Use these recipes to create natural, low-cost cleaning products. Natural cleaning solutions help keep our homes, yards and watershed healthy by avoiding toxic chemicals.
While the following recipes have been tested, the
association of Vermont Recyclers assumes no responsibility for the
effectiveness of these suggestions.
Caution is urged in the use of any cleaning solution. Keep them out of the reach of children.
cinnamon sticks and whole cloves in a small pan of water on top of stove.
1/2 of cup baking soda, followed by 1/2 of cup vinegar down the drain. Let stand for 15 minutes, then pour teakettle
full of hot water down the drain. For
this to be truly effective, you need to clean the drain every couple of weeks
Polish (Wood surfaces)General
two parts olive oil to one part lemon juice.
After rubbing the mixture in, let stand for several hours and then
polish with soft dry cloth.
- Mix together one tsp. of liquid
soap (castile peppermint), one tsp. of borax, a squeeze of lemon juice and one qt. of warm
- Mix together 1/4 cup of baking
soda, 1/2 cup of borax, 1/2 cup of vinegar and one gallon of water.
- For surfaces that need
scouring, try moist salt or baking soda and a scouring pad.
possible, use soap rather than detergents.
a piece of aluminum foil on the bottom of a pot; add water, one tsp. of baking
soda, one tsp. of salt. Boil the silver for
three minutes or soak for ten minutes.
together 1/2 cup of white vinegar in a gallon of warm water. Polishing with skim milk after floor is dry
will make the floor glow!
together equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle, and lots of elbow
grease! Apply borax directly to the
mildewed area. This task requires
cleaning once a week to keep mildew under control. Always spread your shower curtain out after
together two Tbsp. of castile soap, two tsp. of borax and two cups of
water. Apply the mixture and let it sit for
20 minutes and scrub. This task requires
maintenance cleaning. Add salt to heavy
spills and clean immediately to prevent build up.
two parts cornmeal with one part borax.
Sprinkle liberally on carpet, leave on for one hour and vacuum. For stains, blot with vinegar and soapy water.
stains: make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda, let sit for 20 minutes, and scrub with brush. General: Mix 1/2 cup
of borax in one gallon of warm water.
equal amounts of vinegar and water in a pump spray bottle, and rub dry with
newspaper (to avoid streaking).