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Natural Cleaning


Here are 8 staples for homemade cleaning products, and some ideas for the right mixology is below:

  1. Baking soda: provides grit for scrubbing and reacts with water, vinegar or lemon by fizzing, which speeds up cleaning times
  2. Borax: disinfects, bleaches and deodorizes; very handy in laundry mixes (Warning: keep out of reach of children)
  3. Distilled white vinegar: disinfects and breaks up dirt; choose white vinegar over apple cider or red vinegars, as these might stain surfaces
  4. Hydrogen Peroxide: disinfects and bleaches
  5. Lemons: cut grease; bottled lemon juice also works well, although you might need to use bit more to get the same results
  6. Olive oil: picks up dirt and polishes wood; cheaper grades work well
  7. Vegetable based (liquid castile) soap: non-petroleum all-purpose cleaners like Dr. Bronner’s castille soap
  8. Washing soda: stain remover, general cleaner, helps unblock pipes; should be handled with gloves due to its caustic nature. Washing soda is usually found in the laundry aisle of grocery and drug stores.

Homemade Cleaning Recipes

Cleansing Room Spray
4 oz. water
20 drops lemon essential oil
6 drops patchouli essential oil
15 drops white thyme essential oil
Combine in a 4 oz. spray bottle and mist into the room as needed.

Bleach alternative 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide

Purifying Tub Scrub

Oxygen bleach
Essential oils
Using oxygen bleach as the abrasive, add 6-10 drops of ONE of the following essential oils: lemon, lavender, white thyme, tea tree, grapefruit, and scrub!

Disinfecting and Uplifting Floor Cleaner
1-gallon bucket of warm water
A very small squeeze of liquid castile soap
10 drops of lemon essential oil
4 drops tea tree essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a large container and clean away!

Disinfecting Toilet Bowl Cleanser
Approximately 18 oz. of water
¼ cup liquid castile soap
20 drops of white thyme essential oil (or for variety try lavender, tea tree or lemon oil)
Combine ingredients in a 22 oz. spray bottle. It helps to let the mixture sit in the bowl for a few minutes before you start scrubbing.

Drain clogged with hair
2-3 tablespoons Baking Powder mixed in luke-warm water
1 cup Vinegar
1) Mix Baking Powder in water and dissolve as much as possible. Pour down the offending drain. The longer it takes the better – the baking powder will soak in.
2) *Slowly* pour in vinegar. Listen to it fizz! That’s how you know it’s working. Together, these will kill all of the germs or bacteria growing in your drain, which can catch hair and generally gunk things up. It will also loosen all but the most stubborn hair balls. I’ll
3) Chase with very hot water – boiling hot if possible.
4) Repeat as necessary. (This one is great even if you have lots of curly hair and old plumbing.)

Freshening Window Cleaner
Water (fill the container almost all the way)
4 tbsp. vinegar
15 – 20 drops lemon essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a 22-32 oz. spray bottle.

Streak-free Window washer
dishwasher soap
Fill spray bottle with water. Add one tiny drop of dishwasher soap and 1 teaspoon vinegar. Shake well and use.
(this recipe came from a professional window washer’s blog)

Homemade Disinfectant Recipe
3/4 cup of chlorine bleach
1 gallon warm water
1 tablespoon powdered laundry detergent
Mix the ingredients listed above into a solution in a cleaning bucket.
If you want to put your disinfectant cleaner in a labeled spray bottle you can then pour a portion of the solution into it, or reduce the amount of solution made proportionately, so it all can fit in the spray bottle.
Make sure you use warm water because it will help completely dissolve the powdered detergent in the water and chlorine bleach solution.
*Note that you should mix this solution up fresh every time that you need to use it, because once it is made it will begin to lose its disinfectant properties after approximately 24 hours.

Soft Scrub
Baking soda
Hand dishwashing liquid
Combine 1/4 cup of baking soda with enough dishwashing liquid to make a paste that resembles frosting.
How To Use:
Apply a small amount of the homemade soft scrub to anything that needs to be cleaned with a mild abrasive cleaner, using a sponge or cleaning rag. Give it some elbow grease and watch the dirt and stains disappear.

Rinse off when finished cleaning using a clean sponge or rag and clean water.

Olive Oil And Vinegar Furniture Polish
3 parts olive oil
1 part distilled white vinegar
Directions for use:
Mix the ingredients together, and apply sparingly with a soft lint free cloth. This polish is best suited for cleaning your wood furniture, and should not be used very often.
*Please note you should discard any remaining homemade polish after use, because it does not store well. Therefore, only make as much as you will need for one application at a time.

Lemon and Olive Oil Furniture Polish
2 cups of olive oil
The juice of one lemon
Directions for use:
Mix the ingredients together, and apply sparingly with a soft lint free cloth. Buff the polish onto the furniture until you see a beautiful shine. You will also enjoy the lemony scent throughout your home.
*Please note you should discard any remaining homemade polish after use, because it does not store well. Therefore, only make as much as you will need for one application at a time.

Homemade Aluminum Cleaner
Use this homemade aluminum cleaner for your aluminum pots, to get them nice and clean.

Cream of tartar
White vinegar (can use lemon juice as an alternative)
1. Fill your aluminum pot with water. For every quart added add 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar and 1/2 cup of vinegar (or lemon juice).

2. Bring the solution to a boil, and then continue boiling for 10 minutes.

3. Carefully pour out the solution, and let the pot cool.

4. Once the aluminum pot is cool enough to handle then wash and dry the pot as usual.

Laundry Detergent
1 oz. liquid castile soap
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax
1/4 cup baking soda or 1/4 cup white vinegar
Using the liquid castile soap as a base, combine with washing soda, borax (for stains and bleaching), and either baking soda (reduces static and softens fabrics) or white vinegar (softens fabrics, reduces static and bleaches clothes). If you feel like your clothes aren’t clean enough, play around with the amount of liquid castile soap, using from 1 oz. to 1 cup.

Check out this wiki for another DIY laundry detergent.

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Time-Saving Tips to Get Organized

What can you do in the time it takes popcorn to pop? In short: a lot. Learn how to reclaim the time you spend waiting, whether at home or on the go.

This article will give you ideas on what to do in the few minutes you are waiting:

*for popcorn to pop
*While cookies are baking
*While the tub fills up
*During TV commercials
*While your kids brush their teeth before bedtime
*Waiting to pick up your child from school
*Waiting in line at the post office or grocery store
*Waiting at the doctor’s office
*On the phone, on hold

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 Checklist For Spring Cleaning
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Another site with great cleaning tips:
Real Clean Wednesday


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