Some people have decided to change their cleaning products in an attempt to help clean up their life. Here are some basic ingredients you can use to get rid of some of the cleaning chemicals from your home.
-Baking soda neutralizes acid, softens fabrics, as well as deodorizes, effective on glass coffee pots and glassware; removes red-wine stains from carpeting. A paste (made with water) can shine stainless steel and silver; the paste can also remove tea stains from cups and saucers. Make a paste with a castile- or vegetable-based liquid soap and a drop of essential oil (tea tree or lavender) to clean sinks, countertops, toilets and tubs. Pour 1 cup down the sink to clear a clogged drain, followed by 3 cups of boiling water.
All-purpose cleaner: Place 4 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart warm water. Shake well.
Oven cleaner: Moisten oven surfaces with water and sprinkle baking soda on them. Scrub with steel wool.
Toilet bowl cleaner: Mix Â¼ cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar, pour into toilet, wait 5 minutes, then scrub with brush.
-Vinegar removes mildew, grease, and wax; deodorizes; cleans brick and stone. Cleans linoleum floors and glass (from windows to shower doors) when mixed with water and a little liquid soap (castile or vegetable). Cuts grease and removes stains; removes soap scum and cleans toilets (add a bit of baking soda if you like). Pour down drains once a week for antibacterial cleaning. Add to water in a spray bottle to kill mold and mildew.
As a metal cleaner and polish: For stainless steel, use undiluted white vinegar; for tarnished copper, boil the item in a pot of water with 1 tablespoon salt and 1 cup white vinegar.
-Coarse salt cleans copper pans and scours cookware. Sprinkle salt on fresh spills in the oven, then wipe off. Sprinkle salt on rust stains and squeeze a lime or lemon over them, let sit for several hours and wipe off.
-Essential oils Mix lavender or tea tree essential oils with water and spray on kitchen or bathroom surfaces for an environmentally and people-friendly antibacterial spray.
-Lemon juice deodorizes, cleans glass, and removes stains. Use as a bleaching agent on clothing, and to remove grease from your stove and countertops. Add 2 Tbsp lemon juice to 10 drops of (real) lemon oil and a few drops of jojoba oil to clean and polish wood furniture.
-Olive oil use to lubricate and polish wood furniture (three parts olive oil to one part vinegar; or two parts olive oil with one part lemon juice).
-Halved potatoes can remove rust from baking pans or tinware - follow with a salt scrub or dip the potato in salt before scrubbing.
-Tea tree oil can be added to vinegar/water solutions for its antibacterial properties. Use it to kill mold and mildew, and on kitchen and bathroom surfaces instead of chemical products. Add 50 drops to a bucket of water to clean countertops and tile floors.
-Borax deodorizes, prevents mold and mildew, and removes stains. As a disinfectant mix Â½ cup borax into 1 gallon of hot water.
You should also check out Dr Bronner's Magic Soaps. You can use them for a body cleanser, as a laundry detergent, dilute it with water and use it as a household cleanser, an even as a toothpaste! Go to http://www.drbronner.com to find out more, and look in their FAQ for dilutions and measurements.