Post # 1
So I’m on a kick to try to get rid of as many toxic cleaners as possible by making my own. My favorite is to use vinegar and water on the floors but the smell does get to me.
What are your favorite homemade cleaners?
Post # 3
White vinegar and baking soda will clean almost anything, and is cheap and non-toxic. The smell is annoying but doesn’t last too long, luckily.
Good morning, Texasbee! Hope you’re having a good one!
Post # 4
@Sunfire: Ohh, forgot about baking soda. I’m trying to have a good one…check out my latest post 🙁 Bad DH!
Post # 5
I’ve made most of the stuff in this post, and it’s all been pretty good: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/diy-organic-cleaning-toolkit-t-163714. A lot of it uses a bit of Dr Bronner’s soap, which is pricey but lasts forever.
We also started doing homemade laundry soap using this recipe: http://www.sunflower-soap.com/Thrifty_DIY_Laundry_Solutions-1.pdf. So far so good, though I used a peppermint castile soap in it, which I probably would not do again.
I read somewhere that you can add a couple drops of essential oil to your vinegar to cut the scent a little bit. I haven’t tried it myself, but you could give it a shot. Lemon oil is especially good for cleaning, since it’s antibacterial.
Post # 6
My friends tease me for my vinegar fetish! lol! I wrap taps and cover steel worktops with kitchen paper and soak them with vinegar and leave them to soak. Wipe down and shiny new!
Coca Cola for the ceramics and tiles – mixed with baking soda for really tough stains.
Ketchup for copper – slather it on and leave it to work and then wipe off – shiny new!
For the oven I fill a tray with water, half a lemon and a dash of washing liquid. Switch the oven on high and leave to sweat a bit. Then swithc the oven off – leave to cool and with a green scouring pad scrup away a bit using the water mix. shiny clean oven without the chemical smell!
For the floor _ I put in a couple of drops of lavender oil to make it smell lovely along with the vinegar.
Post # 7
Add some lemon juice (bottled or fresh) to the vinegar. It helps to mask the smell!
Post # 8
@texasbee: Just checked and responded. What a bummer!
Post # 9
It’s not homemade, but we use CitraSolv. It’s orange peel concentrate that cleans pretty much everything – floors, surfaces, mirrors, glass etc. AND it smells really good. I also second the Dr. Bronner’s – that stuff is amazing too.
Post # 10
@PinkPandaBear: A friend of mine uses an orange oil on her furniture – she says it stops the cats climbing on them as they find the smell revolting.
Post # 11
@Cariad: We initially chose it as an extra level of flea control – something in the orange peel extract disintigrates their shells or something. We also found out later on that orange extract can be toxic to cats in large enough doses. It’s safe once it dries but when it’s wet it can upset their stomachs. Not saying to stop using it, just saying to it be cautious – make sure it doesn’t get on their fur and wipe off their paws if they happen to come in contact with it when it’s wet.