Non Toxic Cleansers

Making your own household cleansers is fun and easy.  Here are some simple recipes put together by “The California Integrated Waste Mgmt Board” and “San Diego Regional Household Hazardous Waste Partnership”.

 

TOILET

-       ¼ cup baking soda

-       1 cup vinegar

Sprinkle baking soda into toilet basin followed by the vinegar.  Allow mixture to sit for several minutes.  Scrub with brush and rinse with water.  A mixture of borax (2 parts) and lemon juice (1 part) will also work.

 

GLASS

-       1 cup water

-       1/8 cup white vinegar

Fill bottle with both ingredients and shake for 30 seconds.  Use on all types of glass surfaces, including mirrors.

 

TUB & TILE

-       ½ cup baking soda

-       enough liquid soap to make a frosting-like consistency

-       5-10 drops fragrant essential oil

Place baking soda in bowl and slowly pour in liquid soap, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches the consistency of frosting.  Add drops of essential oil (optional).  Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, wash surface, and rinse.

 

FLOOR

-       2 cups warm water

-       ¼ cup biodegradable liquid soap or detergent

-       ½ cup white vinegar or lemon juice

Combine the ingredients in a large bucket.  Use with a mop or sponge.   Discard unused portion.

 

SHOWER

-       2 cups hot water

-       1 tsp. borax

-       3 tbsp. white vinegar

 

Fill spray bottle with all three ingredients and shake for 30 seconds.  Keep bottle in shower and mist shower wall and door/ curtain after each use.  Helps prevent mold and mildew from developing.

 

ALL PUROPOSE

-       2 cups hot water

-       1 tsp. biodegradable liquid soap or borax

-       1 tsp. white vinegar or lemon juice (to cut grease)

Fill spray bottle with hot water.  Add soap and vinegar or lemon juice.  Shake bottle gently to dissolve ingredients.

 

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