Homemade Recipes, Safe Non-toxic cleaners:
My Mom started developing a kind of allergy to the cleaning products she was using in her home. Even the laundry powder was too strong for her hands; they were red, itchy, and dry and were getting cracked all around her fingers, which was very painful. I started looking for a better product and researching a way to make our own natural products. After I got diagnosed with cancer, I did even more research on how I can change the way we clean or better yet just go back to what our grandmothers were using to clean. I remember the smell in my grandmother’s house, rosemary, lemon, orange, and lavender. She was using simple earth based ingredients with essential oil fragrance and her home was the cleanest house I have ever seen or smelled!
Something was wrong with some of the cleaning products we were using in our home. They smelled good and strong, but had so many chemicals. I think over time using these products our bodies will react to it. Sometimes people are sick and they don’t know what they have. They are looking for an answer. It’s good to look first at what you have in your cabinet; read the label and if you do not know the chemical name of the ingredients, simply don’t use it!
We can find some natural cleaning products at the grocery, pharmacy and organic specialist stores. However, it is more fun to do it yourself and the smell of it is amazing! There is no comparison!
So, each spring and fall I make my cleaning products myself and I feel great not having any chemicals in my home.
For the fragrances you can use
Flowers and blossoms: like several species of rose and jasmine, osmanthus, plumeria, mimosa, tuberose, narcissus, scented geranium, cassie, ambrette, the blossoms of citrus and ylang-ylang trees, orange blossoms. The unopened flower buds of the clove , vanilla, lavender, Marigolds, Pansies, Calendula, Echinacea. Barks includes cinnamon and cascarilla, sassafras.
Leaves and twigs: lavender leaf, patchouli, sage, violets, rosemary, hay and tomato leaf, citrus leaves and lemongrass, peppermint.
Resins: resins have been used in incense and perfumery. Highly fragrant and antiseptic resins and resin-containing perfumes have been used by many cultures labdanum, frankincense/olibanum, myrrh, Peru balsam, gum benzoin. Pine and fir resins are a particularly valued source of terpenes used in the organic synthesis.
Roots, rhizomes and bulbs: iris rhizomes, vetiver roots, various rhizomes of the ginger family.
Seeds: Commonly used seeds tonka bean, carrot seed, coriander, caraway, cocoa, nutmeg, mace, cardamom, and anise.
The salt in some recipes is used to help combat mold and vodka is to help prevent the jelly becoming moldy.
For the cleaning you can use
Baking soda naturally absorbs odors, simple, inexpensive and it has a pH of around 8.1. The most common brand is ARM & HAMMER®
Borax is an earthy natural alkaline mineral discovered over 4000 years ago, also known as sodium borate. It’s an eco-friendly solution for many things around the house. It is a good deodorizer and mold inhibitor, it’s a laundry booster, cleaner, pesticide, preservative as well as a successful way to kill cockroaches, fleas and other insects. Preserving cut flowers and so much more use. It has a pH of around 9. Borax is a product you will want to keep on hand at all times
The Benefits of Using Borax as a Laundry Booster
* Whiten your whites
* Soften hard water
* Remove soap residue from your clothing
* Neutralize any laundry odours
* Disinfect clothing
* Increase the stain removal ability of your detergent
How Safe is Borax
Borax has no toxic fumes and is safe for the environment. Borax can irritate skin and should not be ingested.
Where Can I Buy Borax?
Borax is usually found in the cleaning aisle of your grocery store next to the powdered laundry soaps. The most common brand is 20 Mule Team Borax.
Washing soda is a highly alkaline chemical, which helps as a solvent to remove stains. It can be used to remove stubborn stains from laundry like oil, grease and alcohol stains. It is used to clean around the house. Washing soda is Na2CO3 (chemical name), also known as sodium carbonate, is a sodium salt of carbonic acid. It is also used in detergent mixtures to treat hard water. It is used in dyeing with fiber-reactive dyes to adhere to the fabric for a deeper penetration and a longer lasting color.
The most common brands are V.I.P. Soap Products, ARM & HAMMER®
This soap has been highly prized and viewed as high quality soap in several regions in Europe. Many stores sell Castile soap or you can make it (castile soap recipe). Castile soap is made with 100% of organic olive oil. Which is great for people with sensitive skin or people who cannot tolerate fragrances and useful for a range of other applications like hair shampoo, wash clothes, scrub floors, bathe pets, cleaning soap and home cleaner. Castile soap is environmental free. This soap is named after the Kingdom of Castile, a region in Spain. It has been said, In Castile, the soap was made with olive oil only, name with a capitalized Castile soap and name with a lower case castile soap, made with other vegetable oils like with coconut, hemp, avocado, almond, walnut, sunflower, and many other vegetable oils.
The composition of the soap will vary slightly; depending on which base oil is used. In pure form, castile soap can be white, cream or green, hard, and odorless. Many soap makers also make a liquid version of Castile soap, which is odorless and pale cream to white, often thickening in cool weather. It can be scented with various floral ingredients, blended with oatmeal and other coarse materials to assist with exfoliation.
Vinegar is an environmentally friendly natural organic bi-product and very economical. White distilled vinegar is a popular household cleanser, it is very safe and it does not contain harmful toxic chemicals for the environment, for family members, especially those with breathing problem, and around young children. Vinegar has acetic properties and antimicrobial properties. It is effective for killing most mold, bacteria, and germs and can be used as a stain remover, mildew eliminator, soap scum dissolver, chrome polisher, lime descales, fabric softener, room deodorizer and as an unclogging agent. Cleaning with white distilled vinegar is a smart way to avoid using harsh chemicals detergent. It does have a distinct odor; it is a clean smell, which disappears quickly. Simply use it in a spray bottle, just spray, wipe, and no need to rinse.
