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Friday, June 1, 2012

Homemade Green Cleaners

Re-use dryer sheets for dusting instead of the new Pledge or Swiffer cloths.

Linoleum Floor
Use club soda to clean

Fabric Softener
Add vinegar to the rinse cycle

Microwave Cleaner
Mix 2T baking soda or lemon juice and 1 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for five minutes or until the liquid boils and condensation builds up inside the microwave. Wipe down.

Chrome Cleaner
Toothpaste is great for cleaning chrome.

Dishwasher Rinse
1 1/2 white vinegar added to the rinse compartment of your dishwasher 

The following recipes are safe and non-toxic:
Wood Floor Cleaner 
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Mix well

All-Purpose Cleaner 
1 tsp. borax
1/2 Tsp. washing soda
2 Tbl. lemon juice
In a spray bottle, combine the ingredients with 1 cup of hot water and shake. 

Furniture Polish
In a spray bottle mix 1 cup vegetable or olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
Shake well and apply a small amount to a cloth. 

Vinegar Glass Cleaner
1/2 cup vinegar 
1 gallon warm water 

Vinegar Glass Cleaner
1 gallon water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon liquid dish detergent 
Shake to blend.

Vinegar Glass Cleaner
1/4 cup vinegar, 
1/4 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent, and 
2 cups of water in a spray bottle. 
Combine in a spray bottle. 
Shake to blend.

Vinegar Glass Cleaner
1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol 
1 cup water
1 tablespoon white vinegar
Combine in a spray bottle. 
Shake to blend.

Ammonia Glass Cleaner
To a gallon jug, add:
1 tsp dishwashing detergent (Dawn)
1 pint rubbing alcohol
1/2 cup ammonia
Top off the gallon with water 

Ammonia Glass Cleaner
1/2 c. ammonia, 
1/2 c. isopropyl rubbing alcohol 
1/2 c. water. 
Combine in a spray bottle. 
Shake to blend. 

Ammonia Glass Cleaner
2 parts ammonia 
1 part rubbing alcohol 
9 parts water

Multi-Purpose Deep Cleaner
1 cup household ammonia
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda
1 gallon warm water
Mix well 

Generic Tilex (mix and use in a spray bottle) 
1 part bleach 
9 parts water 
1 part Dawn Dish Soap (or brand with surfactants and NO ammonia) 

Carpet Deodorizer 
Fill a jar with baking soda. Add essential oil (your choice of fragrance and amount), one drop at a time. Stir so it doesn't clump. Sprinkle on carpet and leave for 10-20 minutes before vacuuming. 

All Purpose Cleaners 
These all purpose cleaners are convenient to use when placed in a spray bottle. 
3 tsp liquid soap & one gallon water 
1/4 cup vinegar & one gallon water 
1/4 cup lemon juice & one gallon water 
1/4 cup Borax & one gallon water

1/4 cup Borax 
1/2 gallon water 
1 part bleach 
9 parts water 

Oven Cleaner 
Sprinkle salt on spills immediately 
Baking soda 
Steel wool 
Clean grease with rag and vinegar. Sprinkle salt on spills. Let it set for a few minutes, then scrape the spill and wash the area clean. For stubborn spots, use baking soda and steel wool.

Drain Cleaner 
1/4 cup baking soda 
1/2 cup vinegar 
Pour baking soda, then vinegar down drain. Close drain until bubbling stops. Pour boiling water. If the clog remains, use a plunger or snake. If all else fails, take the elbow off the pipe. 

Mildew & Lime Deposit Remover 
1/2 cup white vinegar 
Warm water 
1/2 cup Borax 
Dissolve borax in water, add vinegar. Make a fresh batch for each use. 

Ant Killer (NOT child safe!! Use any poison to kill insects with caution!!!) 
Powdered Sugar 
Combine in equal parts and sprinkle in places where they crawl. 
(I mix with a water to make a thick liquid and dip and paper towel or 2 and softly wring out. Then put in in a glass jar with nail holes in the lid. This way the ants can climb in and out but your kiddo can't.)

Microwave Cleaner 
Place 2 small, medium lemons (cut in half)with a cup of water in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 5 minutes and remove bowl. Wipe out microwave. The same thing can be accomplished with equal parts water and white vinegar (but lemons smell better). If your microwave is encrusted with lots of food residue that is old, it won't be so easy the first time. 

Please remember NEVER mix Bleach and Ammonia. It creates chlorine gas which was used as a chemical weapon during World War I and later by Nazi Germany in World War II. 

What happens to your respiratory system when you inhale chlorine gas is the gas tears into your nasal passages, trachea, and lungs by causing massive cellular damage. Obviously, chlorine gas causes a very painful death.