Natural Cleaning with Green,
30 recipes help you eliminate store-bought products with healthier cleaning.
Eliminate the brand-name cleaners in your home that contain poisons (which the label may not be required to show).
Easy and less expensive.
The ingredients in commercial cleaning products often contain chemicals that are poisonous to humans as well as to the environment. They've been shown to increase the risk of cancer, diabetes, asthma, allergies, sexual dysfunction, and other modern day, chronic diseases.
Children are especially vulnerable.
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72,000 synthetic chemicals have been produced since World War II. They are never tested for acute or long-term effects.
Natural cleaning with green ingredients is especially important here. Ingredients that are safe for people will also be safe for the environment.
To learn which laundry products are safe, see the Environmental Working Group report on cleaning products.
A half cup of inexpensive, white vinegar per load (all types of machines) will soften fabrics just as well.
Each commercial fabric softener usually contains about 20 poisons which cause asthma, neurological disease, cancer, and serious confusion in your body's sex hormones. This is nasty stuff, especially for anyone under twenty years old, or the old, or the sick, or anyone under stress.
See fabric softener ratings by their risk to your health and safety.
Removing toxic residue from new clothes:
- Always wash new clothes with vinegar before using
Toxic chemicals may have been sprayed onto new clothing to make them look, smell, or feel different, or absorbed by the clothes during manufacture or transport.
A vinegar wash will also help dissolve and wash away these toxins.
- Add an entire cup of vinegar into the fabric softener cup of the washer. If the cup cannot hold so much, just pour the rest into the washer tub.
Laundry Detergents and Bleach:
Choose laundry detergents that have fewer poisonous chemicals in them.
See laundry detergent ratings from the EWG, ranked according to the risk to your health and safety.
Of about 700 products evaluated, 41 recieved an "A".
- Spots caused by wine can be removed from certain fabrics: 100% cotton, cotton polyester blends and permanent press fabrics, but it must be done within 24 hours.
- Sponge white distilled vinegar directly onto the stain and rub away the spots. Then clean according to the directions on the manufacturer's care label.
- The dingy, yellow or grey look that old cloths get is due to soap that does not rinse out before the dryer burns the soap that is left into the fabric.
- You can prevent this and eliminate more of the soap (which can cause skin rashes and allergic reactions) by adding 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar to the load, depending on the size of the load.
Renewing fluffy blankets:
Preventing colors from bleeding in the wash:
Natural leather cleaning:
How to clean shower curtains:
Natural Kitchen Cleaners:
Place in the microwave a solution of ¼ cup white distilled vinegar and 1 cup water. Turn on the microwave and let the solution boil. Will loosen hard spattered food and deodorize at the same time.
Natural oven cleaning:
We offer two natural cleaning recipes.
1. Baking soda is very effective on ovens.
- The first step is to spray down the inside surface of the oven with water.
- Then coat a thick layer of the baking soda where needed. Make sure the bottom is a good ¼ inch layer of damp mud. If any of the soda looks dry, mist it with the spray bottle until it looks damp.
- Walk away for a few hours, Do NOT turn on the oven.
- Wipe off the oven grime with a cloth. You will be amazed. Badly burned ovens may require a second coat.
Deodorize the kitchen drain:
Clean the refrigerator:
Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards:
Cleaning stainless steel appliances
Dishwasher: less soap, cleaner dishes
- Adding vinegar with dishwasher soap can give you cleaner,
less spotted dishes. It softens water, reduces the amount
of soap or detergent needed, and makes water run off the
dishes without leaving spots.
- Pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher,
- Then add your normal amount of soap.
- Test by reducing the amount of soap you use to find what works well and saves on soap.
Natural toilet bowl cleaner:
- Stubborn stains can be removed from a toilet bowl
by spraying them with white distilled vinegar and then brushing
- The bowl can be deodorized by adding 3 cups of white distilled vinegar, allowing it to sit for 30 minutes, then flushing.
- Add 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons white vinegar to 1 quart of water in a vase.
- Trim stems and change the water every 5 days.
Carpet stain removal
- Mixing 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent and 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar in a pint of lukewarm water will remove non-oil stains from carpets.
- Apply to the stain with a soft brush or towel and rub gently.
- Rinse with a towel and blot dry.
- Repeat this until stain is gone, then dry quickly, using a fan or hair dryer.
Simply wash with a mixture of equal parts of white distilled vinegar and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth. This solution makes windows shine without the usual film or streaks.
With this solution dirt and grime come off easily, and it does not leave streaks or dull the painted finish.
Marks on wood from water or alcohol:
Stubborn rings resulting from wet glasses let on wood furniture can be removed by rubbing the stain with a mixture of equal parts white distiled vinegar and olive oil. Rub with the grain and polish for best results.
How to remove bumper stickers:
How to soften an old paintbrush:
Frost free car windows on cold mornings
Natural furniture polish:
- Mix olive oil and vinegar in a 1:1 ratio. Spray on the furniture and rub with a soft cloth.
- Try on an inconspicuous area first, since it is possible for an old finish to be discolored.
How to clean and remove salt marks from leather shoes:
- Make a solution of one part water to one part white vinegar and use it sparingly on the shoes.
- Dip a cloth into the solution and dab it over the salt streaked parts of your shoes.
- You may need to repeat this several times before all the salt is gone. Test first on a small area to ensure no discoloration.
- Pour a small amount of white vinegar on a clean cloth. Gently rub the area of the lime stain with the cloth until the stain is gone.
- Test a small area first to ensure no discoloration.