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Home made eco friendly and vegan cleaning products
June 09, 2008 02:48PM
Bathroom Scrub

You'll Need:
Squirt Bottle

1 2/3 cups water
1/4 cup liquid soap
1/4 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons vinegar
3 or 4 drops essential oil (optional)

Mix the soap and water until the soap dissovles. Stir in the baking soda and then the vinegar, adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Store in the squirt bottle and be sure to shake the mixture before each use.
Rinse this cleaner away completely to avoid leaving a film on your bathroom surfaces.

Air Freshener

You'll Need:
Spray bottle

1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 cups hot water
15 drops favorite essential oil

Combine the ingredients in the spray bottle making sure to add the vinegar last. Shake gently to mix. Spray into the air in the room you want to freshen. Be sure that you shake the mixture before each use.
Want to neutralize an odor in a room instead of adding a new scent? Put out small bowls of vinegar or baking soda. These substances absorb unpleasant odours.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

You'll Need:
1 cup borax
1/2 cup vinegar (optional)

Sprinkle borax into toilet bowl at night. In the morning, just scrub and flush the toilet. This should help dissolve grime and even old rust stains.
For extra strong toilet bowl cleaner, add a 1/2 cup vinegar to the borax.

Oven Cleaner

You'll Need:
Water
1/2 to 1 cup baking soda
non-abrasive scouring pad

Sprinkle water generously over the entire bottom surface of the oven. Sprinkle the baking soda over the water and let sit overnight. The baking soda will lift and loosen the grease. Just wipe the oven clean with the scouring pad and rinse away any residue.

Wood Cleaner and Polish

You'll Need:
Glass Jar with Lid

1/8 cup vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/8 cup food grade linseed oil
a few drops of vitamin E

Mix the linseed oil, vinegar and lemon juice in the glass jar. Rub the mixture into your wooden furniture with a soft cloth. Mix in a few drops of vitamin E before putting the lid on the jar - this will let you save the leftovers for another cleaning.

Glass Cleaner

You'll Need:
a spray bottle

1/4 cup vinegar
2 cups water
2 teaspoons lemon juice OR 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol

Combine all ingredients in the spray bottle. Shake gently to mix. Spray the cleaner onto glass surfaces and wipe clean with a soft cloth or paper towel. Old newspapers can also be used.

Mold and Mildew CleanUp

You'll Need:
A spray bottle

2 teaspoons tea tree oil
2 cups water

Combine ingredients in the spray bottle. Shake gently. Spray on household surfaces that are affected by mold and mildew. Do Not Rinse.
The smell of the tea tree oil will dissipate in a few days. (It's medicinal smelling; tea tree oil is known for its antifungal properties.) Try adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to sweeten the smell.

One of my favourite general purpose cleaners

In a spray bottle fill up with warm water and add:
20 drops Tea Tree Oil
10 drops Patchouli Oil

shake well before each use
Just spray and wipe down wherever you want.
This keeps until it's all used up and is very antibacterial as well as smells good.
Re: Home made eco friendly and vegan cleaning products
June 09, 2008 03:06PM
They're great. Thank you Angel!! Islandthumbs upPraise
Re: Home made eco friendly and vegan cleaning products
June 11, 2008 01:31PM
Hope you don't mind, I printed it out and shared with some of my coworkers. I have tea tree oil (for my soapmaking) so that'll make that easier. I don't dare by patchouli right now because of the market goin crazy

You can use citrus oils for a lot of cleaning as well, right?
Re: Home made eco friendly and vegan cleaning products
June 12, 2008 02:40AM
I certainly don't mind Tatiana - lets all spread the word. These recipes are old old anyway - it's how housewives used to do it before all this fancy packaged, chemical ridden products were around.

Citrus oils are great for cleaning - they have high antibacterial properties.
Re: Home made eco friendly and vegan cleaning products
June 19, 2008 03:06PM
Or even better, if we LIVE in as many germs as possible....Humans will grow as strong as some animals with germs. Our bodies will adapt. We will be invincable to germs. We can lick dried sauce off the old dirty couboards and save money, we can drink outta crystal deodrant bottles and save tons and tons of water eating in the same dirty pan! I'm game........u? hahaha! Joking. Praise Joking.
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