Spring Cleaning!

by Betty on March 24, 2008

I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling
the need to clean
and the urge to purge

Welcome to spring cleaning!

The added benefit of these recipes from Mother Earth News and the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition is that your kids can help. They are all made of natural ingredients like white vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, etc.

All-Purpose cleaner: 1/4 cup vinegar, and 3-4 cups of hot water, 2 tsp borax (optional). Put in a spray bottle.

In the kitchen: mix baking soda and liquid soap to form a paste – use this as a “soft scrub” You can use this in the oven – coat the oven, let it sit for a few hours, wipe out clean.

In the bathroom: mix 1 2/3 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup of liquid soap (I love Dr. Bronner’s), 1/2 cup water. Wait a few seconds, then add 2 Tbs of vinegar.

In the laundry room: try hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach. Also, 1/4 cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle helps remove detergent completely from clothes and will lessen the stiffness factor if you are line drying.


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