Natural Cleaning

The following recipes are from Clean, Naturally recipes for body, home and spirit by Sandy Maine

Simple Washing Powder

  • 16 cups baking soda
  • 12 cups borax
  • 8 cups grated castile or glycerin soap flakes
  • 3 tablespoons lavender, lemon or grapefruit essential oil

Combine baking soda, borax and soap flakes.  Add essential oil and mix with a wire whisk.  Use 1 1/8 cup of powder per load.  This recipe makes enough powder to last a family of four one year.

Pre-Wash Stain Spray

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons ammonia
  • 3 cups water

Stir together and fill a labeled spray bottle.  Spray on heavily soiled spots just before washing.  Test a hidden spot for colorfastness first.

Bleach/Brightener Substitute

  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 1/4 cup lemon or grapefruit juice
  • 12 cups water

Store in a labeled one-gallon plastic jug.  Add 2 cups per load.

Spritz-and-Spray Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • 1/4 teaspoon sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon orange essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon grapefruit essential oil
  • 2 cups water

Mix all ingredients in a 4-cup measuring cup or a bowl.  When you mix the vinegar and baking soda it will foam.  Let this mixture stand for 10 minutes before pouring into a spray bottle.  The baking soda and vinegar in this formula dissolve mineral buildup while the oils loosen grime and give a fresh, clean scent.

Grapefruit Abrasive Cleanser

  • 1 cup fine-grade pumice
  • 1/2 cup clay powder
  • 2 tablespoons grapefruit essential oil
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
  • 1/2 cup boiling water (or enough to make a thick paste)

Mix all ingredients together and stir.  Store in a labeled airtight container with a label.  To use, apply gently with a damp sponge or cloth and scrub.  Use a light touch on fiberglass fixtures.  This cleanser gets its punch from finely ground pumice, a volcanic rock dust.  It is comparable to a soft scrub and can be used for tubs, sinks, tiles, and even hard working hands that have been stained with grease.



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