Spring 'Cleaning' Is In The Air...
Here are some handy recipes to whip up DIY cleansers for your home I found over at Oprah.com. These recipes will save you money & they're earth friendly! Be sure to leave a comment or post a pick if you decide to try!
All-Purpose Cleaner8 cups of water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 baking soda
Mix in a spray bottle. Good for hard water stains. Can be stored for later use.
Disinfectant All-Purpose Cleaner2 cups water
3 drops Castile soap
30 drops lavender essential oil
Mix in spray bottle. Use on any surface (countertop, toilet, tile, kid's room).
Glass Cleaner1 1/2 to 2 cups water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70 percent)
1 to 2 drops essential oil
Mix in spray bottle. Use to clean all glass surfaces or mirrors. Use newspaper instead of paper towels if possible.
Oven/Stove Cleaner1 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp. baking soda
Mix ingredients in bowl or jar. Apply paste to spill spots. Let sit for two hours. Wipe up with sponge or scrub with old toothbrush.
Toilet Cleaner1 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda
Mix ingredients in bowl or jar. Pour into toilet. After three minutes, scrub with brush and flush.
Bathroom Cleaner1/2 cup water
1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
Mix in spray bottle. Spray on areas with mold and leave on for at least an hour before rinsing.
Soap Scum1/4 cup water
1/2 cup baking soda
Mix ingredients to make paste. Use to scour away soap scum with clean sponge, cloth or bristle brush.
Drain Cleaner8 cups water
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup baking soda
Pour baking soda down the drain followed by the vinegar. Let sit for five minutes. Flush down with near-boiling water.
Carpet Stain Remover1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup salt
Mix in bowl or jar. Rub paste into carpet and let dry. Then vacuum.
Carpet Deodorizers1 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup dried herbs (lavender, basil or rosemary)
Mix ingredients in flour sifter and sprinkle around room. Vacuum after 30 minutes.
Wood Furniture Polish2 tbsp. borax
1/4 cup lemon juice
Mix and apply to clean cotton cloth. Use wide strokes to polish wood surface.
Fabric Softener1/2 cup white vinegar
Add to rinse cycle in place of liquid fabric softener.