General Disinfecting Dream Recipe Easy Green Living, Renee Loux
1/4 cup vodka,
1/2 cup 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (the drugstore stuff),
5 drops grapefruit seed extract (optional),
10 drops essential oil of lavender (optional) and
5 drops essential oil of lemon (optional).
Combine all, mix don’t shake. Spray and wipe or spray and let it dry. This will keep indefinitely
Fruit & Veggie Wash:
3 cups filtered water,
3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar,
2 tablespoon baking soda.
Mix in spray bottle and spray on, scrub and rinse: (Easy Green Living, Renee Loux)
Extra Strength: add 2 tablespoons Lemon Peel concentrate and 4 drops grapefruit seed abstract.
Without Vinegar: scrub organic lemons. Cut up the zest put in jar with 1 cup of vodka. Cap and let stand for 2 weeks. Strain out the lemon solids. This is a concentrate. To use add 2 tablespoons of this to 1 quart of water put in spray bottle or in bowl for dunking. Rinse produce afterward.
Ovens: baking soda & washing soda
Mix 1 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of washing soda. Add enough water to make a paste; Apply the past to oven surfaces and Let soak overnight. The next morning, lift off soda mixture and grime.
Pots & Pans: baking soda, liquid soap, (extra strength: vinegar, powdered oxygen bleach)
2 table spoons of baking soda on the bottom of a mucky pot or pan. Add 2 inches or so of hot water and a little squirt of dish soap. Let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes before scrubbing. 1 table-spoon baking soda for every 2 inch rise in water. (Easy Green Living, Renee Loux)
Extra strength: same as above but ad 1/4 cup distilled vinegar. It will foam like mad. Push the mixture around with a wooden spoon to coat the food caked on the bottom and sides. Add 2 inches of hot water and a little squirt of dish soap. Let it stand for 10-15 minutes before scrubbing. (Easy Green Living, Renee Loux)
stains on porcelain casserole dishes. powdered oxygen bleach puts muscle into the cleaning. Sprinkle 1 tspoon of each of oxygen bleach powder and baking soda in the dish (use 2 teaspoons each for larger dishes or really tough jobs. Fill dish with hot water and swirl to dissolve the powders. Let it stand for 10-15 before scrubbing. (Easy Green Living, Renee Loux)
Tub and tile: baking soda, liquid soap and vinegar
Mix 1 2/3 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of liquid soap, and 1/2 cup water. As the last step, add two tablespoons of vinegar (If you add the vinegar too early it will react with the baking soda.) Immediately apply, wipe and scrub.
Toilet bowl: borax (+vinegar for extra strength)
Poor 1 cup of borax into the toilet before going to bed. In the morning, scrub and flush. For an extra-strength cleaner, add 1/4 cup of vinegar to the borax
Floors: vinegar or borax (add liquid soap for extra cleaning power)
1 cup distilled white vinegar in a gallon of hot water. This can remove sticky residue and kill odors with no rinsing needed. Or use 1/2 cup borax (like vinegar, a natural disinfectant) and 2 gallons of water. You can add 1/4 cup of any liquid soap for extra cleaning power, but soap should be rinsed…(from the goodguide.com)
Furniture polish: Olive oil and vinegar
Mix olive oil and vinegar in a one-to-one ratio and polish with a soft cloth.
Windows: Vinegar (for extra strength add liquid soap)
Put three tablespoons of vinegar per one quart water in a spray bottle. For extra-dirty windows, try 1/2 teaspoon of liquid soap, 3 tablespoons of vinegar, and 2 cups of water. Shake well.
Best Ingredients for Effective Homemade Household Cleaning
Baking Soda – An excellent cleaner and deodorizer, available in supermarkets and health food stores.
Borax – An excellent disinfectant, available in supermarkets and health food stores.
Distilled White Vinegar – An excellent cleaner, available in both supermarkets and health food stores.
Essential Oils – Essences distilled from plant oils, essential oils are less allergenic than synthetic fragrances. They add a pleasing fragrance to your cleaning formulas. Available at health food stores.
Hydrogen peroxide – An alternative to bleach, available at supermarkets and drugstores.
Lemon juice – An excellent cleaner, available in both health food stores and supermarkets.
Liquid Soaps – An alternative to harsher detergents and other cleaning agents, available in health food stores and supermarkets. (Personal Favorite? Dr. Bronner)
Pumice Stone – Excellent as a stain remover, available in health food stores, drugstores, and supermarkets.
Sodium Perborate – An alternative to standard bleaches made with sodium hypochlorite, available from chemical supply companies.
Sodium Percarbonate – Also an alternative to standard bleaches, available from chemical supply companies.
Trisodium phosphate (TSP) – A powerful cleaning material, TSP can be irritating and caustic; it does not pose long-term health hazards such as carcinogenicity, neurotoxicity, or reproductive effects. Be aware that some products with the name TSP on their container do not actually contain Trisodium phosphate. Available at supermarkets, drugstores, and hardware stores.
Washing Soda (also known as sodium carbonate, soda ash, and sal soda) – A strong cleaner, available in supermarkets and health food stores.
Zeolite – This naturally occurring mineral is an excellent deodorizer and available from G&W Supply, 1441, W. 46th Avenue #31, Denver, CO 80211, (303) 455-8834.
Steinman, David and Epstein, Samuel, The Safe Shopper’s Bible, MacMillan: New York, 1995.