Natural Cleaning…

I wanted to share what I do and use when cleaning.  I go the natural and very inexpensive route…

MICROWAVE:  Place 1 cup of water in a 2 cup glass measuring cup.  Add 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice.  Place in microwave and cook for 3 minutes, then let it sit for a few minutes.  This steams the inside and makes it very easy to wipe all the cooked on gunk right out!

SINK:  I sanitize my sink every week.  I rinse the entire sink and faucet with hot water, then I sprinkle baking soda all over.  I put extra baking soda in and around the drain.  I use a spray bottle with either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar and spray all over.  This creates a foaming action.  I then drizzle some soap around and use a brush to scrub everywhere.  Make sure to get in the nooks and crannies of the faucet and drain areas.  I then pour vinegar down the drain, this cleans and deodorizes very well and it also helps keep your drain lines open.  Next I rinse thoroughly with hot water.  You will need to rinse your rag out several times or use the sprayer on very low to help rinse everywhere.  Then I dry the sink with a towel.  I take a rage and rub a little olive oil all over, followed by a dry rage to buff.  This help keep the sink clean much longer!

COUNTER & STOVE:  I use essential oils for this cleaning.  I make my own Thieves Oil Blend.  Recipe: 2 tsp. Clove E.O., 1 1/2 tsp. Lemon E.O., 1 tsp. Cinnamon Bark E.O., 3/4 tsp. Eucalyptus E.O., 1/2 tsp. Rosemary E.O.  Place all ingredients into a dark color glass bottle.  (I use a funnel for this).  Label the bottle, Thieves Oil, then use 20 drops in a 16 oz. spray bottle and fill with water to make your all purpose antibacterial cleaner.  Using this cleaner makes it very easy to wipe off cooked-on food on the stove and other areas.  Just spray, wait a few seconds and wipe.  

GLASS & MIRRORS:  I make my own glass cleaner as well.  16 oz. spray bottle. Mix 1 1/2 cups Hot Water and 1 Tablespoon of Cornstarch mix very well.  Add 1/4 cup Rubbing Alcohol, 1/4 cup White Vinegar. Mix well, then add to your spray bottle.  Be sure to shake well before every use.  You can also add 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil if you like.

BATHROOM CLEANER SPRAY:  This works very well.  16 oz. Glass Bottle.  Add 2 cups Hot Water to Bottle and 1 Tablespoon Borax.  Shake to mix thoroughly.  Add 1 Tablespoon of Dawn (or any other soap you prefer). Add 20 drops of Orange E.O., 20 drops of Tea Tree E.O. And 10 drops of Lavender E.O. Shake well before every use.

LAUNDRY DETERGENT: I have made this for many years and it works better than any store bought ones.  It is also very cheap to make.  All items can be found at Walmart.    1 Box of Borax, 1 Box of Super Washing Doda, 4 pounds of Baking Soda, 1 small container of Oxyclean, 2 Bars of Fels-Naptha or Zote Laundry Soap – Grated.  You can also buy the laundry soap flakes instead.  For scent – I add a bottle of Downy Crystals (optional). Mix all very well and use 2 Tablesppons for each load, up to 1/4 cup for heavy soiled loads.  Safe for HE washers too.

FABRIC SOFTENER:  I am allergic to fabric softener so I use white vinegar.  I fill the fabric softener section full with white vinegar and it works wonderful.  You do not smell it at all once the clothes are dry. BONUS: using vinegar in place of fabric softener fluffs towels and helps them stay absorbant. 

DISHWASHER DETERGENT:  Mix the following… 2 cups Borax, 2 cups Super Washing Soda, 6 Tablespoons Citric acid -or- 2 packets of Lemon Kool aid and 25 drops of Grapefruit or Lemon E.O.  Use the same as store bought to fill soap department.  Fill the rinse agent compartment with white vinegar.  The vinegar is important, it makes sure you do not have spots on your glasses.

DUSTING SPRAY:  I used an old Pledge Muilt-surface 16 oz. bottle, but you can use any spray bottle.  This is for wood.  Combine 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 15-30 drops of Lemon E.O.  Fill up bottle with water. Shake before every use.  This really cleans well and keeps the wood conditioned.

Borax is an awesome cleaner.  I mix some with white vinegar and hot water to clean the baseboards, etc.  It cleans well and deodorizes.  I also use this to spot clean stains on the carpet.  So far, it has gotten up all stains on my carpets!

To keep you appliances running well and drain lines open, run a cup of white vinegar in an empty dishwasher every month.  Run 1 cup of white vinegar and 1/2 cup Baking Soda in an empty washing machine every month.  To clean the coffee maker run 1/2 the pot of water and 1/2 of white vinegar through the machine, then follow that with 2 pots of just water to rinse out.  For a Keurig, do 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar in the reservoir.  Run through a cup without anything else in the machine.  Start to run another cup through and when the fluid begins to come out into your cup, open the lid (where you would place a K-cup) and let it sit for an hour.  Then close the lid for it to finish making the cup.  Run one more cup through the machine, then dump the reservoir, clean it and fill with clean water. End by running 3 cups of the plain water through the machine.  I do this every month to keep the machine clean and running well.   

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My Home-made Laundry Detergent Recipe…

I just made a new batch of the laundry detergent I have been using for years now.  Not only is it much cheaper and safeR for the environment, but it works better than the Tide I used to use.

RECIPE: (per batch)

1 Box of Borax

1 Box of Super Washing Soda

1 (4 lb) Box of Baking Soda

1 Container of Oxy Clean, around 2 lbs. (for a double batch I use a 5 lb container)

2 Bars of Laundry Soap (Fels-Naptha or Ivory)

1 bottle of Scent Booster (like Downy Crystals or Arm & Hammer)

You want to mix all of these ingredients thoroughly.  

1st, grate your laundry soap bars or you can also use Ivory Soap Bars. 2 bars per batch

I take a 5 Gallon Bucket with a lid (an old paint bucket) and I pour half of the box of Borax in, then half of the box of Super Washing Soda in, Then half of the box of Baking Soda in.  I mix this well, then pour half the bottle of scent booster and half of the container of Oxy Clean in.  Mix well, then mix in one bar of grated soap.  I make a double batch every time, which fills the 5 gallon bucket 2/3 of the way full.  I have once made a triple batch, but it did not leave me enough mixing room in the bucket.  I like to mix the double batch by doing half of each container, mix well, then repeat.  Place the cover on the container and it stays fresh and dry.  I use a smaller half gallon bucket, which I fill with this laundry detergent and keep it over my washing machine.  I also use a coffee scoop, which is 1 Tablespoon to add the detergent to my wash.  Always start by adding water to the washer, then the detergent, so it will dissolve.  Just 2 Tablespoons of detergent per load of laundry.  Then add your clothes.

Per batch, this laundry detergent costs around $30.  So, I spend $60 to make a double batch that lasts us (a family of 5) for 6 months.

You only need to use 2 Tablespoons of this laundry detergent per load.  If you have heavy soiled items you can use up to 4 Tablespoons.  This is also great for the newer washing machines or the ancient old ones too.  

I make a pre treater by taking 2 Tablespoons o f the detergent and dissolving that in hot water then pace it into a squirt bottle.  When you have a tough stain, squirt it on and use a tooth brush to remove the stain.