I’ve been sick and we’re still at war over my mother’s care so I’m going to do my best to get more up this week or next depending on how many extra duties I have on my shoulders.
Bathrooms and Miscellaneous Cleaners
Tags: green cleaning, going green, bathroom, antibacterial, all natural
So while I covered most of the bathroom cleaners, there is still the best ever toilet clean and some miscellaneous products that can also be useful in the bathroom. So today I’m going to share four more clean and green recipes to both save you money and promote a toxin free home.
Now, before we get too far ahead, I do want to mention something I forgot in the last post. I mentioned that these will save you money. It’s just an added bonus for me…but if you really want to know the cost breakdown (well approximately) many of these recipes came from the thrifty couple. http://thethriftycouple.com/2013/03/15/make-23-homemade-natural-cleaning-products-for-around-12-printable-shopping-list-too/ The link will send you to their article covering around 20 all natural home cleaning products. If there is one that you are particularly interested in seeing the cost breakdown on….click it and scroll all they way down to the bottom where they highlight it. If going Green isn’t enough of a motivator for you here, then the huge savings could be.
I mean for me, I was sold when I learned I could make up to 6 months of laundry detergent (we’re getting to that post soon)…that works just as well if not better than some of the name brands….for 20-30 dollars. I didn’t believe it till I priced it out. Or that I could make a floor cleaner for pennies on the dime. Didn’t believe it until I tried it…but it really does work.
I will give you an example before I get off the money saving soap box so to speak. My former landlady is the one who directed me to this site. She used the detergent and she passed along some. It worked and we kept using it…we looked back to the site and went to their original recipe (she had modified it) and all was grand. We spent around 22-ish dollars in Louisville in 2014 on that powder detergent….when a box of powder or liquid can be anywhere from 9-12 dollars depending on what you like and get. That was over 50 dollars a year we were paying in detergent for the two of us. While with this we made it once and it lasted six months at a cost of around 22 dollars. If you have a bigger family, I’m sure the savings are larger as well.
Now that I’ve put away the laundry box….I mean soap box….let’s get back to it.
The four recipes we’re going to talk about today are: toilet cleaners, drain cleaners, antibacterial cleaners (both a spray and wipes).
Also, once I finish up with my series on cleaning I will be posting a link to all the recipes that are more printer friendly. That was my only problem with the Thrifty Couple’s website. It was really hard to just get the directions.
Antibacterial Wipes and Spray
I’m going to start here because the two are easily made together
Here’s what you need:
- empty container for baby wipes or clorox wipes
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 roll of paper towels (don’t buy the cheapest)
- 5 drops lavender oil.
- 5 drops lemon oil
- 3 drops tea tree oil
- 3 drops oregano oil (optional as the oil smells but great for more antibacterial properties.)
- Spray bottle.
First you’re going to get a roll of paper towel and cut in half. Then you are going to squeeze it into a used container for either baby wipes or something like the Clorox wipes containers.
Once you have it in there you are going to pour two cups of warm water over the wipes. Let it absorb into the paper towels. I would give it at least twenty minutes to make sure it’s soaked through.
Once it’s fully absorbed. pull the cardboard out from the center. ONce you have that out, you are going to pour the excess into the spray bottle to use as a spray or later with more wipes.
Now you can reach in and pull a wipe from the center and pull it through the opening in the lid. Enjoy.
This one is very simple all it takes is a cup of baking soda and ½ cup of vinegar (you can use either apple cider or white vinegar).
Whether you are using it for prevention, deodorization or to get rid of a nasty clog….first you are going to pour the baking soda into the drain.
Then measure out your vinegar and pour it down the drain. Be sure to have the drain stopper ready to plug the hole so that your solution actually stays in your drain. It’s going to fizzle and bubble, which is what is going to help break up all that gunk down there.
If you are just freshening and maintaining your drains you don’t have to let it sit more than 15 minutes, but if you are trying to unclog a drain….leave it in there for 30-60 minutes without using the sink.
Then you just rinse out the sink with warm water. You may need to repeat for tough clogs. I’ve used this drain cleaner for plugs in our old apartment at least 10 times. We only had to go out and buy something stronger twice….and it turned out that one of those times, it wouldn’t have made a difference anyway….it was a frozen pipe that the city water company had to come take care of….Geeze was that a mess.
Anyway….it really is as simple as that.
For me this is the hardest one….mainly because I find it the most tedious.
Here’s what you need:
1 cup apple cider or white vinegar
4 drops of any ONE of the following essential oils: lemon, tea tree, orange, or lavender.
½ cup baking soda
Another 10 drops of your choice.
Put on your gloves and get that pumice stone in there if you have any unsightly rings that don’t just wipe away. Just like those stones get rid of nasty dead skin…it will get rid of those pesky rings that just don’t want to go away.
Next you pour the vinegar into the toilet. Let it sit there and do its job for 30 minutes. It’s a natural antibacterial and disinfectant.
When the timer goes off grab your toilet brush and do the usually scrub routine while adding some baking soda. I would start with a 1/4th cup and work from there depending on how long you’ve let the bowl go.. Make sure you get around the edges where people often miss and under the rim for the cleanest bowl possible.
Add your four drops of oil and flush. This is really an optional step and an added measure. Each of these oils is great for cleaning and will also flush away what some may consider the undesirable smell of the vinegar. Personally, I like the added clean, but if you can’t afford the oils this will work without them….just not as well….at least in my opinion.
Finally, you really should put 10 drops of oil in the water tank. This will help flush out the internal system and get the water to where you may not have been able to reach with a brush. I do recommend this part if only for that benefit.
LIke I said it isn’t bad….I just have trouble with the patience part of the equation.
So there are our recipes for Going Green in your Clean for today. We’re going to hit the kitchen next. Also, if you find any better recipes feel free to post them here or share any modifications. What works for one home may not be the best for another.