Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Going green: cleaning supplies

Lately, I've been trying to tweak our lifestyle and go the green route where we can. One of the easiest and cheapest changes I've been steering towards is making my own cleaning supplies. From laundry soap to clogged drains, there is a safer, greener alternative to almost anything. Here are some of the ones I've found:

Counter cleaning: sprinkle counters with baking soda; scrub & rinse with water

Window cleaner: 2 tbsp white vinegar, 1 gal water; combine and pour into spray bottle (you can also substitute lemon juice or club soda to avoid vinegar smell)

Clogged drain: pour 1/2 c baking soda, follow with 2 cups boiling water; if needed, chase baking soda with 1/2 c vinegar. Cover drain tightly. Wait about 10-15 minutes, then flush with 1 gal boiling water

Disinfectant: 2 c water, 3 tbsp liquid soap, 20-30 drops of tea tree oil; combine and store in spray bottle

Dry laundry soap: 2 bars of Fels Naptha, one box Borax, one box washing soda; grate soap, combine all ingredients. Stir and store in air tight container. Use between 1 tbsp and 1/4 cup--depending on load size and condition of clothes ( I use 1/4 c almost every time).

There are loads of other cleaning recipes, so get on out there and find/ try some! I'd love to hear what you're using!

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