Organic House Cleaning

Home-made, natural, household cleansers can be made easily and safely. Commercial concentrated organic products are also available. The advantage of using these products is that they are generally safe for people and do not harm the environment, plus they are effective cleaners.

Vinegar is a great cleaner and germicide. Yes, it has a strong odor that lasts for some time, but it will cut through dirt and grime and kill germs. A gallon of hot water mixed with a cup of white vinegar can be used to clean many surfaces and to mop floors. This mixture can also be used in a spray bottle as a glass cleaner. Vinegar is also effective for wiping away soap scum on shower tiles and doors.

To clean drains baking soda washed down by vinegar will kill bacteria that can cause foul odors and will scrub away scum buildup that will eventually clog the drain.

Lemon juice (about 1/4 cup) mixed with a quart of warm water can be used to wipe surfaces free of grease. This is especially effective on wood and metal cabinet faces.

If vinegar and lemon juice make for effective deep cleaning, citrus juice makes an excellent polisher and cleaner. Citrus oil can be purchased by the gallon and can be rubbed into wood furniture to create a lustrous shine. There is the added benefit of the lingering citrus scent.

Wood floors can be cleaned with a cup of citrus oil diluted in a gallon of hot water. Use a soft sponge to take up dirt and grime. Afterward apply straight citrus oil from a lint-free rag. Wood blinds can also be cleaned using the diluted citrus oil applied with a spray bottle.

Mineral oil took paint off our oven dial.

Mineral spirits is a great way to remove caked on grease. However, be careful, it can also take off paint. In an experiment in our kitchen taking grease off an old stove, we lost most of the markings from an oven dial.

For handling laundry, borax is a good option. It is made from boron, sodium, oxygen, and water. It adds cleaning, bleaching, and fabric softening capabilities to any organic laundry cleaner recipe. Baking soda is another vital ingredient as it deodorizes. Washing soda is a degreaser. A grated bar of ivory body soap will help remove greases and grime produced by the human body. There are many recipes available. Here is one we found to be effective. To make the "detergent" mix:
- 1 grated bar of ivory soap
- 1/2 cup borax
- 1/2 cup washing soda
- 1/4 cup baking soda
Use one tablespoon of this mixture for each washer load.

Making dishwashing detergent for the dishwasher is even easier. Simply add one tablespoon washing soda and one tablespoon borax to the detergent dispenser, and pour distilled white vinegar into the clear rinse gel dispenser.

Another way clean naturally is to use a bissell broom instead of a vacuum for carpets. Instead of making your own detergents and cleansers there are many on the market that will do the job. Simple Green makes a whole line of cleaning products that are environmentally safe and safe for humans.

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