Friday, November 2, 2012

Homemade Green Cleaning Products

Some of you have asked me how to make your own cleaning supplies to save money or to be more environmentally friendly.  Thank goodness for Little Miss Vegetarian readers, who have given me some ideas to share!

A friend of my family and l.m.v. reader, Gayle, shared these tips with me that she got from doTerra Living Magazine.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
1/2 cup baking soda
10 drops of melaleuca essential oil (tea tree oil)
1/4 cup vinegar
As it reacts, scrub the toilet.  This combination is intended for one use at a time.

All Purpose Spray:
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 cups water
30 drops essential oil (see below)
1 teaspoon Borax
Essential oils to try for the all-purpose spray:
15 drops each of lavendar and lemon OR
10 drops each of eucalyptus, peppermint, and wild orange OR
30 drops OnGuard blend
Add ingredients to a spray bottle, then shake thoroughly.

Window Cleaner:
1/8 cup vinegar
1 cup water
10-15 drops of lemon essential oil
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle.  Shake and apply.  Wipe clean.

Soft Scrub for Bath, Tile, and Toilet:
Make in small batches and store in an airtight container.  Enough for two or four applications.
3/4 rounded cup baking soda
1/4 cup castile soap
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon vinegar
5-10 drops lemon essential oil
In a bowl, combine the baking soda and castile soap.  Add the water and stir.  Finally, add the vinegar.  Consistency should be a soft paste.

Wood Floor Polish:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar
10 drops essential oil (try wild orange or lemon)
Mix and apply.  Wipe clean.

Things you can do with Vinegar:
  1. Wash garden vegetables with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar in 1-1/2 quarts of water.
  2. Preserve cut flowers and liven droopy ones by adding 2 TBS white distilled vinegar and 1 tsp. sugar to a quart of water in a vase.
  3. Kill slugs by spraying them with a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part white vinegar.
  4. Kill weeds and grass growing in unwanted places by pouring full-strength white distilled vinegar on them.  This works especially well in crevices and cracks of walkways and driveways.  Be careful not to spray it on the surrounding grass as it will kill that too.
  5. Give acid-loving plants a boost by watering them with a vinegar solution now and again.  A cup of vinegar to a gallon of water is a good mixture.
These were also shared by Gayle:

Homemade Laundry Detergent (recipe given to her by a friend):
2 TBSP per full load
2 cups finely grated Ivory soap (or any unscented bar soap)
1 cup washing soda (not baking soda)
1 cup Borax
Combined and stored in airtight container
$1.29 for 32 loads.  No harsh chemicals.

Green Products:
Baking Soda:  scrubs, whitens, deodorizes, and cuts grease
Liquid Castile Soap (look for unscented):  Vegetable-based soap commonly found in health food stores.
White Vinegar:  Kills germs, cuts grease, deodorizes, and dissolves mineral deposits.
Borax:  Disinfectant, kills germs, bacteria, fungi, and deodorizes.

Another l.m.v. reader named Joyce, shared this link on facebook for those of you with babies:

Homemade Baby Wipes:

I can't wait to try these recipes myself!
Thanks for sharing, Gayle and Joyce!!!


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