Nontoxic homemade cleaning products
Here at the Cunningham homestead we are attempting to switch to all nontoxic homemade household cleaning agents. I have posted a few recipes on this topic in the past but today I want to talk about what supplies you need in your pantry and what they are good for. Baking soda, borax, white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, salt, castile soap, washing soda and lemons are the ones I want to talk about today. Let’s start with baking soda.
Baking soda: is a great substitute for cleaning powders used for scour sinks and tubs with out scratching. Baking soda is a wonderful natural deodorizer and can even be used to clean out your drains. Not to mention it works great as a laundry boost, when sprinkled in stinky shoes it removes the odor, works great as a dry bath for your pets among other things.
Borax is one of the main ingredients in my homemade laundry soap that we have been using exclusively for the last 2 years. Mixed with vinegar it will remove mold and mildew from hard surfaces. Is used as a laundry boost and can even be used to clean toilets.
White vinegar cuts grease, deodorizes and eats away lime deposits. Used alone it is the perfect dishwasher rinse aid, mixed one part vinegar to four parts water it works well on windows, counters, even in the bathroom because of the high acid content it kills most germs.
Hydrogen peroxide is a great stain remover, mixed with baking soda and dish soap it makes a great jewelry cleaner and stain pre-treater. Hydrogen peroxide is also good for washing your produce, cleaning your teeth, fertilizing plants and removing mold.
Salt is a natural abrasive perfect for cleaning ovens or used as a scouring agent works great on tubs or sinks. Salt works great on fresh carpet stains, just pour on to wet stain let dry and vacuum up. A paste of salt and vinegar cleans tarnished brass or copper. A strong brine poured down the sink prevents grease from collecting and eliminates odors. A thin paste of salt and veggie oil removes water marks from wooden tables.
Castile soap works great on cleaning floors just dilute two tablespoons in three gallons of water and mop. Also works great as all purpose cleaners mixed with vinegar, borax or just warm water. Add one tablespoon of peppermint scented liquid castile soap to ½ gallon of water and spray on plants to kill aphids and other pests.
Washing soda is great at cutting grease especially on things such as your outdoor grill. Because of its strong alkaline it works great on dirty linoleum, beware that you need to wear gloves while handling washing soda it is strong enough to strip wax and peal paint.
Lemons are great way to freshen your home whether you use them in other cleaners or just put the peal down the garbage disposal. Lemon juice removes soap scum and hard water deposits. Lemon juice is a natural bleach especially when combined with the sun, so wash a load of white with lemon juice then hang them on the closes line and you will get beautiful white laundry.
Now I would like to include a few recipes for natural house hold cleaning products using the ingredients we just talked about. The first of which is: Pre vacuum carpet freshener.
1 cup dried lavender flowers 2 cup baking soda 10 drops lavender essential oil 10 drops rose essential oil. Crush lavender flowers and combine with baking soda then add the essential oils be sure to mix well. Sprinkle on carpet wait 30 minutes then vacuum.
Non abrasive cleaner: ¼ cup borax >½ cup castile soap ½ teaspoon lemon essential oil
Mix borax with just enough castile soap to make a thick paste, add essential oil. To use add a small amount to a damp sponge scrub well and be sure to rinse.
All purpose cleaner and disinfectant: 2 cups hot water ¼ cup white vinegar ½ teaspoon washing soda 15 drops tea tree essential oil 15 drops lavender essential oil Combine all ingredients in a reusable spray bottle and shake well. To use: spray on and wipe with a dry cloth.
Dishwasher rinse aid: White vinegar Add to dishwasher rinse aid compartment, works great and everything comes out spot free.
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