Homemade Clean with Lemons
Lemons are increasing in their popularity for use as a very good cleaning agent in the home. Whether in the form of essential oil or used freshly cut and raw, there is something about the scent of lemon that screams fresh and clean. The oil of the lemon, which is very abundant in the skin, is actually a pretty good disinfectant for the home. Lemon is versatile. There is no one way to use it in a cleaning regimen. Below is a list I have gathered for some of the best uses of lemon around the web.
Practical House Keeping Tips for Cleaning with Vinegar
I absolutely love all of the vinegar cleaning solutions that I find on the web. I love that green cleaning is becoming more popular and that more of us are seeking non-toxic, earth friendly, frugal solutions to everyday life challenges. Even Heinz has jumped in on the wave. They have now added a “cleaning strength” white vinegar to their line of products. Don’t fall for this non-sense by the way. I don’t use Heinz Cleaning Vinegar, I use Shoprite brand. Its cheaper and it works just fine.
Anyway, I’ve compiled a list of the more practical vinegar cleaning solutions that I use most often around the house. In the last month, I have cleaned with white vinegar in the following ways:
How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally
Its summertime. That lovely time of year when fruit is abundant and temperatures are warm. The perfect environment for fruit flies to thrive. Pesky little critters they are. You never know how many you have until you pick up those nice, ripe, brown bananas to bake bread with and they all come flying up in your face, bothered that you have disturbed their feast. Yuk! In the midst of this fruit fly invasion you ask yourself and Google, “how do I get rid of these fruit flies?” Chances are, if you are reading this blog, you’re looking for a more natural solution than spraying your kitchen down with fruit fly Raid. Well, you know you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading
Got a slow drain? No need to go out and buy the highly toxic Liquid Drano to pour down your drain and risk corroding your pipes and polluting the water. You can unclog it easily with this homemade solution. Make your own drain cleaner.
a large pot of hot boiled water
1 cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar
The time has come for me to make another 1 year supply of laundry detergent. I use a mixture of the above ingredients 1 ounce at a time and save myself a lot of money.
While some may use homemade detergent alone, I use it as a supplement to my liquid laundry detergent (which I buy from Trader Joe’s). With the homemade stuff as a supplement, I feel confident about using a small amount of the store bought liquid laundry detergent and my clothes still come out super clean and smelling fresh.
1 box or Borax
1 box of Super Washing Soda
64 oz Baking Soda
4-5 bars of French milled soap of your choice
1 container Oxo-Brite (optional)
1. Break soap up into manageable chunks and grind in a vitamix a few chunks at a time on high to get a fine powder
2. Combine ground soap with all the other ingredient in a dry storage container like this:
3. Mix it up well and use a 1oz scoop per load of laundry.
This soap will not create a lot of suds if any at all and therefore it is safe for HE machines. Do not be deceived by its lack of sudsing and think you need to add more soap. Doing so will only cause you to waste product and money.
This laundry detergent recipe is really nothing new and has been floating around on the internet for quite some time now. I’d like to give credit to http://www.savvybrown.com which is where I first discovered homemade laundry detergent. Go to her website for more great ideas on eco-friendly products for the home and body as well as healthy vegetarian recipes.
Happy Laundry Day Friends!
Have you ever tried soaking in a tub that was recently scrubbed with scouring powder? Yuk! Its takes forever for that stuff to rinse clean. And who wants that toxic stuff in their bath water anyway? I have a solution for you.
Ingredients: Just baking soda and castile soap (diluted, of course).