Home remedy cleaning products

Jennifer - posted on 01/11/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have a good list or site for green cleaning products or home made cleaning products?

Thanks,

Jennifer

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Jenice - posted on 04/23/2009

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I agree with Irene Shaver....I'm a huge fan of Norwex products. The cleaning solutions break down literally within hours and are environmentally friendly. Plus, they last for forever, so the initial investment can save you hundreds of dollars a year. I love knowing that I don't have any cleaners in my house that could kill my daughter if she ate them!



Just a note: For home-made window cleaners...please don't use vinegar on glass! My husband works with glass, and windows, and he told me that vinegar actually etches the glass over time. That cheap home remedy today means you'll have to replace that window in 15-20 years. (Which is definitely not earth friendly!) I'd recommend washing them with soap and water, and then using a microfibre cloth (you can find them anywhere, from Norwex, to Walmart....they just differ in quality) to polish the glass.

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I started using Thieves cleaner from Young Living.  I love it!!! It cleans great and smells good.  It's all organic and it won't hurt the kids if they swallow it.  Hope this helps-Erin

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Karen - posted on 03/25/2009

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hi everyone, i'm new here and i'm not sure where abouts in the world you all are, i found a lot of help from a book i got given when i left work a while ago, it is based on 'how clean is your house' they have put lots of helpful things in there that are good cleaners

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Here's a seminar I found useful and the company provides "green" cleaning products as well as other "green" products, such as skin care, pharmaceuticals, makeup, and more.



Free No Obligation Go Green Web Seminar

If you have ever thought about going green or are just curious to find out what the big deal is with going green; I invite you to view this free no obligation web seminar. If interested please contact me to assist getting in (vfuemmel@hotmail.com). The time slots are as follow (showing in central time- so pacific is 2 hrs behind, mountain is 1 hr behind and eastern is 1 hr ahead)

Mondays- 6pm

Wednesdays- 9am

Thursdays- 10am

Fridays- 9am

User - posted on 03/14/2009

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Norwex, is and awesome company for safe products, they also do home shoes. Just google their name and check it out. I use many of their products and love love love them.

Sara - posted on 02/19/2009

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I have been using the microfiber cloths from Norwex Envirocloths they remove the dirt and bacteria using just water and because the cloths are washable I am not throwing anything out.

Corey - posted on 01/31/2009

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Interesting comment on the Method products. I'll have to look into that myself.

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Working more than full-time with 2 kids (and a husband) makes me absolutely NOT want to make my own cleaners, even though I know how easy it is.  I use store-bought cleaners, there are so many natural ones out there now.  My favorite brand is Method, sold in Target and a few other places (http://www.methodhome.com/).  Their glass cleaner (smells like peppermint), dish soap and granite cleaner are all amazing.  They also have a nice line of kids' bath products.



7th Generation also has good stuff - I use the laundry detergent for the kids clothes & bedding.  I have not had success with their dish detergent, it doesn't dissolve in my water.  I've heard good things about Citra Dish though (you can find it on Amazon).  I also like Mrs. Meyer's, they have a really nice stainless steel cleaner and it smells yummy.



There is so much out there now that the "green sweep" has hit everyone.  I hope that helps!

Christine - posted on 01/22/2009

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I looked this up about a year ago and now Borax is my new best friend. Mixing Borax and teatree oil with water makes a great spray cleaner and vinigar and water for mirrors and glass. I found this at this website...www.geocities.com, hope it's helpful!

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Here are some home-made products for a little of everything :)  Enjoy!



 



WARNING: Never mix cleaning products containing bleach and ammonia as dangerous fumes will result.



OVEN CLEANER
2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid
2 teaspoons borax
1/4 cup ammonia
1-1/2 cups warm water



Mix the ingredients together, apply to oven spills, and let sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Scrub with an abrasive nylon-backed sponge and rinse well.



 






GENERAL-PURPOSE CLEANER
1 teaspoon borax
1/2 teaspoon washing soda
2 teaspoons vinegar
1/4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
2 cups hot water



Combine all the ingredients. If you don't have washing soda (generally found in the laundry section of supermarkets), use 1 teaspoon baking soda instead. For a more pleasant smell, use lemon juice instead of vinegar. Be sure to label the bottle accordingly.



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Polishing Cloths

You can make your own polish-impregnated cloths to dust furniture. Pour some furniture polish into a large glass jar and shake it until the sides are coated. Pour the remainder of the polish back into the polish container. Place terry or other absorbent cloths in the jar and cover tightly. Leave overnight or until the cloths have absorbed all the polish. Store the cloths in the jar.



