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post #71 of 112
I have started making my own laundry soap using a similar recipe found on Simple I also have been using Vinegar to clean. Under Saving Money Forum, Household Cleaners there are a couple of website addresses with long list of different cleaners and uses for Vinegar. The kids say the house smells like Easter Eggs after I clean but the smell soon goes away.
post #72 of 112
General Cleaner

¼ cup 5% vinegar

2 teaspoons basic liquid soap

1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice

¾ cup warm water

I put the general cleaner in a spray bottle and use it for kitchen countertop surfaces, bathroom counter top surface and as a general cleaner. If you want it to smell a bit better and have a few bucks to spare, you can add a few drops (just a few) of an essential oil of your choosing. I personally like orange J

Bathroom Cleaner

1 tablespoon baking soda

2 tablespoons General Cleaner

I use this for the bathroom sink, toilet and tub to scrub and clean.
post #73 of 112
Originally Posted by guatemama View Post

Hi, does anyone have any recipes on natural house cleaners? I have been thinking about this. I have not gone green yet but have been reading more and more about it. I have started buying some organic foods.

Thanks, Susan

I am a recent converter also, I just got a book the other day called "Homemade, by Readers Digest," it has all kinds of natural recipes, in the Around the house chapter. Good Book. They have a Tough Multipurpose Cleaner recipe:
1 1/2 pints water
1/3 cup rubbing alcohol
1 tespoon clear household ammonia
1 teas mild dishwashing liquid
1/2 teas lemon juice
1 32 oz spray bottle

Combine ingredients and shake well, use on couthertos,kitchen appliances and fixtures, and tile or painted surfaces.

I haven't tried it yet cause right now I have a bottle of vinegar and water that I have to use up.
post #74 of 112
Originally Posted by momto3crazykids View Post

and I use the salt in a recipe to make drains run smoother

What is your recipe? I have major problems with the drain in my shower plugging up. I've used Draino, but I would love to use something more natural and less expensive.
post #75 of 112
You can go to and they had a list of 66 green cleaning solutions. Hope this will help.
post #76 of 112
I saw someone listed honey as a face cleanser? Do you just smear it on, then rinse?
Thanks for all the other recipes...they are great and I have used some of them and they work great!
post #77 of 112
I just use 1 part rubbing alcohol to 5 parts water fir general cleaning, to substitute for 409.
post #78 of 112
Sorry, meant for, not fir. Plus I just use plain baking soda to scrub the tub/ sink.
post #79 of 112
I find it amazing how many people think you have to "smell" clean. I go between using green and natrual cleaners and the other "comercial" ones. I am not a big cleaner but I am a huge ANTI-Bleach woman. I've actually had huge arguments with my MIL about bleach and what-not. She's a retired RN and very strong-willed and opinionated.

I keep hearing about "washing soda" - Is there a difference between baking soda & washing soda? how does it differ from Arm & Hammer? I've added A&H to my laundry to deodorize. I'm still reading the posts here so maybe I'll find my answers.
post #80 of 112
for my bathtub, I use vinegar and baking soda and drizzle on Suave green apple shampoo. It makes a wonderful smelling paste with a scrubbing consistency. The tub comes out sparkely white and the smell is wonderful.

for the toilet I use baking soda and vinegar.

I use 50/50 vinegar/water and about 10 drops of tea tree oil. I put this in a spray bottle for cleaning counters.
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