4.02.2009

Green Cleaning With:

Vinegar, Baking Soda & Castile Soap

Oh - the list is endless of what you can do, home cleaning solutions, etc... with these natural products.

First, baking soda is a natural mild abrasive and it also has a balanced ph level, which is how it deodorizes so well (that's why you keep a box in the fridge and by the garbage can).

Second, vinegar is a very weak acidic. It's a great natural cleaner (click for more tips) and amazingly enough - it tastes great in salads too!

And I can't forget castile soap - it's made mainly of vegetable oil, but it can also be made with several different types of oils - like olive oil or even hemp oil. It's very gentle, you can use it to shampoo your hair or even wash your floor (yes, you can!).

So here's my my mixtures:

General all-purpose solution:
2/3 warm water
1/3 vinegar
Few drops of Dr. Bronner's

Mix all together in a spray bottle - shake before using. You do not have to add the Dr. Bronner's, but I do to cut the smell of the vinegar.

Bathroom Cleanser
Baking Soda
Warm water from tap

Drain Unclogger
1/2 - 1 cup baking soda
1 - 2 cups vinegar

Pour the baking soda directly over the clogged drain. Pour the vinegar over the baking soda and watch it fizz! Rinse with hot water after the fizz has been done for a few minutes.

Sprinkle the baking soda over the sink and tub, then scrub with a damp microfiber cloth OR sponge. Rinse well with warm water to bring out the shine.

For the OTHER bathroom necessity to clean - I use the general all-purpose mixture. I still have a bottle of 409 with bleach that I'm trying to use up. So when I run out of that, I'll let you know what I use.

Also - whenever I use the bleach 409 in the bathroom, I cough and gag. Blech - chemicals! Green cleaning is cheap, simple and much better for you and the environment.

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