Monday, March 8, 2010
Natural Cleaning Products
I buy a big jug of enviromental safe dish soap and regular shampoos and soaps...for now. But for cleaning I have five basic things that I use. I do have clorox wipes under my counter which I would prefer not to have but for the moment they are there. They were given to me so I use them for now.
My ingredients list is as follows...
Borox: homemade scouring powder, laundry soap, dishwasher soap
Washing Soda: laundry soap, natural bleach
Vinegar: fabric freshner/softner, floor cleaning, toilet cleaner, litter box cleaner, window cleaner, veggie wash
Zoot, Fels Naphta, or Octagon soap: laundry soap
Baking Soda: laundry, scouting powder, dishwasher soap,
I have saved bottles fro soy sauce and keep a bottle of vinegar in the bathroom for cleaning the toilet, there is also one I have filled with vinegar in the spice cabinet since I buy large jugs of vinegar at sams every couple of months.
I saved peanut butter containers and made scouring powder with salt, borox, and baking powder and place a container in the kitchen and bathroom for easy cleaning.
The cat litter box gets about half a cup of vinegar once a week outside. We fill it with water and let it soak.
I did have to buy some bleach last week since during the winter mold grows on the bathroom ceiling above the shower. I tried other natural things this winter but had to resort to bleach again since nothing else worked. But with clothing I use lemon juice or washing soda, and the sun. Between those 3 it works really well. Plus I tend to ruin things when I use bleach so I have tried to lesson its use in our home over the last couple of years. A bottle lasts me about a year.
I am no expert and this quest I started with wanting to save money and then turned into wanting a healthier home for my family. I have gotten sensitive to cleaning fumes now and hubby sprays lysol in his work boots it helps keep athletes foot away since he has a very hot and sweaty job and wears heavy boots. But that lysol is noxious and I can't stand the smell and fumes, I clear the room when he sprays it. :0) But then again it is alot cheaper than the actual foot spray and creams.
I hope to learn more and save even more as I travel down this road that sometimes parallels and converges but sometimes between saving money and healthy they can go in opposite directions.