Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Clean Cleaning

If you've read my Vintage Cleaning Schedule blog, these are the homemade products I like to use for a clean, green (and inexpensive) house!

All Purpose:
  • 3 parts filtered water
  • 1 part vinegar
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice
  • 5-7 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
Disinfectant Floor Cleaner:
  • 1 gallon warm water
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 small squeeze of liquid castile soap
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
 Furniture Polish:
  •  Olive oil dabbed on a cloth, OR
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 c. filtered water
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar or lemon juice
Stainless Steel Cleaner:
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
    • After rubbing oil on with soft cloth, dab vinegar on, wipe, and let dry
Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
  • 1/2 c. baking soda
  • A couple drops of essential oil (optional) 
    • Pour mixture in toilet and let sit until finished cleaning bathroom. Scrub toilet and flush!
    • If you have those really difficult hard water stains to remove, use a pumice stone to scrub them away. No other products needed! (Especially not bleach!!)
Oven Cleaner:
  • Baking soda
  • Water
    • Make a paste with the soda and water. Let sit on stove top or oven for a few minutes. Wipe away with dish cloth. Some very light scrubbing might be necessary depending on how much is cooked on.
Mattress Detox:
  • 1/2 c. Baking soda
  • 12 drops essential oil (lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, or wintergreen)
    • Sprinkle mixture onto mattress. Let sit for at least 1 hour (the longer, the better). Vacuum up and replace bedding!
Musty/Foul Odors (clothing, beds, carpets, anything!):
  • Put white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray wherever you're trying to get rid of the smell. I use this for my vintage clothes and suitcases; it does wonders! 
Heavy-Duty Carpet Stains and Odors:
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
    • Sprinkle baking soda on carpet, enough to cover the spot, then spray with vinegar. It'll bubble up (like those volcanoes we made in grade school!). Let it sit for a few minutes and then scrub.
Unclog Drains:
  • 1/4 c. baking soda
  • 1 c. vinegar
    • Pour baking soda down drain. Stuff in as much of it as you can. 
    • Pour the vinegar all at once down the drain and quickly be ready to cover the drain to force the pressure downward. Once the fizzing stops, run water to clear it. 
    • For really tough clogs, you may need to repeat this once or twice. So much better than using harsh chemicals! (Not to mention it's much cheaper) :)
Fit Dame

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