Recipe Source: Women’s Voice for the Earth
Reproduced from: The Idaho Statesman
Below are recipes on How to Make Natural Cleaning Supplies Without Chemicals. They are great At-Home Recipes for do-it-yourself Green Cleaning Products. The best part is that you use natural ingredients without adding chemicals. Your Green Cleaning Products are safe to use in your home and around children and pets. I think most of us do not realize how many chemicals can be found in the products that we use every day. For instance, Tide Free & Gentle uses 1,4 Dioxane, a well know chemical that has been shown to be a cancer causing agent. Did you know that dryer sheets are loaded with cancer causing chemicals? Here are some examples of chemicals used in dryer sheets: Benzyl acetate, Ethanol, Limonene, A-Terpineol, Ethyl Acetate, Camphor, Chloroform, Linalool, Pentane. No wonder they don’t list what’s in them on the box. So try some of the recipes below, they are so simple and take less time to make than to buy them at the local grocery store. The funnest part about making your own products is that you can choose what scents you would like to use. Check out our Essential Oils section at Skin Perfection for different scents and aromas. Even if you don’t give them a try, the next time you are at the grocery store, meander to the health food section where you can find natural cleaning products made without chemicals.
Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes
2 cups white distilled vinegar
2 cups water
20-30 drops essential oil
Pour in a spray bottle. Shake before using. For really tough jobs, put in a glass container and warm until barely hot.
Creamy Soft Scrub
2 cups baking soda
1/2 cup castille soap
4 tablespoons vegetable glycerin
5 drops anti-bacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, or rosemary.
Mix together and store in a sealed glass jar. Shelf life: 2 years!!!
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
20-30 drops lemon essential oil
Shake well. Dip a clean, dry cloth into polish and rub wood in direction of grain.
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar
Pour baking soda down drain and follow with vinegar. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Flush with boiling water.
1 cup soap flakes
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax
Soap flakes can be made by grating pure vegetable soap with a cheese grater.
Mix ingredients together and store in a glass container. Use 1 tablespoon per load in warm or cold water.