Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes

For the last several year I have been making my own cleaning products. These are the recipes that I use. If you need information on the essential oils contact me. Note: oils are not created equally most are fragrance grade and will not serve as anti-viral , anti-bacterial, etc.. Young Living Oils are 100% therapeutic grade. That is what you need for the cleaners to be effective.

All Purpose Cleaner
(suggested uses: hard surfaces like countertops and kitchen floors, windows and mirrors)

Option 1
2 cups white distilled vinegar
2 cups water
20-30 drops of an essential oils ( I prefer Young Living's Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Thieves, or a Melaleuca)

Option 2
Dissolve 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of warm water. Wash and rinse.

Option 3
1 cup hot water
1 teaspoon washing soda
2 teaspoons borax
1/2 teaspoon liquid castle soap
10 drops Young Living Lemon oil
3 drops melaleuca
1/4 cup vinegar

Be sure to shake your bottles before use.

Quick Wipe Ups
Lightly apply baking soda to a damp sponge. Wipe and rinse

Creamy Soft Scrub
(Suggested uses: Use this  creamy soft scrub on kitchen counters, stoves, bathroom, sinks, etc. )

2 cups baking soda
1/2 cup liquid castle soap
4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin (acts as a preservative)
5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, melaleuca, rosemary, or any scent you find pleasing.

Mix together and store in a sealed glass jar, shelf life 2 years.
Tips: For exceptionally tough jobs spray with vinegar first- full strength or diluted- let sit and follow with scrub.

Dry soft scrubs can be made with baking soda or salt (or a combination of both) with 10-15 drops of an essential oil.

Paste: Mix together 3 parts baking soda with 1 part warm water (adjusting for consistency). Clean and rinse.

Furniture Polish
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
20-30 drops lemon oil or preferred oil

Shake well before using.

Dip a clean, dry cloth into the polish and rub wood in the direction of the grain. Use a soft brush to work the polish into corners or tight places.

Tips: To remove water spots rub well with toothpaste. To remove scratches use 1 part lemon juice and 1 part oil, rub with soft cloth.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Option 1
Sprinkle toilet with baking soda, drizzle with vinegar, let soak for at least 30 minutes and scrub with toilet brush.

Option 2
Put 1/4 cup borax in toilet bowl and let sit for 30 minutes. Swish with toilet brush then scrub. A few drops of pine oil can be added for increased disinfecting. (Note-some people are allergic to pine)

Tip: Let ingredients soak for a while to make for east scrubbing, especially on persistent stains.

Drain Opener

1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar

Pour baking soda down the drain and follow with vinegar. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Flush with boiling water.

Laundry detergent

1 cup soap flakes
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax

Soap flakes can be made by grating your favorite pure soap with a cheese grater. Mix ingredients together and store in a glass container. Use 1 tablespoon per load ( 2 for heavy soiled laundry), and wash in warm or cold water.

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