Mrs. Jones has just returned from the store. What have you got there?
Mrs. Smith has returned from the store, too. What has she got? Vinegar, Baking Soda, Peroxide, and a few other common household ingredients. Small amounts of these combined can make cleaning formulas just as good as those you can buy in the store.
Buying chemical cleaners in plastic bottles not only fills your house with fumes, but they also waste plastic and chemical plants that could be helping our boys overseas.
Keep 'em flying, Mrs. Smith!
Oh, and for the housewife who wants her house to really shine, Uncle Sam has collected a few recipes to help us conserve those resources.
Things to keep around the house:
Baking soda and Borax in sugar shakers are great for scrubbing.
Hydrogen Peroxide (with a spray bottle top) for an easy bleach.
Measuring cups and funnels dedicated to cleaning supplies.
Vinegar Infusion Surface Spray: see http://www.crunchybetty.com/homemade-all-purpose-cleaning-spray-with-infused-vinegar (I doubled this recipe and used Rosemary and Thyme, my favorite cleaning herbs).
Bathroom Glass Cleaner: (Also from Crunchy Betty)
- 1/4 c Rubbing Alcohol
- 1/4 c White Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
- 2 c Warm Water
- Mix in the bottle and shake well before using.
Potty Cleaner: from http://www.intentionallydomestic.com/dump-the-toxins-homemade-toilet-bowl-cleaner/
- 1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum (Found in the gluten free baking section, expensive, but it lasts a while)
- 1 tsp Glycerine (I'll get back to you where I found this.)
- 1 c Water
- 1/2 C White Vinegar
- Mix items in blender and blend until mixed. Should cling to bowl. I may rescue an old gooseneck bottle, wash it out, and use this. (Anyone wanna try this and report back?)
- 1/8 c washing soda (Arm & Hammer, found in Laundry Aisle)
- 1/8 c Borax
- 1/8 bar Ivory soap (making it dye and perfume free!)
- Gallon Jug
- Water to fill
- Grate Bar of soap with fine cheese grater into a saucepan. Put in some water and heat gently until all the soap is melted (about 20 minutes). DO NOT BOIL!
- Pour a little bit of water into jug to prevent melting when adding the warm soap. Add the Borax and washing soda.
- Use 1/8 c for HE washers
- Use 1/4 c for standard washers
- Shake well before using