by LYDIA POLZER on MAY 13, 2012 - 0 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY
Check out this article from Frugal Living containing 23 PAGES of useful tips on how to make your own cleaning products for next to nothing. In this article, published just a few weeks ago, you will find tips on how to clean your home with eco-friendly homemade cleaning products. You will find more than 45 fun and easy to follow recipes to make almost every room in your house sparkle. These recipes are all done with non-toxic economical ingredients that can be found in your kitchen.
The Big Four, as everyone knows are Vinegar, Lemon Juice, and Baking Soda. Either on their own or in combination these ingredients, can handle multiple house cleaning tasks. The first two break down dirt and disinfect, and the third absorb foul odors. Hydrogen peroxide is also a cheap, plentiful cleaning product – to eliminate bathroom mould for example, spray areas with a one-to-two H202-to-water solution.
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Building your own Household Cleanser
Mix water and vinegar in equal parts and use to clean kitchen surfaces, wash floors, appliances, sinks and toilets. you can pour the solution into a spray bottle, and that woks particularly well on surfaces.
Baking soda particularly effective at neutralising doors. Put it in your fridge or toolbox to eliminate smell of stale food. Adding baking soda to the above vinegar solution can enhance its efficacy.
Mix vinegar and baking soda 2 parts vinegar and 1 part baking soda and 8 parts of water.
Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent, — just as well if you insist on wearing white clothing and other fabric. This juice can be used to clean and shine metal, or mixed with baking soda to make an abrasive cleaning paste. Finally, it makes a great disinfectant for cutting boards and other kitchen surfaces.
Dishwashing Liquid and Laundry Detergent
A simple equal-parts mixture of borax and washing soda (sodium carbonate) makes an effective dish cleaning solution, appropriate for dishwashers. Simple liquid soap is great for most hand dish washing, while adding a few tablespoons of vinegar to soapy water will help you to scrub off tough residues.
For laundry detergent, you will need a whole bar of plain homemade soap (no color or fragrance added) or 1/3 bar of Fels Naptha or other commercial soap. You will combine the soap with ½ cup washing soda and ½ cup borax. For a very simple powder soap, simply grate the bar of soap into fine pieces and mix them with the other two ingredients.
You can also make a liquid detergent with a few additional steps. Melt the soap over a stove in six cups of water, and then stir in the soda and borax. Add your mixture to four cups of hot water, stir, and then add a final one gallon and six cups of water. Allow the detergent to cool for 24 hours until it has gelled.
In addition to the uses we have already discussed, here are a few more ways to put vinegar to use. Adding ½ cup of vinegar to your washing machine’s rinse cycle is an effective fabric softener. Hard water stains and soap scum on bathroom and kitchen fixtures are no match for vinegar, and toilet rings don’t stand a chance. You can even use vinegar to polish floors in conjunction with a little bit of baby oil.
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