Thursday, January 12, 2012

A greener home

A couple weeks ago while having dinner at my oldest sons my daughter-in-law introduced me to her home made laundry soap. I have to admit I was surprised to see how great the clothes smelled and looked.

Having asthma and allergies in the house I've since found myself looking up other products and recipes and questioning our own products used in the home.

Instead of using harsh chemicals I've started trying a few things myself. I've found it's easier to breath and just as effective to wipe up spills and dust with a damp cloth rather than dusting spray.

I've read hydrogen peroxide kills mold and mildew. It sanitizes and removes stains.

I started to look up a few homemade recipes and even brought out from the dust a very old home remedy book past down from my great grandmother. Who knew I already held some of life's greatest treasures and never bothered to look them up or read.

Here are a few household cleaning recipes I wanted to share and pass along for others to try.

All purpose disinfecting cleaner
2 cups distilled water
1-1/2 to 3 tsp liquid Castile soap
1 tsp tea tree oil
Mix ingredients and add a couple drops Of your favorite essential oil to give it a pleasant scent.

Oven and stovetop cleaner
1/4 cup baking soda
Enough water to form a paste
Put on cool oven or stovetop.
Hint: let it sit over night for stubborn stains.

Toilet bowl cleaner
1 cup borax
Pour into toilet bowl at night. Scrub in the morning and flush.

Countertop and glass cleaner
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
1 quart warm water
Mix and pour into a spray bottle. While with crumpled newspaper and forgo the paper towel.

Grandma and my daughter-in-law would be impressed at my accomplishments!!!



Oh yes! You can get a lot of cleaning accomplished w/ good old baking soda and vinegar!

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