I wanted to share my green cleaning "recipes" with you. I have severe allergies and I am chemically sensitive. In addition to reducing my suffering, I am also helping the environment! Commercial cleaners have dyes, fragrances, and waste TONS of materials to store the stuff, not to mention that homemade cleaners can be made quickly, easily, and cheaply!
Laundry Detergent - 2 cups washing soda (I use Arm & Hammer) - 2 cups Borax - 1 cup of shredded Fels-Naptha bar soap (a cheese grater works well)
Place all ingredients in a tub with a lid and shake. I like to repurpose Earth Balance tubs for this! I use two tablespoons per load of laundry, but you may need to experiment with the amount. I did the math once, and it comes out to about .01-.02 cents per load!
Fabric softener Add ¼ to ½ cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of the laundry.
All Purpose Cleaner - great for glass and countertops Fill a spray bottle with ½ vinegar and ½ water. If you don't like the vinegar smell, don't worry - it does not stick around long. You can also add a few drops of essential oil to the bottle, I like lavender.
Febreeze 2 cups water 1 cup fabric softener Mix in a spray bottle and mist!
Shower Spray 3 cups hot water ½ cup Vinegar 1 tbs Dish Detergent 1 tbs Borax Mix in a spray bottle and mist daily.
Tali - not sure about cleaning wood, but for wood polish I have used olive oil with a couple drops of lemon essential oil in it.
I'll have to try the shower spray, that's about the only thing I still buy (7th Generation makes a great one). I have been using vinegar for just about everything else for a couple of years now I went shopping with a friend recently and I was shocked at the amount of different cleaning supplies she bought and what it cost! A huge thing of white vinegar from Costco does all the things she needed and costs like $3!
Seeing this makes me happy because a friend of mine and I are on a vegan cleaners kick at the moment. I blogged about it a while back at http://tinyurl.com/25spc5k , but here is the recipe for floor cleaner that I use:
1C Rubbing Alcohol
9 drops Vegan Dish Soap
Put these ingredients into a spray bottle and gently mix by shaking or rolling the bottle. This is an excellent spot cleaner for carpet or for spraying on a hard floor you're about to mop. I have found myself using it for all kinds of cleaning, though. Walls, sinks, and everything I need something stronger than half-half vinegar water for.
Don't forget that half-half vinegar water is the BEST streak-free glass and mirror cleaner in the world.
Thank you, Jennie, for the Febreze recipe! I have never seen that and will be trying it TODAY! I have a bottle of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day lavender fabric softener, and I think it will smell gorgeous sprayed through the house.
Thanks so much! I really do HATE the smell of vinegar, Is there anything else that cleans as well? Or do you have any other suggestions on which essential oils cover the smell the best? Also, where is the best place to pick up essential oils? Thanks so much!
Tea Tree oil covers the vinegar smell well and has antibacterial properties. It kind of stinks too, though, I think. I have found that several drops of a citrus EO really cuts the vinegar smell - I like Lime the best.