Along with my more than month long challenge to rid my house of pricey and nasty cleaners, I wanted to share with you some easy recipes for around the house cleaners.
I’ve shared with you so far my Recipe for Facial Moisturizer , DIY Organic Dishwasher Detergent, Cheap, Organic Face Wash and my Easy Homemade Laundry Soap.
I am concocting my own household replacements with little more than what I have on hand or what I can find at the organic market.
But the replacements must meet or exceed three important expectations for this frugal gal:
1. It must be easy to replace-no beakers or science lab experiments. Thank you.
2. It must be just as good or better than the current product I’m using and,
3. It must cost the same or less than the current product I’m using.
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If the product I create passes the final test-me using it for over two plus weeks to make sure it does its job-then I’ll be sharing it with you. I will break down the cost for you, provide you the recipe and give you my honest opinion of the final product.
For household cleansers, I have a theory: If I can eat it, then I can clean with it.
This theory doesn’t work all that well when I come to vacuums…
If you have hair on your head like I have hair on my head, you need this recipe.
Green Drain Cleaner:
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 Cup White Vinegar
Pour Baking Soda down the drain. Add white vinegar and cover the drain, if possible. Let set for 5 minutes. Pour the boiling water down the drain.
We are dusty people. We like to leave the doors open for fresh air, but then regret it when we wipe our fingers along the coffee table, leaving a stripe behind. You win some, you loose some.
This recipe has restored life to most of our vintage finds, too!
Green Furniture Polish and Cleaner:
3 Cups Olive Oil
1 Cup White Vinegar
Mix together in a jar and pour onto a soft cloth. Remix every so often by shaking the jar again.
If you restore old homes, or parts of old homes, this recipe is a must. I have removed years of gross crap off of fixtures, fireplaces and doorknobs.
Green Brass Cleaner:
Make a paste the consistency of toothpaste. Rub onto brass with a soft cloth. Rinse with water and dry.
Lime and gunk will magically disappear. I use this on all of my faucets and chrome baking tins.
Green Chrome and Stainless Steel Cleanser:
1 Cup Vinegar
1/2 Cup Water
Mix in a recycled spray bottle. Spray solution on the chrome/stainless steel and let sit for a minute. Wipe off with damp sponge and dry with a soft cloth.
I know we don’t like to talk about toilets. Or their bowls. Or the funk that grows inside. But, you gotta clean it. Why not do it green style?
Green Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
Sprinkle baking soda into toilet bowl. Add vinegar. Scrub ‘er down with a toilet brush.
That’s mainly everything I use around these har parts. Let me know if you have recipes for cleansers. I would love to try them out, too!
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