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How to make Glass Cleaner

Glass cleaning is one of the task that we don’t do as often and buying glass cleaning products are not only expensive, but it also contains toxic chemicals that are hazardous to tour families’ health. A healthy home also includes non toxic cleaning agents which the ingredients are readily available in your kitchen. Follow the steps below to make your own glass cleaner.

Ingredients:

2 cups vinegar

2 cups vinegar

10-15 drops essential oil (optional if you don’t like the smell of vinegar)

Instructions:

Put the ingredients in a spray bottle (preferably glass) and shake it well.

Prepare the glass for cleaning by wiping it using a cloth or paper towel. Preferably lint free

Spray the solution on the glass. Immediately scrub using a clean cloth or paper towel to work the vinegar solution to lift the dirt off. Repeat if necessary.

Buff the glass using a lint free cloth/paper towel

How to make all purpose cleaner

All purpose cleaners are one of those things that always come in handy whenever you’re doing a quick or spring cleaning of your home. Most of the all purpose cleaners in the market are loaded with toxic chemicals that can harm your health, your family’s health and your pets as well. Why not try making your own all purpose cleaner by using the simple steps below.

Ingredients

1 tsp borax

½ tsp washing soda

1 tsp liquid castile soap

Essential oils (optional)

Instructions

Place borax, washing soda and castile soap in a spray bottle. Add 2 cups of warm water and the essential oils and shake well. Use as needed

This recipe works well as a kitchen and bathroom cleaner and for your other disinfecting needs like kids toys. Using non toxic products not only promotes health and wellness its also not harmful to mother earth.

Cleaning with Rubbing Alcohol

Alcohol is primarily used in disinfecting wounds and hands and surfaces, but do you know that you can also use it for cleaning. Here are just some clever cleaning hacks that alcohol can do for you!

 

Hair spray remover from mirrors-  If you accidentally spray some on your mirror. You can easily lift it off by using alcohol and buff using a lint free cloth.

 

Venetian blind solution- if you are having a hard time cleaning venetian blinds, you can easily lift of dust by using alcohol. Dip a cloth in alcohol. Wrap it on a spatula and lift the dirt.

 

Keep your window shiny and frost free- use ½ cup alcohol to 1 liter water. Use it like a regular window solution and buff using a lint free cloth

 

Avoid collar sweat stains by putting some alcohol on your neck before putting on a collared shirt.

 

Remove ink by soaking the affected area in alcohol for a few minutes then include it in the laundry.

 

De-grease your stove tops and counter tops by wiping cloth with alcohol

Cleaning With Salt

The first thing that comes to mind when you say the word salt is food. But its not just used for making our food tasty but it’s also a toughie when it comes to cleaning.  During medieval times salt was used as a cleaning agent as well. It’s non toxic, eco friendly and easily available anywhere you go.

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 Here are just some of the cleaning uses of salt.
 1.    Deodorize and remove grease buildup in your sink by pouring hot water and salt down the pipes once a week.
2.    You can remove sweat stains by mixing one table spoon of salt to one quart hot water scrub the affected area with a sponge until the stain fades.
3.    Remove gunk under your hot iron by sprinkling salt on paper and running the iron through it until it’s gone.
4.    Remove water marks from wood by mixing one teaspoon salt with a few drops of water to form a paste and apply using a sponge or cloth, repeat if necessary and then apply wood polish to bring back the shine.
5.    Clean mineral deposits on your fish tanks by rubbing the area with plain salt  and rinse off before putting back the fish
6.    Oven spills are tough to remove. You can sprinkle some salt on the spilled food so when it dries off it easily gets removed. Works with stove spills too.
7.    Use salt to remove coffee and tea stains by putting some salt and vinegar on a sponge and scrub in circular motions until stain gets removed. Rinse well.

Cleaning With Castile Soap

Castile Soap is a biodegradable soap that is made of 100% pure plant oils so some consider it a Vegan soap. Compared to regular liquid soap this doesn’t contain any chemical detergent, it’s eco friendly and non-toxic. Cleaning with castile soap is great if you are sensitive to strong odors. Since it doesn’t contain chemicals it doesn’t have fumes and will not cause you severe irritation when it comes in contact with the skin.

 

Try cleaning your house hold with Castile soap:

 

As a Scrubbing agent – use one part Castile soap to three parts water (1:3) put it in a spray bottle, sprinkle some baking soda and scrub away until the stains disappear . You can use this on tubs, tiles, toilets, bath tubs , stove tops, etc..

 

Floor cleaner- dilute one part Castile soap to 40 parts water. Mix and mop away!

 

Laundry detergent-  Make your own gentle laundry detergent using these materials (recipe from bonzaiaphodite.com)

  • 1 ¼ cups white vinegar
  • I cup baking soda
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup borax
  • ¼ cup liquid castile soap

Instructions:  mix everything in a large plastic container. Start with the vinegar and then mix the powder components and break up any clumps, lastly add the liquid soap. Mix until it has a cake mix consistency.

BENEFITS OF BAKING SODA

There are a lot of cleaning products and personal hygiene products right now in the market. Each one of them has its own purpose and is meant for a specific task. But how well do you know your products? We all know that each one of them has at least one chemical that can possibly give us irritations and even make us sick. On the other hand there are also natural and non toxic cleaning agents that you can use to replace your daily cleaning products.

Baking Soda is one amazing cleaning agent that can make a difference in your home. Listed below are just some of its benefits.

