Monday, March 22, 2010

Natural Cleaning Products

Now we are all feeling better... thank goodness!!!! I am on the quest for spring cleaning ideas, the weather is so nice but along the sunny weather comes more light which means I can now see the cobwebs etc... I want to CLEEEAAANNNN but I want to get rid of my old cleaning habits i.e. bleach, bleach and more bleach! There is something comforting about the smell of bleach especially in the bathroom. We know by now that it is harmful to the earth and our health so in want of better health and safer products its time to go green. I actually owe this post to Krissi who has already made the switch to Eco friendly cleaning products (for the most part).

So here are a few tips I thought I'd share & that I have put to the test!

# 1- White/Distilled Vinegar is great in the wash... it helps with funky smells, break's down laundry detergent and it is a natural fabric softener. Add with Lemon juice, and you can eliminate the bleach from your washing cycle too.

Pre-mix (equal parts) in a spray bottle for everyday use. In fact with this alone you can get rid of pretty much every spray cleaner you have in your house. This is great for bathrooms, floors, counter tops, kitchens, stove tops... Vinegar is a natural disinfectant, this is great as you don't worry about having your child gulp down the bleach, this will not harm your child at all!

# 2- Baking soda is great mixed with the vinegar, it is abrasive but not to much... use to clean stove tops, Tile etc...

# 3- Lemon juice is another highly acidic liquid, works great well on hard water stains, soap scum and believe it or not rust! Just mix it with baking soda (and Vinegar) and you have a great little paste to help you scrub away those marks!

# 4- Pink Solution this stuff is the BOMB! Totally natural, non-toxic and biodegradable... I LOVE this. Esp. on stained clothes. You just melt it into a liquid rub into the stain leave over night and then wash as normal and Voila! Gone every time... grass, blood, tea, tomato juice the list is endless.

# 5- Rubbing Alcohol Okay this is not non-toxic and is stinky but makes a brilliant window and glass cleaning cleaner.

# 6- Furniture Polish. Use a cup of olive juice and 1/2 a cup of lemon juice. Mix in a spray bottle and use instead of the store bought polish... it's best applied with a rag too!
So my favorite is the vinegar used in a spray bottle to replace all multipurpose cleaners... I LOVED the paste too, it got the grout in the tile back to original white with no used of bleach. I DON'T like the alcohol-based solution it's very smelly BUT it did a great job on the mirror's and windows, so I will be using this again. I do use a bees-wax for the polish so I haven't tried the olive oil recipe yet if you guys try it LMK.
The total cost for two spray bottles, two big bottles of vinegar, three boxes of baking soda, a bottle of rubbing alcohol and the lemon juice was about $40, this is going to last me a long time, maybe 4+ months, so it costs you about $10 a month... how much is a bottle of bleach?

Bleach Spray $3:50
Glass Cleaner $3:50
Clorox Wipes $3:00
Bathroom cleaner $3:79
Wet Jet refill $7.59
Total $32:38
Okay so you don’t replace these items every month but every other? Save money and the environment

There are a ton of great ideas out there to make the switch just Google and you will have pages of helpful hints! So go on make the switch, I dare you to ☺

1 comment:

  1. My cousins used to clean with essential oils, they used a mixture of lavender, lemon and another oil (can't quite remember, I want to say Mint or Eucalyptus). Anyway it smelled sooo good. Here's another recipe...

    Household cleaner:

    * Fill a spray bottle with water and a squirt of dishwashing soap.
    * Add 3–5 drops each of lavender, lemon, and pine essential oils.
    * Shake well.