Non-toxic Cleaning Recipes copied from Women’s Voices for the Earth
2 cups white vinegar
2 cups waterEssential oil (optional)
Tip: Warming in microwave until barely hot will boost cleaning power for tough jobs. Only microwave in a glass container.
Creamy Soft Scrub
2 cups baking soda
1/2 cup liquid castile soap*
4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin** (acts as a preservative)
5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, rosemary or any scent you prefer (optional)
Mix together and store in a sealed glass jar, shelf life of 2 years.
*WVE recommends using a liquid castile soap that does not contain sodium lauryl (laureth) sulfate (SLS) or Diethanolamine (DEA), which may have harmful side effects. You can find castile soap in your local natural food store or online through Co-Op America’s National Green Pages
**Vegetable glycerin is used as a preservative and is a by-product of palm and coconut oil production. The internet is a great resource for purchasing vegetable glycerin or it can be found in soap-making supply stores, health food and/or herbal supplement stores.
Tips: For exceptionally tough jobs spray with vinegar first—full strength or diluted, scented—let sit and follow with scrub.
Dry soft scrubs can be made with baking soda or salt (or combination of both) with 10-15 drops essential oil to scent
1/4 cup olive oil
4 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
20-30 drops lemon essential oil
Shake well before using
(2 teaspoons lemon juice may be substituted for lemon oil but then must be stored in refrigerator)
Dip a clean, dry cloth into the polish and rub wood in the direction of the grain. Use a soft brush to work the polish into corners or tight places.
Tips: To remove water spots rub well with toothpaste
To remove scratches use 1 part lemon juice and 1 part oil, rub with soft cloth
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Sprinkle toilet bowl with baking soda, drizzle with vinegar, let soak as needed and scrub with toilet brush.
Give the vinegar and baking soda time to work (at least 30 minutes). Letting these ingredients soak for a while will make for easier scrubbing, especially on more persistent stains like toilet bowl rings.
Tip: Rubbing with a pumice stone will remove excessive hard water buildup
Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down drain, then follow with 1/2 cup vinegar, cover and let sit, flush with boiling water.
1 cup soap flakes
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup Borax
Soap flakes can be made by grating your favorite pure vegetable soap with a cheese grater. Mix ingredients together and store in a glass container. Use 1 tablespoon per load (2 for heavily soiled laundry), wash in warm or cold water.
This standard recipe can be adjusted for soft water by using 1 cup soap flakes, 1/4 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax. For hard water, use 1 cup soap flakes, 1 cup washing soda, and 1 cup borax.
Note: Borax should not be ingested so take care with children and pets
Tip: Add 1/2 cup white vinegar to rinse as a fabric softener.