cleaning cloth. Spray evenly over furniture surface, turn the cloth the dry side and polish the surface dry.

Olive oil shines and protects the wood while lemon juice dissolves dirt and smudges. Smells great too!

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