Here's another method for making polishing cloths. Add 1/4 cup polish (such as lemon oil) to 2 cups hot water. Mix well. Soak dust cloths in the mixture, then let them dry before using. Save the mixture in a glass jar. When the cloths become soiled, wash them, re-treat them, and use again.










EASY SCRUB
3/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup borax
dishwashing liquid



Combine the baking soda and borax. Mix in enough dishwashing liquid to make a smooth paste. If you prefer a pleasant smell, add 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice to the paste.



 






JEWELRY CLEANER
1/4 cup ammonia
1/4 cup dishwashing liquid
3/4 cup water



Mix all the ingredients well, then soak your jewelry in the solution for a few minutes. Clean around the stones and designs with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Buff dry. (Caution: Don't use this with gold-plated jewelry; with soft stones such as pearls, opals, or jade; or with costume jewelry, because it could ruin the plastics or loosen the glue.)



 






HEAVY-DUTY DISINFECTANT CLEANER
1/4 cup powdered laundry detergent
1 tablespoon borax
3/4 cup hot water
1/4 cup pine oil, or pine-based cleaner



Slowly stir the detergent and borax into the water to dissolve. Add the pine oil (available at hardware stores and supermarkets) and mix well. For bathroom cleaning, use the mixture full strength. In the kitchen, dilute it with water.



 






WOOD FLOOR POLISH
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil Mix the ingredients well, rub on the floor, and buff with a clean, dry cloth.



 






RUG CLEANER
1/4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
1 cup lukewarm water



Combine the ingredients. Use a spray bottle to apply the solution over a large area, or use the solution to spot-clean nongreasy stains. (Don't use laundry detergent or dishwasher detergent in place of dishwashing liquid, as they may contain additives that can affect the rug's color.)



 






TOILET CLEANER
1 cup borax
1/4 cup vinegar or lemon juice



Combine the ingredients to make a paste. Apply it to the inside of the toilet bowl, let sit for 1 to 2 hours, and scrub.



 






MILDEW REMOVER
1 tablespoon powdered laundry detergent
1 quart chlorine bleach
2 quarts water



Combine all the ingredients in a pail. Wearing rubber gloves, wash off the mildew.



 






FLOOR WAX REMOVER
1 cup laundry detergent
3/4 cup ammonia
1 gallon warm water



Mix all the ingredients together and apply to a small area of the floor. Let the solution sit long enough for it to loosen the old wax, at least 5 to 10 minutes. Mop up the old wax (or scrape it up, if there's a lot of it, using a squeegee and a dustpan). Rinse thoroughly with 1 cup vinegar in 1 gallon water and let dry before applying a new finish.



 






FURNITURE POLISH
1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice
1 tablespoon boiled linseed oil
1 tablespoon turpentine



Combine the ingredients in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake until blended. Dampen a cloth with cold water and wring it out until it's as dry as you can get it. Saturate the cloth with the mixture and apply sparingly to a small area at a time. Let dry for about 30 minutes, then polish with a soft cloth. Note that this mixture gets gummy as it sits, so make just enough for one day's work.



 






GLASS CLEANER
2 tablespoons ammonia
1/2 cup alcohol
1/4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
a few drops blue food coloring
water



Combine the ammonia, alcohol, dishwashing liquid, and food coloring, then add enough water to make 1 quart. If you prefer a nonammoniated cleaner, substitute 3 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice for the ammonia.



 






CARPET FRESHENER
1 cup crushed dried herbs (such as rosemary, southernwood, or lavender)
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda



Combine all the ingredients in a large jar or other container with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well to blend. Sprinkle some of the mixture on your carpet, let it sit for an hour or so, and then vacuum it up. It will give the room a pleasant smell and neutralize carpet odors.

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Clorox, i think, is making green products now....



Vinegar is a good sanitizer,  baking soda is a good scouring tool....... hhmmm, i will have to dig around in my little disc of info...... I collect so much info from online i keep it all on disc so my laptop doesn't fill up too fast  :)



Amy

Heather - posted on 01/12/2009

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Here is one about hosting your own green cleaning party. I hope to host one this spring!
www.womenandenvironment.org/greenclean

Nicole - posted on 01/11/2009

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Here are a few that I have used, I loved them so much I printed them and put them in a binder to reference.
This is like a natural cleaning bible, has all kinds of recipes for cleaning, disinfecting etc..
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Prair...

Here is a site that has 10 different recipes for making laundry soap
http://tipnut.com/10-homemade-laundry-so...

This one is a lady who has recipes for cleaners, soaps, laundry soap, crafts, meal planning, sewing etc..
http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/
Good Luck!

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