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Disinfecting Cleaning Wipes

You will need:

  • wide-mouth quart-size mason jar with lid (or other 4 – 6 cup capacity container with tightly-fitting lid)
  • 15-20 pieces of pre-cut cloth (we use cotton t-shirts cut into 10-inch x 10-inch squares)

Ingredients:

Directions:

Combine your liquid ingredients in the mason jar or other container of your choice. (Glass is best because essential oils will react with plastic.) Swirl or stir to combine. Add pre-cut cloths to jar and press down firmly to soak up liquid. Secure lid and tip jar upside down if needed to further moisten wipes.

Store wipes in a cool dark cupboard to preserve the properties of the essential oils.

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Help for Icy Steps and Sidewalks

In freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dish washing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze.

Thanks Kat!

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Homemade Dishwasher Soap Recipe

Ingredients:
■2 cups borax
■2 cups Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
■2 cups unsweetened lemonade (about 50 packets) or two cups lemi shine or Citric Acid
■1 cup Kosher salt

Mix all ingredients well and store in airtight container. Use 1 tablespoon per load in the dishwasher.

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Abrasive cleaner

■2 tablespoons baking soda
■2 teaspoons liquid soap

Scrub on and let sit 5-10 minutes, rinse clean.

This stuff works like magic!

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Tub and toilet cleaner

■1/8 cup liquid soap
■¼ cup borax

Brush and scrub on, wait 15 minutes and rinse.

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Orange Vinegar (a “green” cleaner)

1 16-ounce canning jar

2 oranges, peels only (eat the insides!)

vinegar to cover

Curl the peels around the inside of the jar. I used two large oranges and would not have been able to fit another peel. If your oranges are small and you could fit another peel, feel free to add one more. Pour vinegar into the jar to cover the peels and close tightly. Store in the cupboard for two weeks, then transfer the vinegar to a spray bottle and use for all your cleaning purposes!

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Carpet Cleaning

HOW TO USE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE:

Mix HOT water, and liquid soap, preferably a simply biodegradable soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s.  Add enough hydrogen peroxide to make the overall solution from about 1/2% to about 2% hydrogen peroxide. For 2 gallons of water, this would be approximately 1/2 cup  to 2.5 cups of 35% hydrogen peroxide.

CAUTION!

  • In theory, hydrogen peroxide could bleach the color in the carpet, depending on the kind of dye.  This is unlikely using 3% peroxide, or lower concentrations. I have poured 3% hydrogen peroxide on carpets in my home and have not had any problems.  However, you can test on a small hidden area to be sure.
  • Use caution with 35% hydrogen peroxide.
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Liquid Laundry Soap Recipe

Ingredients:
14 oz. Bar of Soap
1/2 Cup Borax
3/4 Cup Washing Soda

Materials:
5 Gallon Bucket
Stick Blender
Food Blender
Cheese Grater
Small Pan

You can also make this recipe with a traditional “Fels Naptha” or “Zote” brand bar. Both work very well. If you happen to make some homemade soap and accidentally used too much Lye, making the soap permanently caustic… don’t worry… it works GREAT for laundry. Just follow these instructions and put it to good use!

Grate the 14 oz. bar of soap into “Soap Noodles.” Process the “Soap Noodles” into “Soap Particles” in your food blender.

Bring 6 Cups of water to boil. Add the 14 oz. of processed soap and whisk completely. All soap particles should be dissolved within 1-3 minutes.

Fill the 5 Gallon Bucket half way with Hot Water. Add the liquified soap, Washing Soda, and Borax. Blend the solution completely with Stick Blender. Fill the 5 Gallon Bucket to the top with warm water, and seal with lid.

After allowing the soap to rest for 12 hours you will be rewarded with a gelatinous liquid soap.

1/4 cup per laundry load yields good results. Don’t be surprised if it sets up like jello, just stir it up, and it’s perfectly fine.

Enjoy this inexpensive alternative to expensive laundry soaps.

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Non Toxic Cleaning Guide

CLICK —-> Nontoxic Housecleaning (Chelsea Green Guides)

 

When it comes to cleaning products, society often values convenience over personal and planetary health, thanks to decades of advertising propaganda from the chemical companies that market overpriced and dangerous concoctions. But awareness is changing: Not only are homemade and nontoxic cleaners strong enough for the toughest grunge, they are often as convenient as their commercial counterparts.

 

Nontoxic Housecleaning–the latest in the Chelsea Green Guide series–provides a way for people to improve their immediate environment every day. Pregnant women, parents of young children, pet owners, people with health concerns, and those who simply care about a healthy environment–and a sensible budget–can all benefit from the recipes and tips in this guide.

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Naturally Clean Home – 150 Formulas

CLICK —>  The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning

 

You don’t need to pay a fortune for expensive “green” commercial cleaning
products. It’s easy and inexpensive to mix up effective, nontoxic alternatives
using basic kitchen staples — baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, herbs, and
borax — plus a handful of easy-to-find essential oils. Karyn Siegel-Maier offers
150 all-natural recipes for cleaning everything in your home — from bathrooms to
bedding, carpets to cabinetry. The formulas are so simple that anyone can make
them, but they are at least as effective as the commercial options. Try making
your own Rosemary-Geranium Floor Wipes for electrostatic floor mops, Weekend
Warrior Wicker Wash, Telephone Dirty Talk Tamer, Clear the Air Room Spritzer, or
Lavender Lift Automatic Dishwasher Soap.

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