Monday, July 18, 2011

Make it at Home

All-Purpose Cleaner

1/4 c, white vinegar
22 tbsp. baking soda
1/2 gallon (1 liter) hot water
a few drops of essential oil (optional)
Combine in bucket, stir and let cool for a few minutes before pouring into a spray bottle.

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner
Equal parts white vinegar and water
a few drops of essential oil (optional)
combine in spray bottle and shake

Carpet Cleaner, Heavy Duty
Equal parts salt, white vinegar, and borax.
Mix ingredients into a paste, rub on affected area and let sit for a few hours. Then scrub away with a brush or damp cloth. Make only what you need each time because doesn't store well.

Dishwasher Soap
Equal parts borax and washing soda
Mis and store in labeled conainer. Use amount nromalley called for in your dishwasher. If your water is hard, might want to increase proportion of washing soda.

Furniture Polish
1/4 c. oilve oil
4 tbsp. white vinegar
2 tbsp. lemon juice
Combine in spray bottle, shake well before each use. Store in fridge because lemon huie will sour. Should only be used on unvarnished wood furniture.

Glass Cleaner
2 stp. white vingar
1/4 gallon (1 liter) water
few drops essential oil optional
combine in aspray bottle and shake. Works best by wiping surface with crumpled newspaper.

Laundry Soap
1 c. unscented dye-free soap (such as Ivory), grated or ground with a food processor.
1/2 c. washing soda
1/2 c. borax
few drops essential oil optional
combine and store in labeled container. Use 1 TBLS for lighter loads, 2 TBLS for heavy loads.

Mold Remover
1 part hydrogen peroxide
2 parts water
few drops tea tree oil optional
mix in spray bottle. Let cleaner sit on stain for about an hour before scrubbing off.

Oven Cleaner
3/4 c. baking soda
1/4 c. salt
1/4 c. water
mix into paste and spread over a dampened area. Let sit overnight and scrape off and rinse clean.

Toilet BOwl Cleaner
1/4 c. baking soda
1 c. white vinegar
combing and pout into toilet. Let sit fo a few minutes then scrub with toilet brush and rinse.

Homemade Toothpaste
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 to 3 tbsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. Stevia powder
few drops of pure peppermint extract or essential oils lemon,clove, lime, cinnamon, peppermint, eucalyptus, or licorice. (not all safe to ingest, these are fine)
Mix until resembles toothpaste. Sotre at room temp in small lidded jar, use a small teaspoon to scoop out a small bit onto your toothbrush. Or store in empty squeeze tube found in camping section of sporting goods stores. Coconut oil has melting point of 76 F, doesn't change it's effectiveness if more liquidy. Stevia provides natural sweetness as does the oils.

Homemade Deoderant
1/4 c. baking soda
1/4 c. cornstarch
4 to 6 tbsp. coconut oil
essential oil optional
empty deoderant container
Mix soda and cornstarch in small bowl, add coconut oil tablespoon at a time until all have been mixed in. Add oil for scent. Pack deoderant into clean, empty deoderant container by twisting down the inside and filling with new deoderant. Shape into curve with spoon and apply as usual. Make sure coconut oil is in solid form, you may need to refrigerate it for a short time if it's warmer than 76 in your house. search homemade deoderant (soapnuts)

Color Me Beautifful by Carole JAckson

All of the above from Organized sImplicity.

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