Most brands compare equally to one another. However, the most common brands are Heinz, Fleischmann’s.
Lemon juice is a natural substance that can be used to clean your home. It will refresh, because lemons are acidic, it will act as an antibacterial and antiseptic. Tips: Lemon juice can be mixed with vinegar and or baking soda to make cleaning pastes. Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda or slat on the cut section and use the lemon to scrub dishes, surfaces, stains, and grease buster. Bleach Natural: Lemon juice acts as a natural bleaching agent. Put lemon juice onto white linens and clothing and allow them to dry in the sun. Stains will be bleached away
Put lemon peel through the garbage disposal and the drain (Garbage Disposal). The peels will refresh.
Essential Oil Has good disinfectant qualities: cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon, lime, lavender, peppermint, pine, rosemary, thyme, Basil, Oregano, and Cilantro.
Spice You can use all spices for Apple cider and Mulled wine or all spices for pumpkin pie. They will leave a yummy smell in your house.
Salt (table salt, coarse salt) Salt is a mineral also called sodium chloride. It is an extraordinary cleaning, antiseptic and deodorizing agent either on its own or mixed with several other environmentally-friendly cleaners for your entire home. It is very cheap and available at all grocery stores or supermarkets. It is a safe product, which does no harm to the environment.
It can be used by itself or combined safely with vinegar, lemon juice, or even washing detergent soap or liquid.
The most common brands is Winsor.
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Homemade Recipes, Safe non-toxic cleaners for cheap!
For Your Home (go to)
Homemade Air Freshener
Homemade Deodorize and clean the garbage disposal
Homemade clean and deodorize a drain
Homemade clean and disinfect baby toys (environmental friendly)
Homemade clean counter tops (not to be use on marble)
Homemade cleaning for large appliances
Homemade cleaning Concrete & Stain Removal
Homemade Deck Wash Recipes Homemade DIY Polish
Homemade fireplace glass doors Cleaner
Homemade Fragrant Home
Homemade Furniture Polish
Homemade Hardwood Floor Cleaner Recipes
Homemade Metal Polish
Homemade Mouse Repellents & Baits
Homemade Multipurpose Citrus Vinegar
Homemade Multipurpose Herb Vinegar
Homemade Multipurpose with Lavander
Homemade neutralize Urine Odors on Mattresses
Homemade patios weed-free
Homemade Pet Hair Clean up
Homemade Poisoned Bait
Homemade porcelain, enamel, stainless steel and concrete scrub
Homemade Remove Permanent Marker
Homemade Removal the smell of a dead mouse or other rode
Homemade Scratch Repair
Removing Scuff Marks
Homemade scouring cleanser
Homemade Silver Polishing Cloths
Homemade Soap Scum Busters
Homemade Spot Cleaning Tips & Stain Removers For Suede
Homemade Surface Disinfectants
Homemade To Get Rid Of Insect
Homemade Wall and Floor Cleaner
Homemade Washing a Dishwasher or Washing Machine or toilet bowl
Homemade Window Cleaner & Mirror Cleaner
Homemade Wipe grease off exhaust fan grids
Kitchen (go to)
Homemade cleaner for cast iron pans
Homemade cleaner for Microwave
Homemade to clean a grease oven door window
Homemade clean the shelves and walls of the refrigerator
Homemade cleaning oven grill
Homemade Dish Detergent
Homemade cut the grime on the top of the refrigerator
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent
Homemade Extinguishing grease fires
Homemade Grill “BBQ” Cleaners
Homemade Oven Cleaner
Homemade Remove odors from a lunch box
Homemade Remove dark stains on an aluminum pot
Homemade stained and smelly plastic food containers
Homemade Remove Lime scale
Homemade Remove stains from coffee and teacup
Homemade Remove stains from glasses or vases
Bathroom (go to)
Homemade bathtub film cleaner
Homemade Cleaners For The Bathroom
Homemade Clean shower door tracks
Homemade Cleaning Tap Fixtures & Shower Heads
Homemade Deodorize the toilet bowl
Homemade Freshen air for the bathroom
Homemade Makeup Brush save cleaner
Homemade porcelain enamel, stainless steel and concrete srub
Homemade Spray shower doors
Homemade tile cleaner
Laundry Room (go to)
Homemade Bleach Natural
Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent
Homemade Laundry Stain Pretreater
Homemade Scented Fabric Softener
For Your Body (go to)
Homemade Bath Bombs & Fizzie
Homemade Body Soap
Homemade Hair Conditioner
Homemade Hair Treatment
Homemade Natural Highlights hair Enhancers
Home Remedies For Dandruff
Homemade Body Scrub, toner, moistening
Homemade Face Scrub, toner, Moisturizer
How To Make Perfume
Homemade Makeup and hair Brush Cleaners:
Homemade Teeth Whiteners
Homemade Breath Fresheners, Chew and Mouthwash:
Homemade Lavender Water Recipes (can use any kind of fragrance flower)
Homemade Skin Moisturizing
Homemade lip gloss
Home Remedies & Health (go to)
Home Remedies For Canker Sores
Fun (go to)
Homemade Salt Dough Recipes, Ornaments & Crafts
TIPS (go to)
Remove Sticky Adhesive
72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Kit
Guide To Spring Cleaning
Household Uses For Salt
Household Uses For Baking Soda
Beauty & Health Uses For Baking Soda
Home Remedies & Health
Household Uses For Borax