Saturday, February 19, 2011

Under The Table and Dreaming: Homemade Cleaning Products {Non-Toxic, safe cleaning formulas to easily make yourself}

Under The Table and Dreaming: Homemade Cleaning Products {Non-Toxic, safe cleaning formulas to easily make yourself}: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"


  1. {All Purpose Cleaners}
    Formula No 1
    1/2 Cup of Vinegar
    1/4 Cup of Baking Soda {or 2 teaspoons of Borax}
    1/2 Gallon of Water

    Formula No 2
    1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
    2 teaspoons of Borax
    1/2 Teaspoon of Liquid Soap or Detergent
    2 Cups of Hot Water

    Formula No 3
    Fill Spray Bottle half way with White Vinegar
    Fill the rest with Water
    Optional - Add 10-20 Drops of Essential Oils

    Tip: Microfiber Cloths
    lift dirt, dust and grease without the need of cleaners. They are naturally formulated to penetrate and trap dirt.

    {Disinfectants}Formula No 1
    2 Cups of Water
    1/4 Cup of Lemon Juice
    2 Teaspoons of Borax

    Formula No 2
    2 Teaspoons of Borax
    4 Tablespoons of Vinegar
    3 Cups of Hot Water

    Formula No 3
    1/4 Cup Vinegar
    1 Teaspoon of Scent Free Plain Liquid Dish Detergent
    20 Drops of Tea Tree Oil

    Formula No 4
    2 Teaspoons of Borax
    4 Teaspoons of Vinegar
    3 Cups of Hot Water
    1/4 Teaspoon of Castile Soap

    {Window Cleaner}
    Formula No 1
    2 Teaspoons of White Vinegar
    1 Quart of Warm Water

    Formula No 2
    1 Cup of Rubbing Alcohol
    1 Cup of Water
    1 Teaspoon of Vinegar

    Wash one side of the window with horizontal strokes and the other with vertical so you can pinpoint which side may have streaks.

    Don't clean windows when the sun is shining directly on them or if they are warm - the heat dries the cleaning solution prior to having time to polish the windows correctly.

    Eliminate tiny scratches in glass by polishing them with toothpaste

    To give an extra shine to windows polish with newspapers or a clean cotton cloth. Rub a blackboard eraser over cleaned windows for a diamond bright shine.

    {Kitchen Cleaners}
    Garbage Disposal
    Grind the skins of lemons, oranges and limes in the disposal along with ice cubes.
    {The ice will sharpen the blades}

    Dishwasher Soap
    1 Cup of Borax
    1 Cup of Washing Soda
    1/2 Cup Citric Acid Powder
    1/2 Cup Kosher Salt

    Dishwasher Rinsing Agent
    Fill with Plain White Vinegar

    Scouring Powder
    Baking Soda or Table Salt can be used as an alternative to chlorine scouring powders. Sprinkle on sponge or surface and scour.

    {Bathroom Cleaners}

    Bath Mold or Mildew
    Mix One Part Hydrogen Peroxide with Two Parts Water
    Spray on - Wait one hour before rinsing

    Tub and Tile Cleaner
    Make a paste of baking soda and water
    Allow to stand for 10-15 minutes

    Toilet Bowl Cleaner
    Mix 1/4 Cup of Baking Soda and 1 Cup of Vinegar
    Pour into basin and let sit - scrub with a brush and rinse

    Please 1/2 cup of undiluted vinegar into a food storage bag and secure to the showerhead with a rubber band - let sit over night, rinse.

    {Floor Cleaners}Vinyl and Linoleum
    1 Cup of Vinegar
    Few Drops of Baby Oil
    1 Gallon of Warm Water

    Brick and Stone Tiles
    1 Cup of White Vinegar
    1 Gallon of Water
    Rinse with clear water

    Carpet Stain Cleaner
    Mix 1/4 Cup of Salt, 1/4 Cup of Borax, 1/4 Cup of Vinegar
    Rub into carpet - leave for a few hours - vacuum

    Carpet Deodorizer
    Sprinkle Baking Soda on carpets and let sit one hour prior to vacuuming

  2. {Metal Cleaners Polishes}Silver
    Line a pan with aluminum foil and fill with water. Add a teaspoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil. Immerse silver and poilsh with a soft cloth.

    Stainless Steel
    Clean with a cloth dampened with undiluted white vinegar

    Polish with baby oil or vinegar

    Clean with a solution of Cream of Tarter and Water using a soft cloth

    Apply a dab of ketchup on a soft cloth and rub over tarnished spots

    Clean with Toothpaste or a paste mix of salt, vinegar and flour

    Brass or Bronze
    Polish with a soft cloth dipped in equal parts of lemon juice and baking soda or Apply a dab of ketchup on a soft cloth and rub over tarnished spots{Laundry}
    Powder Laundry Detergent
    1 Cup of Ivory Soap or Fels-Naptha Soap, Grated
    1/2 Cup of Washing Soda
    1/2 Cup of Borax

    Liquid Laundry Detergent
    10 Homemade Laundry Soap Recipes {here} at TipNut

    Stain Remover
    1 Cup of Water
    1/2 Cup of Baking Soda
    1/2 Cup of Hydrogen Peroxide
    Mix and store in spray bottle. Spray on stain and let sit overnight.

    Grass Stain Remover
    Wet the Stain with water and cover with salt. Let sit one hour and wash as usual.

    Cedar Chips in a cheesecloth square or Cedar oil in an absorbent cloth.

    Homemade Moth repelling sachets can be made from Lavender, Rosemary, Vetiver, and Rose Petals.

    Dried Lemon Peels are also a moth deterrent.{Miscellaneous}Furniture Polish
    Mix 2 Teaspoons of Olive Oil and 2 Teaspoons of Lemon Juice -Apply with a soft cloth

    Varnished Wood Polish
    Add a few drops of Lemon Oil to 1/2 Cup of Warm Water. Spray onto soft cloth - wipe and finish by wiping with a soft dry cotton cloth.

    Water Rings on Wood
    Apply toothpaste or mayonnaise with a soft damp cloth and rub into ring.

    Rust Remover
    Sprinkle rust spot with salt and squeeze a lime on top until salt is well soaked. Leave mixture sit for 2-3 hours then scrub residue with the lime rind.

    Oil and Grease Spots in Garage
    For small spots on garage floor, sprinkle with baking soda and scrub with a wet brush.