My friends already know that I’m a stickler for recycling and “green” products, although I’m not completely uncompromising; Sure, I’ll probably sneak up behind you and grab your recyclable cup from the trash can, but I’ll admit that I enjoy the smell of a bleached surface.
Yet, I know that bleach and most other cleaning products are not good for us, or for the environment. We have so many items to choose from: I can spend two hours in the store, poring over items and not knowing which to buy. There are TOO MANY OPTIONS!
The Keep it Simple Silly (ad lib) method, aka “KISS” has really got something going for it when it comes to cleaning. The basics are baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice. A couple notable extras are hydrogen peroxide (which most of us have in the bathroom) and borax (aka “sodium borate” – inexpensively found at most grocery stores.
You can keep your empty cleaning bottles, tear the labels off, and re-fill them with natural cleaning solutions made by YOU. Just be sure to label them properly. Here are a couple of recipes:
Window Cleaner (in a spray bottle)
2 cups of water
1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar
Up to 1/2 teaspoon of liquid soap (we prefer Dawn)
Multipurpose Disinfectant Cleaner (non-porous surfaces)
24-oz spray bottle
2 teaspoons borax
1/2 teaspoon washing soda (grocery store or many stores’ cleaning isles)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons white vinegar
3 cups very hot water
1. Combine borax, washing soda, lemon juice, and vinegar in the spray bottle.
2. Slowly add the hot water, then shake the bottle vigorously until the powdered ingredients have dissolved.
(Shake the bottle before each use.)
3. Spray on non-porous surfaces and wipe with a damp, clean cloth.