Sunday, January 30, 2011

Non-Toxic Cleaning

A week ago i blogged about making a homemade body scrub and mentioned that we had started to use homemade non-toxic cleaning products around the home. So naturally figured i would share some of our findings on here as well.
I will admit that to begin with i wondered if homemade products were worth the time and energy but after doing much research came to find that these products were much better then the typical things you find in shops. The best part about this is you have less chemicals n the home and it's all things you use in the kitchen. To make the following items you will need baking soda, washing soda, white vinegar, a good liquid soap and tee tree oil.

Simply pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, and wash the surface. This is the perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit.

1/4-1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent, 3 tablespoons vinegar, 2 cups water and a spray bottlePut all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up a bit, and use as you would a commercial brand. The soap in this recipe is important. It cuts the wax residue from the commercial brands you might have used in the past.

1 cup or more baking soda, Water, and a squirt or two of liquid detergentSprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, then cover the grime with enough baking soda that the surface is totally white. Sprinkle some more water over the top. Let the mixture set overnight. You can easily wipe up the grease the next morning because the grime will have loosened. When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess, dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge, and wash the remaining residue from the oven. If this recipe doesn’t work for you it is probably because you didn’t use enough baking soda and/or water.

1/2 teaspoon washing soda. a dab of liquid soap and 2 cups hot tap waterCombine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.

1/2 teaspoon oil, such as olive (or jojoba, a liquid wax)
1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar. Dab a soft rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces. Cover the glass jar and store indefinitely.

and there you have it, an easy non-toxic cleaning kit. It's amazing how much information you can find out there.

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