Thursday, February 25, 2010

Green Cleaning Products You Make Yourself, Easy and Fun

List of supplies:
half gallon and gallon jars or something similar, spray bottles for liquid cleaners, measuring cups, as well as big bowls and spoons for mixing, a grater and labels for your containers.

You will need: Borax (mule train) laundry booster, baking soda, washing soda, Castile soap, liquid and bar, distilled water, cheap vodka, apple cider vinegar, salt, lemon juice, olive oil, ammonia, and essential oils. Lavender,(repels insects), Tree Tea antibacterial and fungicide), Lemon, Orange, or Tangerine (grease cutters).

All Purpose Spray

1 T cheap vodka
1 T lemon juice
1 T liquid Castile soap
1 T Borax
1 cup distilled water
Essential oil (optional)

Mix all together and pour into spray bottle. If you want to use essential oil, add citrus oils for cutting grease, Tea tree, lavender, thyme or oregano to kill bacteria.

Dusting spray

1 cup distilled water
1/2 cup vodka
2-3 drops Essential oil (of choice)

Put into spray bottle. Spray onto cotton cloth and dust away!

Window cleaner

1/4-1/2 tsp liquid Castile soap
3 T vodka
2 cups distilled water

Put into spray bottle, shake gently before using.


2 tsp Tea Tree oil
2 cups water

Put into spray bottle and shake well. Spray on areas that are moldy or musty.

Lemon Dish Soap

2 cups Liquid Castile Soap
10 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops Tree Tea oil

Mix and keep in a squeezy bottle. Works good as a hand soap too.

Gentle Wool Wash

2 cups liquid Castile soap
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops cedar wood oil

Mix well together. Store in squeeze bottle. Shake before using.

To use:
Fill sink with warm water. Add 1/2-1 of soap. Swish water a bit.
Let soak for 10 minutes. Gently rinse till water runs clear.
Gently squeeze out water, lay flat to dry.

Tub Scrub

1 cup of Baking soda
1/4 cup of salt
10 drops of a citrus essential oil
5 drops of Tree Tea oil
Mix well. Keep in an air tight container.

To use:
Sprinkle around tub and scrub. Rinse.

Dishwasher Detergent

1 cup of Borax
1/2 cup of Baking Soda

Mix well. Add to the dispenser as usual.

Fill rinse dispenser with white vinegar to make things squeaky clean.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1 gallon water
1 cup vodka
1/2 cup Baking Soda
10 drops lemon essential oil
Citrus Degreaser

1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup baking soda
5-10 drops citrus essential oil (optional)

Mix together to make a paste. Apply to greasy area, use damp cloth to wipe off.

Carpet Deodorizer

1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda
10 drops favorite essential oil

Combine and sprinkle over carpet. Let stand 20 minutes, vaccum up.

Soft Scrub

1/4 cup baking soda
2-3 Tablespoons of Castile liquid soap

Mix together till it is smooth. Use a cloth to apply. Wipe clean.

Oven cleaner

1 small box of Baking soda
Liquid Castile soap

Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, and cover with baking soda, avoid heat coil. Sprinkle more water over soda. Let it sit overnight. Wipe it up in the morning, use a scrubby pad. To remove the reside, put a bit of the castile soap on a damp cloth and wipe clean.

Combine, and keep in a spray bottle.
You can add an essential oil if you like.
1 cup ammonia
1/2 cup vinegar, One teaspoon of borax mixed with a teaspoon each of white vinegar and lemon juice will make a homemade stain remover that effectively removes ink and many food stains from most color-safe fabrics.

Baking soda mixed with water to form a paste makes an excellent homemade stain remover for perspiration stains on clothing.

A saltwater mixture is also an effective pre-soak for heavily soiled clothes.

Another version of homemade stain removers that can be effective as a spot remover for delicate fabrics is three tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide mixed with one tablespoon of ammonia. This mixture should not be made in any larger quantity and should be discarded after use.

Try straight club soda or a lemon juice and water mixture for fabrics.
1/2 cup baking soda

Combine and put into spray bottle.

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