Tuesday, July 15, 2008

5 Homemade Cleaner Recipes

Baking Soda
Distilled White Vinegar
Castile Soap (or any other olive oil or vegetable oil-based soap)

1. Soft Scrub
Add enough soap to 1/8 cup baking soda to make a creamy mixture. Apply with sponge to clean; rinse the surface well. Use and discard.

2. Appliance Cleaner
Dry baking soda shines up small appliances and even removes bread wrappers burned onto the toaster. Try rubbing a teaspoon onto a grubby blender or food processor with a clean flannel cloth.

3. Toilet Cleaner/Deoderizer
Sprinkle toilet bowl with 1/4 cup baking soda. Drizzle with 1/4 cup vinegar, then scour with a toilet brush.

4. Oven Cleaner
Sprinkle oven with 1/2 cup baking soda (more if needed) and spray with water. Let sit for several hours or overnight before scraping up stains and spills. Rinse thoroughly with water.

5. Hardwood Floor Cleaner
In a pail or bucket, mix 1/4 cup vinegar in one gallon warm water. Mop wood or linoleum floors, then rinse with water, making sure not to leave large pools to dry.

Recipes from Green Clean, by Linda Masin Hunter and Mikki Halpin. Reprinted from August 2007 Better Homes and Gardens Indoors section p 90.