Natural Cleaning Products

Many of the commercial cleaning products people buy are unnecessary and add to the ever-growing landfill sites.

There are so many natural cleaning products you make in your own home that are safe to use, inexpensive to make and do a wonderful job.

By making and using natural cleaning products it reduces the chemicals used in your household. Here are some natural cleaning products you make with either white vinegar or baking soda.

White Vinegar
Vinegar and salt mixed together makes a great surface cleaner.

Depending on how dirty your ceramic tile floor is, mix either a quarter or half cup of white vinegar into a gallon of warm water. This not only removes the dirt without having to scrub but there is no film left on the tiles.

Apply warm vinegar to a cloth and squeeze the liquid onto stick-on hooks or bathtub no-slip decals to remove them.

Mix a cup of vinegar into a gallon of warm water to remove grease and dull film from no-wax linoleum floors.

Equal amounts of vinegar and water remove carpet stains, pet smells and clean ovens.

To clean stone and brick floors, mix a cup of white vinegar into a gallon of warm water. Scrub the floor and then rinse it with clean water.

To clean a dirty flower vase, add one or two tablespoons of vinegar and fill the base with warm water. Let this soak for half an hour and scrub with a soft cloth. Rinse and then dry and your flower vase will be clean and smell great.

Into a spray bottle add one-quarter cup of vinegar and fill with water. Spray on windows or glass and use either paper towels or crumpled newspaper to dry and shine.

On a damp cloth, sprinkle baking soda and then rub on your silverware to remove tarnish. Once you remove the tarnish, rinse and then dry.

Baking Soda
You can make a general cleaner by getting a quart of warm water and dissolving four tablespoons of baking soda into this.

Make a paste using baking soda with a little water and rub on black heel marks to remove these from your floor.

To deodorize and clean all your bathroom and kitchen surfaces, use baking soda on a clean, damp sponge.

One half cup of baking soda added to the wash makes clothes and towels smell fresh and feel soft.

White vinegar and baking soda are natural cleaning products that are environmentally friendly and are great for cleaning.

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Natural Cleaning Recipes

Cleaning is a job most people do not like doing but by using some natural cleaning recipes the job can be a little easier and more environmentally friendly.

Here are some easy, natural cleaning recipes you make at home using common household products.

All-Purpose Cleaner - In one quart of warm water, dissolve four tablespoons of baking soda. Use either a spray bottle or sponge to apply and then rinse with warm, clear water.

Another all-purpose cleaner is a tablespoon of baking soda, a quarter cup of soap flakes and a gallon of hot water. Mix and spray onto stains or dirt and rinse with warm, clear water.

A third recipe for an all-purpose cleaner is one tablespoon of white vinegar, one cup of water and one cup of rubbing alcohol. Put this mixture into a spray bottle. Spray on dirty surfaces and use paper towels or newspaper to clean.

Glass Cleaner - Here are a couple of natural cleaning recipes for cleaning glass. Combine one cup of water, one cup of rubbing alcohol and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Spray onto windows or glass and wipe with paper towels or old newspaper.

Make the second glass-cleaning recipe by filling a spray bottle with either fresh or flat club soda. Spray on and wipe off with paper towels.

Rust Remover - To remove rust, sprinkle salt on the stain. Squeeze a lime over the salt until it is soaked in juice. Leave this mixture sit on the stain for a couple of hours. Scrub with either a soft brush or the rind left over from the lime.

Jewelry Cleaner - Make your own jewelry cleaner by adding a little bit of baking soda to some hot vinegar. Place your jewelry in this mixture for five minutes. Use a soft brush or old soft toothbrush to scrub the jewelry lightly. Rinse in warm water and dry using a soft cloth.

Shower Cleaner - Make an effective daily shower cleaner by mixing one part rubbing alcohol with four parts water. Put this in a spray bottle and spray the shower curtain and walls after each shower. Do not rinse this off.

Produce Wash - To clean your vegetables, spray them with a mixture of two or three tablespoons of white vinegar and cold water. Rinse them under cold water as usual.

Scratched Glass - To reduce scratched glass visibility, put some toothpaste on a soft cloth and wipe the scratch. Buff the scratch gently and then wipe with a clean cloth.

Clogged Showerhead - Pour a half cup of white vinegar into a small plastic storage bag. Tie this over your clogged showerhead and attach with twist ties or a rubber band. Let this sit overnight and then remove, rinse the showerhead off and all the mineral deposits are gone.

By using natural cleaning recipes your home will sparkle and shine, safely and inexpensively.

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Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products

People are more conscious than ever of the environment and living healthy and are looking for environmentally friendly cleaning products that are safe and do a great job.

It is an added bonus if these cleaning products are also economical and easy to make.

Many of the commercial cleaning products people use daily around their homes are unhealthy for the environment and themselves. Replacing store bought cleaning products with environmentally friendly cleaning products is a wise and healthy decision.

Furniture Polish
Here are two environmentally friendly cleaning products that will have your furniture clean and shining quickly. To polish your wood tables, in one-quarter cup of white distilled vinegar add one-half teaspoons of olive oil, food grade linseed oil or other oils that have a long shelf life.

Linseed oils, purchased in hardware stores, do not work well because they contain synthetic chemicals, which dry out wood. This mixture not only polishes the wood but the vinegar cleans it as well. To use, simply wipe the furniture with a soft cloth dipped in the oil/vinegar mixture. Keep this mixture in a covered glass jar to store. Another very good furniture polish is a half cup of lemon juice and a cup of olive oil mixed in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray a small amount of the wood cleaner on a clean cloth to polish the wood and then dry with a soft cloth.

Window Cleaner
Mix two cups of water, three tablespoons of vinegar and a half-teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent in a spray bottle and shake gently to mix. The soap cuts through any wax residue that a commercial brand might have left behind. Spray and use either paper towels or old newspaper to wipe and shine.

Sink and Bathtub Cleaner
This soft but slightly abrasive cleaner does a great job cleaning soap scum, dirt and grime from bathtubs, sinks, counter tops and shower stalls. Pour a half cup of baking soda into a small bowl and slowly add liquid dishwashing soap, stirring constantly until it reaches the consistency of pudding. Use this on a sponge to gently scrub dirty areas and then rinse off with warm water.

General cleaner
In a quart of warm water, add four tablespoons of baking soda. Use this as a cleaner on walls, floors, fixtures and other household items.

Using safer alternatives when possible helps people avoid exposure to unhealthy and sometimes hazardous materials. Environmentally friendly cleaning products are certainly a step in the right direction.

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