Archive for March, 2011

The birds are tweeting outside and all things turn towards spring, and with the sun making a little bit more of an effort to poke out its face I can see just how dirty my windows are.

So I start to think of the need for a good spring clean, throw open the windows, freshen the air. Here are some simple recipes for homemade cleaning products, and yes they are all based around good old white distilled vinegar.

Did you know that vinegar kills germs? But because it’s safe to eat, poses little or no threat to our pets, family, or the environment. How great is that!

So here’s a opportunity to save some money on cleaning products and save the world! Well you’ve got to start somewhere. I just wonder how much we’d all save if we didn’t fill our lungs and shopping trolleys with various different branded cleaners…

Room Deodorizer

Mix together:

  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp white distilled vinegar
  • 1 cup water

Spray into the room to freshen and remove stale odour.

Floor Cleaner

Mix together:

  • 3 drops washing up liquid
  • 1/3 part white distilled vinegar
  • 1/3 part alcohol
  • 1/3 water

Use this sparingly as a spray and mop or wipe the floors clean.

Wood / Panel Cleaner

Mix together:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 2 cups warm water

Use with a soft cloth.

Other Suggestions

  • To polish and clean your kitchen sink, spray with neat white distilled vinegar and scrub with a little baking soda and rinse.
  • If washing bedding or clothes in a machine, add a little white distilled vinegar to the drawer together with the powder. The vinegar will deodorize and freshen the cloths, and also helps to remove grease stains (sorry, but I’m thinking of baby sick here!).
  • To remove mildew and mould, wipe with a little neat white distilled vinegar on a sponge.
  • Use neat on door handles etc., to kill germs (due to its acidity).
  • For a sparkly toilet, leave 2 cups of white distilled vinegar in the bowl overnight, scrub in the morning, and flush. The vinegar will remove limescale, soap scum, germs, and also deoderize.

Well just a few uses to get you going. A lot of these come from a little  notebook my Gran used to use. They’re very old-fashioned, but work just as well now as they did back then. Give them a go, and get the kids helping too!

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