Cleaning! That one thing most of us just dread and put off until we have no other choice. Well get rid of those nasty chemical’s for one and you will feel ton’s better. Even though it means a bit more elbow grease, you won’t have toxic smells lurking in your home for your kids to breathe in!
I am currently looking for a good furniture polish recipe and have made one that works for me I will be sure to share!
Tile: Hot water, once in a while I will add in some distilled vinegar if the floor is really dirty.
Carpet cleaner: Hot water, Dishsoap and peroxide or hot water and vinegar.
6 cups water, 1tbls soap added after water is in the machine, 3tbls peroxide or a splash of vinegar to the hot water.
Bathtub/Shower: 1:1 ratio dish soap and distilled vinegar. Mix and leave in a spray bottle or the scrub brush with the soap handle. Rinse well because it will leave the tub slippery!
Cast Iron Pans: Salt and scouring pad. Usually I just use hot water and a scouring pad to clean my cast iron but if there is something caked on I will pour on a bit of salt and it helps scrub away what is burnt on. I am sure this would work for stainless steel as well. Do not recommend for teflon/non-stick though.
Dandruff: 1:1 apple cider vinegar and warm water. Be sure you are getting apple cider vinegar and not distilled vinegar with coloring and caramel flavor added, preferably ACV with the mother but I know that is a little more expensive. Wash your hair as normal then pour on the mixture being sure to get on your scalp, gently rub into the areas with the worst problems. Let it soak in for 15-45 minutes and rinse out. It may burn a bit on the area that are really dry and flaky as my husband found out. Watch out for your eyes when using this too. Yes this works, my husband and I both have used it. However he stinks like vinegar a few days after even with normal showering because it sweats out of his pores. But he doesn’t have as much of a problem with flakes or itchy scalp! I have used it because I have one spot on my head that is always itchy and it helps, it also conditions my hair so much better than any store conditioner. My next step will be no-poo but for now I will just use ACV once in a while.
Yes yes I know dish soap is not all natural but there are some out there that are starting to get rid of harmful ingredients so look for those to use. I would recommend one but I have just been using the regular cheap dish soap from the dollar store. I get distilled vinegar for about $3 a gallon but I know it will be different every where you go.
Next will be furniture polish and laundry soap. If anyone has any tips feel free to comment with them:)