Homemade Natural Cleaning Solution

August 1, 2013 — Leave a comment

Natural Cleaning Solutions

There is one thing that I have always enjoyed – a fresh and clean home. No matter where I live, I make sure my humble abode is comfortable and clean. Like most people, I used harsh cleaners like Lysol and Ajax to scrub my counters, windows, shower and bathtub. I loved the vibrant smell of a freshly-cleaned living space! I still love the smell of a clean home, but now I have become aware of how toxic and damaging using these products are for my health and for the environment.  I found a new, very simple, and non-toxic way to clean! Below is a simple recipe for a toxic-free cleaning solution to be used on counter tops, bathroom sinks, bath tubs, showers, windows, and most unclean surfaces:

Simple and Fresh Toxic-Free Cleaning Solution:

Supplies:

½ to 1 gallon of white distilled vinegar

Peels from your favorite citrus fruit such as oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, tangerines, etc.

Mason jars

Cleaning spray bottles

Water

Process:

  1. Place cut up fruit peels into jars and fill to top
  2. Fill mason jar with vinegar and seal with lid
  3. Let sit for two weeks
  4. Open jar and remove fruit peels
  5. Dilute cleaning solution using a 1: 1 ratio of water/solution
  6. For tougher stains, do not dilute solution
  7. Place solution into spray bottle
  8. CLEAN AWAY!

I keep a few different solutions in my kitchen and bathrooms. If I want a fresh lemon odor, I use the lemon solution. If I prefer my house to smell like oranges, I use the orange peel solution! You can also combine fruit peels when making your cleaning concoction, like using both grapefruit and orange peels in one mason jar. It is a fun and easy process that will not harm your living space or your health and leaves your home smelling fresh!

Below are a few other home cleaning recipes I found online:

Furniture Polish: Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in 1 pint of mineral or vegetable oil. Apply a small amount to a clean cotton cloth and wipe wooden parts of furniture.

Rug Deodorizer: Deodorize dry carpets by sprinkling liberally with baking soda. Wait at least 15 minutes and vacuum. Repeat if necessary.

Mothballs: Use cedar chips or a sachet with any or all of the following: lavender flowers, rosemary, mint, white peppercorns.

Whitening Scouring Powder: Combine 1 cup baking soda, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1/8 cup borax, 1/4 cup grated lemon, orange or grapefruit peel and mix well. Scrub using a damp sponge.

Glass Cleaner: Combine 1 1/2 cups vinegar, 1/2 cup water and 8 drops citrus essential oil in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray and wipe with a dry cloth or towel.

Visit The Daily Beast’s Most Toxic Cleaning Products to view a sampling of damaging cleaning products and the detrimental effects they have on your health.

Happy Scrubbing!

© 2013, Vilma Reynoso, VEGoutwithVilms.com, VEG out: go Vegan. save Earth. be Good to animals.

 

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