My favorite DIY cleaners.
For more great DIY ideas to clean the whole house check out my blog series: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room
Speaking of Favorite things here are some of my Favorite DIY cleaners.
Of course straight vinegar or vinegar & water in a spray bottle is the ultimate multi purpose cleaner, if you have vinegar & water you really do not need anything else, other than maybe a box of baking soda. White Vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses).
they can be used separate or in combos for a cleaner safer home & they are effective & do not harm your immune system. Baking soda and vinegar kills all food germs and bacteria including E-coli and salmonella, naturally and safely.
Baking soda and white vinegar works exceptionally well in sanitizing counters and other food preparation surfaces–includes wood cutting board.
In tests run at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Pairing the two killed virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E.Coli Bacteria on heavily contaminated food and surfaces when used in this fashion, making these 2 natural cooking ingredients more effective at killing these potentially lethal bacteria than chlorine bleach or any commercially available kitchen cleaner. White vinegar has been used for centuries to kill any mico-toxin, parasites or, fungal.
16 oz spray bottle
1 cup of white vinegar
1 tsp baking soda ( add right after vinegar & add slowly because it will fizz)
Once fizzing stops fill the rest of the bottle up with water.
Options to add for more germ fighting power
2 tbsp of rubbing alcohol
10 to 30 drops lemon, tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus or other essential oil
20 drops thieves oil
2 tbsp colloidal silver
3 tbsp lemon or lime juice concentrate
1 tbsp washing soda
1 tbsp Borax
a few drops of natural liquid soap (or original blue dawn)
Shake & use
Color safe Whitener/Brightener/Disinfectant/Softener/Odor remover/Spot treater/Multi-Tasker
A Color safe bleach alternative that disinfectant for laundry (or Laundry Spot/Stain remover to replace shout in laundry room) & can also be used as a disinfecting multi-surface cleaner (also gets odors out of clothing & makes a great sanitizer)
We do not use bleach
Instead we use 2 cups peroxide & 2 cups fresh lemon juice or lemon juice concentrate & add them to a empty gallon milk/vinegar jug & fill the rest of jug with water.
As a plus it not only is a color safe brightener/bleach it is also antibacterial & can also be used as a fabric softener & odor eliminator in the rinse cycle
For white loads add 1/2 cup to 2 cups, for colors add 1/2 cup to 1 cup.
Store jug when not in use in dark spot because of the peroxide in it.
You can also add this mixture to a spray bottle as a (non fading) multi purpose kitchen/bathroom cleaner or laundry spot remover etc
-Options: *I sometimes use 1 cup each peroxide & lemon instead of 2 cups
*I sometimes use some lime juice to make it lemon/lime
*You can also add 20 drops lemon essential oil to mixture for a more lemony scent & more disinfectant power (or other essential oil)
~What I do is add it to the bleach cycle & the rinse cycle on towels. whites etc for extra brightening/whitening & softening power plus odor eliminator.
You can also use the above bleach alternative in the washer cleaning cycle if you prefer.
■3 cups of hot water
■4 Tablespoons of vinegar
■1/4 cup of Borax
■1/2 Tablespoon of castile liquid soap (any scent) or other organic/natural liquid soap (or Original blue Dawn Dish soap)
Optional: add 10 drops essential oils, 2 tbs colloidal silver or 2 tbs Rubbing alcohol
Mix well and store in a spray bottle. Use as you would any commercial cleaner.
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