Tuesday, November 6, 2012

6 ways to clean healthier!

Whether you are looking to save money, or if you are just looking for non toxic ways to clean, 
the following recipes work exceptionally well,
and most of this stuff you probably already have in your own kitchen! 
Bathroom Cleaner: ( this has to be my favorite because it works SO WELL)
1/4 cup of Dawn Dish washing liquid
1/4 cup of White Vinegar
Throw it in a spray bottle and shake vigorously
Spray on the bathtub, toilet, sink, stainless steel, shower doors, anywhere that you need to clean and disinfect, it is also EXCELLENT for removing soap scum! I like to let it sit for about 5 minutes or so.
You can also make larger quantities if you would like, just mix equal parts.
Acidic Vinegar acts as disinfectant and the Dish Liquid helps cuts grime..
Wood Cleaner:
1/4 cup of white vinegar or Fresh Lemon Juice
2 to three tablespoons of Olive Oil per 1/4 cup of Vinegar or Lemon Juice
Spray on , wipe off, the Acid in the vinegar ( or Lemon Juice) helps lift the dirt
The olive oil conditions the wood
You can also add a few drops of essential oils for fragrance.
Glass Cleaner:
1 cup rubbing alcohol
1 cup water1 tablespoon vinegar

Spray on and wipe off

The rubbing alcohol and vinegar are fast evaporating leaving a steak free shine!

Gentle Abrasives:
Got a real tough mess? Try creating a paste out of water and baking soda ( add essential oil if desired)
rub onto the mess and let it sit for a few minutes. You can also use coarse sea salt.
Then Scrub again and rinse.

Deodorize drains and Garbage disposals:
Sprinkle 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, add 1 cup of hot vinegar and plug the drain.
it will foam up and deodorize the drain while lifting away dirt.
If you are doing this to a garbage disposal, Run the disposal afterward with hot water and lemon rinds for a deeper clean.

Deodorize Rooms
Place a small bowl of vinegar ( a small bowl of cheap vodka works as well) up on a mantle or on the shelf of a room that you want deodorize. You can also place a bowl full of baking soda in the room to absorb any foul odors.

So by now I am sure your asking "wont my house smell like vinegar from using it in all these recipes?"
ANSWER: Yes and no, vinegar is a natural deodorizer,initially yes it will smell like vinegar but the scent will not last. That is also why I recommend using fresh lemon juice if you REALLY can't handle the smell of vinegar.

My husband HATES the smell of vinegar and can totally tell even is I use a little bit of it. But if the smell lasted too long he would let me know. I think the pro's of healthier cleaning outweigh the cons of the smell of the vinegar.

Give these a try and let me know what you think!
These are just recipes that have worked for me over the years. Please share any other natural clenaing recipes that you love to use! I would love to hear about them.
Happy Cleaning!
xoxo Heather

1 comment:

his little lady said...

Oh gosh, I wish I saw this post yesterday while I went on a cleaning frenzy and scrubbed everything down. I'll have to bookmark this for next time ;)
xo TJ