DIY Household Cleaners

I went to the library Saturday to a presentation on green cleaning.  The gal presenting said she is a professional cleaner for homes and offices.  I was interested in hearing about the brands she uses for cleaning.  For the most part she buys brands like 7th Generation and Citra-Solv.  I will be trying out some of these brands next time I am due for new cleaners, but I was more interested in the homemade recipes she handed out at the end.  I will be buying some spray bottles and making these next time I go to Walmart.

All Purpose Cleaner

1 quart warm water

1 tsp liquid soap (like Dr. Bonner’s Castile Soap)

1 tsp borax

1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

Glass Cleaner

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 quart water

Stainless Steel Polish

Pour about 1/2 to 1 tsp olive oil (any grade) on a microfiber cloth and rub over stainless steel appliances, garbage cans, sinks, etc.  Unbelievable shine!  Even causes rust spots to seemingly disappear!

Scouring Powder

3 parts baking soda

1 part borax

Use as you would any scouring powder, being sure to rinse thoroughly.  For lighter jobs use baking soda alone.  Note that baking soda is an alkaline substance that can damage vulnerable surfaces if not rinsed.

Oven Cleaner

1 quart warm water

2 tsp borax

2 Tbsp liquid soap

Mix ingredients.  Spray on, wait 20 minutes, then clean.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

1/4 to 1/2 cup borax

Pour into toilet bowl and let sit for half an hour to overnight.  Then scrub with toilet brush.  *source information.

Baby or All-Purpose Wipes

1 roll of heavy duty paper towels or cloth so they are reusable

1 container with lid. (Old wipes container, ice cream pail or old plastic coffee container)

1 3/4 cups boiled water (or distilled) cooled but still warm

1 Tbsp of pure aloe vera – check the ingredients

1 Tbsp of pure Witch Hazel Extract

2 Tbsp of liquid Castille Soup (Dr. Bonner’s)

10 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract or 2 capsules of Vitamin E

2 Tbsp of Olive or Almond Oil

Essentials Oils of choice (optional – 6 drops each of orange and lavender)

*source information

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