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Free Green Cleaner Recipes

 
**Note: if you use bar castile soap,
you must first grade the bar in
boiling water until dissolved. 
 
Do you want to try making your own non-toxic cleaners at home.
  It's easy!!
Basic ingredients found in your kitchen can be used to make non-toxic cleaners for your different cleaning needs.
 
The 5 basic ingredients for many safe home cleaning needs are:
 
Baking Soda ~ Cleans and deodorizes.  Softens water to increase sudsing and cleaning power of soap.    Good scouring powder.  Can be
used as a gentle non-abrasive cleanser for kitchen counter tops, sinks,
bathtubs, ovens, and fiberglass.  Eliminates perspiration odors and even neutralizes the smell  of many chemicals if you add up to a cup
per load to the laundry.  It is a useful air freshener, and carpet powder.
 
Borax ~ Cleans and deodorizes.  Excellent disinfectant.  Softens water.  (available in the laundry section of grocery store)
 
Soap (castile or ivory) ~ Biodegrades safely and completely and is non-toxic.
(castile soap can be found in health food stores.  Sold as liquid, flakes, powder, or in bars.  Bars can be grated to dissolve more easily in hot water)
**Insist on soap without synthetic scents, colors or other additives.
 
Washing Soda ~ Cuts grease and removes stains.  Disinfects.  Softens water.  Cleans petroleum oil, removes wax or lipstick, and neutralizes odors in the same way that baking soda does.
(available in the laundry section of grocery store or in pure form from chemical supply houses as "sodium carbonate").
**Don't use on fiberglass, aluminum or waxed floors.
 
White Vinegar or Lemon Juice ~ Cuts grease and freshens.  Neutralizes alkaline substances such as scale from hard water.  Dissolves gummy buildup, eat away tarnish, and remove dirt from wood surfaces.
 
Note:
Liquid Soaps and Detergents ~ Are necessary for cutting grease, and are not the same thing.  Soap is made from fats & lye.  Detergents are synthetic materials discovered and synthesized early in the century.  Unlike soaps, detergents are designed specifically so that they don't react with hard water minerals and cause soap scum.  If you have hard water, buy a biodegradable detergent without perfumes.
 
Mold Killers and Disinfectants ~ For a substance to be registered by the EPA as a disinfectant it must go through extensive and expensive tests.  EPA recommends simple soap to use as a disinfectant.  There are many essential oils, such as lavender, clove, and tea tree oil (an excellent natural fungicide), that are very antiseptic, as is grapefruit seed extract, even though they aren't registered as such. 
 
Be sure to keep ALL cleaning products out of reach of children
 
 
Plan to keep the following around:
*Plastic squirt bottles or various sizes
*Plastic spray bottles
*Coffee Cans with lids
*Glass jars with screw top lids
*Rags
*Cellulose sponge cloths