1.       It’s affordable- it doesn’t cost so much and a box goes a long way!

2.       Its multi-purpose- you can use it for personal hygiene and cleaning your home!

3.       It’s a great deodorizer- just mix it with water or sprinkle it directly and it will get the job done

4.       Its non toxic- no more nasty fumes that can cause irritation when cleaning

5.       Easily available – you can easily buy it from the grocery store

6.       It cleans pretty well –It helps in removing dirt and grease as well!

7.       Its eco friendly- even if how many times you use and flush it off the drain it will not poison mother nature.

You can use baking soda for personal hygiene such as a toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo and or body scrub. It’s also great for  scrubbing pots and pans, deodorizing or refreshing sports gear, gentle cleaning for cloth diapers and baby clothes, deodorizing carpets and linens and many more!

Disadvantages of using Ammonia and Bleach

Cleaning the home is not complete without a disinfecting or sanitizing agent there are a few questions needed to be answered before buying and using a cleaning agent. Is it non toxic? Is it safe to use around children? Is it effective? Of course we weigh the pros and cons of each agent before we make a decision.

In most homes there are two cleaning agents that always stand out Ammonia and Bleach. Some mainly use it for cleaning reasons and because it’s widely marketed and used in the community. We all know that their primary use is to clean, disinfect and sanitize. But do you know the disadvantages of each one?

Ammonia is a toxic chemical that we typically use for cleaning windows, ovens, gold and silver, grease and soap scum removal and many more, but do you also know that it can also irritate your eyes and skin and the respiratory tract? Not only that, it is also poisonous to animals even when diluted and not to mention it smells bad. This is one of those chemicals that you don’t want to use especially if you have kids or pets at home.

Another notorious cleaning agent is Chloride Bleach or just commonly known as bleach. It’s cheap, widely available in the market, effective deodorized and disinfectant. It’s also a harsh chemical that is effective but creates toxic fumes as well. It can cause you to have chemical pneumonia, skin and eye irritation, vomiting or even death. Never mix this with ammonia or vinegar because it will create toxic fumes.

You can use other natural and non toxic substitute for cleaning these items. For example for window cleaning you can use vinegar and water it’s safe for you and your pet, just in case your dog licks the windows while you are cleaning you are worry free that they ingested something that will harm them. The same goes for your oven and other areas. Keeping your home clean doesn’t need to sacrifice your health and safety. Give natural cleaning agents a try and see the difference

Trash Can Cleaning and Sanitizing

One of the most bacteria infested things we tend to overlook in our home is the trashcan. If you ever throw biodegradable materials in the trashcan like food scraps and fruit peelings with all the recyclable materials you will end up with some liquid in the bottom or some grease spots here and there. Most of us are familiar with the stinky smell every time the food scraps start decomposing at the bottom before the garbage truck collected it? Its such a nightmare!

 

We cant really avoid the leaks from the plastic bags when we discard liquid stuff and some food crumbs setting at the bottom of the trash can. This is home for millions of bacteria and mold. So its important to clean it when you start smelling something funky.

 

We suggest you clean it outdoors, if that is not an option then you can use your bath tub and use a spray to flush out the dirt. Make sure you use your gloves for this because I’m sure you don’t want to get dirt all over your hand. We recommend using a cleaning agent that cleans and disinfects at the same time like vinegar or a store bought disinfectant. You can use a brush with a long handle to scrub the grime off. Use a spray hose to rinse it off and flush out the water, then dry it off. Its better to leave it under the sun for it to dry because that will kill mold as well.

 

When completely dry you can also put newspaper at the bottom of the trash can to avoid liquid spill and avoid food scraps to stick at the bottom in the future. We suggest you change the newspaper out at least once a week or every time you remove the trash out to freshen it up as well.

Importance of disinfecting

Having a healthy home requires a lot of things to be cleaned. From the tiny gap in between the wall and your drawers to the first thing we touch when we enter our homes the door knob. This is the very first thing that comes in contact with our bare hands when we enter the door. Can you just imagine how much bacteria is sitting in that spot and waiting to be passed around? It’s very important to disinfect not only door knobs but also the handles that get in contact with your hands as well such as kitchen cabinets and drawer handles, telephone, remote control and even your computer mouse and keyboard. Wiping these items will actually prevent the spread of bacteria. With that being said you can also make your own reusable disinfectant wipes for your cleaning tasks.

What you need:

  • Vinegar ½ cup

  • Water ½ cup

  • Essential oils (example lemon or lavender) 10 drops

  • Old container with lid ( it may be a jar, or a plastic container)

  • Old cloth cut into squares (old shirts, towels etc)

Instructions

  • Put your cloth squares to your plastic container.

  • Then pour in water, vinegar and oils, make sure the cloth is soaked.

  • This is ready to use for your countertops and other wiping tasks!

Keeping your home clean and healthy is a must. So try this tip and it will not only save you time it will also save you money.

Cleaning tight spaces

Cleaning is a difficult task to accomplish especially when you have a busy schedule. But when you are doing your task are you sure that clean all the spots in your home? I bet not. One of them is that tiny gap in between your heavy furniture and the floor. The main reason why we don’t clean it that often? It’s a tiring task to push and move them and put them back in place. So we just normally end up letting the dust sit there. It’s important to clean these areas because it will be a home for dust mites and other insects.

When you remove the dust under the furniture you have to move them, here is just an idea on how you can move your furniture without damaging the flooring.  You can purchase a furniture slide or you can just improvise. You can use bed spreads, sheets, blankets or wooden flooring and use plastic food covers for carpet.

Then after that you can just proceed to regular vacuuming and make sure that you also dust the sides and underside of the furniture as well so if there are any cobwebs of any dust remaining you can wipe it with a clean cloth to keep it dust free.