D.I.Y Liquid Cleanser / Eco Friendly Soft Scrub

Tough stains in your kitchen or bathroom can take a toll on you, especially if you dont have anything around the house  to scour them with.  Our cleaning team recently came across a shower that really needed some work, so we came up with a mixture of homemade “softscrub” liquid cleanser to help us get the job done.  All you need is:

  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup Castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 10 drops essential oils

Stir until you acheive a paste like consistency.  Dont be alarmed if it starts to bubble, the chemical reaction will do that naturally.

I then transfer mine to an repurposed container such as old commercial liquid detergent containers or an old dish soap bottle.

We used this on a severly neglected fridgeand here were our results:

Please share you tips or photos with us, or let us know how well this worked for you!

DIY GOOF OFF / GOO GONE

Ever tried to remove a sticker or piece of tape from a piece of glass, or a manufacturer sticker from a piece of plastic? If so, you are probably left with sticky adhesive on the items surface, or even worse, half of the paper is stuck as well.

All you need is

  • Baking Soda
  • Coconut Oil

Mix equal parts of coconut oil with baking soda to make a paste, and apply it over the affected area. Using the course side of your sponge, rub the solution in a circular motion for about a minute or two, then wipe off with a towel or rag. The adhesive and / or sticky paper should be gone and your items for fish that look like new!

In extreme instances you may have to repeat this process two or three times, but there have been instances where I’ve had to do the same thing with commercially manufactured Goof Off or Goo Gone.

Please share with us how well this eco friendly adhesive remover has worked for you

D.I.Y Natural Ant Spray

I live in california, and around this time of year,  those pesky ants line up and march right into our homes.  Inside ants may be found near their food sources, moisture, and in hidden places like wall voids, under appliances, behind window frames and beneath floors. Ants like to live close to people and eat some of the same things we do – sweets, meats, starches and liquids. It isn’t surprising that they like to take up residence inside our homes, apartments and office buildings?

Fortunately, I have found a eco friendly way get rid of the ants in your home.  The recipe only requires two ingredients and has worked in every home I have tried it in so far.

All you need is

  • Vinegar
  • Peppermint Essential Oils

Mix one drop of peppermint essential oils with every one ounce of vinegar and place into a spray bottle.  Spray the affected area as well as any other dark places where the ants may want to run and hide.

Please feel free to share your DIY recipes or let us know how well this one works for you!

DIY Soap Scum Remover

Soap Scum residue can be one of the toughest things to clean if you arent using the correct products.  As a longtime housecleaner, i have personally tried everything on the market from CLR, to LimeAway and almost every store brand product available.  However, the most effective product is one i made with simple house hold items.   All you need is

  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • Spray Bottle (preferably with foam sprayer )

Simply pour the vinegar and alcool into the spray bottle and then fill the bottle with water. Spray the solution onto your shower glass doors, windows, or metal surfaces and scrub with a heavy duty scrubber.  This green cleaning method will have your surfaces looing new and will save you tons on cleaning supplies.

Please share any questions or green cleaning tips you may have

DIY Rust Remover

Rust stains can often appear on bathtubs and sinks and be unsightly.  Chemical cleaners will negativly affect you indoor air quality and can be quite costly.  Here is a DIY green cleaning alternative that i use around my home.
You will need:
Half a lemon
1/2 cup borax (a laundry booster; find it in the detergent aisle)
This recipie is great for: Rust stains on porcelain or enamel sinks and tubs
How to use: Dip lemon into borax and scrub surface; rinse. (Not safe for marble or granite.)
Please comment below and let us know how this eco friendly home made rust remover worked for you

Rust stains can often appear on bathtubs and sinks and be unsightly.  Chemical cleaners will negativly affect you indoor air quality and can be quite costly.  Here is a DIY green cleaning alternative that i use around my home.
You will need:
Half a lemon 1/2 cup borax (a laundry booster; find it in the detergent aisle)

This recipie is great for: Rust stains on porcelain or enamel sinks and tubsHow to use: Dip lemon into borax and scrub surface; rinse. (Not safe for marble or granite.)

Please comment below and let us know how this eco friendly home made rust remover worked for you

Keep Your Clothesline Clothes Soft

When it comes to clothes-lining, there is nothing worse than putting on a t-shirt as stiff as cardboard, or a pair of jeans that’s so hard they can stand up on their own.  This is actually one of the biggest inconveniences of line drying your clothes, however it can be easily fixed.  Vinegar is a product that can be used in a variety of ways to green cleaning enthusiasts like myself.  It also serves as a great fabric softener in your laundry room.

Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to your laundry at the beginning of your rinse cycle

or

Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to your HE washers fabric softener dispenser

The vinegar removes all the alkaline left behind from laundry detergent, which is what makes the clothes hard while drying.  It also helps to hang the clothes out of direct sunlight since over exposure to sun can also cause hardness.

