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Do it Yourself Cleaning Alternatives

April 23, 2014 by admin
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It has been found that we are exposed to more toxins in the home then through air pollution. Here are some DIY cleaning alternatives to reduce your chemical exposure while keeping your house clean and fresh.

Mildew Prevention

Use this formula on shower stalls and curtains, the track between sliding glass doors, and other moist areas.

2 cups water

8-10 drops citrus seed extract

2 teaspoons tea tree essential oil

4 drops juniper essential oil

  • Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray areas and surfaces well but do not rinse. Note: If you already have a buildup of mold or mildew, allow the spray to “rest” on the surface areas for a few hours. Wipe with a soft cloth, then re-spray the areas and let dry without rinsing.

 

Mold Deterrent

If you already have a buildup of mold or mildew, allow the spray to “rest” on the surface areas for a few hours. Wipe with a soft cloth, then re-spray the areas and let dry without rinsing.

1  ¼ cups white vinegar

¾ cup water

4 drops cinnamon essential oil

6 drops patchouli essential oil

2 teaspoons tea tree essential oil

  • Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray surfaces well but do not rinse.

 

Whitening Scouring Powder

The combination of borax and citrus peel will kill germs and remove stains.

1 cup baking soda

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1/8 cup borax

¼ cup grated lemon, orange, or grapefruit peel

  • Combine all ingredients in a plastic container, preferably one with a shaker top. Shake well. Sprinkle a small amount of the powder into sink and scrub with a damp sponge or cloth. Rinse well with plain water.

 

Fizzy Bathroom Sink Cleaner

Kids love to watch the “volcanic” action that occurs after pouring the vinegar over the baking soda. Who knows? You might even get your kids to clean the bathroom!

1/2 cup baking soda

6 drops lemon or lime essential oil

1/2 cup vinegar

  • Combine the baking soda and essential oil. Sprinkle into the sink; pour the vinegar on top. After the fizz settles, scrub clean with a damp cloth or sponge. Rinse clean.

 

Soap Scum Remover

This is a formula to remove that annoying buildup that forms on soap dishes and toothbrush holders. The vinegar will produce a “fizzing” action.

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 drops essential oil of choice

Vinegar

  • Combine baking soda, salt, and essential oil in a small cup. Add just enough vinegar to make a paste. Apply to surface and scrub with a damp cloth or sponge. Rinse well.

 

Toilet Cleaner

This is an antibacterial spray cleaner especially formulated for cleaning the general surface area of the toilet and under and behind the seat.

2 cups water

1/4 cup liquid castile soap

1 tablespoon tea tree essential oil

10 drops eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil

  • Combine all ingredients in a plastic spray bottle and shake well. Spray on toilet surfaces and wipe clean with a damp cloth or sponge.

 

No-Scrub Toilet Bowl Cleaner

This is for toilet bowls that have an everlasting ring around them. You can employ this recipe just before going to bed; by morning, even the toughest of stains will have disappeared.

1 cup borax

1 cup vinegar

10 drops pine or lavender essential oil

5 drops lemon or lime essential oil

  • Combine all ingredients in a plastic bowl or bottle and pour all at once into the toilet bowl. Allow to sit overnight. In the morning, just flush!

 

Basic Laundry Soap Liquid

The addition of glycerin and essential oil gives extra cleaning power while still being gentle on clothing.

1 ounce liquid castile soap

2 tablespoons glycerin

1 cup washing soda

1 cup baking soda

2 cups warm water

10 drops essential oil of choice

  • Combine all ingredients in a heavy plastic con­tainer (don’t use plastic milk containers — they’re not heavy enough) and shake well before using. Use ¼ to ½ cup, depending on the size of the load and how dirty the clothes are.

 



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