Cleaning house cleanly

Make your own Earth-friendly cleaners

Posted on Mar 24 2021 in Features, Heartland REMC
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If you’re concerned about harmful chemicals in some cleaning products or are just curious about making your own all-natural alternatives to store-bought cleaners, try these simple recipes that are also good for the environment.

Furniture Polish

1 cup mineral oil

1 t. lemon oil

Combine. Store in a spray bottle.

All Purpose Cleaner

1 part white vinegar

1 part water

Lemon rind 

Rosemary sprigs

Combine. Pour into a spray bottle. Shake, then let it set a week before using. Cleaner removes hard water stains, cleans trash cans, wipes away wall smudges, and much more. Do not use on granite as it will etch the stone. 

Heavy-Duty Scrub

½ lemon

½ cup borax powder

Dip the lemon into the borax and scrub, then rinse. Removes rust stains on porcelain or enamel sinks and tubs. Not safe for marble or granite.

Toilet Cleaner

¾ cup baking soda

¾ cup white vinegar

10 drops tea tree oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

Combine. Pour into a spray bottle.

Hardwood Floor Cleaner

1 gallon water

1 cup white vinegar

10 drops peppermint essential oil

Mop floor with this solution.