Hand Made Cleaners

Here are recipes for making your own cleaning supplies. It’s a natural way to keep the home clean while avoiding harmful chemicals.

——————————————-  Kitchen ᴥ ———-———————————————-

Surface Spray Cleaner
Spray bottle (empty of course)
2 cups hot tap water
1/2 tsp liquid soap (or liquid dish soap)
2 Tbs vinegar
1 tsp. borax*

5-10 drops an essential oil such as lemon or lavender (optional)

Fill bottle almost to the top with hot tap water. Add all the ingredients. Put the lid on. Shake until borax is dissolved.

To use, adjust the nozzle to spray a mist. Spray surface, let sit 2-5 minutes, then wipe down.

If you don’t have essential oils, try using Dr. Bronner’s or another brand of vegetable-oil based liquid soap in lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, or citrus.

*Borax is a natural mineral made of water, oxygen, sodium and boron. It is toxic if consumed orally, so keep it away from children and pets. Borax has antiseptic, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. You will find it at Target, Wal-Mart, and grocery stores.

—————————————– Floors and Walls ᴥ ———————————————-

Heel Mark Remover
1/2 cup baking soda
Castille soap (such as Dr. Bronners’, or any vegetable oil based soap)
Add a little bit of the soap at a time to the baking soda to make a paste. Test in a small unnoticeable spot first to make sure it doesn’t damage anything — Rub into heel mark and rinse well.

Linoleum Flooring
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil-based liquid soap
1 gallon warm water
Add soap to water. Damp mop the floor.

Remove Carpet Odors
Sprinkle carpeted area to be treated with baking soda. Let sit for at least an hour, but over night is better, then vacuum as usual.

———————————— Walls and Wallpaper ———————————————-

Cleaner for Walls
1 teaspoon vegetable oil-based liquid soap
1 quart warm water

Add soap to water. Blot wall with soapy water. Then blot with plain warm water. Test a small area of wall first.

Removing Smudges from Walls
Gently erase pencil marks, finger print, dirt etc., with art gum eraser.

Cleaner for Painted Walls
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons laundry powder
1 gallon warm water
another gallon warm water

Mix baking soda and laundry powder into water.
Either dust or vacuum walls first.
Put on gloves and working your way up from the bottom, dip a sponge into the cleaning solution and gently rub wall.
Then rinse the area with water from the separate container.
Blot up extra dampness with an absorbent towel.

———————————— Furniture  ————————————————————–

Cleaner for Wood
¼ cup White Vinegar
¼ cup Water
½ teaspoon liquid vegetable oil based soap (such as Dr. Bronner’s)
several drops of olive oil

Mix ingredients together in a container. Dip some of the towel into mixture squeezing out excess. Test before using. To use, clean an area then clean the towel with warm water before continuing on.

Furniture Polish
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 pint mineral or vegetable oil

Mix lemon juice into the oil. Then rub furniture with the mixture.

———————————— Windows & Air  ——————————————————

Glass & Window Surfaces
1 tablespoon Vinegar (or lemon juice)
1 quart of Water
Add vinegar and water to a spray bottle. Spray the cleaner on the glass. Wipe dry using newspaper.

Air Fresheners
Put a cotton ball in a glass container. Scent the cotton ball with a few drops of peppermint oil or some vanilla extract. Keep this away from pets and children.

Or, simmer cloves or cinnamon in a small saucepan of water — keep an eye on it!

Carpet Brightener
Sprinkle cornstarch generously on the carpet. Let sit for an hour. Then vacuum as usual.

———————————— Bathroom ————————————————————

You will find more here: http://tipnut.com/tips-bathroom/.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1 cup white vinegar
½ cup baking soda

Pour the vinegar into the toilet bowl. Sprinkle in the baking soda. Let sit for about 15 minutes. Clean with scrubbing brush.

Soft Scrub Paste
½ cup baking soda
vegetable-oil based liquid soap (up too ½ cup)

Combine to make a paste. Scoop onto a towel and scrub tubs, sinks, counter tops or shower walls.


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