Sunday, October 9, 2011

Cleaning Recipes

Both Greg and I have decided a long time ago that we wanted to live differently. To live simply- making as much of our own stuff as possible.Living self sufficently. Perhaps the appeal of the Good Life snuck into my psyche a long time ago. Still living and making what you need is really a very rewarding way to live. I must add I cannot just do a batch of laundry - I have to make sure I have made a batch of my own laundry detergent first. I never quite realized how heavily laden with chemicals and scents some home products were till we did laundry for some visitors to our home- they brought their own laundry powder - a store bought version. The strong smell filled our home long after the laundry was done and returned. It was over powering and really too much. It made us even more convinced that making our own cleaning products not only saved us money - but was all round better for us.

Here are some recipes that I use or have collected. I hope you find them useful. If you have any more - please message us and I will add them to the collection!

All Surface Spray and Wipe

1 tsp baking soad
1 tsp dishwashing liquid
1 tsp essential oil

Put into your spray bottle and fill with warm water to dissolve the baking soda. Mix Well.
Spray with smug satisfaction!

Vinegar Spray

2 cups of white vinegar ( cheap stuff will do)
5-10 drops of euclyptus oil ( we use homemade oil)

Combine in a spray bottle and use to clean bathroom and kitchen surfaces. Use in well ventilated spaces and it can be strong for some people.

Fabric Softener

1 cup washing soda
1 cup white vinegar
a few drops of essential oil

Mix in a bottle and use 1/4 to 1/2 cup per washing load.

Stubborn Stain Remover

50gm of Borax

600 ml of cold water

Wearing gloves in a well ventilated room - mix in a spray bottle.Spray on stubborn stains. Leave to dry, then wash as usual.

Microwave Cleaner

We dont use or own one but this is for those of you who do.

2 cups of hot water
1 tsp baking soda

Dissolve the baking soda in warm water.Put bowl in microwave and cook on high for 5 mins. Remove and wipe the inside of microwave with a damp cloth.

We hope you have found this useful!!!