Friday, October 3, 2008

Green Cleaning Tips

In our home, we do not use any chemicals or toxic cleaners. My son and I both are chemically sensitive to many things in our environment so, out of necessity, I was forced a few years ago to develop my own cleaning products due to the scarcity and the expense of non-toxic cleaning products. Several bloggers have asked me recently about some of the "homemade" cleaners that I use to clean with so I decided to share a couple of them with you.

The first one is an All-Purpose Cleaner that I basically use on all surfaces in my house. It is also very effective on glass and does not streak. I use it on my hard surface countertops and pretty much EVERY surface in my home. Besides being good for the environment and not harmful to us, it costs only pennies per use!

1/2 cup vinegar
2 cups distilled water
1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
8 - 10 drops lemon essential oil

Pour all ingredients into spray bottle.

My second favorite cleaner is is the one that I use to clean my bathtub,shower stall, toilets, kitchen sinks and bathroom sinks. It cuts through soap scum great!

This makes your chrome fixtures just sparkle!

2/3 cups baking soda

Mix both ingredients together with a fork until well combined. Dip damp sponge into mixture and apply to surface to be cleaned.

Rinse off after scrubbing.

A great invention that I love is these dryer balls. I have not purchased or used fabric softener in over 5 years. These little guys eliminate static electricity and leave your clothes feeling soft without the use of toxic chemicals and fragrances.

Just throw the dryer balls in the dryer along with your clothes while drying. Clothes will come out static free and soft!

Does anyone have any good non-toxic cleaning products that you have discovered? Would love for you to share!


Meredith said...

Mimi, I will have to try those concoctions for our house cleaning! I have yet to buy a bathroom cleaner that I really think works! ANd i will have to get dryer balls too. Have a great weekend!

Hollie said...

I am definitely going to try those mixtures! I am addicted to trying new cleaning products.


Becky said...

I need to try these cleaners too! I have heard about dryer balls for a few years now, but until now I had no clue what they looked like. I have a friend that swears by them! Have a FANTASTIC weekend!

Kristen said...

You are amazing!! I will have to put these to use very soon!
Were do you purchase the dryer balls? My MD told me recently it would be best for me to axe scented dryer sheets, so these would be perfect!
Thanks for the tips!

judy said...

Mimi, how wonderful to have these recipes. I can't wait to try them.
I too am sensitve to smells due to the return of asthma. I no longer wear perfume nor can I tolerate strong smells.
With that said, I recently found a great solution to the awful smell of fabric softner.

I put 1/4 cup of baking soda in the wash cycle (along with my regular laundry detergent.) Then 1/4 cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle. Sounds like a pain but I normally rinse my clothes the second time anyway and add the vinegar in with the second rinse.

Again, THANK YOU for the great tidbits. :)

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