Cleaning Resources

All Things Clean

I don’t spend money on green cleaners (or any other for that matter). I do; however, purchase things from which I can serve more than one purpose and get the job done just as well without excessive chemicals I’m unfamiliar with.

Here are a few cleaning solution recipes I use. They’re thrifty (lasting me months for much less than what I’d pay for a couple of cleaners in the store) and they work!

All Purpose Degreaser

1/2 Cup Ammonia
1 Tbs Dawn Dish Liquid
1 Gallon Warm Water

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.
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Bathroom Scrub
1 cup Borax
1 cup Baking Soda
3 tbs. Grated Soap
2 tsp of tree essential oil (optional for antibacterial properties)
A few drops of your favorite fragrance oil (optional)

Mix all three of the first ingredients together until blended.
Place the tea tree oil oil in the mixture.
Mix thoroughly until any sign of clumps have disappeared.
Add the essential oil in the same manner.
Store in a jar or plastic container.
This is a great way to use up those skimpy soap bars you toss when they’re no more good in the shower!
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** Tip** Place orange or lemon peels in your garbage disposal to clean it and add a fresh scent to your kitchen area.
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Soft Scrubber Recipe
1 cup baking soda
1 1/4 cup Dish Liquid
1 TBS Bleach (or) Lemon Juice

Mix the baking soda and dish liquid until it reaches a well mixed but crumbly state. Add 1 tablespoon of bleach (if you want a bleach cleaner) or 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (if you want a lemon cleaner). Mix until smooth and creamy (it should resemble cake frosting).
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Lovely Laundry Detergent

I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for a few years now and have been VERY pleased at the results. It takes about as much time as it does to make a salad (for all of you who say you don’t have time – smile). But I have to say it’s saved me a lot considering I’m washing at least 4 loads of laundry daily. Here’s the recipe I use:

1 bar of Fels-Naptha Laundry Soap (and a great stain remover)

1 1 1/2 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (note – this is not the same as baking soda)
1/2 cup of Borax
1 gallon water
2 gallons of cold water
Fragrance Oil (optional)

The steps are simple:
Grate the soap and melt it in about 1 gallon of water. Heat the water and soap until the soap is completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in the washing soda and borax. Add the 2 gallons of cold water and stir to mix. Add your fragrance oil (if you opt to – I use Clean Cotton or Rain fragrance). Let the mixture stand until lukewarm and pour into containers. This lasts me a few months. For a smaller family it could probably last a lifetime (chuckle)! It costs me approximately $.07 per load and gets my clothes clean and they smell great too.

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I’ve been ironing my sheets and love it! It looks much neater in the linen closet and when I add a few drops of fragrance oil to the water in the iron, it makes my sheets and linen closet smell great. Check out this video of how to do it yourself.

How to Iron Fitted Sheets — powered by eHow.com

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