I have always used lemon juice or vinegar as descalers in my kettle. we have very hard water so it builds up quickly. Filling the kettle with a strong solution of lemon juice or vinegar and water overnight once a week keeps it down and is better than chemical descalers. Vinegar and water adds a sparkle to windows and glasswear. Essential oils can be used for laundry, personal bathing, washing floors and surfaces to name but a few things. they all have varying antiseptic properties and smell much better than many disinfectants and cleaners. They have other uses too, as I will put in more detail on my spark page soon. We also have a wand that produces ultra -violet c light which sterilises and kills many germs and bacteria , as is used in hospitals. It uses very little electricity, so is greener even than my steam cleaner, which also means chemical free cleaning .
Thanks for sharing these great ideas. I have been making homemade cleaners for years now. They are good for saving both time and money. I also enjoy the advantages of an outdoor clothes line during the spring and summer. The clothes always smell so nice. I would hang clothes indoors if I could, but we do not have the room here. On occasion I have had to hang clothes outdoors in the winter when the dryer wasn't working. It took a lot longer, but was doable when needed. I just hung a clothes line across our covered deck and allowed the wind to dry them. It protected the clothes from getting wetter with the rain. Thanks for the ideas for using cloths and rags instead of paper towels. I need to start using less of the paper towels and more newspapers and cotton cloths. May go make some more cloths this week.
4/11/2010 10:54:53 AM
I use vinegar to clean my stainless still frig. It makes it shinny and looking new again. Vinegar is also good to put on the floor, just spray it on the floor and mop. I have been doing this for years.
I"ve been using vinegar for a while now. I put it in a spray bottle and use it to clean my counters. It works wonderfully and there is no worry about having chemicals on the counters. I'll have to check out using borax also. Great ideas!
I love hanging my clothes outside to dry! One of the first things I did when I bought my house was to install a retractable clothesline. It's great! I just have to keep the dogs inside when I hang clothes out - my Kommondor/Great Pyr will consider them toys!
Oooh I love Dr Bronner's too ... have never been a fan of Swiffer or that type of thing because of all those sheets being thrown away. Also like Meyer's products. Vinegar, salt, lemon juice, and baking soda are all great around the house as well. Happy cleaning!
I absolutely love Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds which is a clear all purpose cleaner sold in health food stores.Believe me when I say a little goes a long way .I use Sal Suds to mop ,and clean every surface in the house .I have also used this product to wash dishes .I usually get the 32 ounce bottle which will lasts for months .I especially like the fact that it rinses very easily .
Someone else said it, but I'll say it again; my sister put me on to using 1/4 cup of white vinegar in the laundry rinse cycle. Replaces fabric softener and dryer sheets, and the clothes smell fine! I am waiting for DH to help me put up a clothesline! I also use less detergent than called for... with dirty ,stained clothes, I often pretreat with liquid detergent that I premeasured for the wash, so I don't need any more soap, but it does double duty! Also run my wash on soak cycle instead of regular wash, so washer doesn't have to run as much, but clothes get cleaner, IMO; gentler on the clothes too; then run on final rinse with vinegar to get all the dirt and soap out.
Love the cleaning recipes and suggestions here! Thanks! I'll "give 'em a go"!
9/18/2008 9:31:52 AM
Wow great and wonderful reminders of returning back to the very basics, using what we have on hand...I remember cleaning windows with newspaper and vinegar many a time....and I the thought of essential oils is fascinating to me, can hardly wait to get that going...... Thank you
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