Hopefully this will help you make your green lifestyle a little more comfortable.  Please feel free to share you green cleaning and green laundry tips with us!

DIY Window Cleaner

Making your own green window/glass cleaner is one of the easiet cleaning agents to make and the ingredients are probably already under your kitchen sink.

All you need is

2 Cups of Water

3 Tbs of Vinegar

1/2 tsp liquid dish detergent

Combine ingredients into a spray bottle and you have the most effective green window cleaner around.  Simply spray on glass and wipe off with newspaper or microfiber cloth.

Please share any of your window cleaning recipes with us in comments

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DIY Bleach – An Alternative to Chlorine Bleach

We some of us have the best intentions when it comes to protecting our planet and making better choices at the market, buying green cleaning products and organic foods.  However, there have been instances when even i ( yes i said it) considered buying chlorine bleach just for those specific instances when i needed my whites, whiter and not dingy.  Instead of giving up and buying the unhealthy stuff, I did some research and found a recipe that actually work well and can be used on just about all fabrics.
The recipe is as follows:
1 bottle hydrogen peroxide
2 quarts of water
1/4 cup of lemon juice for whitening power
Why This Works
The citric acid in lemons acts as a natural stain remover, bleach and sanitizer.
Benefits of Using Lemon as a Bleach:
* chlorine-free
* gentle on clothes and surfaces
* natural sanitizer
* effective whitener/ stain remover
* fume-free
* kid and pet-safe
* inexpensive
Bonus Tips
1.  Use your homemade non-chlorine bleach just as you would a store-bought product.
2.  Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, such as lavender, ylang ylang or summer rain to your non-chlorine bleach to give it a scent that you love.
3. Your homemade non-chlorine bleach is safe to use on whites and colored clothes.
Using environmentally friendly products is good for you, your family and our environment and will reduce contamination of groundwater supply.
Do you have any other eco friendly laundry tips??  Please share them with us in the comments!!

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10 natural ways to deoderize your bathroom

The bathroom-the one room in the house that everybody uses, but nobody likes to clean.  Even when we do get around to cleaning the bathroom, odors can still linger behind.  Most consumers stock their cupboards with expensive aerosol deodorizers which can expell toxins into your home, including formaldehyde.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found 884 toxic substances in a survey of about 3,000 chemicals used in artificial fragrances. The institute reports that the chemicals are linked to cancer, birth defects, and neurological and reproductive disorders. Fragrances also can trigger asthma and allergic reactions.
It’s cheaper and safer to make your own with basic household items. Here are 10 ways to have a great-smelling bathroom:
1. Squirt hand soap into the toilet bowl and give a quick swish with the toilet brush to cut odors.  Do this instead of spraying the room with a room deodorizing spray.
2. Before guests arrive, quickly freshen up by grating some orange zest in the bathroom. A strong, desirable orange smell will overpower bathroom odors.  Or try this cinnamon-pear air freshener recipe.
3. Harness the power of baking soda, as you probably already do in the refrigerator. Baking soda absorbs most odors. Fill a small bowl with baking soda, and replace monthly. Simply leave the neutral smell of baking soda or add naturally scented bath salts to the mix. You can also cover the bowl with marbles, flower petals, or other “disguises,” as long as they don’t completely cover the baking soda itself.
4. Vinegar also absorbs odors. To deodorize the bathroom quickly, wipe down the walls and other surfaces with white vinegar. Focus on the area around the toilet, where the walls may have absorbed smells and more. If toilets are flushed with the lid up, contaminated water vapor can spray several feet and linger on surfaces.
5. For an even simpler odor solution, pour vinegar into the toilet and let it work for an hour or so before flushing. For extra deodorizing power, mix baking soda and vinegar in the toilet.
6. Put small amounts of sweet-smelling essential oil on cotton balls, and place them in a small bowl on a shelf or in a cup in the medicine cabinet.
7. A variation on essential oil on cotton balls: Push the cotton balls between the toilet paper roll and the holder. The essential oil scent will be released every time someone rolls the toilet paper, just when the perfume is needed most.
8. Light scented or unscented candles in the bathroom. A small tray of incense on top of the toilet is also a good solution. You can simply leave matches out in an attractive container, and let users take care of their odors.
9. Fresh eucalyptus leaves are a very effective bathroom deodorizer.  You can buy them from a local florist.  Keep them in a vase above the toilet.  Networx editor Chaya Goodman effectively uses a vase of eucalyptus branches to mask the odor of some very old plumbing in her apartment.
10. For a more permanent (albeit more complicated) deodorizer, look for a miniature potpourri crock pot at thrift stores or garage sales. Then mix up your own potpourri with standard grocery store items such as cloves, cinnamon sticks, orange peels, and vanilla extract.
These 10 simple DIY bathroom deodorizers are cheaper than commercial products and avoid many of the potentially harmful chemicals and other artificial ingredients. Got more tips? Leave a comment on this article.