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It's that time of the year to spring clean. It's better to make your own cleaners; no harsh chemicals, cheaper, and it's better for the environment. To clean my kitchen and bathroom counters, I sprinkle baking soda on them and then scrub with a cleaning brush. To clean windows, I use 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water. Put in a spray bottle and you're all set. You can also use lemon juice instead of vinegar which smells good.
Instead of buying expensive drain cleaner for clogged drains, I use 2 cups of baking soda. Pour into the drain and then pour hot water from the teapot in. It works really well.
This non-toxic method was developed by Susan Sumner, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, as a way of sterilizing foods. Not only does it work great for that but I have found it useful elsewhere around the home.
The trick is to keep the two substances in separate bottles.
Warning: If you mix them together beforehand, not only does it lose it's effectiveness as a disinfectant, but it produces peracetic acid which is not something you want around. Therefore, DO NOT mix them together in the same bottle.
Note: You can actually do steps 1 & 2 in any order. However, I like spraying the hydrogen peroxide first because it can help me spot the worst places when it bubbles.
This works great in the bathroom and is totally non-toxic. I have even killed mold with it successfully.
Source: The Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen
By Jess from Hillsboro, OR
Valencia, Spain (no date)
A drop of lemon, say citrus-fruit experts who have been meeting here in annual conference, can:
Olive dealers who were gathered in another part of town promptly added that with a few drops of oil you can:
Source: This is from a very old newspaper clipping. Copied as written.
By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA
Don't throw away those lemons after you've used them. They are great for scrubbing the kitchen sink. Simply take half a squeezed or unsqueezed lemon, dip it in some baking soda and scrub away. The baking soda will act as an abrasive while the lemon will help remove stains. You can also squeeze some lemon juice down the drain to help freshen it. For stronger odor elimination, just use some of the peel and turn on your disposer. Lemony fresh results every time.
By Liliane from Milpitas, CA
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Here are questions related to Making Homemade Green Cleaners.
How many and which herbs can be substituted for the traditional rather toxic store bought cleaners, i.e. rug cleaners, laundry bleach, fabric softeners, window cleaners, etc.?
By Lisa 05/09/2011
Herbs can't be substituted for everything but I think you'll find this list helpful:
http://www.msue.msu.edu/objects/con ... 99694/workspace_id.-4/01500631.html/
I like to make homemade cleaners to save money, but are they any better for the environment? For example, the one I make the most is basically a little lemon ammonia and water with a squirt of Dawn in it. I make a whole bottle for pennies, but is the ammonia bad? Do you have any cleaner recipes that would be better? I have not had good luck with just vinegar and water. Thanks.
Cindy from Lorain, OH
I can't use ammonia since I am allergic to it. My favorite cleaner is homemade and I use it on everything but glass.
1 cup borax (found in laundry section)
1/2 cup baking soda
When I mix this up I use 2 teaspoons to 2 cups of water. If I want to have a sudsy cleaner I add a small squirt of hand washing dish soap to it. I put it in a sports type of bottle to use. I also use it as an abrasive cleaner bu putting it in a shaker, like an empty spice bottle. I use it as as laundry booster too.