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« on: May 10, 2004 05:00:58 PM »

inspired by this topic: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=5319.0#msg42265 i've decided to start a home-made cleaners thread.  not sure where to post it because all though it's a "completed" idea, it's not quite a project, more of a recipe, but not made of food.  hmmm.  a quandry too be sure.  anyway, on to the cleaners!

why are home-made cleaners better?  first, they're cheap.  second, they're safe.  many of the ingredients in commercial cleaners are very toxic.  i have very sensitive skin and a roomate with bad allergies, so i decided to look into making cleaners at home.  here are my very simple favorites, and i hope you will all add yours!!!

drain cleaner
(i posted this one in the above mentioned thread also)
- about 1 cup of white vinegar
- about 1/2 cup of baking soda
- hot water

- clean what you can out of the drain.  baking soda and vinegar doesn't break down hair, for example.  next, pour baking soda down drain.  pour vinegar down drain.  let it bubble until the bubbles stop.  flush down for about a minute with hot water.  i usually guesstimate on the measurements- depending on how clogged the drain is.  also, sometimes you have to do it twice.  however, since a giant bottle of vinegar and a huge box of arm and hammer will cost you a total of maybe $5 and a bottle of draino might cost you $8, sprinkle and pour to your hearts content!

better than comet
- baking soda
- scrub brush
- hot water

- sprinkle baking soda in the tub, the sink, and the counter.  sprinkle with hot water and scrub away; then rinse and let air dry or dry with scrap paper/paper towels/a towel.  this works just as well as comet/ajax, and it doesn't smell like they do.  it's much safer in the bathroom area where things like toothbrushes and hairbrushes are going to be.  and it doesn't leave blue streaks!

bye bye hair dye stains
- bleach
- water

- first of all, i have only used this on WHITE TILE and porcelin.  i cannot guarentee that this won't ruin other colors or textiles.

- mix 1 part bleach to 2 parts water.  this is a pretty strong mixture, so be careful.  squirt, spray or pour onto whatever surface is stained.  let sit a couple minutes, and wipe away with paper towels.  this worked great on stained tile from my roomates messy purple hair dye (the stains were even a few monthes old)

- weaken the solution and it's good for antibacterializing human spills (i.e. blood etc) in areas like the bathroom where germs spread so quickly.
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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2004 05:06:33 PM »

oh, thanks for doing this! i hope other people will throw some recipes up so that i can finally get rid of all the nasty, chemically stuff.
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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2004 05:41:03 PM »

i love cleaning with baking soda!!!!! it kicks booty on kool aid stains on the counter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and i get a lot with a 2 year old.

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2004 08:20:33 PM »

Oh!  Thank you for posting these!  I have two cats and two ferrets....so I am always trying to find a more environmentally friendly way of cleaning, just because my fuzzbutts get into and onto anything and everything - especially when I am  not home ;P  I am always worried about what effect harsh chemical cleaners may have on them with accidental exposure...especially my ferrets.

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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2004 08:59:25 PM »

Multi Purpose Cleaner

1/4 tsp borax
2 cups hot water
1 TBSP lemon juice
1 TBSP vinegar
small squirt (maybe 1/8 tsp) of soap (preferably Dr Bronners or another natural soap but any soap will do)
10-15 drops of essential oil of choice. orange and lavender mix is nice.

dissolve borax in hot water in a spray bottle. add other ingredients. This is great for counter tops to tolites, cleans chrome, cuts grease and it does window too. You can also add about 1/8 tsp of washing soda for a bit more scrubbing power but then it doesn't work so well on windows.

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1 part canola oil
1 part lemon juice

mix and polish.

I have a recipe for laundry soap, but I have never found it to be as effective as store bought. It is a bit labor intensive but if someone wants it I will post the recipe for it too.

« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2004 03:51:45 AM »

i dont know if you know about this, but a really really good way to get hairdye stains out of linoleum, or off a counter top, is to spray it with hairspray, let it sit, and wash off.. and then repeat if it doesnt completely come off..
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2004 05:35:53 AM »

while pregnant, i eliminated all toxic cleaners from our house.  in my cleaning cupboard, we have instead:

vinegar and water (great for glass)
borax (use like any abrasive cleanser-tub, toilet, sink.  also good instead of bleach for laundry, etc.)
citrasolve or similar orangey cleaner (counters, general all-purpose cleaning)
dr. bronners sal suds (dishes and laundry)

i hate cleaning a little less now that i don't have to hold my breath and suffer stinging eyes.

« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2004 06:08:30 AM »

A great website to check out if you're interested in this type of thing is http://www.care2.com They have tons of recipes (like the ones I'm going to list) and other ways to get your house untoxified.
If you must buy cleaners, check the label-the ones that say "warning" or "caution" are the least dangerous.

These houseplants remove toxins from the air: aloe vera, peace lily, and spider plant.

Dish soap: liquid castile soap (available from health food stores), plus any essential/fragrance oil desired

Scouring powder: 1 c. each baking soda, borax, and salt

Window cleaner: 1/4-1/2 t. liquid detergent, 3 T. vinegar, 2 c. water (use with old newspapers to be maximum friendly!)

Laundry soap: 1 c. soap flakes, 1/2 c. washing soda, 1/2 c. borax
(If you prefer liquid laundry soap, add 2 T. glycerin, 2 c. warm water to 1 c. of above mix)

Fabric softener: 1/4 c. baking soda, 1/2 c. white vinegar

toilet bowl cleaner: 1 c. borax, 1/2 c. white vinegar
Sprinkle and leave overnight for best results.

All purpose cleaner: 1 t. borax, 1/2 t. washing soda, 2 T. lemon juice (or vinegar), 1 c. very hot water
Spray and wipe.

Natural insecticide: 2 T. liquid soap, 1 qt. water, spray bottle

To keep ants away, use boric acid, talcum powder, chalk or borax for a barrier.
Use your used dryer sheets for dusting and for your Swiffer.

Hope these ideas help you to become environmentally friendly!
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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2004 03:23:10 PM »

wow. thank you all very, very much. finding alternative cleaning products/ideas was on a very long list of things to research online, and now it has all been brought to me on one, easy thread.
y'all are the best!
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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2004 04:53:36 PM »

Man, is there nothing that Craftster can't do?? Thanks to you all for the great tips. I am a "Simple Greener" myself and can't wait to try all these goodies out.


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