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Apr 27

Green Cleaning Product #1: Multi-Surface Cleaner ft. Vinegar

Recipe:

1 part Water 
1 part White Vinegar (dark vinegars may stain)

Mix and keep in a spray bottle. This can be used to clean glass, wipe down with a cloth after spraying. It can be used as a surface cleaner in the kitchen (use it on any surfaces where you prepare food, you don’t want to use toxic chemical cleaners on these surfaces as your food may pick up remnants of the chemicals). This spray can be used as a carpet cleaner if you spill anything, mop up what you can and spray with cleaner, let soak for 2 minutes and blot, repeat if necessary. 

Vinegar is a really useful cleaning product, as it can clean a multitude of messes. For any stickers put on furniture (think the stickers they put on your car when you buy it), soak with vinegar for 10 minutes and remove. For smelly rooms, just leave a bowl of vinegar out over night. For really bad carpet stains, mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar, 1 teaspoon of liquid soap and 1 cup of warm water. Let soak and blot with towel or sponge. I cup of vinegar to 1 gallon of water if you are mopping. For wood surfaces, use 1/2 cup of olive oil, 1/2 cup vinegar and 2 cups of warm water. Apply to surface with a soft cloth, and wipe clean with a soft cloth. To remove chemical build up of shower heads, soak overnight in vinegar. Spray your toilet bowl with vinegar to remove stains. Spraying shower curtain and walls with vinegar will prevent mildew. If you have ants in the kitchen, spray wherever you think they may be coming from with vinegar. For a clogged drain, add 1/2 cup of baking soda, then add 1/2 cup of vinegar. when the mixture finishes bubbling, rinse with warm water. (if you have a garberator or whatever, dont do that last one.. but they are illegal anyway so what am I telling you for?). For cleaning wooden cutting boards, wipe with vinegar. Rinsing your hands with vinegar will also get rid of any onion or garlic smells. For cleaning your microwave, in a microwave safe bowl (obviously) add 1/2 a cup of vinegar and one cup of water, cook long enough for it to boil. This will get rid of odors and loosen any baked on foods. Soaking your clothes in vinegar will prevent the color from bleeding. Adding vinegar to the rinse cycle will decrease lint. Stains from coffee, chocolate, ketchup, jam, coke and wine can all be removed by a little rub of vinegar before washing. Cleaning your washing machine itself, run a cycle (no soap or laundry) but add a cup of vinegar. Animals tend to hate vinegar, so use this trick accordingly with cats who like to scratch up the sofa (it doesnt stain so a watered down version like the mix above is usually fine). To prevent your cat from using a windowsill, spray with vinegar. Vinegar actually works better at removing skunk odors, soak 50/50 vinegar/water, rinse and repeat. A conditioner is also easy to make by simply adding a tablespoon on vinegar to four or five cups of water. This actually restores the balance of your hair instead of putting fake moisture into your hair like other conditioners do!

More cleaning products from simple household items that are safe and non-toxic coming up: make sure you have one or two good spray bottles (i have one for vinger/water and one for spraying plants), and a few extra jars and containers (mason jars are usually a surplus in my house and work great for me). Happy green spring cleaning!