Recipes for Cleaning Solutions

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by Ms. S on December 19, 2009

VINEGAR

From Pure & Easy Cleaning website:

White Distilled Vinegar: Vinegar breaks up dirt and removes surface build-up to increase shine on the item to be cleaned. It is also an excellent deodorizer. White vinegar is made from the fermentation of grain diluted with water to make a 5% acetic acid solution.

ON WINDOWS, GLASS AND MIRRORS

Although useful for many other things, vinegar and water has not been so effective in cleaning windows, glass and mirrors. It created streaks and seems to attract dust. However, even Martha Stewart is recommending this so I’m going to have our clean lady try again with Martha’s recommended measurements (and addition of some soap).

Gorgeously Green All-Purpose Spray by Sophie Uliano, author of Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life

  • 32-ounce plastic spray bottle
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure castile soap (peppermint is a favorite)
  • 3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 20 drops tea tree oil
  • 20 drops of lavender or lemongrass essential oil
  • Simply fill a large 32-ounce plastic spray bottle with the water. Add the vinegar, castile soap, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil and lavender or lemongrass essential oil. Lavender is lovely for the bathroom spray and lemongrass for the kitchen, so make two separate bottles at the same time. In the hot summer months, add about 10 drops of citronella essential oil to the spray, as it is an excellent insect repellent.

    This spray is suitable for acrylic, ceramic tile, wood, marble and granite.

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