Thursday, June 3, 2010

Cleaning Solutions For Home

For years, it seems, I have researched on the internet for “green solutions.” At one time it was hard to find recipes for green cleaning; now there are millions. I love to read them and try different solutions. However, I always go back to the basics. Basics being what I have used for years. They work and are almost too simple.

While at the store, I still scan through the cleaning section to see what is out there. The big corporations are always coming up with something new. Usually the product is just one most disposable for the landfills or has some awful chemical in it as well as the container and the packaging. But everyone is talking about it and buying it “just to try”.

Here are some very simple recipes for cleaning that will eliminate buying what you don’t need. Also your under the sink products collection will be streamlined.


1/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup borax, 3 1/2 cups baking soda, mix well. Put it in a clean used jar. You will have to punch holes in the lid. Make one for each bathroom, the kitchen and garage. It cost only pennies.

Note: Keep some Comet for emergencies. For example: you have been gone for a couple of weeks and hubby was cleaning house. You might need something stronger.

Windows, Mirrors and Glass

Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) Put some on a lint free rag or spray from a bottle. Clean as usual. No spots!

Note: If you want to put some in a bottle and store it, the bottle must be dark. The H2O2 will turn to water if exposed to light for a while. At Wal-Mart in the section where they sell samples you can get small dark spray bottles for 96 cents.

Use a microfiber cloth. If there is a stubborn spot you may have to spritz a little water on the cloth.
Use separate ones for general cleaning and computer/TV screens.
Wash in laundry.

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